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.

Spring and fall are the prime seasons for hiking in the desert Southwest. See the photo gallery below for numerous 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.

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