Explore Bryce Canyon National ParkHiking the Queen's Garden Loop
Queen's Garden - Navajo Loop Trail
Duration: 3 – 4 Hours
Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Miles Travelled: 3
Prepare to be amazed by this magical trip through the hoo-doos. This popular trail can be crowded especially near the rim, but the herd will often spread out in the lower canyon. From Sunrise Point, drop into the canyon along a steep but wide trail along the ridge of the Bryce Amphitheater. Continue on through towering multicolored spires and wooded areas. The views that most people think of Bryce Canyon occur at the top, but as you head down in direction, the cliffs and hoodoos encroach. After a series of switchbacks and a few man-made tunnels, the descent eases. Proceed through a ravine with multicolored hoodoos that sprout up in every direction.
Back on the main trail, hiking is mostly level ground. Contour around the base of a large cliff formation before reaching a trail junction with the Navajo Loop and Peekaboo-Navajo Connector Trail. Take the eastern half of the Navajo Trail back toward the rim. This eastern half of the hike is also called “Two Bridges” for the double arch visible in the distance. Climb up a wooded hill known as Wall Street as the cliff walls get taller and closer. After a steep section of switchbacks, the Thor’s Hammer formation appears (big block on a skinny pinnacle). Continue up, up, and up until you reach the junction at Sunset Point. Continue on the Rim trail to complete the loop back at Sunset Point.
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