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Don’t Miss It: Bryce’s Navajo Loop Trail

Everyone knows about Bryce Canyon National Park. It is one of the famous southern Utah Parks and known for impressive rock formations known as hoodoos. It is spectacular and is on everyone’s bucket list for its beauty. Mike has written about Bryce before. He peered at the sharp-pointed rocks viewed from overlooks. But he didn’t mention one of the “must do” things at Bryce. Be sure you hike the astonishing 1.3-mile Navajo Loop Trail!

Hoodoos from the rimThe trail starts at Sunset Point.  It leaves the rim and goes down among the hoodoos.  Although the view are impressive from the canyon rim, there is something completely and marvelously different when you hike among the hoodoos.  It is a magical landscape.  The scale and the views change completely as you descend and ascend.

Hoodoo short switchbacksThe Navajo Loop Trail is not steep, but in order not to be steep there are many  switchbacks.  We walked it counter-clockwise, but you can go either way.  If it is hot, do the trail in the morning when it is cooler.  Although there are plenty of shaded areas, much of it is in full sun.  Bring water.  If you aren’t used to hiking at 7,800 feet you will get winded.  Take frequent breaks to snap photos. The trail is not difficult and your experience will stay with you for life!

Among HoodoosBetween the hoodoos there is plenty of shade. You are surprised by the  occasional tree growing up through the rocks toward the sun. When you reach the valley floor, the trail winds along a wash for a short distance.  There are other trails taking off to mysterious places for the more adventurous longer hikes.

Hoodoos from belowAt the bottom the view is now completely different because the hoodoos loom overhead instead of jutting upward from down below.  There are trees, but they are completely dwarfed by the towering rocks.

Eventually the trail starts back up.  More switchbacks keep the grades gentle.  As you climb slowly back to the rim, the view changes with every elevation gain.  Take lots of photos.  If you go to Bryce, plan to hike the Navajo Loop Trail.  You will always remember the astounding experience of gliding among towering glowing orange pinnacles of gigantic size!

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