Hiking ? the Navajo and Queens trail at Bryce Canyon

Inspiration Point at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon boast the largest collection of hoodoos in the world ?. This is an amazing place. When asked about Bryce Canyon the previous owner was heard saying, “Its, a helluva place to lose, a cow.” Although, it is a great place to explore, hike, and roan among the these strange geological spires.

“The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.”
— President Theodore Roosevelt

Queens ? Trail (recommend hiking from Sunset PT to Sunrise PT

I remember as a little boy making sand castles ? at the beach. Not with a bucket, but letting the sand ooze between ones fingers so as to let the turrets all look long and pointed. Image now being reduced in size to about an inch and walking around and into your castle. This is the adventure that awaits you at Bryce Canyon.

Natural Bridge on Navajo Trail

Bryce Canyon is home to a horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, scenic vistas, and the dark night sky. *Pondering: a treehouse is an insult to a tree – “Hey, I killed your friend, now hold him.”

The beginning of the Navajo Trail descending into the canyon

Navajo Loop is the most popular trail which takes visitors down the rim from Sunset Point through the narrow corridors of Wall Street and then intersects with Queens Garden Loop Trail. We departed the Navajo trail and continued on the Queens ? Garden trail. It added an extra couple of miles but the scenery was breathtaking. We also recommend starting at sunset ? point and then hike up sunrise point. The ascent seemed to be a more gradual climb up and not as steep.

The Wall section of the Navajo Trail

Hiking into Bryce Canyon is considered a moderate hike with almost 1,000 foot descent and a 1,000 ascent to complete the hike. In the summer the temps can reach ? so bring lots of water, hiking shoes, trek poles and etc. Do not fear if a hike into the canyon is not your thing atleast walk the Rim Trail from Sunrise PT to Sunrise PT. And Don’t miss Inspiration Point.

View of the 1,000 foot decent into Bryce Canyon

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We highly recommend the Mossy Cave Trail(Off scenic HWY 12)in the northern end of Bryce Canyon National Park offers hikers the chance to experience up close the hoodoos and spires of the park without having to descend 1,000 feet to the bottom of the amphitheatres. This trail follows a stream that leads to a natural grotto, a shelter cave that looms protectively over the trail, bearing ice sickles in the winter and lichen and moss in the warmer seasons. Read a more detail of this hike in our other blog: Kodachrome

Natural Bridge is a great photo opt while driving through Bryce Canyon

Some of the majestic scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park can be seen by auto touring, no hiking needed. You can enjoy all of the park’s major overlooks if you get out of your car and take leisurely strolls out to the edge of the pavement. A bad day camping is still better than a good day at work.

Thor’s hammer is a nice pull off the scenic drive within Bryce Canyon

Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. The cost is $80. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest ?. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees.”The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter.” Thoreau

Queen’s Trail

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No hiking required on the scenic drive through Bryce Canyon. Just pullover.

Some of the the pullouts one can expect on the scenic drive through Bryce Canyon.
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Fairview Point:

From this vista you can look out over parts of Bryce Canyon, and also famous features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. From north to south you can see the Aquarius Plateau (Pink Cliffs), the Kaiparowits Plateau (Grey Cliffs), Molly’s Nipple (White Cliffs), and parts of the Kaibab Plateau. On most days you can easily see Navajo Mountain. 

Ponderosa Canyon overlook
Natural Bridge:
The structure called Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches found in Bryce Canyon. This one is particularly photogenic; it has been sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation, which is rich in iron oxide minerals. From many vantage points you can frame rich green, Ponderosa pine trees through the arch. 
Agua Canyon:
This viewpoint overlooks two prominent hoodoos. The taller of the two is known as “The Hunter.” To the right is a smaller hoodoo commonly referred to as the “Rabbit,” or alternatively the “Backpacker.” 
Ponderosa Canyon:
This vista overlooks Ponderosa Canyon, so named because huge Ponderosa pine trees grow on the canyon floor. Some of these trees measure more than 5 feet in diameter and exceed heights of 150 feet. The name is a bit confusing because the viewpoint is surrounded by a forest of Blue Spruce and Douglas-fir trees. 
Rainbow Point:
From this vista you can look north over much of Bryce Canyon National Park. Here you can see the snaking rim of the Pink Cliffs, and many of the park’s hoodoo-filled amphitheaters. 
Agua Canyon overlook
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Rookie Mistake: We made the assumption that we could explore, hike, and drive this area in 1 day. If I had a do-over, I would plan on spending atleast 3 full days to a whole week. You will not be sorry ?.

Another beautiful overlook

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