Queens Garden Trail - Hike near Bryce, Utah
Queens Garden Trail, Bryce, UT 84764, USA,Bryce,Utah
37.62843715820456, -112.16370242150396
3.2 miles S of Bryce, Utah
Address: Queens Garden Trail, Bryce, UT 84764, USA
GPS: 37°37'42.4"N 112°9'49.3"W
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State: Utah
Trails/Routes: 2.3 mi

National Park


The Queen's Garden Trail is the hike to see the wonders of Bryce Canyon's main amphitheater from all angles. Starting at Sunrise Point, you'll have a great view from the rim before the trail wraps it's way down through the hoodoos. The dirt trail is very well kept and wide with a little bit of a flowy feel. There are benches and logs along the way if you need a breather but beyond the trails edge is a steep descent, often on both sides. As you follow the trail deeper, that exposure becomes less severe but even at the top, it's only scary if you think your kids might plunge over the side. The trail offers plenty of room to stay well away from the edge.

As you descend, you'll see new details of the rocks and hoodoos as you get ever closer and begin to look up at them a little more. The trail goes right through the wall in a couple of places as well with great little tunnels cut out of the rock. Make sure to take what looks like a detour into the Queen's Garden. There's a placard there that explains the location and will help you find the Queen Victoria rock structure a little easier. It's also where you'll notice the change in ecosystem. You're now surrounded by trees and low plant growth.

The change in ecosystem continues as you head further down the trail. You're still looking up at hoodoos but you're now walking on a forest trail below them. The Queen's Garden Trail ends in the bottom of the canyon at the junction of the Navajo Loop Trail. Don't worry about taking the wrong turn as it's an "All roads lead to Rome" scenario. Whether you take the West (Left) fork or the East (Right) fork, you'll follow the Navajo Loop Trail up to Sunset Point. The East fork is much shorter and will take you to Two Bridges and up the stonebrick switchbacks. Either way, there will be plenty of hoodoos, switchbacks, and caves. Towards the top, you can take a detour on the Peekaboo Loop as well.

38.2K Written by endovereric

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Bryce, Utah

  1. Head northeast (0.1 mi)
  2. Turn right (397 ft)
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1/17/19 9:11 am 8/22/17
One of the coolest places I have ever been, if not the coolest. It was incredible to be able to see the whole view from the top and then hike down into the view I had just seen.
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