Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 220 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."

Steep but not too difficult.

hiking
8 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike into the red rock formations of Bryce canyon. our kids handled it well even though it is pretty steep at the beginning and end of the loop. high traffic as advertised.

3 days ago

I set out in the morning about 8am. As the sun was rising, you could see the beautiful red of the canyon. it was a beautiful hike down in the small canyon. i suggest doing the hike counterclockwise. The trail is fairly steep toward the end if you do it clockwise.

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camping
16 days ago

Amazing views

hiking
18 days ago

walking
19 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

This trail was a little challenging because we went right after a rain storm that made the ascent and descent muddy and slippery but other than that, it's a must! Majestic natural architecture!

25 days ago

Love it, just steep!!!

25 days ago

Love it, just steep!!!

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail, but extremely steep at the beginning and end of trial. Loose rocks and a lot of slipping, and a really good workout.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago