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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.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: This is a short 0.8 mile hike down into one of the most beautiful places in Bryce Canyon, Queen's Garden. It's an easy trail with only 320 ft. of elevation loss on the way down and the same back up. I recommend going down before sunrise via headlamp so you are well down the trail when the sun comes up. You will beat the yelling crowds and be down among the hoodoos when the light is best. Then, you can come back up while everyone is coming down or continue on to the Navajo loop and up past Wall Street on your way up to Sunset Point. Then the rim trail will take you right back to Sunrise Point where you started.

Tips: Bring a headlamp and head out before the sun comes up. This is a short hike, but bring water and sunscreen always. Get a trail map in case you want to take an alternate way back up.

Points of Interest

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Queen's Garden Trailhead Sign

This is where the hike starts! Pass by the informational sign on your left about the human impact in the canyon, then read the info on the sign on your right to find out you have 0.8 mile to go and 320 ft. of decent until you reach the Queen. Proper footwear is important if it is muddy or snow covered, but it really is an easy trail that you can get down with sandals on. I think the decent is a bit more than 320 ft. though, but we'll go with the sign.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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Snow On The Shady Side

The trail is snowy in the early Spring. The snow catches the morning light and reflects golden light.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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A Beautiful Turn

If you are early enough getting onto the trail, the orange glow from the sunrise lights up the contours of the trail in a magical way. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the morning light as you hike down this wonderful trail.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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A View Into Queen's Garden From the Top

From here you get a wonderful view of Queen's Garden if you climb off trail on your right and up to the top of a small hill.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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The Horse Trail

This is a horse trail that starts at the top (you may have smelled some evidence on your way down) and now splits off here and goes I don't know where. This is a great place to branch off of the trail a bit and get out to a point where you have a 360 degree view. If you came down the trail before sunrise, this is where you want to be when the sun crests the far away cliffs. Sit down and enjoy the show.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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A Hoodoo

Hoodoos were formed when the sandstone in this entire region was compressed and then twisted by movement of the earth. The twisting and compression cracked the stone into an array of tall blocks. Water, ice, and wind then eroded the cracks leaving tall spires called hoodoos in the thousands all throughout Bryce Canyon.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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In The Garden

This is the beginning of Queen's Garden, an amazing array of hoodoos that you can walk through in amazement.

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A Hole In The Wall

Here in the garden, there is a little hole in the wall where you can see the sun through if you are in the right place at the right time.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
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The Queen Victoria Hoodoo

Here is our destination: The Queen Victoria Hoodoo. Called this because it looks like The Queen on her throne. I think the little hoodoo on her right looks like a little dog also.

The video below shows only the sights and sounds of the trail, no music or narration.
Pictures in this guide taken by: tonyfarley

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