Navajo Loop Trail - Bryce Canyon
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo Loop Trail - Bryce CanyonOne of the best ways to experience the beauty of Bryce Canyon up close is to hike the Navajo Loop, a moderate 1.3-mile trail with 508-ft elevation change via switchbacks. The park service recommends a clockwise direction, starting at the top of the rim at Sunset Point, and descending down to the bottom of the canyon before climbing back up. The trail is not paved, and there are small rocks that make for slippery footing at times, so it's best to wear hiking boots or other shoes with good tread. Much of the trail has no sun shade, and can get pretty hot in summer months. The optimal time to do the hike is either early in the morning or early evening, which may also be times that the trail is less crowded. Regardless of when you tackle this walk, you will need a good hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of water, and a good camera for all the stunning scenery around you. Along the way, you will see lots of 'hoodoos' (rock formation that resemble towers or people), including an iconic one called 'Thor's Hammer'. You will also walk through an area known as 'Wall Street', a narrow slot between sheer cliffs. The hike took us about two hours, including breaks for water, snacks, rest in the shade, and watching the chipmunks dart around the steep rock walls. (Fun fact: there are 3 different species of chipmunks at Bryce Canyon, and the Uinta Chipmunk is the most common of the three).