Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike

Bryce Canyon National Park
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Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike

Distance: 3.1mi
Elevation: 551ft
Time: 1.5-2h

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This popular loop connects the Queen Garden Trail with one branch of the Navajo Loop Trail, returning along a section of the Rim Trail. Moving through an impressive number of hoodoos and awesome rock formations, this hike is certainly popular for a reason!

Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike Map

Getting there

Enter Bryce Canyon National Park, just south of the town of Bryce. Shortly after you pass through the park payment gates you will see a sign towards Sunrise Point. Turn left here and follow signs for the point, parking in the large parking area.

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About

When to do

Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail
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Route Description for Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail

Beginning from the Sunrise Point parking area near the general store, head out to the rim and turn right. Continue along the scenic Rim Trail for a very short ways before meeting a junction. Turn left here towards Queen Garden and start the descent. Though the path is well graded and wide, there is still often loose gravel and dust on the trail, so watch out!

As the path switchbacks down along a dominant ridge you will get increasingly closer views of the hundreds of hoodoos that occupy the ‘Amphitheatre’ of Bryce Canyon. These awesome rock formations where not totally carved by erosion, as you might find in the Grand Canyon or Canyon. Instead, they are principally caused by the freezing and thawing of snow and ice every winter!

The hike continues to descend to a lower plateau of the canyon. Here you will walk through ponderosa pine trees as you contour around even more hoodoos and rock towers. The trail down here is not completely flat, and ungulates up and down along ridge lines and gullies. Soon you will reach a junction with the horse trail, continue to the right to remains on the Queen Garden Trail.

Approximately halfway through the hike you will reach a junction. Turn right here towards Sunset Point along the Navajo Loop Trail. Feel free to take either leg of the Navajo Loop Trail, however know that the lower (left) one is often closed due to rock fall and ice in the winter. We recommend taking the upper (right) one as it yields better views of the Amphitheater.

The trail will soon start to switchback up a narrow gully. Here you will regain all the elevation you blissfully lost at the beginning of the hike. Finally, when you see the metal fence along the rim near Sunset Point, you are about to crest the canyon. Once you have finished the climb, turn right and walk along the paved Rim Trail back to Sunrise Point and your car.

Insider Hints

  • This is the most popular hike in the park – get here early to avoid swarming crowds!

Comments

leo_Martini 1 year ago

The views of the amazing cliffs were nothing but astounding. This is an absolutely beautiful part of our country.

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Tiffany Swift 1 year ago

Navajo/Queens Garden Loop was beautiful. The easy walk takes you through managed forest. Several great views. Worth your time!

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Frank M. 1 year ago

Nice, relatively easy hike with great views.The way down is definitely easier than going up. Make sure to stay hydrated on sunny days. Overall, worth it.

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TwoBoots 1 year ago

I loved it! One of the reason why it is popular is the spectacular views.

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Anabelle Clyde 1 year ago

Loved the hike! Beautiful views! The rock formations are great!

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Carlos Gómez Sánchez-Lafuente 2 years ago

My favourite trail in Utah State. We did this in a weekday afternoon and the trail was with few people. We loved both the descent between hodoos with great views and the ascent through the wall.

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Zuzu T. 2 years ago

I can't believe that the rock formations here are natural! They look soooo goood!

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applepanda 2 years ago

Love the varied terrain. Astonishing natural structures. The hoodoos and rock formations are so beautiful.

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Meadow M. 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful hike with marvelous views throughout. Nicely groomed trails were very nice.

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Yuli H. 2 years ago

The whole hike has no shade, except for once you get to the queen's garden. It's a nice spot to eat and reapply some sunscreen, which you'll need plenty of on this hike. Overall, the views were stunning.

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