Best things to do in Bryce Canyon

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Hike Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop

If you only do one hike in Bryce, make it this one. Probably the world’s greatest three-mile hike, the combination Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop Trail drops 900 feet from the rim into the valley floor. The easiest route the most stunning views are best enjoyed while starting from Sunset Point and moving counterclockwise into Wall Street, onto Queen’s Garden, up to Sunrise Point, and back again to Sunset Point along the Rim Trail.

Queen's Garden hiking

Walk Bryce's Rime Trail

To widen your view of the amphitheater while still getting a move on, consider walking one mile along the east and paved portion of the Rim Trail from either Sunrise or Sunset Points. To work up an even bigger sweat with the same wide-angle views, consider hiking the moderately difficult portion of the Rim Tail from Bryce Point to Fairyland Point. This 5.5-mile portion is best experienced with the help of free shuttles in the summer.

Rime Trail

Swim Lower Calf Creek Falls

The most well-known and unique hike in Grand Staircase is also arguably its best. Located an 80-minute drive from Bryce, the Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a six-mile slog through strenuous and often hot sand. But the payoff is oh-so-worth-it. Your reward: a 126-foot waterfall and massive swimming hole surrounded by shade-providing canyon walls that you’ll likely want to picnic in and enjoy for as long as you can.

Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

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