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Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 67 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

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.


4 minutes ago

hiking


9 days ago

rails trails

Amazing way to enjoy the canyon. Easy trail done in 1:30 walking very slowly with kids...


19 days ago

hiking

Best of the short hikes at Bryce


24 days ago

hiking

Return visit and as always heaven on earth. Planning a backpacking trip.


2 months ago

backpacking


2 months 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.


3 months ago


3 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.


3 months ago

Wonderful


3 months ago


3 months ago

hiking

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


3 months ago

hiking

Combined three separate trails together for one hike in April 2016. Queens Garden trail, peek a boo loop trail and Navajo trail. Terrific scenery, great challenges, and amazing opportunity for a Bryce Canyon hike. We had lunch and power snacks readily available along with plenty of hydration. This hike is not for beginners and keep in mind, what goes down must come up. Navajo trail has switchbacks that are challenging and leave you winded on way back up. Peek a Boo loop trail is on valley floor and that is where wr had wildlife. But that still had an incline on way back to connecting trail. Queens Garden is easy and beautiful. There are no bad photos for this hike.


3 months ago

hiking


3 months ago


4 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.


4 months ago


5 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.


5 months ago


7 months ago

hiking


8 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.