Queens Garden trail & Navajo Loop | Bryce Canyon National Park
The best hike to see Bryce Canyon's fantastic scenery in a very short time. Combine Queens Garden with either the Navajo Loop or Wall Street Canyon for a remarkable trail through the hoodos.
3.5 Miles | Loop | Moderate
628 ft. gain | Not Dog Friendly
"Best 3-mile hike in the world"
Navajo Loop Ascend/Descend
This is an amazing hike in the summer, fall, and winter. Each time offering spectacular views of the Bryce Canyon’s unique geology. Once you get down into the amphitheatre, between the points of Sunrise and Bryce, you will notice that there are many trails that intersect and weave through each other which makes for extra fun meandering. When in Southern Utah, you will surely of noticed The most interesting part of this hike is the varying perspectives of the hoodoos as you descend down from the rim and hike amongst the skyscraper sized formations.
Once down in the amphitheatre everything stays pretty level with no huge loss or gain in elevation. The immediate descent and ascent of Navajo Loop is the most difficult part of the hike.
Tip: Schedule a trip around the moon cycles. Bryce offers guided midnight star gazing hikes that are truly remarkable. Bryce sits at 7000 feet above sea level and offers captivating views of the night sky.
I’ve done winter hiking in February, where the weather was lovely at 50 degrees with the sun shining and no breeze to account for. This hike is always able to be done but depending on the weather you will need different tools. Since the weather was so nice for us, the trail had been packed down and you could successfully do the hike with as little as hiking shoes up to using ice cleats and crampons with trekking sticks. With fresh and deep snow this would make an awesome snowshoeing hike.
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