Bryce Canyon has amazing views that can be seen from many roadside pullouts and viewpoints throughout the National Park. But to really experience Bryce Canyon, you need to put on those hiking shoes, and hike down into the hoodoos that Bryce is so well known for. Here are the hikes we found that our kids were able to handle in Bryce Canyon National Park. Click on the links for more details and pictures.
Rim Trail runs along the rim of Bryce Canyon’s amphitheater. A short section between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point is paved, flat, and family friendly. It is 0.5 miles between these two points, so 1.0 mile round trip.
Mossy Cave is located just outside the fee area of Bryce Canyon on Scenic Route 12, but is still on National Park land. This hike is simple, easy, and has two amazing rewards: a cave AND a waterfall!
The Bristlecone Loop trail hikes you through the very old pine trees, but also to some beautiful vistas. This hike is 1.0 mile long and is found at the end of the scenic drive by Rainbow Point.
The Queen’s Garden trail is the most commonly used trail down into the hoodoos. While it is the least steep option, it is still pretty steep. We wouldn’t recommend this hike for children who aren’t used to hiking or who are very small! But if you are looking for a hike to walk amongst the hoodoos, this is the best option!
Navajo Loop is another hike down into the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon with some amazing things to see: a slot canyon, towering pine trees, Thor’s Hammer, and two arches. This hike is 1.3 miles long, but the elevation change is 550 feet with a very steep descent and ascent.
We combined the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop trails to make a 3 mile long awesome hike through the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, but it was definitely a big climb back out. Our boys said this was their favorite hike despite their dragging feet on the way up!
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