BRYCE CANYON HIKING
Bryce Canyon Hiking is a thrill in itself! There are three different categories of hiking trails within the park itself - easy, moderate and strenuous. There is also an area for Back Country hiking
Be sure to look over the NPS Hiking Trails info. They've already established which trails fit each category. Probably, the most popular hiking trail within Bryce Canyon is the Queens Garden Trail.
It begins at Sunrise Point and descends about 300 feet into the depths of the amphitheater. As you are descending, you’ll be “up close and personal” to various “hoodoos and fascinating spires. The trail down into the canyon is a very easy "switch back" type of trail. You'll notice there are very few “steep” descents. Usually, you’ll be walking back and forth on a switchback to allow for a much easier descent.
One of the delights of Bryce Canyon hiking is to see all the various shapes of the stones and spires - let your imagination soar!
While at the bottom of the canyon, you’ll be able to look up and see “Queen Victoria” - pretty amazing how this stone is completely carved by nature to look just like her!
Those of you that remember “ET” will see that structure as you are leaving “Queen Victoria” to join up with the Navajo Trail to climb back out to the rim area. “ET” will be on your left, up pretty high as you are walking. You will have walked right past the back of ET as you were descending into the canyon from the beginning of your hike.
See the smile of ET?
The Navajo Trail is classified as a moderate hiking trail. It will be steeper than the descent into the Queen’s Garden, but lots of switchbacks to help you. Going up a steep incline is also easier on your shins/legs.
Be sure to look over the NPS Maps, before going onto any trails! You’ll quickly realize, there are no elevators out of a canyon! Descending is always physically and mentally easier - just be aware of your limitations while enjoying the views.
Many guests of ours are very content to just walk the paved rim trails from overlook to overlook and then take the shuttle back to their car!
However, you choose to enjoy Bryce Canyon hiking or walking - we want you to enjoy your visit with us!