The Queen’s Garden Trail is one of the highest trafficked trails in Bryce Canyon National Park for a good reason. It features incredibly unique rock formations and views that will leave you wondering how this place could have possibly been formed. Here, we will give you all the information you need to hike this trail.
Distance: 4.49 Miles Round Trip (7.23 km)
Elevation Gain: 1,378 feet (430.0 meters)
Duration (Hike Time): 3-4 hours
There are three common options for completing the Queen’s Garden trail. An out and back, and two loop trail options. We recommend doing the Queen’s Garden and the entire Navajo Loop trail in one hike, but have highlighted all options below.
The trails on each loop are well traveled, well maintained, and well marked, are easy to follow, and have extremely beautiful views. The hardest parts of the hike are the beginning and end when hikers take switchbacks to drop into the canyon, or to rise back up to the trailheads.
Queen’s Garden Trail Out & Back – From Sunrise Point Parking Lot – 4.00 Miles – 1,095 Feet Elevation Gain
Hikers can choose to hike the Queen’s Garden Trail out and back, but we recommend that you combine this into a loop with the Navajo Loop Trail to experience the best of Bryce Canyon. This out and back is simple, easy to follow, has a lot of other people on it, but contains fantastic views.
The Queen’s Garden Trail is filled with stunning rock formation, tunnels for hikers, switchbacks, red rocks, white rocks, and just incredible views in general. (See Pictures Below)
Queen’s Garden Trail & Navajo Loop Trail With Wall Street – 4.49 Miles – 1,378 Feet Elevation Gain
When open, we highly suggest that hikers go do the entire Navajo Loop when also hiking the Queen’s Garden. The order you choose to complete these is totally up to you, and doesn’t change the difficulty or experience of your trip. We just recommend doing it all! Wall Street often closes in winter months, so take advantage of seeing it if it is open.
The Wall Street Section of this hike features slot canyon like walking with gorgeous rock walls that tower over you in a very narrow section.
Hikers will also find a lot of beauty at the two bridges section (on map) and the switchbacks heading back up the Navajo Loop Trail.
Queen’s Garden Trail & Navajo Loop Trail Without Wall Street – 3.1 Miles – 882 Feet Elevation Gain
This route would simply be one part of the Navajo Loop Trail, without Wall Street, and the entire Queen’s Garden Trail. We only recommend this route if the Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop is closed.
Other Trail Options
Hikers can choose to start from any location in Bryce Canyon National park and access just about ever piece of the park. We simply have highlighted the most common routes for this hike. Feel free to make your own path if needed.
Here is a detailed weather forecast for the next 4 days:
Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West wind around 14 mph.
A chance of snow showers after 9am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West northwest wind 12 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West northwest wind 9 to 16 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 58. West northwest wind 8 to 20 mph.
Clear, with a low around 30. West wind 8 to 18 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Parking, Directions & Shuttle System
All lots in this park are quite large, but they do fill up. During peak time, you’ll be utilizing the shuttle system. During off season, you likely can find a spot to park your car, but even the large lots can fill up.
The shuttle system can be read about here: https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/shuttle.htm
Directions to Sunrise Point Parking Lot:
Directions to Sunset Point Parking Lot:
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