Top Short Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

Queens Garden

The easiest trail into, and more importantly out of, the canyon, the Queen’s garden Trail is not a loop.  The trail ends at rest benches near the formation know as Queen Victoria in an area of the Bryce Amphitheater called the Queen’s Garden; The way out is back up the same trail used for the descent.  A connecting trail near the end of the Queen’s garden Tail provides access to the Navajo Loop and Peekaboo Loop trails.

  • Distance: 1.8 mi / 2.9 km
  • Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 357 ft / 109 m
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Navajo Loop Trail

Although a short trail, the Navajo Loop passes through a sampling of some of the best of the Bryce Amphitheater. There’s a towering hoodoo (Thor’s Hammer), natural bridges, and a passageway (Wall Street) with walls so sheer and tall that in places only a small sliver of the sky can be seen above them.

Just below Sunset Point, the trail splits into two legs of the loop.  The left-hand leg travels past Thor’s Hammer and Two Bridges. The right-handed leg of the trail quickly (via a series of switchbacks) to the bottom of the cliffs of Wall Street, before meeting the other leg of the loop. You can make the complete loop in either direction or can take the connecting trail at the bottom of the loop to the Queen’s Garden Trail and return to the rim by that route.  The connecting trail to the Peekaboo Loop also departs near the bottom of the Navajo Loop Trail, and the ambitious hiker can use that trail to return to the rim at Bryce Point.

At the lower end of Wall Street is a sight which attracts nearly everyone’s attention.  Two towering Douglas-fir trees (now more than 400 years old) live in this narrow chasm and continue to grow skyward towards the narrow band of sunlight between the cliffs.

  • Distance: 1.3 mi / 2.2 km
  • Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 550 ft / 168 m
  • Difficulty: Fairly strenuous

Queen’s garden – Navajo Loop Combination

By combining these two popular trails,

Mossy Cave

Stream side walk up to a mossy overhang and small waterfall. (Waterfall flows May to October)

  • Distance: 1.8 mi / 2.9 km
  • Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 357 ft / 109 m

Bristlecone Loop

Hike through spruce-fir forests to cliffs with bristlecone pines and expansive vistas.

  • Distance: 1.0 mi / 1.6 km
  • Estimated Time: 1 hour
  • Elevation Change:  200 ft / 61 m

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