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Navajo Loop/ Queens Garden – Bryce Canyon National Park
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Overview
Location

Bryce Canyon National Park

Sights

Hoodoos, Forest, Birds

Distance

3.07 Miles

Parking Lot Elevation

7985

Summit Elevation

7346

Elevation Gain/Loss

913

Time Required

2-4 Hours

Pets

No

Fees

$25 entrance fee to the park

Water Info

Available at the Visitor Center

Best Season

Any

Trail Condition

Well groomed dirt path

Restrooms

At trail head

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

No

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

This is a great trail to do if you have a few hours at Bryce Canyon. This quickly became one of my favorite areas to hike. It was very amazing and you’d be dumb to visit the park and not hike this if you are able. It really beats the socks off the viewpoints you can drive to. This is technically two different trails that can easily be done as a loop. You can go either direction but I started at Navajo and ended at Queens Garden. The Navajo Loop starts at sunset point which is about a five minute drive from the Visitor Center and is very well signed. Take some time to look at the gorgeous views. The trail starts right at the viewing decks.

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You can see the trail snaking down towards the hoodoos.

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Once down the first couple switchbacks you are quickly rewarded with up close views of the giant hoodoos.

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The trail has tons of switchbacks and its really cool to see how they have designed the trails to show minimal impact. Once in some of the shaded areas there are some cool trees as well!

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There is a signed turnoff that is only about a 50 yard detour to see the twin bridges. Please obey the signs to stay off the bridges.

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At about the halfway point you will come to the junction of the Queens Garden Trail. Again it is very well signed and impossible to miss. This is a great place to eat a snack and enjoy the birds of the area.

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I went a little further on the Navajo trail to see some of the sights around the corner and then back tracked to finish on the Queens Garden Trail.

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Once on the Queens Garden section we ran into a stream of red water running through white snow that was pretty cool to see and very rarely can be seen.

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This trail starts switch backing back up the hoodoos. There are a few places where arches have been cut into the rock to make the trail easier and more family friendly.

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This area is equally spectacular to the first section of the hike. I can’t decide what was my favorite area.

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The trail pops out at Sunrise Point.

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From Sunrise Point you take the rim trail a half mile back to your vehicle at Sunset Point. The views obviously are spectacular the entire way back to your vehicles.

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Personal Thoughts:

This trail ended up being so much better than I initially expected. Its easily in the top ten hikes I have ever done. Everyone needs to try it! The area is beautiful, and peaceful! It can be a tad strenuous but is very doable for anyone in at least a little shape. Do yourself a favor and try this hike.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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