While many people are content to experience Bryce Canyon National Park from the overlooks, the real magic of the park becomes apparent only by taking advantage of the park’s spectacular hiking trails. Many of the trails weave through the majestic and mysterious hoodoos. The Claron Formation of sandstone creates giant pillars all around you as you come around every turn. These are most apparent along the Fairlyland Canyon, Queen’s Garden, Navajo Loop, and Peek-a-Boo Trails. While each bring hikers through incredible hoodoo formations, they also all offer their own unique scenic beauty. Another trail also highlights an ancient bristlecone pine tree, while another showcases a perennial waterfall near a mossy cave.
Bryce Canyon National Park Hiking Trails
Distance: 0.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Mossy Cave Trail Description For those who are on Highway 12 skipping Bryce Canyon National Park (why would you do that?), or for those heading to Bryce Canyon National Park from the east, Mossy Cave is a great sampler of what the park has to offer. …with a lot of water. The trail follows a man-made diversion of the […]
Distance: 8.5 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October Despite Bryce Canyon National Park’s popularity and crowds, there are still ways to escape the pandemonium and enjoy the backcountry of the park. The Fairyland Loop Trail is probably one of the best ways to do that. It’s lengthy enough so that it scares away most of the casual visitors and dramatic enough to show you some outstanding features […]
Distance: 5.5 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October While the Peek-a-Boo Loop can be accessed from the Navajo Loop, the more standard route is from Bryce Point. I sat here before sunrise, waiting for enough light to begin hiking as car after car pulled up, their drivers hopping out and frantically scrambling to plant their tripods at the ideal spot before anyone else. Once there was […]
Distance: 1 mile (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October The Bristlecone Loop is probably the easiest trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s located at the very end of the main road in the south end of the park, and over the course of a one mile loop brings you past a 1,600 year old bristlecone pine tree. Bristlecone Loop Trail Description The trail starts along the canyon […]
Distance: 3.8 miles Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October Crowded. Loud. Disrespectful shortcutters. Yelling. This is most likely what you’ll encounter on the Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop, and you should absolutely do this hike. It has its down sides (most of them just mentioned), but for the majestic splendor and wonder of Bryce Canyon, this loop is an absolute must see. Consider it a best-of for what […]