Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 1013 reviews

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Please note that the Wall Street portion is often closed due to freezing overnight temperatures. Other trails in the areas can still be used to make a full loop. This hike is considered by many to be the best way to see the hoodoos in 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Arriving just as the sun appears in the east is a perfect time for morning hike, trail traffic is extremely light and the temperatures are in the comfortable 50s.
One of the first trail treats is Thor’s hammer. Thor’s Hammer may be one of the most photographed features of Bryce Canyon as it’s located a short distance from the beginning of the Navajo Loop trailhead at Sunset Point.After hiking past Thor’s Hammer, a series of switchbacks descend down about 650 ft. to the amphitheater floor as the Ponderosa Pines welcome you. Next the trail gently traverses across the heavily forested amphitheater floor, and in the distance you can hear the neighing and snorting of horses as their riders guide them along the equestrian trail. No other sounds seem to be present for the next mile... just the soft music of my shoes caressing the trial and the alluring swish of the ice in my canteen. Further on the beautiful rolling terrain becomes dotted with the Colorado Pinyon. This hearty shrub is more suited to the drier elevations and its wide root system keeps each one a good distance from its neighbor.
This has been quite an intoxicating experience!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful wintry hike through the hoodoos. The views at the start are phenomenal, and as you hike down into the valley, they get even more unique and interesting. The trail is really easy to follow. Wall Street was open for us and was a fun, although very short and super steep, slot canyon. We added on Peekaboo Loop - fantastic!

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing Trail!

hiking
20 days ago

October 2018- Amazing trail! We parked at sunset point and saw a beautiful sunrise over the hoodoos with a sparse crowd. Unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. You really feel like you are on another planet. Highly recommend. Every corner you turn you’ll want to take a picture! Took us a little under 2 hours.

hiking
23 days ago

We parked our car at Sunrise Point parking lot. Started our hike from Queen Garden trail to Navajo trail and end at Sunset Point. The loop is a little under 4 miles and easy. Beautiful trails with amazing hoodoo. Highly recommend if you have time to hike for 2-3 hours.

hiking
23 days ago

Did about half of the trail as a run, in part because when i started at sunrise it was about -13c. Absolutely one of the coolest places ive hiked. Strongly recommend. I also ventured off on peekaboo loop for an extra couple of miles to complete the "hike the hoodoos challenge." Well worth the extra distance.

24 days ago

A beautiful hike. It is recommended to start from sunrise point and ends at sunset point. It's a 0.5 mile walk along the rim to go back to sunrise point. Gives you some nice views all through out. You walk 0.8 miles down hill the queens garden trail, about 0.6 mile on flat surface and take the novajo trail uphill. It's a steep but doable hike. Definitely recommend. Weather was perfect with the sun playing hide and seek. Jackets and ear muffs helped us stay warm.

26 days ago

This was a fun hike. We strolled at a leisurely pace and enjoyed the sites. I can see why this is the most popular hike in Bryce. Highly recommended for families

hiking
26 days ago

Great views, fairly easy hike, super crowded.

hiking
28 days ago

Completed the loop by taking Wall Street, the slot canyon to the right of the fork. Missed seeing Thor's Hammer that way, but the slot canyon was so unique (and usually closed by this time of year). It was a bit crowded in the canyon, but crowds started to thin out as we made our way onto the Queen's Garden portion of the trail. Spectacular scenery! I can see why this is called a "must do" for Bryce Canyon.

1 month ago

Amazing

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing! The Queen Victoria formation really looks like Queen Victoria. You have a choice of going up the Two Bridges trail or the Wall Street trail to finish the loop. I did Two Bridges. Wall Street is the “slot canyon.” I saw a Steller’s Jay and a chipmunk.

hiking
1 month ago

The view of the switchbacks looking down on Navajo is amazing!

1 month ago

Beautiful hike the whole way through. It's a bit strenuous, but is most definitely worth it.

1 month ago

If you only have one hike to do, do this one.

1 month ago

Very nice very steep! Landscape is captivating! Amazing formations around every bend! A must see

1 month ago

Awesome trail, obvious why it’s so popular.

1 month ago

I’m glad we came down through Wall Street on the Navajo Loop as it met up with the Queen’s Garden Loop. Others were coming from the other direction and I thought the switchbacks and entrance to Wall Street was more majestic coming down onto it instead of coming up it.

hiking
1 month ago

Popular trail with amazing views. Get an early start to beat the crowds!

2 months ago

Beautiful hike and beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Did the loop counter clockwise starting at inspiration point and walking the rim to Sunset. Took Navaho's switchback decent past marvelous natural sites like three trees climbing from floor to above the HooDoos. Joined the Queens loop at the bottom and took that to sunrise point where we caught the last shuttle back to the car. Weather was perfect and the trails only crowded at the start of Navaho. After reaching the bottom the crowds were gone. This trail combination is listed as the most popular and moderate. This is mid October and while the hotels were full it looked like our trails weren't overflowing.

2 months ago

Perfect hike if you have a limited time in Bryce! Definitely do the connecting trails if you can! Bryce is such a special and unique National Park!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular views and a must do if you have limited time (I did it easily in 90 mins) and want to experience being down in the canyon. Unless you love switchbacks and want to maximize the climb out effort start at the Sunset Point / Navajo end!

2 months ago

AMAZING!! This hike is a “must do”! Takes you down to the canyon floor where you walk next to beautiful rock formations and hoodoos. It’s magical!!
Go early to avoid the crowds and so you can finish before it gets too hot. Take plenty of water and use sunscreen!! Took us 2 1/2 hours....but we stopped a LOT to take pics!!

2 months ago

Amazzzingggg. Well worth the effort. Overall the hike itself is pretty easy. It’s steep getting into the canyon and steep getting back out! Bring water and take your time!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a spectacular hike where it is just amazing to be among the huge hoodoos and rock formations. I found this hike relatively easy with a bit of challenge at the end (we went clockwise with "wall street" towards the end of the loop.) If you go counter-clockwise, you may find the gradual incline a little tedious and less fun. You start descending slowly from Sunrise Point where the geology is more beige and orange, and you get to Thor's Hammer. Somewhere around there you stay left and enter a beautiful evergreen area with amazing sweet smells of pine and spruce etc. The smell is really something. You look up at the orange rocks against the blue sky and its just unbelievable that this is a real place. From there you follow the trail to Wall Street, where you are surrounded by the huge rock spikes (hoodoos) and you get the real deal on how huge these formations are. At the end, you climb the switchbacks up to Sunset point. It is somewhat strenuous but definitely doable, even in heat. For those who want to gauge their fitness level: I am 5 ft 4in tall, 135 lbs, am not thin nor fat, am not too diligent about going to the gym but still go pretty regularly (avg 2 times per week for lifting and cardio) but I do walk many hours a day. Bring lots of water, jerky and rx bars and you will be fine.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. We started at 8:30 and there weren't too many people. By 10 there were people everywhere

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking views! So worth hiking into the canyon to get close to the hoodoos! Challenging hike if you’re not used to the altitude. Take plenty of water, and take breaks in the shade! Loved it!

3 months ago

Absolutely stunning landscape!!! It doesn’t get more beautiful than this. We went over Labor Day weekend as the sun was setting after hiking the narrows at Zion in the am and this was a true treat!!! Go!!!! Trails were a little more crowded than I like but sunset is definitely a great time to go and get amazing photos.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike that takes you under the hoodoos. Not too long or difficult, a must do in Bryce Canyon!

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