Wow. Bryce Canyon National Park is incredible. Hoodoos (otherworldly red spires) rise from the canyon floor as far as the eye can see, with evergreens sprinkles around for contrast. We visited Bryce on our First Big Trip from our base in Dixie National Forest, and on our Second Big Trip, we stopped by for a hike on our way from Kanab to Escalante.
The aptly-named Fairyland Trail made for a fantastic 8-mile run first thing in the morning, followed by a brunch picnic in the truck bed with Bugsy at Bryce Overlook. Fairyland was a fun jaunt down through less-traveled parts of the canyon.
Queens Garden to Navajo Trail
Queens Garden to Navajo Trail is advertised in park literature as the “world’s best 3-mile hike.” We were more impressed with the views from Queens Garden/Navajo than Fairyland, despite the trail’s popularity (reminder: go early in the morning to beat the crowds!).
Peekaboo is a tough 5-mile hike, with many steep sections, but the payoff is worth it: there are fewer people on this trail that drops down low to wind through dense sections of hoodoos and pops out on high ridges for big views.
Bryce has one dog-friendly trail, or rather portion of a trail: the Rim Trail from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. It’s a 1-mile stretch, full of people but with incredible vistas. Bugsy wishes the park had more trails she could visit, but appreciated being thrown this little bone.