Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 1367 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 623 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Please note that portions of this loop may close due to weather and 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.

This was such a beautiful hike! We chose to head down by way of Wall St. and are so glad we did!!

hiking
2 days ago

This was an awesome hike! There are countless angles of the hoodoos from low and high places. (September)

3 days ago

Sepctacular

hiking
10 days ago

We had only a short time in Bryce, and this loop was perfect to see the hoodoos.

It was satisfying to get in and amongst the tight hoodoos. Be sure to get a good gander at Thor’s massive hammer. A must-do, hike!

hiking
21 days ago

The most amazing views I have ever seen hiking. Bryce is other-worldly and this is at the heart of its magnificence.

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22 days ago

Don’t miss Thor’s Hammer right as you start heading down Navajo... start early to beat the crowds, and bring lots of layers for the fickle wind/weather. Queen’s Garden had more of the darker red rock and sweeping views of the cliffs in the distance. Truly gorgeous hike, and I would rate it as easy for sure.

hiking
22 days ago

More up close and personal than fairyland trail. Moore’s people but still cool. Climb up on Navajo was awesome

hiking
23 days ago

Great loop even for a somewhat beginner as long as you’ve got some stamina to get back up! Pretty crowded even in October but definitely worth a few hours!

hiking
24 days ago

I have visited Bryce many times, but I have never been IN Bryce. You have to hike down to truly appreciate the pure beauty of the place. Incredible! I fell in love with wall street.

hiking
25 days ago

Really beautiful scenery. Orange and pink hoodoos against blue sky were spectacular. Did it clockwise and saved the best for last; Wall St slot canyon. Final climb up was tiring but plenty of switchbacks and shade allowed more time to take in the canyon. Suggest going early. Got crowded but was a school holiday so lots of families. Took us about 4 hours but had lunch at bottom of canyon and added on Two Bridges and Thor’s Hammer. Don’t miss Wall Street

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing!

hiking
27 days ago

Navajo Loop is beautiful - Queens Garden is meh

Beautiful hike. The first half mile and the last half mile have all of the best views. The rest of the hike is kind of pointless. hopefully that's helpful

hiking
29 days ago

A fun trail with beautiful scenery all around, really gives the visitor a good taste of what Bryce has to offer.

hiking
30 days ago

Absolutely incredible hike. So beautiful. Just do it.

Incredible views, unreal scenery and lots of variety! Went from sunrise to sunset points using the queens/Navajo loop. Prepare to get dusty, and wear shoes with a little grip. Lots of chalky sand. Real easy hike until you get to the 27ish switchbacks under sunset point. Took us about an hour and a half with lots of stops for pictures.

Started our hike late in the day at Sunset Point (around 5pm). Walked the trail clockwise (toward Sunrise Point) to get a view from the rim of the amphitheater before descending into the canyon. It was still relatively crowded near the rim as people were taking in the views from the rim, but down in the canyon there were fewer people. The shadows casted late in the day were amazing. Highly recommend this hike.

This has to be one of my favorite hikes in Bryce. You hike in the middle of the hoodoos.

We didn’t do the full loop. We went down Wall Street and looped back around via Two Bridges. I recommend going this way because the turn around the ascent on two bridges is breathtaking! The elevation change is rough and going down wallstreet and up two bridges is definitely the easier route. Totally worth the hugging and puffing!!! Especially beautiful at sunset; the spires actually glow.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with plenty of amazing scenery

hiking
1 month ago

A bit crowded but amazing trail

There are no words.

hiking
1 month ago

It was beautiful. it took me 3 1/2 hours. I'm not for in any way, in fact I'm obese. I took several breaks but I finished it. Have plenty of water and snacks to keep you energized. it isn't easy but it is worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing Trail! With every turn is an enchanting view different and just as amazing as the last and it continues throughout the entire Canyon. Recommend going counter-clockwise at the Navajo loop.. we added peek- a-boo loop to the other two and it was spectacular the whole way through.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to see a bit of everything Bryce has to offer. Every turn offers a spectacular view.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Wonderful. This trail is Bryce Canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

I couldn't quit smiling as I kept taking pictures and kept turning around for different views. I agree with a previous poster that this is the most beautiful hike I have EVER done (and we've just been in the same places - Yellowstone, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon, and Arches). I went down Wall Street (going down on the steeper section and came out Queen's Garden - slightly less steep). After finishing this in less than 2 hours (even taking tons of pictures), I walked back from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point, and went back down Two Towers Navajo trail, to get pictures of Thor's Hammer.

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