Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 265 reviews

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 best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

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.

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Very pretty area! Interesting history as well. Looking forward to returning with my kids and camping there. It was very busy though, I prefer more difficult hikes with fewer people.

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Great trail. Feels like you are in a cathedral.

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Gets pretty busy, but is a beautiful hike nonetheless.

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5 days ago

Such a beautiful hike! Not difficult but I would recommend starting at sunset point and ending at sunrise point. The colors are amazing!!!

6 days ago

Just the sheer beauty of this trail rates 5 stars. Regardless of the bathrooms being wrecked and dodging horse poop along the coarse I still have to rate this a 5. Moderate rating on the inclines. A lot of up and down switchbacks. Still can't get over the beautiful coloration of these sandstone hoodoos.

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7 days ago

Going down is always easier than going up at 8000 - 9000ft elevation! That said, great loop and beautiful views.