Bryce Canyon – Queen’s Garden Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorite national parks. There’s something about the “hoodoos” created from erosion that is fascinating. Many folks are content with the “bird’s eye” view of the canyon from walking along the canyon rim trail, which does provide magnificent vistas.

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But experiencing the canyon up close by hiking into it is not to be missed. The Queen’s Garden trail is one of the most popular in Bryce Canyon National Park, probably because it is one of the shorter trails. Although it descends only about 300 feet into the canyon, the views are still spectacular. And rather than return the way you came, you can connect to the Navajo trail and come up by another route.

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Once you are down in the canyon, you can better appreciate just how massive the hoodoos are. The hiker in the photo below adds perspective.

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Portions of the canyon look like another planet.

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Somehow, a few trees manage to live in the sandstone below the canyon rim.

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After we took a photo for another couple, they took one for us.

 

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A final view

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