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Fairyland is the first amphitheater within Bryce Canyon National Park. It is rich with beautiful Hoodoos not only on the sides of the amphitheater, but also right in the center.
As you park your car and walk up to the overlook, it is just filled with multicolored Hoodoos right in front of you!
Incredible view from the overlook at Fairyland Trailhead
While descending down into the valley of all those beautiful Hoodoos, you'll also come across some pretty cool looking trees. Aside from the fact the Bristlecone trees grow here (oldest living trees on earth), there are some wonderful examples of nature with our trees.
Quite the curve!
Descending further into Fairyland, you'll notice so many trees that have been struck be lightening - even the short ones in the valley! Rumor has it that a really strong tree will actually "twist" its trunk, when struck by lightening. You'll see some of those examples as you hike here.
Hiking through here is such a great experience. It is located just outside the main gate into Bryce Canyon and therefore isn't as crowded on the trails. Plus, the roadway leading to the trail head is closed in the winter time.
A neat secret about here?
You can actually hike from here to the Stone Canyon Inn property - now, that's pretty special!
If you hike about a mile and a half on the regular trail, you will have walked through 2 dried riverbeds (we call them "washes" and a smaller spillway. At the next dried riverbed ("wash"), turn left into it ( there will be a log blocking your path to crossover within this particular "wash") and follow it down to a much larger dried riverbed. When you reach the large riverbed, bear right - slightly descending as you walk.
Which way do I go?!?!?! Someone had lots of fun with rocks making "cairns"!
"Cairn's" are the little piles of rocks stacked on top of each other to guide you along an otherwise unmarked trail.
When you reach a large cairn in the wash on the left center area, look for footprints and a small path to your left. Follow lots of cairns for approx 2 miles and you'll come to our property and the Group Campground area.
These are just a few pictures of some incredible Hoodoos and cliffs you'll see while hiking Fairyland. If you stay on the trail (not go to Stone Canyon Inn) you will have traveled approximately 8 miles. This is considered a strenuous hiking area. Always be sure to have plenty of drinking water with you to keep from getting dehydrated.
This photo, courtesy of the NPS, shows the complete trail of Fairyland. It will be approximately 8 miles of hiking with descent and ascents of 2300+ feet. The Chinese Wall and Tower Bridges viewpoints will make it worthwhile - but it is a strenuous hike within Fairyland itself and along the Rim Trail back to the Trail Head.
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