Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
© David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
Spectacular. Very unique views. A challenge for us sea level people, unused to the higher elevations. I would love to do this again.
We did the Queens Garden, Navaho, Peekabo combination. All three were spectacular. My favorite area was Wall Street on the Navaho Trail. We also drove to all the lookouts and took pictures before leaving. I would recommend this three trail combo to all visiting Bryce.
Eric and Karen
Bryce Canyon is just completely beautiful and awe-inspiring; I have yet to see anything as spectacular. I went in late winter, so it was cold and a bit muddy from melting snow, but it was wonderfully peaceful. There was a light snow the night before/early morning, so the hoodoos were particularly beautiful with the white snow contrasting with the red rock. People shy away from Bryce during the winter (most tourists don't want to deal with cold weather), but it's the perfect time to visit if you like a little adventure and enjoy solitude. I'd love to visit Bryce at least once during the 4 major seasons, so I can truly appreciate how the landscape changes. It's definitely worth planning a vacation/adventure around; just be forewarned that the park gets slammed with tourists in spring/summer. 5 stars for scenery, atmosphere, everything.
Absolutely gorgeous. The peekaboo loop is the most spectacular part, you are really in the thick of it. Be careful to follow the signs though. We thought we'd try to do Peekaboo clockwise and turned left at the first sign, we ended up on some crazy mule trail at the bottom of the canyon and had to walk all the way back up. The loop took up about 1.5 hours, its pretty steep climbs.
We did the trail described on this site: Queens Garden Trail (1.6 miles), the Wall Street Trail (0.7 mile), and the Peekaboo Loop (4.8 miles). It was a spectacular way to see a lot of Bryce Canyon in one day. It's hot down in the canyons but there is an occasional shady spot or rock to hide behind to get out of direct sun. Easy to follow trails and excellent photo opps. (Unless you're equipped with good cameras and lenses, buy a postcard of Wall Street. It's difficult to capture professionally on film.) Great bird-watching, right up until sunset. This is not a particularly strenuous hike (except going up at the end)--I saw young children coping well with the heat and the trails. I would recommend hiking boots over tennis shoes as areas have loose gravel and soft stone. The trail is well-maintained and laid out with lots of interesting twists and turns.
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