Fairyland Loop Trail, UT • Hike

Fairyland Loop Trail, UT

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Distance Loop 8.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,769 feet
Elevation Gain -627 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,560 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16
 Backpack Yes & Connecting
 Dogs not allowed
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Location Apache Junction, AZ
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Sun  6:40am - 6:36pm
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I'm going to Fairyland!!!
by Trishness

This is a wonderful and less crowded hike in the Fairyland Amphitheater just north of Bryce Canyon National Park. You can access it from one of two trailheads... Fairyland Point which is before the Visitor's Center or from Sunrise Point. Either way you go, it's a true gem.
We started from Fairyland Point at 12:30 PM and hiked this clockwise immediately starting a 600-foot descent into the canyon in the first mile and a half. Terrific views of Sinking Ship and Boat Mesa reward you as you descend through Douglas Fir, juniper, and Bristlecone pine. There are some truly beautiful photo ops through this area. You will then cross a wash area and continue down into the canyon. The trail is easy to follow and is just an up and down hike through some gorgeous vistas....sheer rock cliffs of Boat mesa off to your right and some really astounding hoodoos along the way. I'm entranced by THIS fairyland. Several more wash crossings and suddenly you are heading back uphill. Not a huge climb but a climb all the same......AND true to our trip these last 2 weeks, we have gusty winds which threaten to blow my hat off at every exposed area. There are some beautiful vistas of Fairyland Canyon when top off here. You then descend a bit more as you reach the intersection of Tower Bridge where you can take a little spur trail to the bridge. We opted not to do this today but probably should have just gone. It is 4 miles from Fairyland Point to the Tower Bridge intersection. Once here, it is an uphill climb of 800 feet in 1.5 miles to Sunrise Point but the terrain and rock formations are amazing.....the Chinese Wall is on your left. After topping off near Sunrise Point (elev 8017), you then take the Rim Trail back to Fairyland Point, another 2.5 miles but a gentle one along the rim of Bryce Canyon.

The BEST part of this trail other than the scenery is that there are NO crowds! AT ALL. I think we saw maybe 16 people all afternoon. We saw three sleeping backpackers and heard one crying child being hauled in a child pack (we let them pass us).

I highly recommend this as a "must-do" when in Bryce Canyon~~~~While it doesn't have the same WOW factor that the Navajo Loop through Wall Street does, it still packs a wallop and the views are just awesome.

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2010-07-08 Trishness
  • 2020 Bryce Canyon Visitors Guide
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    2020 Bryce Canyon Visitors Guide
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Per vehicle good for 7 days Entrance Fee Information

Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From the North: Take I-15 south to UT-20 (exit 95). Travel east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary.

From the South through Zion National Park: Zion National Park roads will be undergoing road construction this summer and travelers may experience up to 3-hour additional delays if using this route. Visit Here for more information. Alternate routes shown below are suggested to avoid these delays. Take I-15 north to UT-9 (exit 16). Follow UT-9 east through Zion National Park to US-89. Travel north on US-89 to UT-12. Go east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center sits 1 mile inside the park boundary.
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