Here’s a quick guide to some of the best hikes Bryce Canyon National Park has to offer. There’s a hike suitable for the novice hiker and more experienced. Keep in mind that summertime heat can greatly affect these hikes, as well as the cool temp’s and snow the winter can bring- so plan accordingly.

  1. Queens Garden Trail (pictured).
  • Easy, out-and-back, 1.8-mile trail with incredible views that look entirely different on the way down and then the way back up—heavily trafficked as it’s one of the most popular trails. Although it’s rated easy, don’t let that fool you, the way out is ALL uphill! I did see families with strollers taking on this trail.

  1. Navajo Loop Trail
  • Easy 1.5-mile loop that gives you a glimpse of the most popular landmarks within Bryce Canyon; the “wall street” of hoodoos- referring to hoodoo surrounding you like skyscrapers, ancient Bristlecone pines, arches, and stone bridges.

Suggestion: If you can only do one hike while in Bryce, you can easily combine Queen’s Garden & Navajo Loop trail. They connect towards the bottom of the canyon, and together they encompass the highlights of The Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. Together they are 2.9 miles.

  1. Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail 
  • A strenuous 5.5-mile trail with 1500 feet of elevation gain. Takes you deep into the canyon through massive hoodoos. And less trafficked than the shorter Queens Garden and Navajo Loop.
  1. Fairyland Loop
  • Strenuous only due to the elevation gain and length, this is an 8-mile loop with 2300 ft elevation gain. Less trafficked than the other trails, its great to escape the crowds and offers picture-perfect views. You can also easily add on Tower Bridge to this hike.
  1. Tower Bridge 
  • A moderate 3-mile hike with 800 ft of elevation gain, this is perfect for those not up to complete the entire Fairyland Loop. Plenty of views of beautiful hoodoos and a stone wall called “The Chinese Wall.”

Have any hikes to add to the list? Let me know in the comments. Is Bryce Canyon National Park on your bucket list? 

Jenny Habdas
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