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Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Bryce Canyon hikes are some of the best in the whole of the United States. And the Fairyland Loop is one of the best Bryce Canyon hikes of all. It offers superb scenery over eight miles of mostly empty hiking trails – at least when I visited. There’s a bit of elevation loss…and gain – 950 feet up and down but it’s done gradually so you’ll barely notice it. And the trail is  well signed.

I certainly recommend hiking the Navajo, Peekaboo and Queens Garden trails too – because they’re in your face beautiful. But if you have a second day or you’re a strong hiker then the Fairyland loop offers a quieter beauty. It took us 8.5 hours to hike both loops with lots of time for photography. Otherwise allow between 3 – 3.5 hours to hike just the Fairyland loop.

Bryce Canyon hikes offer views like the ones you’ll see in the photos below. The Fairyland Loop hike is one of the best one day hikes I’ve ever done.

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

The start of the Fairyland Trail

The route the Fairyland Trail follows

The Fairyland Trail heads down on a well-signed trail past rock made of pinkish siltstone that is increasingly more spectacular the more you descend. Mind-blowing really. After about 1.5 miles of hiking reach a spur trail to see Tower Bridge. It won’t take you long to hike it and its very worthwhile. It’s named for Tower Bridge in London, England because of its obvious boxy shape.

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Greeted with this kind of scenery the minute we start the Fairyland Loop

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Great line of hoodoos with windows

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Tower Bridge

Head counterclokwise around Boat Mesa past a variety of wildly shaped hoodoos. There are a couple of short spur trails again where you can walk off to get some truly glorious, otherworldly views.

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Have you ever hiked in a landscape like this?

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

The colours start to glow late in the afternoon

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

The stunted vegetation and white rock adds a lot of drama

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

The Fairyland Trail is mindblowing in its beauty

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Rocks look like they are on fire

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

The colour wheel at work here creating a stunning landscape

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Hoodoos galore

Bryce Canyon Hikes: The Fairyland Loop

Hoodoos everywhere you look

Before you head off on this hike be sure to have lots of water and sunscreen. You’re at altitude here and staying hydrated is very important.

Note: There is a free park shuttle to Fairyland Point from the park headquarters.

Have you done any Bryce Canyon hikes?

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Hiking the Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

Leigh McAdam

 

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 43 Comments
  1. The place and the views are naturally beautiful for photography I must say especially to maximized the color capture of your camera.

  2. The place and the views are naturally beautiful for photography I must say especially to maximized the color capture of your camera.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! We’re still hoping to make it there soon. Maybe when the hoodos are partly covered in snow. I know I can’t do this hike with kids in tow so I’m glad you posted these fabulous photos. Love how blue the sky is and that line of hoodoos with windows.

  4. A trip to Bryce Canyon is definitely on our list. What an amazing hike, and like others have said, I love how the colors just pop in your photos.

  5. @Jade I don’t know Jade – you’ve been having some pretty great adventures too – and you’ve dined well. I must say that every time I look at my Bryce Canyon photos I feel a pang of regret that we didn’t have more time to just sit and absorb the place.

  6. I really like all the colors of the rocks contrasted against that impossibly blue sky. I will admit that I’m somewhat envious that you have time to pause and take photos during your hike. I still have younguns pulling at my elbow just as I click the shutter.

  7. What amazing photos! I really forget too often that the US has some of the most beautiful scenery around. Def have to check out Bryce Canyon!

  8. Those rock formations are out of this world! Literally, they look like they could be from Mars.

    1. @Meredith I was blown away with the beauty and the rock formations in Bryce Canyon. Do make it a point to do the Fairyland Loop should you every make it to Bryce. It’s got a very different feel to it.

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