Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
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.
We hiked this on January 5th, and it was magical in the snow. Every turn reveals a new unique rock formation in the Queens Garden, and the hike up to Thor's Hammer has some cool switchbacks. Would hike again in a heartbeat.
Chi Hi Ro S.
Beautiful trail for a wintertime hike; combination of unique topography, sun and snow made for remarkable scenes. Hiking boots and Yaktrax recommended; lots of ice and slippery spots.
Amazing hike! Took about 3 hours in the snow. Definitely bring hiking boots and poles!! Parts are slippery. Very rewarding hike.
The benchmark of the park and a must do. high level of tourists with cameras in the summer to the point where hiking in a consistant stride is almost impossible. Would suggest later summer and fall.
Hiked the day after Thanksgiving and it was the family favorite of 4 days hiking Zion and Bryce. Crowds were thinner, unique hoodoos and other formations, great views. Never knew what u were going to find around each bend. It was perfect temperature in the mid 40s- though major snowstorm rolled thru the next day. We are already talking about going back.
This is a fantastic way to get into the canyon and see the hoodoos.
Loved every minute of this trail!