Navajo Loop Trail

MODERATE 288 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

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."

hiking
19 days 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
23 days 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
1 month ago

Steep in parts but not difficult. Beautiful rock formations.

1 month 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
3 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

Really fantastic trail with amazing sites!

hiking
4 months ago

Lower part of the loop closed 12-27-17

walking
5 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
6 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.

6 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!

6 months ago

Amazing scenes!

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 months ago

all I was saying is Woooooow

7 months ago

Short and to the point with amazingly majestic scenery.

walking
7 months ago

Very nice walk

hiking
8 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

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months 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
8 months ago

Breathtaking !! Not to be missed if visiting Bryce.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome view

8 months ago

Awesome view

8 months ago

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

9 months 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.

Steep but not too difficult.

hiking
9 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months ago

Cool views; crowded

camping
9 months ago

Amazing views

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