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“Great views and exercise!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Queen's Garden Trail

Queen's Garden Trail
Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This 1.5 mile loop is an extremely colorful trail with views of some interesting hoodoos.
Asheville, NC
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“Great views and exercise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is a great trail to join with the Navajo Trail for a great loop hike down into and back out of the canyon. It was VERY heavily traveled on Labor Day Saturday, and I assume it is pretty widely used all the time. That was the main downside: you just didn't feel like you were hiking in nature with a steady line of people coming and going on the trail (and stopping and blocking the trail constantly for photos of their friends).

It isn't a trail for the faint of heart (literally and figuratively). It is at a high elevation and fairly steep going in and back out, but it is a beautiful view of the canyon from every angle, and a hike through a slot on the way out.

Visited September 2013
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Virginia Beach
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“A must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

You have to get the viewpoint from the bottom of the canyon. The walk back up takes a little effort going up the switchbacks but everyone should be able to do it. Bring water!

Visited September 2013
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a city by a lake, WA
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“Great trail with awesome scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

The park newspaper/map lists this trail as "the least difficult trail into the canyon." While this may be true, it does not address the level for your return hike. The Queen's Garden Trail is not a loop. If you turn around after you reach the garden, the trail back is somewhat steep. I noticed people stopping and panting on their way back as we were heading down.

We continued on to the Navajo Trail and out via Wall Street which is moderate (strenuous for those out of shape like me). This provides spectacular views as well.

The trail is definitely worth the effort back. Bring lots of water. Take advantage of shady areas for breathers. Bring a snack. Take lots of pictures!

Visited August 2013
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“Best hike of the whole trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We were short on time (and I wasn't entirely sure the steep incline up the Navajo Loop side would agree with me) so we did the Queen's Garden trail into Wall Street and then backtracked back up the more gradual Queen's Garden trail again.

No matter how far you think you can go down into the canyon, just do it. As soon as you drop a bit below the canyon's rim the scenery starts changing as you come closer to the hoodoos and you feel like you have entered another world. I can see how the Paiute people thought of the hoodoos as ancient people turned to stone. It does feel like you're in an ancient city with everything turned to stone.

We went just after sunrise so it was cool, but we still took water and wore sunscreen since the sun is strong at almost 8000 feet!

Don't worry about getting back up, just take your time like this flatlander Midwesterner did and you'll have given yourself memories that'll last a lifetime!

Visited July 2013
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Coral Springs, Florida
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“Queens Garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great hike if combined with the Navajo trail.. Don't miss wall street and Thor's hammer with the princesses

Visited July 2013
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