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.
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."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Greg Witt, 50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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