Fairyland Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Distance5.1mi
Elevation Gain3,646ft
Trailhead Elevation7,781ft
Top7,993ft
Elevation Min/Max7153/7993ft
Elevation Start/End7781/7781ft

Fairyland Loop Trail

Fairyland Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within Bryce Canyon National Park. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 7,781 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,646 feet. The Fairyland Point viewpoint and the Fairyland Canyon Parking are near the trailhead. Crescent Castle (historical) (elevation 7,457 feet) and the Fairyland Point (elevation 7,792 feet) cliff can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Rim Trail and Tower Bridge Side Trail.

Fairyland Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Not nearly as crowded as some of the shorter trails in Bryce Canyon, in part because of its length and in part because the shuttle system does not have a stop at its trailhead, the Fairyland Loop lives up to its name with spectacular groupings of orange- and cream-colored hoodoos that
evoke images of an intricate, delicate home of bands of wild fairies."

"Bryce Canyon is relatively compact as national parks go, so finding an off the-beaten route not already lined with tourists shortly after sunrise may seem unachievable. But that’s what you’ll find in Fairyland, a lesser-known bowl on the park’s northern fringe. You will actually access the trailhead and hike in Fairyland before ever entering the park."

"A day loop through Fairyland Canyon. An enjoyable day hike, this route loops through the Fairyland amphitheater just north of Bryce Canyon. The trail can be accessed easily from a trailhead at Fairyland Point or from Sunrise Point via a short jaunt north along the Rim Trail. Since the access road to Fairyland Point is located between the park entrance and the Bryce Canyon Visitor
Center, first-time visitors often drive by, missing Fairyland Point and the Fairyland Loop."

"The area below the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park is a fantasyland of strange and wonderful geologic formations. Stone spires and pinnacles with fanciful names like the “Chinese Wall” and “Seal Castle” surround the trails, making them delightful places to hike.

As the canyon rim erodes, new hoodoos are formed. They begin first as tall thin fins, then serrate to form pinnacles and spires. The colors are caused primarily by iron and manganese impurities in the rock that oxidize into colorful hues of red, pink, orange, yellow, and purple. The carving action is still continuing, and it is estimated that today the rim of Bryce Canyon is receding at the rate of about one foot in 65 years. In another hundred thousand years it will have receded by a third of a mile, and a whole new display of artwork will be ready for viewing in nature’s gallery."

Fairyland Loop Trail Reviews

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9/22/2012
Excellent hike. All the views are in the first 5.5 miles. I went in right after sunrise and it was beautiful to see the spires as the sun moved down them into the valley. Agree that this is less spectacular than the southern piece of the rim trail or the Queen's Garden (or whatever it is - Queen's something). But well worth seeing and much less crowded. On this loop yesterday, a busy Saturday in late September, I only passed about 10 small parties, and two of them were the same couples late in the loop that I had passed early in the loop (going the other way). Not quite secluded, but much less crowded than the other trials I have tried here. One note: The Falcon Guide has the total mileage right, but all the interval mileages are messed up. The spur trail for Tower Bridge is right at the midpoint of the hike - 4.0 miles. The juncture with the rim trail is at 5.5 miles. The trail continues along the rim mildly uphill, with two short steepish segments for only 1.25 miles, then down to the parking lot for the final 1.25 miles. The Falcon Guide has all these mileages messed up, but the park service has accurate mileage along the way, and it matches my walk times.
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9/23/2010
We've done several Bryce trails, and this one is as good as it gets. A wonderful trail. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the shaded Tower Bridge side trail which is halfway along the loop. Most Bryce trails require a long climb at the end, but the Fairyland Loop ends gently with a level return along the Rim Trail.
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10/30/2009
Marvelous in fall season. Hike for everyone. Start it early so you can take part in the ranger lecture at 2:30 pm at sunset point!
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5/20/2009
Great hike. Started at the campground and when clockwise around the loop. Lovely all around.
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5/20/2009
This trail is awesome! It's on the right side on the way into Bryce Canyon Park. You don't have to pay the park fees if you can catch the entrance before going through the gates. The trail is very well maintained. We went when is was rainy. At first, is was really muddy but it dried up after a bit.
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8/17/2005
I hike this trail very early in the morning and, due to short time I have I run all the trail (start at 7.00 AM from Nort Camground and back for 8.30). Indeed it is beeter to walk and to look around for the beatuful scenery. Anyway if you have just time for one trail at Bryce I think peekaboo loop + queen garden is more spectacular and enjoyable.
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8/31/2000
The best trail in the whole canyon and you don't have to get into the park to hike it. Trailhead starts at the Fairyland Viewpoint just before the entrance station to the park (saves you $20 entrance fee). It is an 8-mile loop that gets you rigth back where you've started. It is quite easy and spectacular. You hike down the canyon then get back up to the rim. The last 2.5 miles is on the rim, so you can catch some breath.
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Oct 2018