Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 188 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."

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2 days ago

Great trail! Loved Wall Street.

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11 days ago

Great short trail for the kids even though the grade is steep it's well worth the views from below. We arrived by 8:15 and it was already starting to get crowed by the time we left.

14 days ago

Only able to do half of the loop due to closure at this time. Giving it 4 stars for this reason and way too many people. The scenery is truly amazing though and well worth it.

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15 days ago

Such a breath taking hike! Pretty crowded as the day got later, but getting on the trail around 9:00 we pretty much had the trail to ourselves for a long while!
Switchbacks are slippery getting down, saw several people slip. I would definitely recommend hiking shoes with good grip. When we went half of the loop was closed so we had to come back up the way we came, up the switchbacks, but it was soo worth it! Definitely recommend!

20 days ago

Great easy short hike, the view down at the bottom is amazing.
Note: When we hiked at June 6th, half of the loop is closed. So everyone has to go down and climb back the same route.

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24 days ago

This was a pretty trail but steep toward the end. Well worth it.

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1 month ago

The best a must do it's beautiful. Easy going down but coming up it's more challenging but doable even if you are not in great shape

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easy hike downhill, but uphill was a killer!