Bryce Canyon National Park - The Figure 8 Combination Hike (Queen's Garden, Peekaboo Loop, and Navajo Loop)
Blog Post - June 4, 2022
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southern Utah.
This national park is known for its Hoodoos, which are irregular columns of rocks. It has the largest concentration of Hoodoos in the world.
We got to spend 3 days at Bryce Canyon, but that wasn't enough time to do all the hikes.
One of our favorite hikes was the Bryce Canyon Figure 8 Combination Hike.
This hike combines the Queen's Garden Trail, the Peekaboo Loop Trail, and the Navajo Loop Trail into one awesome hike.
The hike is 6.4 miles (10.2 km) and should take around 4 to 5 hours to complete.
It has an elevation gain of 1,575 feet (480 meters) and will test your endurance with lots of hiking up and down the dirt trails.
As you are driving towards the entrance you will first see a parking lot with a Bryce Canyon Sign. We stopped and took some pictures here.
Then we headed down the road a little bit more to the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park, you will see some guard gates. This is where you pay to get into the park.
We already had a National Parks Pass (Also called the Interagency Pass), so we used that, but these are the fees at the time we went.
We got a map from the park ranger after showing our National Parks Pass at the gate.
If you want to visit the visitor's center, it's your first right after entering. There's a lot of good info there.
Next we drove to the Sunset Point parking lot. This is where you begin the Figure 8 Combination Hike.
As you walk from the parking lot to the trail, they have bathrooms and picnic tables. That is a good place to get ready for the hike. As you head over to the trail/sidewalk, you will see the Sunset Point Shuttle covered bench area.
Sunset Point is at an elevation of 8,000 feet above sea level.
The Sunset Point Lookout area has paved sidewalks. We took the sidewalk towards the first overlook.
As we reached the first overlook, this is what our first view of Bryce Canyon looked like. It was amazing!
From here, we took the rim trail to Sunrise Point.
You will see signs along the way so you know you are heading in the right direction.
We arrived at Sunrise Point and went to the overlook to see the view of the Queen's Garden Trail.
This is the sign as we started the Queen's Garden Trail.
This is the overhead view from Google Earth. You can see the Sunrise Point overlook and the beginning of the Queen's Garden Trailhead.
There are so many great spots to take pictures with the Hoodoos in the background. Julie was taking a cool pic of Ethan, Ember, Tarin, and Tyson.
These are some of the views along the Queen's Garden Trail:
Along the way, they have tunnels carved through the rock to continue on the trail.
There are some cool places to rest in the shade. This huge rock has a log under it to sit on and rest.
Here is a view of that rock formation that we were resting under.
This is what the trail looks like as the Queen's Garden Trail connects to the Navajo Loop Trail
We stopped here and ate our lunch.
Then we headed back onto the trail. From here, we took a left off of the Navajo Loop trail to go to the Peekaboo Loop Trail.
As we got closer we could see the sign for the Peekaboo Loop Trail. We took this trail to the left or clockwise.
This trail has steep inclines and declines, but the views are amazing!
You'll reach a part of the trail that has a sign for a trail going to Bryce Point, which is a 1 mile hike up.
We didn't do this hike because you can drive to the lookout. This is what it looks like from the Bryce Point Lookout.
You stay to the right and it keeps you on the Peekaboo Loop Trail.
There is one restroom on the trail, but it's only open during the summer.
The rest of the Peekaboo Loop had amazing views!
This is what it looks like as you exit the Peekaboo Loop Trail. We went off to the left to eat a snack before continuing on.
Then we headed back to the Navajo Loop to complete this hike.
As we got back to the Navajo Loop Trail, we took a left to go the Wall Street side of the trail. This has a lot of switchbacks to get back to the top.
As you get to the top of Wall Street on the Navajo Loop, you have some incredible views.
Before you go all the way up, there is an overlook that is worth checking out.
Then we headed back to the Wall Street Sign. There you have the choice to go up or to go back down to see Two Bridges on the Navajo Loop. We stayed to the left to complete the hike.
We finally reached the top of the trail at Sunset Point Overlook. We took in the views of this amazing hike we just finished.
Then we headed back to the parking lot where we started from.
Overall, we loved the Bryce Canyon Figure 8 Combination Hike. This hike was harder than we thought it would be because of the inclines and declines, but it was definitely worth it.
Make sure you bring plenty of water and food to get you through the hike.
We were at Bryce Canyon for 3 days. If we didn't have the National Parks Pass, we would have paid $105 for the 3 days.
We already had the National Parks Pass (Interagency Pass), which cost us $80 so not only did we save money, we can use it at other National Parks too. You can see all the fees at the time we went listed below.
Total cost for this hike: $80 for National Parks Pass (Interagency Pass)
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Bring a plenty of water, sandwiches, and snacks
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- I wore trail running shoes, but you could also wear hiking boots. You definitely want shoes with grip for the dirt trails.
- A map of the trails.
- Go Pro Hero 9 Black video camera to film your adventure.
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