Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 241 reviews

Navajo Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce Canyon City, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Navajo Trail begins at Sunset Point and loops down into the main amphitheater and back in 1.3 miles. There is a 2.2 mile option that starts-ends at Sunrise-Sunset points, with a 0.5 mile rim trail connector. Winter hiking may require snow shoe or shoe chains. The Navajo Loop Trail drops down into the amphitheater and passes through "Wall Street," a narrow switchbacked slot between sheer cliffs, with towering Douglas fir trees growing along the trail. The trail provides outstanding views of much-photographed Thor's Hammer - a tall, narrow pinnacle with a narrower neck, supporting a large hammerhead-like rock. Looking west from the trail are grand views into the "Silent City" where rock structures resemble towers and buildings and temples. To the east, see the "Temple of Osiris." The Navajo Loop Trail extends 1.3 miles, starting and ending at Sunset Point, with an ascent/descent of 550 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours. Queens Garden is the easiest trail that descends below Bryce Canyon's Rim. The trailhead is at Sunrise Point and you can hike down and back out OR connect with Navajo Loop Trail for a longer hike. Formations seen include Queens Castle and Queen Victoria. Trail extends 1.7 miles one way. Total elevation ascent/descent is only 320 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours to hike 1-way. Distance between Sunrise and Sunset points on paved rim is .5 mile. Combining the Navajo Loop with the Queens Garden Trail, hike for 2.9 miles, looping from Sunrise to Sunset points. Combined trail ascent/descent of 580 ft. Recommend starting at Sunset Point (Navaho Trail) b/c slope up to Sunrise more gradual/easier. Most take 2-3 hrs. The combination has been called the "Worlds Best 3-Mile Hike."

walking
2 days ago

Very nice walk

hiking
5 days ago

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6 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Did this trail along with peekaboo loop. Lots of switchbacks with majestic views of the canyon. You go down either north or south and come up the other way. Lots of shades, especially while in between canyons. Great formations. Bring lots of water and your camera

hiking
11 days ago

Must do if you are in Bryce. Be ready for a serious climb up though. Would recommend doing it counter clock wise.

hiking
12 days ago

15 days ago

Beautiful loop. This is our first taste of Bryce, and our jaws were on the floor the whole time. The trek back up was much easier than we expected.

hiking
15 days ago

Breathtaking !! Not to be missed if visiting Bryce.

hiking
16 days ago

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19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome view

Awesome view

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

1 month ago

Fun trail! Cool to go and be at the base of the hoodoos. Gets you a sense of how big they really are!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike - early morning with 3 kiddos (10 & 9 yr old twins). We went in a clockwise direction (more shade as it started to warm up.