Navajo Loop, Peekaboo Loop, and Queens Garden - Bryce Canyon NP, UT

Date: 6/23/2012

Miles: 6.5

Elevation: 1770'

Trail Type: Loop

Trailhead: Google Maps

Trip Report:

Trail map from climb-utah.com
Trail map from climb-utah.com

Bryce canyon is a relatively small National Park, but if you are in Utah you should definitely make a small side trip to see this unique canyon. There aren't too many trails to choose from, but if you have a couple hours to spare, this easy dayhike is the perfect way to see all the best parts of the canyon up close. The trail is well-maintained with not much elevation change, the only downside is that it is quite exposed, dusty, and can get pretty hot in Utah sun. No matter how long you expect to hike, be sure to bring extra water! We stopped to give water to several groups of thirsty people who only brought a single water bottle.

We arrived at Bryce the night before, and we raced the sun to make it to Sunset point to watch the beautiful sunset over the red rock formations. After, we returned to our campground at Bryce Canyon Pines.

The path leading up to Sunset point overlook
The path leading up to Sunset point overlook
Bryce amphitheater in the golden light from Sunset Point
Bryce amphitheater in the golden light from Sunset Point
A panorama of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater
A panorama of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater

The next day we returned to Bryce and chose the Navajo loop in combination with Peekaboo loop based on other trip reports.

You can spot the trail winding through the hoodoos
You can spot the trail winding through the hoodoos

We started at Sunset Point TH and followed the signs for Navajo Loop. The switchbacks take you right to Wall Street, a direct look down a narrow canyon, which is great for photo ops.

Me on all of the switchbacks
Me on all of the switchbacks
As you descend, the tall structures called hoodoos rise above
As you descend, the tall structures called hoodoos rise above
A look down a canyon called Wall Street
A look down a canyon called Wall Street

It was much cooler in the shade at the bottom of the canyon, and there was even a very tall tree that had grown up out of the shade.

A single tree rooted at the base of the canyon
A single tree rooted at the base of the canyon

After 0.7 miles we reached a 4-way junction. We turned right towards Peekaboo loop. After 0.3 more miles we reached another junction, the beginning of the 3 mile slightly strenuous Peekaboo loop. You could then choose to hike it clockwise or counter clockwise.

Clark posing with some bizarre formations
Clark posing with some bizarre formations
The trail was quite exposed, hot and dusty
The trail was quite exposed, hot and dusty
Clark in front of the Wall of Windows
Clark in front of the Wall of Windows

After returning to the start of Peekaboo loop, we hiked the 0.3 mile back to the junction at Navajo trail. Now we took the trail headed towards Queens Garden. After 1.6 miles, we hit a junction and decided to hike to "End of Trail" to see the Queen Victoria hoodoo. We returned to the trail to hike the last 0.9 miles to the Sunrise TH.

The numerous hoodoos had some great coloring to them
The numerous hoodoos had some great coloring to them
The size of some of the hoodoos in comparison to me
The size of some of the hoodoos in comparison to me
One of the tunnels that the trail leads through
One of the tunnels that the trail leads through
Switchbacks on the way up Queen's Garden
Switchbacks on the way up Queen's Garden

It is then another 0.5 miles back to the Sunset Point TH. Our socks were quite dusty from the hike, but there were numerous photo opportunities and the hike was very easy for how much of the canyon you get to explore. I would highly suggest the Peekaboo loop - it has more elevation change, but there are less people and the terrain is quite different.

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