Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

2.8 miles 574 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Hike into the canyon to experience Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos; the best way to see the amazing hoodoos up close This hike is hands down the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The views from sunrise point and sunset point on the rim area stunning, but you will experience an entirely different bryce canyon from the canyon floor while looking up at the hoodoos. You start by hiking down Wall street a narrow canyon with high rock walls on either side. Soon after you will reach the flat canyon floor with the option to finish the Navajo Loop or continue on along the Queens Garden Trail to see more of the canyon. If you have time, hike on to Queens Garden where you will see some of the most spectacular formations in the park. After you final ascent up to the rim you will arrive at sunrise point with a final view of the canyon. Hoodoos go through several stages: First they start as plateaus and water erodes away the sides until they become fins. Once the things become fairly skinny, holes will erode in the middle of them, creating a window. Finally, after more erosion, the top of the windows will break away leaving a hoodoo in its place. In Bryce, most erosion occurs from "frost wedging". Rain seeps into cracks of the rocks, and when the temperature drops the water freezes and expands, which creates larger cracks in the rocks.


27 days ago

backpacking


1 month ago

hiking

In order to beat the crowds I got an early start after camping in the Dixie National Forest the night before. I made to Sunrise Point about 20 minutes before sunrise and watched the sun come up with about ~75 other people. After sunrise I hit the trail and only saw a few other hikers as it was still early (most left after sunrise). Queens Garden is beyond picturesque as the photos I took are worth more than a thousand words. I took the trail to the connection of Navajo Loop and hiked back through Wall Street and back up top to Rim Trial and back to Sunrise Point. The park handout stated this was the most popular hike and I can see why. Absolutely worth every minute of it. I have been to Zion and Arches but rate Bryce above both of them. Not that there is anything wrong with either but I really enjoyed my experience at Bryce Canyon.


1 month ago


2 months ago

hiking

Absolutely beautiful hike! There were a lot of people on the trail, but I guess that comes with the territory. We still enjoyed it a lot despite the crowds because the scenery was amazing! We started at Sunrise Point and came back out via the Navajo Loop. Wall Street was unfortunately closed when we were there. The climb out on the Navajo trail was tough, but very cool.


2 months ago

Wonderful


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

Easy and short hike for beginners, it was cloudy and chill when I was here.


2 months ago

hiking


2 months ago


3 months ago

Do as much of the canyon as you can. This trail is worth adding to the list every turn provides a new view.


3 months ago


4 months ago

hiking

Give yourself plenty of time to stop and enjoy the incredible views. Trail itself is quite wide in most spots and is a rather gentle incline going down and back. Hoodoos of every shape and color.


4 months ago


6 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

hiking

Combined this trail with the Navajo Loop Trail, but did it the hard way, from Sunrise to Sunset. Going up Wall Street is tough.


6 months ago

hiking


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10 months ago

hiking

We did a combination of the Queens Garden connected to the Peekaboo canyon trail and finished up on the Wall street section of the Navajo trail. It was about 6.5 miles and took about 3.5 to 4 hours. It was an exceptional way to see all the hoodoos up close. We couldn't stop taking pictures at every turn. Definitely worth doing and it is not a strenuous hike.


10 months ago

hiking

Amazing views! Paired this hike with another loop along the Navajo Loop. The teo combined together really do make up the "best three mile hike in the world"! I put that in quotes because this is what's advertised around Bryce Canyon if visitors have limited time to spend there as the must-see attraction.

Most people see the hoodoos from the various trails looking from the top. Queens trail gives hikers the ability to walk down amongst the hoodoo and really see them up close and personal, sometimes at eye-level. Highly recommend!


1 year ago

hiking

One of the most amazing and breath taking rock formations I have seen so far. Hard to call it an ambitious hike since it is catered to tourists of various age and ability, but considering hour to hour weather changes and snow showers happening even in July it maybe a challenge at any time of the year after all. It is equally amazing looking at it from the top of the ridge as it is mesmerizing when you look at the HooDoos from the bottom of the canyon. With a clear blue sky the contrast between the trees, orange rocks and the blue sky is breath taking.
Wall Street was closed at the time when we hiked this trail, but we have heard it is worth it.