Queens Garden is the easiest trail that descends below Bryce Canyon's Rim. The trailhead is at Sunrise Point and you can hike down and back out OR connect with Navajo Loop Trail for a longer hike. Formations seen include Queens Castle and Queen Victoria. Trail extends 1.7 miles one way. Total elevation ascent/descent is only 320 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours to hike 1-way. Distance between Sunrise and Sunset points on paved rim is .5 mile. The Navajo Loop Trail also drops down into the amphitheater. It passes through "Wall Street," a narrow switchbacked slot between sheer cliffs, with towering Douglas fir trees growing along the trail. It provides outstanding views of much-photographed Thor's Hammer - a tall, narrow pinnacle with a narrower neck, supporting a large hammerhead-like rock. Looking west from the trail are grand views into the "Silent City" where rock structures resemble towers and buildings and temples. To the east, see the "Temple of Osiris." The Navajo Loop Trail extends 1.3 miles, starting and ending at Sunset Point, with an ascent/descent of 550 feet. Most people take 1-2 hours. Combining the Navajo Loop with the Queens Garden Trail, hike for 2.9 miles, looping from Sunrise to Sunset points. Combined trail ascent/descent of 580 ft. Recommend starting at Sunset Point (Navaho Trail) b/c slope up to Sunrise more gradual/easier. Most take 2-3 hrs. The combination has been called the Worlds Best 3-Mile Hike.
Queens Garden Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bryce Canyon City, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.
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