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.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 629 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.

hiking
no shade
14 hours ago

Beautiful in the morning light!

Amazing trail, tough climb back up with a toddler in your back, otherwise no complaints!

hiking
3 days ago

This was my first trip to and first hike in Bryce Canyon. Man, it's beautiful. Can't wait to return. It was an awesome feeling finishing this hike, and I'm glad I did it. We went down Wall Street and up Two Bridges. Great view of Thor's Hammer in the way up.

Great trail! Saw several families, fairly easy with a few uphill spots. Definitely take the trail loop from sunset point to sunrise point. This way you will be doing the steepest part downhill.

hiking
5 days ago

A more well-traveled loop in the park, worthy of a hike when visiting. Wall street is steep, so we started at Queen's garden in order to avoid going down Wall street.

We ended up starting at sunset point and going down Wall Street to Queens Garden up to sunrise point. The weather was fantastic ! Highly recommend starting at sunset and going to sunrise, the hike back up the canyon is a gradual incline instead of a steep climb going the other way.

Navajo Loop was open today.

Extremely unique hike. A must do in Bryce Canyon NP. Hike back up to rim can be strenuous but doable.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

We were told Navajo Loop was closed, so we only did Queen’s Garden. Gorgeous views all around. Downhill on your way in and uphill on your way out. Very windy! People even lost their hats and there is a spot where people put the hats a with rocks in them! You get right up close and personal with the Hoodoos! Amazing hike!

Beautiful view of the canyons! with Navajo Loop being closed, the up hill back to the start point is a challenge to the legs but still worth it. Pros: beautiful views, nice breeze, easy walk down, plenty of shaded placed to take a break if needed Cons: no shade most of the way, breeze will send your hat to another dimension.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy and Best photo spot

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing hike in nature... Take your time and enjoy it.

The signage for this trail is misleading when leaving from Sunset Point. Signage indicated that Navajo Loop was closed but it was placed in a location leading us (and dozens of others) to believe it was open with only Wall Street being closed. When we reached the crossroads with Piedmont-a-boo trail, there were chains in every direction but people were coming towards us from the opposite direction. Beautiful hike! We are glad we went down on the sunset side and up on the sunrise side because it was less steep on the return. Time indicates hiking with 9 and 12 yo, taking our time to see the sites and read the signs.

Amazing views, cold in the evening. Usually a fee to enter park.

Starts at the top of sunrise point. Plenty of switchbacks right by the hoodoos. Beautiful views of the amphitheater. Recommend bringing water. A little bit of a workout on the way up.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful! Definitely worth it to stop at Queen’s Garden.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best hikes I’ve done. Stay hydrated!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most unique experiences of my life. Absolutely ridiculous and awesome at the same time

hiking
closed
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This hike is closed at Two Bridges! You can get about .1 miles down the Navajo Loop, and then it’s closed due to rockfall. The part that you can do is extremely muddy. Still worth the views though! However, you can do the majority of it starting from Queens Garden at Sunrise Point. You just can’t do the full loop and come out at Sunset Point. Overall, awesome hike! Lots of mud the last half. And beautiful views!!

3/25 with Megan. Awesome hike with switchbacks

hiking
2 months ago

This was one of the coolest hikes I've ever done! The views are incredible!! There was some snow and ice on the ground and we could've used some poles but we made it down okay. This is a very magical place and I can't wait to come back and explore more of the park when we have time.

hiking
closed
icy
muddy
no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

It’s beautiful even though is closed and you can barely see the rock formation due the heavy snow. You can hike part of the hike, less than a mile and you will find the ‘closed’ sign. Need to come back in other point of the year!

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