Queens Garden and Navajo LoopBryce Canyon National Park, Ut
Geological Wonders, Walk the Hoodoos, Family Friendly
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 1.8-3.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 357-643 ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 1.5-2.5 hr
Features: Geological Features
Nearest Town: Tropic, Ut
Queens Garden is shortest and easiest route into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. On this trail you can experience the hoodoos up close and personal.
With some imagination try to see “ET” and “Queen Victoria” on the Queens Garden Trail. While it might be a bit of a stretch, it’s still a fun game and who knows, maybe you’ll even find a couple hoodoos that appear to be locked in embrace.
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- Trail Head Easy to Find 100% 100%
- Kid Friendly 90% 90%
1. Walk the Hoodoos
Queens Garden is the shortest and easiest route into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. If you’ve always dreamed to walk among the hoodoos, now’s your chance!
2. Queen Victoria
Have you ever laid on the grass looking for shapes in the clouds? Even more fun is looking for shapes in the hoodoos. Characters, animals, and people pop out of the rock with some imagination.
3. Sunrise Beauty
Start your hike as the sun comes up for a really special experience as the softness of the sun casts a glow on the hoodoos.
Park at the Sunrise Point parking lot which is located near the general store. It is pretty well signed from the main park road to the parking area.
To get the viewpoints follow the signs to Sunrise Point. The trail for Queens Garden starts just below Sunrise Point before dropping into the Bryce Amphitheater.
Queens Garden to Navajo Loop is one of the most popular trails in the park so don’t expect much solitude on this one!
Follow the trail as it gently drops into Queens Garden weaving through the hoodoos.
After walking for about ¼ mile look for a hoodoo that looks like ET. Shortly after there are a couple hoodoos that appear to be leaned over in an embrace. What figures and forms can you see as you walk through the hoodoos?
As the trail continues it passes through a tunnel in the rock before continuing towards Queen Victoria.
After about 0.8 miles the trail reaches the Queen Victoria trail spur. Personally, I don’t see it, but there is a hoodoo that resembles Queen Victoria sitting on her throne. Can you see it?
From here either return to the trailhead for an easy hike with a total distance of about 1.6-1.8 miles or continue on to the Navajo Loop via the connector trail for a moderate hike.
The connector trail runs approximately ¾ mile dropping approximately 175ft along the canyon floor. It gives a totally different view of the canyon as it wraps through the trees. Walking is quite easy as the trail is gently sloped and hardpacked.
Once it meets up with the Navajo Loop the trail climbs back up to the canyon rim. Personally, I find Wall Street more interesting to hike, though it may be closed during some seasons. And whether you choose Wall Street or Two Bridges it’s a steep climb to the top.
The trail starts to ascend more steeply as it climbs up towards Wall Street. After another ¼ mile the trail becomes switch backs until it reaches the canyon rim.
From here either take the trail from Sunset to Sunrise Point for another ½ mile or take the shuttle back to Sunrise Point when it’s running.
Why is this hike rated easy to moderate?
The out and back trail to Queens Garden is easy as it descends slowly on a wide, hard packed path into Queens Garden to the Queen Victoria hoodoo.
If you complete the whole loop from Sunrise Point through Queens Garden, up Wall Street via Navajo Loop and return to Sunrise Point it’s considered moderate due to the length and elevation gain.
More Hikes to Choose From
Check out this and more hikes in and around Bryce Canyon National Park and Tropic, Ut.
Length: 1.1 mi
Elevation Gain: 82 ft
Sunset to Sunrise Viewpoint is one of the easier parts of the Rim Trail winding around the Bryce Amphitheater.
Length: 0.4-1.3 mi
Elevation Gain: 121 ft
Bristlecone Loop offers a different side of Bryce Canyon with break taking views of the surrounding landscapes and slightly more solitude.
Length: 5.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 1407 ft
Descend into Bryce Canyon and walk among the hoodoos on this less traveled trail complete with amazing close-up views.