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Photo Gallery: The Best Hike in Bryce Canyon

A hiker on the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Joanne Lanza (my mom, age 81) hiking the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park.

By Michael Lanza

Bryce Canyon’s Navajo Loop/Queens Garden Loop is a popular trail for good reason, with constant views of hoodoos—the multi-colored, limestone, sandstone, and mudstone spires that look like giant, melting candles, including the famous formation called Thor’s Hammer. But once turning onto the Peek-a-Boo Loop, you lose the crowds—and discover the scenic heart of Bryce Canyon while hiking below the Wall of Windows and row after row of towers in fluorescent shades of red and orange. The photos below tell the whole story.

The season for hiking in the desert Southwest is upon us. Click on the photo gallery below to view several images from that six-mile dayhike combining Bryce Canyon’s Navajo Loop/Queens Garden Loop and Peek-a-Boo Loop. The trail system in Bryce allows you to shorten the six-mile hike by about a mile by combining only the Navajo and Peek-a-Boo loops.

Then scroll below the gallery for a link to my full story about a trip to Bryce and other southern Utah parks.

 


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Read my story about a trip to Bryce and other southern Utah parks for more pictures from that hike and tips on planning that trip.

See all of my stories about hiking and backpacking in southern Utah, or visit my All Trips By State page and scroll down to Utah.

 

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About The Author

Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

4 Comments

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    heading to southern utah to dayb hke all 5 national Parks and escalante any suggestions on great day hike and activities would be appreciated

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  2. MichaelALanza

    Thanks Tara. Yes, this is a great time to visit Bryce.

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    Your pictures are fabulous and it really makes me want to head right back to Bryce Canyon. I bet it’s pretty right now.

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