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Be the first to like this. This path takes you on a wonderful route through hoodoos and along ridges that provide awesome views and close-up looks at the strange formations. In some sections, the trail feels like a canopy walk through a forest of hoodoos, putting you at eye level with balancing rocks on the tops of spires. The orange, gold, cream, and pink hues are particularly vibrant along this trail. If you want, you can add on a spur to Tower Bridge, which can also be done as its own separate hike.
Fairyland is an eight-mile hike, with an elevation gain of approximately 2, feet. Although it is not technically difficult, it is listed as strenuous by the park due to the distance and elevation. If you are camping at Bryce's North Campground, you can pick up the trail right from the campground. Otherwise, you can start from Fairyland Point or Sunrise Point, although starting from Sunrise Point will mean adding a bit of distance to the hike. This 5. A steep descent takes you into the depths of the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, through the massive hoodoos.
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One of the highlights along Peek-A-Boo Loop is the Wall of Windows, where arches and cracks in the upper portions of connecting hoodoos frame the blue sky behind. With more than 1, feet of elevation gain, most of it occurring over a very short distance, this is a strenuous hike.
Queen's Garden is an easy , out-and-back, 1. The hike descends from Sunrise Point, along the tops of mud and limestone ridges that wind down into the canyon. Colorful hoodoos rise up all around you, and the ridges are dotted with pine trees. The trail is a moderate width in most sections, and although there are drop-offs on one or both side of the ridges, they are not sheer cliff walls, just steep slopes of crumbling rock and mud.
In a couple of places, you pass through man-made arches. This trail is incredibly scenic, with photo opportunities everywhere.
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At the far end of the trail is the Queen's Garden, where a dense patch of pines provides lovely shade for a few benches. From here, you can look up to see a hoodoo that resembles Queen Victoria sitting on her throne.
Head back on the same trail to return to the parking area. Navajo Trail leads through similar topography as the Queen's Garden, with multihued hoodoos rising up on all sides as you walk down into and through the amphitheater, below Sunset Point. The main difference between the two hikes is Navajo's steeper grade and greater elevation gain. This is a 1. The park rates this hike as moderate , but if you take your time, it's an easy trail.
The trail begins at Sunset Point. Bristlecone pine trees are not a common sight in this area of Utah, but this hike will give you a chance to see some of these ancient trees, some of which are 1, years old. The hike begins at Rainbow Point, at the south end of the scenic drive through the park, which is also the highest area in the park.
The elevation here reaches 9, feet, but fortunately this one-mile loop trail has less than feet of elevation gain, making it an easy hike. The trail meanders through a forest of blue spruce, Douglas fir, and white fir, but also offers incredible views over the canyon and opportunities to see birds and other wildlife. The temperatures up here can be cooler than other areas of the park, and snow tends to linger. As a result, this hike may be inaccessible through the winter and into the spring.