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Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail is a 2.9 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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 629 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wildlife

No shade

No dogs

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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.

Plenty of parking and bathroom facilities at both Sunrise and Sunset points.

Bryce Canyon's Hoodoos http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/hoodoos.htm

Bryce Canyon can be hot, especially the climb back out at the end. Bring plenty of water for the hike. There are restrooms and water fountains near the parking lot.

Queen's Garden Trailhead is at Sunrise Point. Hike down and back out OR connect with Navajo Loop Trail for longer hike. To Bryce Canyon NP: From the North: Take I-15 south to UT-20 (exit 95). Travel east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary. From the South through Zion National Park: Take I-15 north to UT-9 (exit 16). Follow UT-9 east through Zion National Park to US-89. Travel north on US-89 to UT-12. Go east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. Take I-15 north to exit 59. Go east on 200 North, then south on Main Street to Center Street/UT-14. Travel east on UT-14 to US-89. Go north on US-89 to UT-12. Follow UT-12 east to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a very scenic route during the summer months and early fall. From the South through Bear (Dog) Valley: Take I-15 north to UT-20 (exit 95). Go east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. From late May through early October, the free Bryce Canyon Shuttle takes visitors to the park's most popular viewpoints, trails and facilities. Using the shuttle is voluntary, but encouraged. The park is open year-round. Roads are plowed and sanded after heavy snowstorms. Some roads may be temporarily closed during and immediately following winter storms, but the park is never closed.

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Noah Woodcock
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Edna Lopez
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Absolutely gorgeous! We were only in Bryce for 1 day and I wish we could have stayed longer! The views are incredible. Take your time during the hike and enjoy the scenery, it’s worth it! Enjoy !

Lorena Del Pozo
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Sierra Lopez
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Take the left trail when you get to Navajo loop, so you can experience Wall Street! I visited all 5 Utah national parks and this was one of my favorites. Park at sun rise point , end at sunset and there’s a free shuttle back to your car! Or enjoy the trail again lol on the way back

Martin Daniels
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I've hiked Bryce Canyon many times and think the trails are incredible. However, we did this hike on July 8, 2020 and it was a huge disappointment. Of course, the views were amazing, but there were hoards of tourists crowding the trails who seemed completely oblivious to the need for social distancing.

Pamela Coffey
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Emily Ellsworth
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Absolutely gorgeous! My son who doesn’t even like hiking called it “mildly rewarding”, which is high praise! :)

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Victoria Nguyen
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Completed August 2016 Beautiful trail added peekaboo to end

Greg Jackson
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I’ve hiked all over the world, backpacked, canyonered, etc and I think this may be one of my favorites... ever.... It’s kinda like walking through an art museum with a new interesting sculpture at every turn. The trail is amazingly well maintained with no pesky steps and no mule poop to step in like the main corridor trails of the Grand Canyon. We hiked in starting mid morning and at this elevation, it was not hot. Awesome trip!

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Brandon Johnson
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Fantastic blend of a trail. Gorgeous aspects of much of what Bruce has to offer. Follow the instructions and go clockwise - we started at sunset point, took the rim trail to sunrise point, down into the canyon/queens garden trail, and then took the Navajo loop trail/Wall Street option backdating to sunset. Majority of the people were going the other way (counter clockwise) and it was kicking their butts as it is about 2/3 uphill that way.

John Allan
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Everywhere you turn there's another amazing view!

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Rebecca Arnell
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If you're limited on time at Bryce Canyon, like my group was, this is a great hike to see the hoodoos up close and view some of the more famous hoodoos, like Thor's Hammer and Queen Victoria. This was a great way to get a taste of Bryce Canyon - highly recommended. Lots of great opportunities for photographers as well. We descended via the Navajo Loop trail and it is very steep. Make sure you have good shoes so you don't slip. The Navajo Loop has two paths for ascending/descending: Wall Street and Two Bridges with Wall Street being the more iconic of the two. Two Bridges will yield a view of two hidden bridges within the hoodoos, which is also a neat sight. You will descend to a lower area where you can loop back on the Navajo Loop or continue to Queen's Garden, which we did. The Queen's Garden route is a slow ascent winding through the hoodoos and is very worth it. It was also a good choice since it was not as steep for coming back up. Highly recommend this hike.

Nicole Thomas
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Beautiful trail.

Melanie Harper
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Great hike, just a little steep towards the end at sunset!

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Michael Mccormack
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Breathtaking!!!!

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Don Moosekian
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We did this the day the park opened back up for hiking after the giant fabricated Covid fiasco of 2020. There was only about 100 of us in the whole park. Bryce is beautiful and that's about all that can be said. The Hoodoos are magnificent and no matter where you are or which way you turn there is no view that isn't incredible. The decent is easy and the ascent is gradual enough not to be over tiring. There are more trees than it looks like from above so in the Navajo loop it does get shade. I loved this place.

Natalie Dorshimer
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Beautiful hike! Beware the elevation gain is on the way back out. You hike down, then up at this park. But wow these are 60 million year old art sculptures everywhere it’s incredible. Very little shade, go in the am or evening if you visit in summer. We hiked this in June 2020 and it was by far one of my favorite hikes ever.

Randy Bergfield
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Amazing scenery. Well marked and maintained trail. Heavily trafficked but everyone was respectful of social distancing. Lots of hoodoos and other natural features. Sunset point to sunrise point is definitely way to go. Start early to enjoy the cardio on the final climb without severe heat.

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Kennedy Waring
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Loved this trail! I would recommend starting at sunrise point and then working your way to sunset point. Definitely try and go early in the morning so that it is not too hot!

Tom Cavanaugh
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Great hike. You will want to plan to go morning or evening as you will be in the sun most the hike. There is shade in the beginning and end as there are steep walls. The start and end are .8 miles of switchbacks.

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Easy hike with incredible views of the hoodoos!

Vanessa Bandith
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Very gorgeous trails, goes down the canyon into a shaded walkway, but on a hot day coming back up was a rough. It’s pretty steep going up, but over all a fun trail. Saw lots of kids! So it’s not too hard.

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Kyle Yamnitz
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Wonderful hike. We modified it a bit by going down Navajo Loop and then back towards Wall Street just before the real climb starts. This allowed us to see all the highlights without doing the full climb/loop. Then we doubled back and did the Queen's Garden.

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Greg Duke
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Going from Sunset to Sunrise is clearly the correct way to go. The downhill out of Sunset is much better going down than up.

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Abby Armstrong
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Beautiful hike down into the canyon! We went clockwise, as recommended, from Sunrise point to Sunset. It was a steep half mile ascend up to Sunset Point but I'd rather do that than climb for 1.5 miles to Sunrise point but whatever your personal preference is! We did the hike with my parents and had to take breaks climbing back up but otherwise it was completely doable for any skill level. Well worth it!

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Garrett Fontaine
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Great hike for everyone. definitely worth doing! Parking at the main trail head can be difficult with heavy crowds. there is more parking at the camp store.

Chris Nguyen
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Great trail. Love everything about it! Fun for the little ones. Happy hiking!

Andrew H
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A nice treat to get to walk down into the canyon and see the view from the other side.

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Vivien Wu
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moderate hiking trail. Always be careful with your kids. The experience is amazing. We can hike from the top of the hill to the bottom of the cliff, see the trees and hoodoos from overlook point to right next to us.

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Gilbert Haury
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*Note that the map shows the Two Bridges trail but the description takes the wall street trail. let me start by saying, if you only ever hike one trail in your life, hike this one. I hiked this trail on 6/26/2020 starting at 2am. I love photographing stars and the shapes of the hoodoos against the sky were perfect. I got to see some ringtailed cats up close and a whole lot of those kangaroo mice. Temperature was in the 50s so for me that was basically tshirt weather all night. I started at Sunset point and ended at Sunrise point. I took the Two Bridges trail for the Navajo loop portion. You can take Wall Street and still end up going through Queen's Garden but you'll miss Thor's Hammer and the Two Bridges without backtracking. If you start at Sunrise point and aim to end up at Sunset point, do yourself a HUGE favor and take the Two Bridges trail up. If you hate yourself, take the Wall Street trail up. The Wall Street trail should only be gone down in my opinion. If you take the two bridges trail, you will come to a sign for Two Bridges that appears to be pointing to a side trail. It's not. The Two Bridges are literally right there around the corner. just take five steps and stick your head around the wall. Final words: Just go on this trail-you won't regret it. facebook.com/GilbertTookIt

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