Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 257 reviews

Navajo Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce Canyon City, 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
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

no shade

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
13 days 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

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hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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!

1 month ago

Amazing scenes!

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

all I was saying is Woooooow

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2 months ago

Short and to the point with amazingly majestic scenery.

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walking
2 months ago

Very nice walk

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3 months 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