I have never been to a place quite like Bryce Canyon National Park, with its multicolored jagged rocks and Hoodoos or Fairy Chimneys; I felt like I was in a martian landscape. While there, I hiked the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon on my first time visiting this majestic place.
Navajo Loop Trail is a short 1.4 mile trail, that quickly descends down a switchback, and then quickly ascends back out on a gentle uphill trail with more switchbacks.
NAVAJO LOOP TRAIL IN BRYCE CANYON
Hoodoo is the name given to the jagged sandstone like spires that surround you throughout the hike. I also heard they can be called a fairy chimney or earth pyramid.
How to get there
The Wall Street Switchbacks
Starting the trail from the Sunset Point area of the park I went to right down the trail through an area known as Wall Street. Wall Street is Bryce Canyons only slot canyon. Immediately I was in awe of the size of the walls and hoodoos towering above me.
The trail winds back and forth down a gentle slope and quickly gets you down to the bottom where you can look up toward the tops of the hoodoos.
Inside it is strangely quiet in this little section, almost like being in a quiet room. The temperature is cool and you can feel a slight breeze blow through here and there.
Working my way down the trail, you can look up and see the different drainages, as well as several of the hoodoo formations. You can also see where the water run off comes down during downpours.
Wall Street was the coolest part of the Navajo Loop Trail in my eyes. The entire trail is beautiful, but when I hear people talk about Bryce Canyon National Park, I picture all the switchbacks.
Reaching the bottom of the trail it flattens out and there are trees growing in the canyon bottom. When I was there I followed along a dry river bed, and I would bet at the right times of year, there is water running through it.
Continuing on through the trail, you will pass a section called the South Hall. The trail here will start to turn around a bend and then the ascent out begins.
Also, in the South Hall section, you can find the trail called the Queens Garden Loop that you can link up to for a longer hike. If you were to continue up the Navajo loop though, you get to see the Double Arches area.
The Double Arches are a cool sight. I didn’t see to many other arches on the trail, and although the photo doesn’t show it very well; I can assure you there are two arches.
When you have seen the arches your getting close to getting out of the canyon. You are also getting to a spot with more spires, hoodoos, and fins.
The trees grow up tall in between the walls that line the trail and its pretty cool. Also, you’re going to go up some more switch backs to get out of the canyon.
Just before you are out of the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon you will get to see a feature called Thor’s Hammer. It looks like a large mythical hammer sticking straight up into the sky.
Passing Thor’s hammer you get to see another feature that I call Ninja Turtle. Take a look and maybe you can see why. I don’t know if this is the correct name for it, but thats what I called it.
After the Ninja Turtle head, I cruised up the short amount of trail that is left. Along the way I snapped a few more pictures of the Hoodoos, and Bryce Canyon.
When ever you’re visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and you want a beautiful hike, that is pretty easy and short, I would urge you to take the Navajo Loop Trail.
I have been on this trail twice now and even as I sit here writing this and seeing the photos again it is getting me fired up and wanting to go back to be In the canyon again. Hopefully someday soon ill be back again. Enjoy the hike!
If you need to find out any more information about Bryce Canyon trails, weather, camping and things to do visit their website here.
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Here is a list of some of the gear I take with me on all my expeditions if you are curious what I use.
- Camera: iPhone and GoPro
- Protective iPhone Case: Insipio Case
- Go Pro Handle: GoPro Handler
- Power Bank: Anker Bank
- Backpack: Camelback
- Jacket: Columbia Waterproof Jacket
- Boots: Vasque Boots
- Sunscreen: Sky Organics