Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail

🌎Moderate - Bryce Canyon National Park



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Discover this 3.0-mile loop trail near Bryce, Utah. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 33 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are March through October. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

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Featuring incredible views and unique rock formations, this hike is one of the best ways to experience the hoodoos and spires of Bryce Canyon National Park. This great trail takes you by some of the park’s most iconic features, including Queen Victoria and Thor’s Hammer.

You’ll start by hiking along the Navajo Loop Trail towards Sunset Point, where you’ll have fantastic views of the colorful canyon. You can choose to go to the right here and venture through Wall Street, a narrow canyon. This route stays along the eastern side of the Navajo Loop Trail. After passing Thor’s Hammer and the Two Bridges, you will come to the trail junction for the Queens Garden, where you will see some of the most spectacular formations in the park. At Sunrise Point, you’ll turn left and return to the parking lot along the Rim Trail.

Along the Queen’s Garden Trail, you’ll have the opportunity to walk among the towering hoodoos and rocky formations. Hoodoos go through several stages throughout the course of their formation. First, water erodes the sides of rocky plateaus until they become fins. Once they are thinned out from significant erosion, holes form in their center, creating a window. Finally, after further erosion, the top of the windows 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.

  • 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.
  • Parking
    There is a parking lot near Sunset point with restrooms and water fountains nearby. Park your car and walk towards sunset point.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Two Bridges
    Just like the name suggests, you will find two 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 two hoodoos in their place.
  • Queen Victoria
    Once in Queens Garden you will see the rock formation known as Queen Victoria 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 Garden Trail
    To your left you can complete the Navajo loop, or you can continue straight and join up with the Queen's Garden trail to add a few 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.
  • The Queen Victoria Hoodoo
    The Queen Victoria Hoodoo is called this because it looks a Queen on her throne.
  • 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.
  • In The Garden
    This is the beginning of Queen's Garden, an amazing array of hoodoos that you can walk through in amazement.
  • 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 Horse Trail
    This is a horse trail that starts at the top and now splits off here and goes to another location. 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.
  • 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.
  • Queens Garden
    Queens 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 hoodoos 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.
  • 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. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the morning light as you hike down this wonderful trail.
  • Sunrise Point
    Finish your hike with a stop at sunrise point to get a final view of all that Bryce Canyon has to offer. Here you can see such formations as "Boat Mesa", the "Sinking Ship", and the "Aquarius Plateau". Just like sunset point, this is a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset (the views from the two points aren't too different). Walk on the paved path along the rim of the canyon back towards sunset point to find your car. There are restrooms and water fountains near the parking lot as well.
Awesome trail and hike. IMPORTANT: enter from sunset point and exit at sunrise point. The switchbacks below sunset point are steeper and muddier— best done going downhill not up. Beautiful hike, a few mini snowstorms!
— Scott Bourn
This was the most amazing hike! Every corner brought a new amazing view. It was challenging and interesting enough to keep all three of our pre-teens and teens excited. Highly recommend!
— Bri Gallagher
We did this hike for sunset and it was great! Went in April 14th at 6pm and finished the hike in about 75 min, with multiple stops for pictures. Definitely recommend going counterclockwise!! Save yourself from ending the hike with steep switchbacks.
— Courtney Steltz
It’s gorgeous! It’s challenging! One of a kind views! There’s elevation in the beginning and the end… we did the combo Navajo and Queens Garden, almost 3.5 miles. Take water and snacks! It was only challenging for me because I’m a Floridian and only been hiking 2 months. The hoodoos are amazing! Take a portable phone charger if you love taking pics and videos, we drained both our phones before it was over! Too much goodness to see! Trail is in good shape too. Enjoy!
— Tom Tom Totten