Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 342 reviews

Navajo Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

no shade

no dogs

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. Please note that the Wall Street portion is often closed due to freezing overnight temperatures. For a longer hike, continue onto the Queen's Garden Loop or the Peakaboo Loop, each for approximately 3 miles. Both of those trails can also be combined to create a 6.3 mile figure 8 loop. There are portions of the trail that provide no shade and get quite hot especially in the summer months, but there are also stretches of the trail covered by the shade of rock formations that get very cold. Make sure to bring water and dress appropriately.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous trail. It takes you down, so you can walk among the hoodoos.

9 days ago

Awesome trail beautiful views and not to bad of a hike

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Did it with my 60 year old mother in about an hour and 15 minutes. Absolutely stunning.

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome!

23 days ago

Amazing views for a short hike! Took us less than an hour, but we did break a sweat on the way up.

25 days ago

Great hike! Showed up fairly early at 7 and didn't feel it was too crowded yet. Combined with parts of the Queen's Garden. By the time we reached the switchbacks by Wall Street, around 9:30, it was packed going up the switchbacks. Probably best to get there by 6 AM.

hiking
26 days ago

Great short trail for a closer look at the canyon and hoodoos. Very busy - highly recommend this isn't your only trail in the park, so you can take a moment to appreciate the place without the crowds. It's a five star short trail, but the crowds knock it down a bit.

27 days ago

short trail. steep decline/incline at ends. best at sunset/sunrise. great was to see the hoodoos!

hiking
30 days ago

gorgeous views!!! totally worth it but a lot of switch backs on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

The best hike in the park. Don't let the steep incline scare you. We went to the right of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in winter and it was definitely a special experience. Highly recommend going with a crampon, we bought it at the NP store and it worth every penny. It gave us the confidence to hike and allow us to enjoy the view a lot more. Saw ppl go without it, still doable but very slippery. Walking in the canyon was a completely different feeling from looking at the vista point, and imo, the canyon covered by snow was gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

The premier trail in the park for an up-close look at the hoodoos!

Used the Navaho loop to get to the Peekaboo trail. Very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for a taste of the hoodoos for people short on time. Took us an hour and fifteen mins - including Wall Street which was open (and photo stops). Beginning at sunset the crowd was pretty thick. After Wall Street it thinned considerably and there were only a few others on the trail. Remember - he who goes down must come up!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome! Loved it!

Dear Tourist ..... Wear hiking shoes & bring water !! It’s steep loose gravel - be safe !! #LeaveNoTrace

2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Wall Street section was closed, sorry I missed that portion. Beautiful hike with views down to the canyon floor. Did in route to figure eight loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Wall Street section was completely closed (4/26). Best to combine the half that is open with Peek-a-boo loop (3 miles). Skip the climb out at Bryce Point and either return to Navajo Loop to exit canyon where you started at Sunset Point or continue on to Queens Garden (1.6 m) and exit there and walk the Rim Trail back to Sunset Point.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep in parts but not difficult. Beautiful rock formations.

4 months ago

I hiked this trail last year when both of the parts was still open. Really beautiful. I just went there 2 weeks ago and they announce one of the ends was blocked off due to rock falling, so they reccomend to do the navojo loop and queens garden.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail back in 2009 and I still remember it so vividly. I was not in that good of shape then (not that I can't get better now), but wasn't at all used to the ups and downs of a hiking trail, but remember I could do this with relative ease. We were with a group, two adults were about 60 years old, and they also enjoyed this trail, with what seemed like more ease than me (being their kid's age)! The other thing I remember about visiting Bryce, Zion and Arches during this Labor Day week(end) was that it was not hardly as crowded then as it is now.

6 months ago

Awesome hike! Can’t wait to bring my kids here. Feels like I’m in line for Thunder Mountain at Disneyland!

hiking
6 months ago

It was beautiful and once you get down in the canyon, you ditch most of the people on the trail, at least during this time of the year.

hiking
7 months ago

Really fantastic trail with amazing sites!

hiking
7 months ago

Lower part of the loop closed 12-27-17

walking
8 months ago

honestly this trail is kinda a drag - walking down Wall Street is great when it's open, but then you have to struggle up Navajo with everyone else, which is steep and kinda annoying (think poorly prepared day hikers, and children whining that the trail is too steep) - you're much better off descending quickly on Wall Street and ascending more slowly on Queens Garden, with a 0.1 mile detour on the spur trail to see Queen Victoria

hiking
9 months ago

Very cool and very “unique” hike. Not long, but steep (yet not dangerous as in you might fall off a cliff”). This trail can be combined with others to make a longer loop but if you are limited on time at Bryce, this is a good one.

9 months ago

Awesome!
It's the most honest 1.3 miles, but worth it. We combined this with Peekaboo and the Windows for a full afternoon of amazement and wonder. Well kept trails. Just remember, what goes down into the hoodoos must come back up!

9 months ago

Amazing scenes!

hiking
9 months ago

Did this as our first hike in the park. Spectacular! We had high expectations, and we were not disappointed.

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