Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail | EveryTrail

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 area stunning, but you will experience an entirely different bryce canyon from the canyon floor while looking up at the hoodoos.

You start by hiking down Wall street a narrow canyon with high rock walls on either side. Soon after you will reach the flat canyon floor with the option to finish the Navajo Loop or continue on along the Queens Garden Trail to see more of the canyon. If you have time, hike on to Queens Garden where you will see some of the most spectacular formations in the park.

After your final ascent up to the rim you will arrive at sunrise point with a final view of the canyon.

Hoodoos go through several stages:
First they start as plateaus and water erodes away the sides until they become fins. Once the things become fairly skinny, holes will erode in the middle of them, creating a window. Finally, after more erosion, the top of the windows will break away leaving a hoodoo in its place.

In Bryce, most erosion occurs from “frost wedging”. Rain seeps into cracks of the rocks, and when the temperature drops the water freezes and expands, which creates larger cracks in the rocks.

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 fountains near the parking lot.

Points of InterestParking

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
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.

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!

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.Bryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoBryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoHoodoos (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoHoodoos (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoHoodoos (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States)

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 fork and go as far as the Two Bridges (about half the way) and then come back and continue along the Queen’s Garden trail. Queens Garden has some of the more spectacular hoodoos in the park and you will not want to miss them.

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.

Queen Victoria
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 GardenQueens 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 of the rocks as you start your final ascent up to Sunrise Point and the end of the hike.Bryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoBryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoBryce Canyon (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States) PhotoHoodoos (Bryce Canyon, Utah, United State

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