Travel to Mars on the Queens Garden Trail and Navajo Loop

Tom’s Experience hiking the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail:

We decided to hike this loop clockwise starting at Sunrise Point and ending at Sunset Point. This has been called the best 3-mile hike in the world. Now I wouldn’t go so far as to say that but it really was a very fun hike. It isn’t very long and the different hoodoos we passed are quite remarkable.

Hiking Queens Garden Trail

Starting off at Sunrise Point there is a fairly steep downhill section. There is a great view looking out over the whole canyon; this leads to Queen’s Garden trail which is a really fun part of this hike. You are walking among hoodoos and they seem like they are all around you. The trail also goes through a few man made tunnels right under the hoodoos.

Queens Garden Trail

There is a short out-and-back trail to go and look at the Queen Victoria hoodoo. We took the trail out and it started raining on us so we stayed under a tree for a while. The rain was actually very nice and kept the temperature perfect for our hike.

Navajo Loop

The trail starts to flatten out and we hiked through a little desert forest for a little while until we reached Wall Street. Wall Street is a fun slot canyon followed by some very narrow switchbacks. It was really interesting to see how the national park had carved the trail out of such a steep slope.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Wall Street leads up to Sunset Point and then back to the parking lot. The views from Sunset Point are pretty similar to the views from Sunrise Point but it was fun to stop at both. The total loop was 3 miles.

Hiking Navajo Loop

Dogs are not allowed on any trails in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Tom’s Rating:

Trailhead Info: Bryce Canyon National Park only has one entrance, enter there and drive until you see the signs pointing towards Sunset/Sunrise Point. Turn here and park the car and follow the signs to Sunrise Point to start the hike.

GPS:

Sunrise Point = 37.628422,-112.16295

Sunset Point = 37.622479,-112.16567

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