Descending: 580 ft, then, Climbing: 580 ft
Best Time To visit: year round for those who do not mind winter and summer temperatures. For a most pleasant hike, I believe early fall and spring is the best.
Queens Garden and Navajo Loop hike is the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Most visitors usually are awed already looking down from the rim, and do not spend time going down the canyon. Even though the views from the rim are stunning, but the experience is entirely different going down Bryce Canyon floor. Nothing can compare being up close to the hoodoos, as close as you could hug them. Well, if only you could hug them since they are giants compared to our size. Hoodoos are pillars of rock erosion, and I have written about them before, in "Hoodoos Keep on Haunting Me".
Would I ever have enough of the Bryce Canyon hoodoos? Ahhhh, I don't think I would! At one point, hubby told me, "Dear, if you love so much these hoodoos, maybe, you should think about retiring in this part of Utah!" Hahaha! VERY HARD, since I LOVE THE OCEAN SO MUCH TOO, I love the ocean for everyday life. Somehow, even though I love nature so much, but I love city life too, and I want to experience both of them everyday, haha! Perhaps, I am a hybrid, who loves the best of both worlds, of both nature and city. So, the answer to hubby was "no", San Diego is perfect for me. Thankfully, Bryce Canyon National Park is only an 8 hour drive from San Diego, so it is not hard for us to take so many grand hoodoos vacation. :)
Okay, so much of my blabbering. :) Let's go back to the hike. From Sunset Point, we went down Wall Street on a narrow canyon with high rock walls on either side.
Though I have taken hundreds of hoodoos pictures, but I do not want to bore you of so many of them. Let me share instead a few of the hoodoos from those hundreds. Some of them here are un-named, some are named or more known hoodos. They could only be seen from the trail down the canyon floor.
These are just some of the hoodoos that can be found at Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Garden Trail. There is no way to be up close to these hoodoos from above the rim, so, if you want to take a closer look at the various rock formations, the best trail for this at Bryce Canyon is this trail. For those who have shorter time and may not be able to finish the loop, the most concentration of hoodoos is in Queens Garden trail. However, Navajo trail is also one of a kind, that combining these two trails is highly recommended. As I write about this trail, I feel like having the itch again, to be with the hoodoos! I just simply can't get enough of spectacular rock formations carved by nature. In nature, I see God's greatest artistry that no man can equal. In nature, I find the greatest museum that is constantly changed and shaped by the changes of time. Though I love visiting museums in city ( I am a hybrid after-all), but I definitely could say, there is NOTHING that could compare always to the joy and sense of gratefulness I find being with God's magnificent artworks.