Navajo Trail

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Tackle this scenic and relatively short loop trail for front-row views of the famous Thor’s Hammer formation, a thin sandstone pillar topped with a hefty rock.

The short Navajo Trail winds through a dramatic amphitheater in Bryce Canyon National Park, offering stunning views of the unusual rock formations eroded by wind and weather. Follow the 1.3 mile (2-kilometer) loop route for outstanding views of some of the park’s most-photographed pinnacles, columns and spires.

Although it is Utah’s smallest national park, Bryce Canyon is no less impressive than its bigger counterparts. Walk along the winding trail for some of the best vistas of the park’s collection of strangely shaped rock spires.

Set off from the rim of Sunset Point and continue along the trail as it descends down into the amphitheater. The initial descent leads to a narrow slot canyon, which is known as “Wall Street” because of the sheer cliffs that rise up on either side of it, resembling the tall buildings in New York City’s financial district.

As you trek along the trail, pause to view the strange, red-rock surroundings. Admire the colors of the rocks, which range from brown to rich orange and dusty pink. Look for the Silent City, a cluster of tightly packed spindly rock spires known as hoodoos. Bring along a camera to take photos of the unusual formations, which give the park an otherworldly appearance.

While the trail is not long, some steep descents and ascents are required. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and bring along water and sunscreen. For hikers who want more of a challenge, continue on to the connecting Queens Garden Loop Trail. Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Loop trails have a combined distance of just over 3 miles (5 kilometers).

Leave your car at Sunset Point Parking Lot just south of the Bryce Canyon Lodge and set off on the trail from there. Plan your hike along the Navajo Trail for the months between June and October. The trail is one of the most popular in the park, so don’t expect total solitude.

Top Hotels Close to Navajo Trail

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
2.5 out of 5
26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon, UT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $90 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Bryce Town and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bryce Canyon National Park and Bryce Canyon ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,053 reviews)
"Great facility with everything you could need in one place. Friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
30 North 100 East, Bryce Canyon, UT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Ebenezer's Barn and Grill and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bryce Canyon National Park. Old ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,601 reviews)
"Hotel is clean and comfortable. Places to est are very limited and not very good. The best option is the BBQ place in Tropic a few minutes from the hotel by car."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
Panguitch, UT
This family-friendly Panguitch vacation home is located in a rural location, 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from Bunkhouse at Cottonwood Meadow Lodge, and within 12 mi (20 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
Amazing
"Wonderful area, beautiful view, very nice home and a very relaxing home."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
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Best Lodging Options Near Navajo Trail

Rodeway Inn Bryce Canyon
Rodeway Inn Bryce Canyon
2 out of 5
3090 UT 12, Panguitch, UT
The price is $42 per night from Feb 10 to Feb 11
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Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
2.5 out of 5
26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon, UT
The price is $90 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
30 North 100 East, Bryce Canyon, UT
The price is $110 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
Panguitch, UT
Home w/Yard+ Grill 24Mi to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park
1 BR Log Cabin | Front porch overlooking vast meadow | Pond | Kitchen
1 BR Log Cabin | Front porch overlooking vast meadow | Pond | Kitchen
Panguitch, UT
1 BR Log Cabin | Front porch overlooking vast meadow | Pond | Kitchen
Gorgeous 3 BR House - Feels Just Like Home
Gorgeous 3 BR House - Feels Just Like Home
Panguitch, UT
Gorgeous 3 BR House - Feels Just Like Home
Beautiful 1 BR "Barn" Cabin - Perfect for Small Families
Beautiful 1 BR "Barn" Cabin - Perfect for Small Families
Panguitch, UT
Beautiful 1 BR "Barn" Cabin - Perfect for Small Families
Cozy 1 BR with a Pullout Sofa bed and Kitchenette
Cozy 1 BR with a Pullout Sofa bed and Kitchenette
Panguitch, UT
Cozy 1 BR with a Pullout Sofa bed and Kitchenette
Off Grid Cabin near Bryce Canyon
Off Grid Cabin near Bryce Canyon
Panguitch, UT
Off Grid Cabin near Bryce Canyon
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