Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

Navajo Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce Canyon City, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible from June until October.

1.5 miles 518 feet Loop

birding

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Navajo Trail begins at Sunset Point and loops down into the main amphitheater and back in 1.3 miles. There is a 2.2 mile option that starts-ends at Sunrise-Sunset points, with a 0.5 mile rim trail connector. Winter hiking may require snow shoe or shoe chains. The Navajo Loop Trail drops down into the amphitheater and passes through "Wall Street," a narrow switchbacked slot between sheer cliffs, with towering Douglas fir trees growing along the trail. The trail provides outstanding views of much-photographed Thor's Hammer - a tall, narrow pinnacle with a narrower neck, supporting a large hammerhead-like rock. Looking west from the trail are grand views into the "Silent City" where rock structures resemble towers and buildings and temples. To the east, see the "Temple of Osiris." The Navajo Loop Trail extends 1.3 miles, starting and ending at Sunset Point, with an ascent/descent of 550 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours. Queens Garden is the easiest trail that descends below Bryce Canyon's Rim. The trailhead is at Sunrise Point and you can hike down and back out OR connect with Navajo Loop Trail for a longer hike. Formations seen include Queens Castle and Queen Victoria. Trail extends 1.7 miles one way. Total elevation ascent/descent is only 320 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours to hike 1-way. Distance between Sunrise and Sunset points on paved rim is .5 mile. Combining the Navajo Loop with the Queens Garden Trail, hike for 2.9 miles, looping from Sunrise to Sunset points. Combined trail ascent/descent of 580 ft. Recommend starting at Sunset Point (Navaho Trail) b/c slope up to Sunrise more gradual/easier. Most take 2-3 hrs. The combination has been called the "Worlds Best 3-Mile Hike."

hiking
5 days ago

Watch for ice on the trail during colder months otherwise very cool views and a nice short hike.

8 days ago

This is a favorite for getting down into the canyon

10 days ago

Amazing pictures and short hike! Loved it

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful! Great must do short hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Got us to the Peekaboo.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful from start to finish. Incredibly well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautifully unusual formations.... Kind of looks like another planet. Simple easy hike. Rating it moderate is a little high but should be on your short list to see.

2 months ago

Amazing hike. Short and well marked. Breathtaking views. A must do if you go to Bryce Canyon.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Did Walstreet portion, out of canyon. Very steep And Very Cool!

hiking
3 months ago

Good views. 1.6 mile round trip. Too much of an elevation gain.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

If you can only do ONE thing at Bryce, this is it!! Very cool place, like being in another world! Tons of photo ops! Hike back up will make you suck air, it is steep., generally pretty smooth dirt & pebbles, can get busy!

3 months ago

beautiful! be sure to fill up your water bottle before you head down!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail, very crowded on either end for decent/accent. As with most national parks get 1/4 mile out as fast as possible to thin out crowd

4 months ago

Did this hike years ago with family! Loved this hike! Great introduction to canyon hiking for those who have not done canyon hiking! Absolutely beautiful especially as the sun sets. Love all the different colors and rock formations! Definitely going to make a trip back here!

4 months ago