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Bryce Canyon


Utah

Along the park road

Sunset Point

Sunset Point offers vistas of some of the most famous and breathtaking of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos. Directly below the point and to the south, the Silent City rises from the canyon floor, a maze of hoodoos and fins packed in tight formation. Just below the overlook on the northern edge, Thor's Hammer stands alone. Striking in form due to its isolation from other hoodoos, Thor's Hammer is a favorite among visitors.
The Navajo Loop Trail descends from Sunset Point through the slot canyon of Wall Street, where a 450-year-old Douglas-fir reaches upward toward the sunlight at the top of the canyon. The Navajo Loop is the most popular trail in the park, and is often combined with the Queen's Garden Trail to form a longer loop that passes through the Queen's Garden and emerges onto the rim at Sunrise Point.

Sunrise Point

The view to the northeast from Sunrise Point captures Boat Mesa and the Sinking Ship, set against the stark Pink Cliffs of the Aquarius Plateau. Boat Mesa, capped by the resistant rock called "The Conglomerate at Boat Mesa," rises above the hoodoos of Fairyland Canyon to an elevation of 8073 feet.
Sunrise Point serves as the trailhead for the easy to moderate Queen's Garden Trail that descends into a section of hoodoos ruled by the Queen Victoria hoodoo.

Fairyland Canyon

Fairyland Canyon, located one mile north of the National Park entrance station, offers an opportunity to hoodoos at an "eye-to-eye" level. These hoodoos have inspired imaginations for years, and visitors today are bound to be as enchanted as were the Paiute Indians, who saw the hoodoos as ancient peoples turned to stone.

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave is truly a must see stop. Mossy Cave is in the northern section of the park, located on highway 12, approximately 4 miles east of the intersection of highways 12 and 63. Look for a small parking area on the right-hand side immediately after crossing a little bridge. The Mossy Cave itself is at the end of short trail. Here to you can see hoodoos and windows without having to hike a steep trail.

Hikes


Day Hikes in Bryce Amphitheater:
The easiest trail is the 1/2-mile (one way) section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Other sections of the Rim Trail (which extends 5.5 miles / 9.2 km between Fairyland and Bryce Points) have steeper terrain.
Day-hiking trails at Bryce Canyon include:

  • Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip)
  • Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip)
  • Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip)
  • Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip)
  • Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip)
  • Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip)
  • Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip)
  • Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip)
  • Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip)
  • Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip)
  • Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip)
  • The Peekaboo Loop Trail also serves as a horse trail.

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