Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah, United States
 (14 votes, 14 reviews)
Bryce Canyon National Park  in southwestern Utah is one of the strangest, weirdest, most beautiful National Parks in the Southwest.  It's a bit of a misnomer, it's actually an amphitheater created from millions of years of erosion.  Be sure to check out Sunrise Point and Sunset Point at dawn and dusk to see the Hoodoos light up as if they are on fire (you don't need to go to the correct one, they both offer amazing views).  With some extra time, and to fully appreciate the wonders of this park, hike down amongst the Hoodoos via the Navajo Loop to Queen's Garden.  This 3.5 mile hike will give you a great tour of the breathtaking geology that you cannot appreciate from the view points.
Hiking Trails
Easy
Mossy Cave - 0.8 mile round trip to a small waterfall and a mossy overhang.

Rim Trail - 0-11 mile round trip trail along the rim with great views of the hoodoos below. The section between sunrise point and sunset point is paved.

Bristlecone Loop - 1 mile level roundtrip hike past spruce trees with some nice vistas and a change of scenery in the higher section of the park.

Queens Garden - 1.8 mile roundtrip trail into the canyon with hoodoos all around.

Moderate
Navajo Trail - 1.3 mile round trip trail from Sunrise point down into the canyon past some of the more popular formations. Create a loop by hiking up via the Queens Garden trail

Tower Bridge - 3 mile round trip shady trail leads to the bridge.

Hat Shop - 4 mile roundtrip descent to to a cluster of hoodoos along the under-the-rim trail.

Swamp Canyon - 4.3 mile round trip descent to a less-frequented area of Bryce Canyon.

Strenuous
Fairyland Loop - 8 mile roundtrip past China Wall, Tower Bridge and some very tall hoodoos

Peek-A-Boo Loop - 5.5 mile roundtrip steep hike through the main amphitheater in Bryce Canyon and past the Wall of Windows.

Riggs Spring Loop - 8.5 mile loop from Rainbow point through several different forest types.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon
A short and easy hike where you can see hoodoos, a small waterfall, and a mossy cave with icefalls.
Easy
0.6 mi/
1.0 km
Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon Utah
A video tour of the Queen's Garden Trail at sunrise. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the waypoints of this hike.
Easy
0.8 mi/
1.3 km
Bristlecone Loop Trail
Take an easy 1-mile stroll to see flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in Bryce Canyon National Park
Easy
1.0 mi/
1.6 km
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
Moderate
3.5 mi/
5.6 km
Guides
Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail
Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail
Tropic, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Hike into the canyon to experience Bryce Canyon's famous hoodoos; the best way to see the amazing hoodoos up close
Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon Utah
Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce Canyon Utah
Tropic, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A video tour of the Queen's Garden Trail at sunrise. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the waypoints of this hike.
Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon
Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon
Tropic, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 0.6 miles, 1 hour or less
A short and easy hike where you can see hoodoos, a small waterfall, and a mossy cave with icefalls.
Bristlecone Loop Trail
Bristlecone Loop Trail
Kanab, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1 hour or less
Take an easy 1-mile stroll to see flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in Bryce Canyon National Park
Community Trips
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Bryce Canyon National Park - Queens Garden and Peekaboo loop trails, UT, USA
by ant on Oct 15, 2010
Utah, United States
7.4 miles
A great day hike in Bryce Canyon. The combination of Queens Garden loop and Peekaboo loop trails (AKA Figure 8) is one of the best way to enjoy the beauty of Bryce Canyon up in close.
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Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Tail - Bryce Canyon
by chris on Jun 28, 2009
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
3.5 miles
Loren and I left Sunset point in the morning and hiked down the Navajo Loop Trail.  Instead of finishing the loop, we decided to go up the longer way via Queens Garden.  The hoodos were a bright orangeish red in the morning light, so cool looking!  We saw a double arch and a walked through a few tunnels although the way.
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Sunset to Sunrise Point - Bryce Canyon
by chris on Jun 28, 2009
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
1.2 miles
We got to Bryce Canyon pretty late, but we had just enough time to catch the end of the sunset at Sunset point, and decided to take the short walk to Sunrise point as well.
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Bryce Canyon
by LocalHiker on Mar 18, 2009
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
3.9 miles
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Bryce Canyon National Park, UT, USA
by ant on Oct 14, 2010
Tropic, Utah, United States
42 miles
Started from Rainbow Point and stopped all the view points along the scenic drive. Then enjoyed the sunset at Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. If you have very limited time then don't miss the Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.
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Peekabo Trail, Bryce Canyon
by smccharen on May 17, 2012
BRYCE, Utah, United States
4.9 miles
We hiked this trail in the afternoon, the same day we hiked Fairyland!  We decided that since we only had a short time in Bryce that we wanted to see as much as possible!  I loved hiking in Bryce Canyon, so different than nearby Grand Canyon or Zion Canyon,  there is elevation change but relatively short uphill stretches are followed by downhill stretches throughout the 5 miles of the trail, there is...
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Bryce Canyon
by jimlarkey on Apr 24, 2009
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
3.5 miles
Our trip through Bryce Canyon was a sightseers hike.  We were on our way to the Grand Canyon, and stopped mid-day to stretch our legs at Bryce.  So this is a typical tourist view.We walked along the Rim Trail to Sunset Point, and then descended on the Navajo Loop trail, past Wall Street.  From there we hiked northerly to the Queens Garden trail, finally ascending to Sunrise Point.The color of the hoodoos...
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Bristlecone Loop Trail - Bryce Canyon
by chris on Jun 28, 2009
Georgetown, Utah, United States
1.3 miles
Before we left Bryce, we decided to hike the short but popular Bristlecon Loop trail.  It was pretty quick, and the canyon views were pretty similar to the other lookouts, but walking through the green trees was a nice change of scenery from the rest of the park.
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Mossy Cave and Waterfall
by princesspussycat on Apr 25, 2010
Bryce Canyon City, Utah, United States
1.3 miles
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Bryce Canyon N.P.: Queen's Garden
by stefan222 on Aug 23, 2008
Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States
2.1 miles

Reviews
ericandblythe
Unbelievable...not to be missed.
Visited on Jul 28, 2014

by ericandblythe on Aug 04, 2014
Zion-National-Park
September is a beautiful time of year to visit Southern Utah especially Bryce. We did get caught in a lightning storm, which is actually rare for September. Remember to be careful when there is lightning present and seek shelter.
Visited on Sep 05, 2013

by Zion-National-Park on Feb 20, 2014
lorenzana
Very scenic place. Nice hikes.
Visited on Jun 19, 2013

by lorenzana on Jun 20, 2013
nmoto
I've been there once. I could see a unique scenery at there. There are so many rocks that look like some kind of a statue, or that look like a gorgeous palace. I walked through the rim trail of the canyon, and I found the way to the bottom of the valley. So I walked down the way to the bottom. When I walked through the red and dried rock face, that scenery reminded me the movie "Indiana Jones". It was a fun time.
Visited on May 23, 2012

by nmoto on Mar 24, 2013
smccharen
Get below the rim and explore the park!! So few people were walking the trails...
Visited on May 17, 2012

by smccharen on May 19, 2012
jillmotts
We drove through the night from California and were able to catch the sunrise at Bryce Point. Head down the steps to the area just below the parking lot to escape most of the cold desert wind. Once the sun is up, go check out the amazing shadows from the view at the point.

After sunrise, head to the Lodge for breakfast before setting out on a hike. In the summertime, midday is scorching hot, so head out early with a hat and plenty of water. It's a canyon, so remember: the only way out is up!

Visited on Aug 16, 2011

by jillmotts on Dec 10, 2011
prebenbensen
Take time to hike down the canyon - I can recommend hiking down Queens Garden Trail, taking then link til Navajo Trail and up the Wall Street part
Visited on Jul 04, 2011

by prebenbensen on Aug 20, 2011
JosephandKate
Such an amazing park! Beautiful hikes!
Visited on Jun 14, 2011

by JosephandKate on Mar 17, 2012
raemit
all good - nice walks - nice weather
Visited on May 28, 2011

by raemit on Nov 26, 2011
ant
Bryce Canyon is one of the most beautiful national parks. It's amazing to see all the hoodoos from the rim (from Sunrise to Bryce point). But don't stop there you'll enjoy more when you hike down the Queens Garden loop and Peekaboo loop trails.
Visited on Oct 16, 2010

by ant on Dec 30, 2011
kshawcroft
We got one of the last campsites. Hiked the loop through the base of the hoodoos the next morning. Cold, but beautiful.
Visited on Sep 11, 2010

by kshawcroft on Jan 12, 2011
wealthandhappiness
Check out the sunset at Sunset Point.
Visited on Aug 31, 2010

by wealthandhappiness on Nov 11, 2011
chris
I have been to Bryce Canyon twice before. The first time was with my family when I was a kid, and more recently I visited it as part of my southwest road trip a year ago. We were pretty pressed for time, but the highlight for me was hiking along the Queens Garden-Navajo Loop trail that led down from Sunrise point.

If you think the hoodoos look cool from above, just wait until you climb down and see them right next to you from the canyon floot--just amazing! I highly recommend hiking that trail, it will give you a unique experience.

Visited on Jun 27, 2009

by chris on Nov 19, 2010
Neverest
Lovely. We were able to ride our own horses (that we brought clear from North Carolina) and stay a few days in the area of Red Canyon
Visited on May 17, 2002

by Neverest on Feb 23, 2014

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