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 and birding and is best used from June until October.
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."
If you had to pick one hike to early enjoy the park. This one is it, you get all aspects of the park in one hike.
Watch for ice on the trail during colder months otherwise very cool views and a nice short hike.
This is a favorite for getting down into the canyon
Amazing pictures and short hike! Loved it
Beautiful! Great must do short hike!
Nice trail. Got us to the Peekaboo.
Absolutely beautiful from start to finish. Incredibly well maintained.
Beautifully unusual formations.... Kind of looks like another planet. Simple easy hike. Rating it moderate is a little high but should be on your short list to see.
Amazing hike. Short and well marked. Breathtaking views. A must do if you go to Bryce Canyon.