While visiting Southern Utah, a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park is a must-do activity. With tons of trails, natural sites, and excursions available, the park is a top attraction in the area. During your trip, you should consider a hike along the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden trails to witness amazing rock formations. Read our guide to these two trails to learn more about what to expect on your hike.
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What to Expect from the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden
Sunrise and Sunset Point
Navajo Loop and Queens Garden are accessible via Sunrise and Sunset Points. Depending on the time of day you plan to hike, you can begin at either point, then follow both trails for some incredible views of Bryce Canyon. If you’d like to hike the trails during the less crowded hours, consider getting to Sunrise Point before the sun comes up. Photographers can capture perfect sunrise photos from this vantage point before continuing with the hike.
Beginning at Sunset Point, hikers traverse the canyon rim to Sunrise Point. From here, you will have a panoramic view of the surrounding rocks and spires. This point marks the beginning of the Queens Garden trail.
If you choose to start at Sunrise Point, you will follow Queens Garden first, then continue to Navajo Loop. This 1.4-mile loop descends into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, one of the most visited parts of the park. Along the trail, you’ll spot breathtaking views of towering rock formations that resemble a city skyline. When you’ve reached the end of the trail, you can continue to Queens Garden via Wall Street. A hike along Wall Street is worth the trek as you’ll pass several massive Douglas firs growing in a narrow rock fissure.
Once you reach Queens Garden, you will begin to climb back above the amphitheater’s rim. This trail is 1.7 miles one way and passes unique geological formations, like the Queen Victoria and Queens Castle. Hiking along both Queens Garden and Navajo Loop should take between two to five hours roundtrip and covers many of the best sites in this area. The Queens Garden will lead back to Sunrise Point. From there, you can walk along the canyon’s rim once again and return to Sunset Point.
With properties in several parts of Southern Utah, Family Time Vacation Rentals offers convenient access to many of the most popular national parks. If you plan to hike Navajo Loop and Queens Garden, you’ll want to stay in one of our Panguitch or Duck Creek Village properties. Duck Creek Village is just an hour from the trailheads, while Panguitch is only 30 minutes away.
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