Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 488 reviews

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers scenic views 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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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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3 days ago

Start at Navaho Trail

4 days ago

Not super difficult but gorgeous views

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6 days ago

Beautiful hike with more hoodoos than I have ever seen. Suggest taking the Navajo trail down and Queens Garden Trail up. Bring water and enjoy the views!

7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Took this trail to the floor and did Wall Street back up. Reward at the top is stunning views. Only place in the world you can see structures like this and with this density.

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7 days ago

Very fun, wonderful views and amazing natural wonder! Not difficult but bring water and wear good shoes (we saw a lot of people terribly underprepared and not handling it very well.) This trail takes you to the bottom of the hoodoos. For the trek up I recommend Wall Street, we went back and did 2 bridges to see which was better and Wall Street was much more interesting.

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11 days ago

A great hike if you want to experience the hoodoos. It's not a tough hike and also very popular which means one thing, lots of traffic! Try and get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds and the desert sun.

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11 days ago

As every reviewer confirms, this hike is amazing and not to be missed. I went counterclockwise (Going to the left), to the bottom of the canyon and very happy that I did. The climb up was much shorter than the decent down, which I very much appreciated. Plus there was shade climbing up and it was amazing climbing up through the canyon. I passed numerous people on the way down that were coming up, that had great difficulty. The hike begins around 8300ft, so climbing straight up, 11.5 floors, at 455ft, from the canyon floor might present a challenge for some folks who live at sea level and are not acclimated. When climbing from the canyon floor I would suggest breathing in through your nose with slow deep breaths and out through your mouth just as slowly. It slows the heart when climbing and prevents hyperventilating when stopping for a rest. At the bottom of the canyon you have several options to extend your hike. There are also a few benches for snacking, resting, etc. It is really peaceful and beautiful at the bottom and well signed for which ever direction you choose to take. One note of caution, a few reviewers indicated that proper foot gear was not essential, I completely disagree. The trail is very steep both on the ascent and decent with drop offs and no rails. It can be very rocky with smallish rocks and uneven, slick terrain. Many people had walking sticks of one kind or another and one or two. I also saw many hikers with flats and even one lady with 2", heels. That said, I also witnessed what appeared to be a very athletic looking male hiker with poles, boots and a very badly skinned knee. The cut was quite deep and he was clearly struggling. I wore my boots and was very happy I did. My ankles and knees felt no stress and I felt in control on both the incline and descent. I also suffer from fear of heights, so having the added stability of my trusty boots gave me greater piece of mind. This is definitely not the place you want to slip and fall.

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13 days ago

Beautiful landscape and rock formations. For the most part a moderate hike. Bring water!

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17 days ago

Stunning views of hoodoos and an amazingly beautiful slot canyon. Beginning getting down into the canyon and the end getting back out are challenging but overall a moderate hike. Definitely recommend! Best to do the loop clockwise.

17 days ago