Navajo Loop - Bryce Canyon National Park
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance: 1.7 miles round trip
Navajo Loop might be the most popular trail within Bryce Canyon National Park. The 1.4 mile round trip trail is primary famous for a series of short switchback that descend through the narrow canyon. This is a highly photographed moment as the lightening provides a breathtaking scene. The full trail is somewhat moderate due to loose gravel and the steepish decline during these switchbacks. This decent is about 352 feet over a shortish distance. Starting from Sunset Point, the switchbacks are found after about 0.2 miles but are visible from the overlook. The trail continues after the decent to connect with Queens Garden, which is another famous trail. Below is a one way map to this connection point. The famous rock structure, Thor’s Hammer, is also found along the path. Overall, Navajo Loop offers some incredible views while being easily accessed.
ROUND TRIP LENGTH
1.7 miles round trip
AVERAGE HIKE TIME
BLM, Bryce Canyon National Park
DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE
143 miles (2 hours and 19 mins driving)
Flushing Toilets at Ranger Station/Lodge
Out & Back
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE
Great Year Round
BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE
No Permit Required
National Park Fees ($70 for annual pass or $35 per vehicle)
WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE
No Water Sources Available
Camping Available only in Designated Camping Area
Dirt Single Track, Sandy, Rocky
Partial Sun Exposure
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD
FLORA AND FAUNA
Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Spencer McMullin is originally from Connecticut but has deep ties to the Southern Utah area. His passion for adventure and photography has lead him to HikeStGeorge.
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