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Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

Hike into the canyon to experience Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos; the best way to see the amazing hoodoos up close
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  This hike is hands down the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The views from sunrise point and sunset point on the rim... more »

Tips:  Bryce Canyon can be hot, especially the climb back out at the end. Bring plenty of water for the hike.

There are restrooms and water... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

There is a parking lot near Sunset point with restrooms and water fountains nearby. Park your car and walk towards sunset point.

Sunset point offers some of the best views of the canyon's famous hoodoos. Below you will see the many hoodoos, fins, and other rock formations known as the "Silent City". As the name suggests, this is a great place to watch the sun set, during which the hoodoos will turn orange and red, colors that look almost too magical for it to be natural.

3. Thor's Hammer

From the rim you can see one of the more famous hoodoos in this part of the park: Thor's Hammer. Thor's Hammer stands alone in the canyon, and looks as if it is about to fall over at any second, so take your pictures now!

4. Wall Street

Soon after you begin your descent you will arrive at Wall Street, where you will hike down several switchbacks down into the canyon. On either side you will see brightly colored canyon walls as you climb deeper in to the cave, while the canyon walls get more narrow.

5. Queens Garden Trail

After about 0.8 miles from the start you will reach the flat section of the trail, with a fork in the road. To your left you can complete the Navajo loop, about a half of a mile further, or you can continue straight and join up with the Queen's Garden trail to add a little over 2 miles to your hike.

If you have the time, take a left at the... More

6. Two Bridges

Just like the name suggests, you will find 2 natural bridges here, one above the other. While they may look like they are going to fall at any moment they are surprisingly strong. Many years in the future, after many rain storms the bridges will erode away and will leave 2 hoodoos in their place.

Once in Queens Garden you will see queen victorian and her court of hoodoos standing high above you. This hoodoo is one of the more famous hoodoos in Bryce along with Thor's Hammer and The Hunter.

Queens Garden is one of the more spectacular areas of this hike. You will be surrounded by hoodoos on all sides, looking up from their base. The different colors of white, red, and orange make them appear as if they were man-made.

The trail winds through several clusters of hoods and you will even walk through a few arches and tunnels carved out... More

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Finish your hike with a stop at sunrise point to get a final view of all that Bryce Canyon has to offer. Here you can see such formations as "Boat Mesa", the "Sinking Ship", and the "Aquarius Plateau". Just like sunset point, this is a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset (the views from the two points aren't ... More