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.
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.
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.
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.
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