Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 591 reviews

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a great forest setting 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

no shade

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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this is the most popular trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, and with good reason - however this means the loop is also VERY crowded in season, to the point that vehicles are constantly circling the Sunset Point parking lot all day long looking for a space - the best options for this trail are A. to leave your vehicle at the Shuttle Station outside the park (or Overflow Parking across from the Visitor Center, if it isn't full) and take the shuttle to the trailhead, B. park and take the shuttle as described above, but go to Inspiration Point, walk the Rim Trail to Sunset Point, then descend on Navajo Trail (or Wall Street, if it's open), then ascend on Queens Garden to Sunrise Point (being sure to enjoy the 0.1 mile spur to see Queen Victoria), and shuttle or walk back to your car, C. park and take the shuttle as described above, but go to Bryce Point, walk the Bryce Connector to Peek-A-Boo, take the west half of Peek-A-Boo to the connector to Queens Garden, then ascend on Queens Garden to Sunrise Point (being sure to enjoy the 0.1 mile spur to see Queen Victoria), and shuttle or walk back to your car

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Hands down my favorite trail. A must do if you want to see the canyon and hoodoos from below. We began with the wall street portion. I loved this portion and going into the narrow canyon. It opens up and is easy at the bottom. We continued on via the Queens Garden trail to extend the hike. Really enjoyed the variety of viewpoints we had. Good for young kids, not too high of an elevation change. Although, being from the East Coast, we definitely felt the higher elevation as we got tired much quicker. If this is you, take more frequent breaks and you will be fine!

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Amazing trail with mind-blowing views of the Hoodoos

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