Navaho Loop – Queen’s Garden Hike – Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon City, UT

Our first full day at Bryce Canyon dawned cool and overcast.  The weather forecast is for this same weather throughout the week.  So when the sun broke out in the morning we quickly headed into the park for a hike.

The view from Sunset Point

At Sunset Point we began hiking down the side of the rim on Navajo Loop Trail.  You can’t hike the entire loop due to damage to the trail, so at the half way point we turned on to another trail that headed to the north.

A view of the rim from the trail

Another view of the rim from the trail

The final part of the descent into Bryce Canyon on the Navajo trail was on a series of steep switchbacks.  They reminded us of Walter’s Wiggles in Zion National Park.

Once in the canyon, the trail meandered among the high rocks.

Up one short side canyon we could see two bridges

The canyon has numerous balanced rocks.

A balanced rock from one side . . .

. . . and from the other side

Can you see an arch in the upper left of the rock?

A close up shot clearly shows it

At times the trail weaved right through the rocks.

A display on the path showed a picture of Britain’s Queen Victoria.  What is Victoria doing in the middle of Utah?

Do you see her in the rock formation below?

The sun continued to peak through the clouds as we followed the trail through the rock formations.

Portions of the trail showed the workmanship of the men of the CCC who worked on the trail during the Great Depression.

The photo below shows the trail as it goes through a cutout in the rock.

As we began the climb out of the canyon the clouds returned and we even felt a few drops of rain

Looking back at the trail from the top of the rim

We were really fortunate to have some sunshine during this hike.  Sunshine really makes the various colors seem to come alive.  We’re hoping for some more sunshine in the days to come!

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22 Responses to Navaho Loop – Queen’s Garden Hike – Bryce Canyon

  1. cathy says:

    Don’t you just love it when the weather cooperates?? Great pics & great hike!

  2. Ingrid says:

    Another amazing hike accompanied by great photos. Al and I will be using your blog as a reference once we’re back on the road, which I hope will be soon 🙂

  3. libertatemamo says:

    What? More rock pictures? Only kidding…I never tire of seeing Bryce! Such a unique and pretty place. Great hike!
    Nina

  4. Charlotte says:

    What a beautiful place, the rock formations and colors are gorgeous! Great hike. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Amanda says:

    Glad you got an okay weather day for your hike. Bryce Canyon looks incredible! What a hike.

    • placestheygo says:

      Not exactly an okay weather day but we did get a few hours. Now we need a much longer time of dry weather to complete the main hike. We are hoping for better weather soon.

  6. Lisa says:

    What a beautiful hike! At least clouds are good when you are going uphill!

  7. Paul and I so remember that park. The girls were only about 12 and 13. We hiked part of the way down. We had so much to see in a short time.

    I think the photos turned out super! We didn’t see Britain’s Queen Victoria but I see the resemblance for sure. So glad you got to have a window-of-opportunity to take a beautiful hike.

  8. Pam says:

    Glad the weather cooperated and you were able to do this hike. We went on a part of it and wished we had reserved more time for longer hikes. Bryce is an amazing place.

    • placestheygo says:

      We need the weather to cooperate a little longer. The dry times are too short to hike very far. We are hoping for a break Friday and Saturday. Your are right, Bryce is amazing even with the clouds.

  9. Erin says:

    Seeing your photos … I remember hiking that trail wearing a pair of pink shorts and totally inadequate tennis shoes. What was I thinking? Now if only I could remember whether we had rented a trailer on that trip? Need to dig through some old photos.

  10. Gay and Joe says:

    What great pictures…I love the rocks! I sure do hope the weather is good for you to get in all the hikes you want to…we look forward to the posts.

  11. LuAnn says:

    We really loved Bryce and your photos have brought back some great memories. Thanks! 🙂

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