Free Course

Bryce Canyon National Park - The Figure 8 Combination Hike (Queen's Garden, Peekaboo Loop, and Navajo Loop)

 
Explore Below:
BLOG POST
MAPS
PRICING
CHECKLIST

Destinations > Utah

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Distance

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Elevation Change

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sign

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. 

Bryce Canyon National Park - Entrance

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Fees

We got a map from the park ranger after showing our National Parks Pass at the gate.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Map

If you want to visit the visitor's center, it's your first right after entering. There's a lot of good info there.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Visitor Center Map

Next we drove to the Sunset Point parking lot. This is where you begin the Figure 8 Combination Hike.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Parking Lot

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Parking Lot
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Shuttle Area

Sunset Point is at an elevation of 8,000 feet above sea level.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Elevation

The Sunset Point Lookout area has paved sidewalks. We took the sidewalk towards the first overlook.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Paved Sidewalk Trail

As we reached the first overlook, this is what our first view of Bryce Canyon looked like. It was amazing!

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point View

From here, we took the rim trail to Sunrise Point.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Rim Trail to Sunrise Point

You will see signs along the way so you know you are heading in the right direction.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sign on the Rim Trail

We arrived at Sunrise Point and went to the overlook to see the view of the Queen's Garden Trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunrise Point
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunrise Point
Bryce Canyon National Park - View of Queen's Garden Trail

This is the sign as we started the Queen's Garden Trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Sign

This is the overhead view from Google Earth. You can see the Sunrise Point overlook and the beginning of the Queen's Garden Trailhead.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Map

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. 

Bryce Canyon National Park - Family Pic

These are some of the views along the Queen's Garden Trail:

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail

Along the way, they have tunnels carved through the rock to continue on the trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Tunnel
Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Tunnel

There are some cool places to rest in the shade. This huge rock has a log under it to sit on and rest.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail log bench

Here is a view of that rock formation that we were resting under.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail log bench

This is what the trail looks like as the Queen's Garden Trail connects to the Navajo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Connecting to Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Queen's Garden Trail Connecting to Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Sign

We stopped here and ate our lunch.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail to 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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

This trail has steep inclines and declines, but the views are amazing!

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Bryce Point Lookout
Bryce Canyon National Park - Bryce Point Lookout
Bryce Canyon National Park - Bryce Point Lookout

You stay to the right and it keeps you on the Peekaboo Loop Trail.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

There is one restroom on the trail, but it's only open during the summer.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

The rest of the Peekaboo Loop had amazing views!

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Peekaboo Loop Trail

Then we headed back to the Navajo Loop to complete this hike.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

As you get to the top of Wall Street on the Navajo Loop, you have some incredible views.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

Before you go all the way up, there is an overlook that is worth checking out.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Navajo Loop Trail

We finally reached the top of the trail at Sunset Point Overlook. We took in the views of this amazing hike we just finished.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Overlook
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Overlook
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Overlook

Then we headed back to the parking lot where we started from.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunset Point Parking Lot

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.

MAPS:

Bryce Canyon National Park -  Maps:

(Click on the map above to go to a Google Maps larger view.)

(Click on the map above to go the original map that is much bigger and allows you to zoom in.)

PRICING:

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)

CHECKLIST:

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. 
BACK TO UTAH >>

Want to share your own travel experiences?

Build your own travel lifestyle Website using the same all-in-one platform that I use.

Host your Website, Build Your Courses, and Accept Payments with Kajabi!

GET A FREE TRIAL OF KAJABI