Hike: Navajo Loop Trail
Location: Bryce Canyon National Park
Distance: 1.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 459 feet
Completion Time: 1 Hour
Tucked away in this beautiful National Park, the Bryce Canyon Navajo Loop trail offers you the ability to descend down into the amazing valley of hoodoos. The entrance located just off the Rim Trail is also the location of one of Bryce Canyon’s shuttle stops. While hiking down into the canyon, the towering orange spires will encase you in a surreal landscape filled with vibrant colors. Rated moderate in difficulty due to its steep pitches, this hike can easily be completed within an hour.
If you are feeling up for the challenge you can easily combine this with the Queens Garden Loop or Wall Street hike. The Wall Street is a series of steep switchbacks that drops you down through a series of tightly packed hoodoos, whose incredible height towers over you shading you from the sun. Due to its popularity this steep trail is very busy during the day, so your best bet for full enjoyment is an early sunrise hike. I suggest hiking down the Wall Street, as it is the steepest section of the Hoodoo Valley trails. After descending through Wall Street continue on the Navajo Loop trail to continue out of the valley. Although the hike is not too difficult you should still take your time and be sure to wear proper hiking shoes . Hiking poles could be of added benefit during the steep descents. If you are looking for an easier way to explore the beauty of Bryce Canyon, this should be a must do. As with most National Parks, dogs are not allowed, and Leave No Trace Principles should always be followed. More info on Leave No Trace can be found here.