Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

MODERATE 990 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
5 days ago

Outstanding!!!

6 days ago

Gorgeous scenery, one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Get there early to beat the crowds.

6 days ago

The scenery is candidly unbelievable. The crowds are a bit much, particularly those who leave the trails right past the signs and hide behind “no English” as an excuse.

hiking
6 days ago

scenic
good intro walk on first day

hiking
9 days ago

Good moderate hike - take the Wallstreet route to get a real climbing experience - worth the time doing!

hiking
13 days ago

Worth the trip!

walking
14 days ago

Beautiful - a good decent and ascent at the beginning and end but otherwise very easy to explore around and walk.

16 days ago

By far one of the best trails I’ve ever hiked. Gorgeous views.

20 days ago

This is a short but sweet hike. Pretty steep set of switchbacks down and up. Little bit of flat ground in the middle. Beautiful narrows. Cannot miss.

hiking
21 days ago

It's very busy. But it's absolutely stunning.
It's easy trail but my favorite hike so far for mother nature's gift.
A must do trail for this park

23 days ago

Very busy, but definitely worth it.

hiking
25 days ago

Do it. It'll be crazy busy but worth it. Go early.

hiking
26 days ago

We did we our 3 kids ages 17, 11 and 5. It was by far one of our favorite!! The views cannot be beat, steep climb in and out but are short and quite a bit of shade. All the kids loved this one! Not too crowded but a more popular option in Bryce.

26 days ago

If you only can go to he too do it!! But....... the 3.5 mile loop is incredible!!!! Something walking amidst the hoodoo’s is in credible. Bring water it was hot and dry and the climb out in either direction takes some work. Went through Wall Street this time because last year it was closed due to rocks slides. If somehow you can see both (Wall Street and 2 bridges do it!! Well worth it

hiking
27 days ago

We too went from sunset point down and then up to sunrise point. We weren't sure if this was the best way. You hike up in the sun and if you hiked up on the Navajo part you would be at least in the shade. Great hike either way, a must do hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful hike on a well marked well travelled trail. We left sunrise point for Queens at 7:30am when crowds were minimal and weather was comfortable. We decided to go up Wall Street instead of Navajo and we were so glad we did!!!! Lots of shade and fabulous rock formations! By the time we were back to the rim most of the tourist busses were just starting to unload so we avoided the onslaught of people! This hike is a must do in Bryce!!!

29 days ago

friggen amazing. i went to the two bridges as well as part of the loop. its worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Combined this loop with Peakaboo. If you want to thoroughly experience the area, I'd recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to see Bryce!

1 month ago

Great hike. Beautiful views of God’s creation. Started 8:30am and went Sunset point down Navajo loop and Wall Street then Queen’s Garden then back up Sunrise point then Rim trail back to car. Did get a bit crowded as morning wore on but views are worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop through some amazing formations. Better to go early in the day, as it can get warm and lots of people can be on the trails.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Gorgeous! Get there early to avoid the sun and the crowds. We arrived at sunrise and the lighting was perfect, had the trails practically to ourselves. Amazing hike

hiking
1 month ago

I did Navajo - Peek-a-boo - Bryce Point and then reconnected with Peek-a-boo and Navajo on my way back to loop it all together. Navajo was a beautiful trail that allows you to see the heart of the canyon. The problem is, which I've seen in other reviews, is the amount of tourists. We're talking busloads of tourists who are obnoxiously loud and have no trail courtesy. It caught me off guard so don't let it happen to you too. Just continue onto Peek-a-boo and you'll be amazed.

hiking
1 month ago

Just keep going and the crowds thin out and you get some great views!

hiking
1 month ago

A good trail, but incredibly busy in the summer. It was not very challenging except on the final switchbacks on Wall Street (I went clockwise). The views were pretty for sure and Wall Street was a great sight. It was just way too busy in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! I’d recommend starting at Queen’s Garden and then go through Navajo Loop. It’s a more gentle hike back up. Hiking down through QG was direct sunlight and the rocks were lit beautifully. Ending with Navajo Loop was a good recovery so we weren’t hiking back up in the direct sunlight. Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Started the trail around 11:30am. Took the advice of others and started at Sunset Point instead of Sunrise. Hiking back out at Sunrise was still a bit tough, especially with the extra weight of kids (I was carrying our 12.5lb baby and husband had our 35lb toddler) but it did seem like a gradual climb and we made it out alive! Lots of sunshine but enjoyed many areas of shade along the way. The views are absolutely breathtaking. Definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail (counterclockwise) in the late afternoon on 6/9. Aside from the crowds, the descent down on the Navajo Trail was out of this world. Feels like you’re on another planet. A must do in Bryce.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and hiked the Navajo loop and Queen’s Garden 6/6/18. Temp was 75 deg with a breeze. We had a late start (11:00AM) due to me having altitude change symptoms. The views were spectacular!! Getting down to the base and seeing the structures up close is the best if you can manage the walking. There are many up and down switchbacks which can be tough on the knees, thighs and butt muscles. We both found our breathing tough at times due to altitude. It took us about 3 hours with many short stops as well as having a sandwich. Water is a must!! We both had our camel backs (3 liters) and drank most of it.

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