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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
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Author Trishness
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Trips 187 map ( 1,244 miles )
Age 60 Female Gender
Location Apache Junction, AZ
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I'm going to Fairyland!!!
by Trishness

Likely In-Season!
This is a wonderful and less crowded hike in the Fairyland Ampitheater 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 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 childpack (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
    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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    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    This is a great little loop and very convenient if you stay at the north campground. The trail is immaculate and the scenery unique and picturesque. It was a very cold morning, so we had the loop to ourselves for awhile, but the crowds started to slowly trickle in towards the end. There are plenty of great photo ops on this trail and I can't imagine too many people going away disappointed.
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    I started my trip off at Bryce Canyon. I scored a campsite in the North Campground and got myself situated. I would hike a variety of trails over two days in the park and then move on towards Zion. This is my first time in Bryce.

    Navajo Loop / Peakaboo Loop
    It was late morning by the time I started this multi-loop hike. I headed down the narrow wall section which I really enjoyed. The trail is in excellent condition as it switches down. All of the trails in the park were in amazing condition. I headed down and then detoured to the Peakaboo Loop. The trail makes a respectable climb and then loops around under Bryce Point. The views are just breathtaking. The formations are incredible and the hoodoos are plentiful. I continued on and took a variety of pics as I completed the loop and started heading for Sunrise Point. I made a quick stop at the Queens Garden and then made the final climb out.

    Viewpoints & Misc
    I spent the evening with a couple of quick stops at Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. There were lots of people out but it wasn't overly crowded. I also took a shower at the General Store ($3 for 8 minutes and then settled in for the evening in my camp.

    Fairyland Loop
    On day two, I walked right out of my camp and headed for the Fairlyland Loop. I was planning on doing a counter-clockwise loop and wanted to be done around noon. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail. I didn’t do any research. I just had GPS routes to follow. So I headed down and cruised to magnificent views that only got better. I continued down and took the short detour over to Tower Bridge which is an impressive formation. From there the trail makes a solid climb as it wraps its way to the NE towards Fairyland Canyon. This section blew me away. The formations are stunning and the colors are vibrant. Every turn brought a new perspective and I was in heaven. This stretch goes on for several miles and then I started my ascent back to the rim. Once up top I admired the section I just hiked through. It’s one of the most visually stunning sections of trail I’ve ever hiked! I would highly recommend! The rest of the hike along the rim was easy going as I looked down on the area I just hiked. A short time later I walked back into my camp to relax. I have a couple more hikes planned for the afternoon.

    Mossy Cave
    After taking my lunch in camp, I headed north and drove over to the Mossy Cave Trailhead. This is a short hike with a nice waterfall. There were several cars at the TH when I started hiking. The trail parallels a creek in Water Canyon. I walked over to the Mossy Cave which had a steady trickle of water pouring out. After that I headed over to the waterfall which is solid. It’s roughly 20 ft high and had a solid flow of water coming over. After admiring the waterfall I continued a bit up canyon and then turned around and made the hike out. I wanted to drive to the south end of the park and that would take some time.

    Bristlecone Pine Loop
    The drive to the south end of the park is very pleasant. It’s just under 20 miles with a variety of viewpoints along the way. I arrived and made a loop around the Bristlecone Pine Loop trail. The going is very easy and there are several viewpoints that look down on the valleys below. I was really glad I spent the time driving down here.

    I would return to camp and spend one final night and then move on to NW Zion. I greatly enjoyed my time in Bryce and made good use of the time. This park is stunning and the hiking is easy going with incredible views. I highly recommend Bryce!
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    It was white-out snowing as my sister and I drove from Mt. Carmel Junction to Bryce. There were two inches of snow on the ground by the time we arrived at the entry gate. Ten minutes later, we parked at the sunrise point TH and the snowfall ceased. Five minutes after that, the clouds broke. Fresh snow and sunshine at Bryce is glorious.

    We skied from the Fairyland viewpoint to Bryce Point. Most of the trails had been well-worn in from from snow shoes and boots, but we did have some extended sections of fresh powder, as well. I highly recommend cross country skiing on the rim trail. There's some nice, gentle elevation changes and incredible views.

    I had been to Bryce once before, but it was in the summer and super crowded. Never again. If you haven't visited Bryce in winter, move it up your list :)
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    Day 5 of our 10-day swing through northern AZ and southern UT found us at Bryce Canyon. We were staying in a B&B in the tiny town of Tropic after 3 nights of camping in the rain. The warm dry bed and a real shower had been most welcome. The inn keeper served a fine breakfast along with homemade granola and some apple slices for the trail.

    We'd done Fairlyland a few years back, but you can't get enough of this place. There were still some parking spots at the trailhead and the sky was clear for a change. We dropped off the rim into the land of fanciful hoodoos, each of our cameras racing to see who'd kill their battery first. With all the stopping to take pictures, the pace was relaxed -- almost Tibberish. But Fairlyland is feast for the senses, not some fast food drive through kind of a hike.

    We topped back out onto the Rim and took the trail towards our truck. The whole concept of a rim trail would seem to imply level. Not so much if you do Fairlyland clockwise. A storm was making noise off in the distance so we tried to make some time along the Rim, pausing only for the best spots for photos. The storm gave up before reaching us and we celebrated with granola and apple slices back at the trailhead.

    Fairlyland never disappoints.
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    Day 5 of our 10-day swing through northern AZ and southern UT found us at Bryce Canyon. We were staying in a B&B in the tiny town of Tropic after 3 nights of camping in the rain. The warm dry bed and a real shower had been most welcome. The inn keeper served a fine breakfast along with homemade granola and some apple slices for the trail.

    We'd done Fairlyland a few years back, but you can't get enough of this place. There were still some parking spots at the trailhead and the sky was clear for a change. We dropped off the rim into the land of fanciful hoodoos, each of our cameras racing to see who'd kill their battery first. With all the stopping to take pictures, the pace was relaxed -- almost Tibberish. But Fairlyland is feast for the senses, not some fast food drive through kind of a hike.

    We topped back out onto the Rim and took the trail towards our truck. The whole concept of a rim trail would seem to imply level. Not so much if you do Fairlyland clockwise. A storm was making noise off in the distance so we tried to make some time along the Rim, pausing only for the best spots for photos. The storm gave up before reaching us and we celebrated with granola and apple slices back at the trailhead.

    Fairlyland never disappoints.
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014
    Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014

    Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
    Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
    Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP

    Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...

    Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!


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    DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
    7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
    442 miles on F-150

    With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047 . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground :next: http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647

    Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT :next: http://utahcaves.blogspot.com/2008/06/moqui-caves.html . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…

    We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 :next: http://www.scenicbyway12.com/ . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926 and a section of Golden Wall Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023 plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) :next: http://www.utah-trails.com/Tunnel-Trail and http://www.utah-trails.com/Golden-Wall- ... orn-Trails

    We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance :next: http://www.rubysinn.com/ and http://www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-hi ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366 .


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    Sunday June 1st
    10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
    84 miles on F-150

    Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/upload ... 14-web.pdf

    Pets in Bryce Canyon NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
    "Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"

    We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935 . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367 offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998 .

    Bryce Amphitheater Region map :next: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/u ... er-web.pdf
    Fairyland Point
    Sunrise Point
    Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point

    Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map :next: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points

    I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918 that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…

    On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546

    With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/kodachr ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Kodachro ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999 followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394 prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...


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    Monday June 2nd
    6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
    245 miles on F-150

    Zion NP :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
    1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
    Zion 2014 park map and guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/u ... MG2014.pdf

    Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
    Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-c ... -trail.htm and http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/ ... erlook.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368 Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) :next: http://www.takemytrip.com/07zion/07_08a.htm .
    We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/l ... ground.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369 before checking out the West Rim TH :next: http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/w ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir :next: http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/detai ... 1154730183 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370 .


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    Tuesday June 3rd
    8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
    572 miles on F-150

    “Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-p ... state-park and http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... alpink.jpg and http://www.zionnational-park.com/sdhike.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221 . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes :next: http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail :next: http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_coral_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601 . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away :next: http://www.zionnational-park.com/moquith-mountain.htm and http://www.zionnational-park.com/images ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!

    Pipe Springs National Monument :next: http://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229 .

    North Rim of Grand Canyon :next: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/u ... im-Map.pdf

    Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”

    Bridle Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
    Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
    Transept Trail on HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810

    Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778 before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…


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    HIKING SUMMARY
    7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
    10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
    6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
    8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday

    TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails


    141 images on iPhone
    310 images on Canon Rebel XT
    438 images on Canon 6D
    61 images on Canon 7D

    TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...


    F-150 SUMMARY
    442 miles driving Saturday
    84 miles driving Sunday
    245 miles driving Monday
    572 miles driving Tuesday

    TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…


    EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!

    That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...

    Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...

    PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ :y:

    LINKED HIKES;

    Glen Canyon Dam :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047
    Paria Movie Set :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
    Red Canyon Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926
    Golden Wall :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023
    Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366

    Bryce Canyon NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935
    Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367
    Navajo Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000
    Queen’s Garden Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998
    Bristlecone Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918
    Fairyland Loop Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
    Angel’s Palace Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999
    Shakespeare Arch Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394

    Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368
    Pa’rus Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
    Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369
    Kolob Reservoir Loop :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370

    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221
    South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601
    Pipe Springs NP Trails :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229
    Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
    Bright Angel Point Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
    Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
    Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778



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    Concentrated around Bryce Canyon NP and Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    Visiting Bryce and this was very high on our to-do list. Hiked clockwise from the Fairyland Viewpoint trail head. Temps were in the 50s as we started down the gentle slope into Fairyland Canyon. Never got above 63 for the day, but every exposed point on the trail had winds that would make you grab your hat.

    Expect this hike to take longer than you planned. Around every curve in the trail is another view that demands a photo. I took about 10 per mile and will treasure many of them for a lifetime.

    The trail is not overly crowded considering it is in a national park. We saw maybe 2 dozen hikers on the loop.

    The highlights of Tower Bridge and the Chinese Wall are well documented, but there is an amazing abundance of detail surrounding you. Take the time to look closely at where you are and you will be rewarded. This hike can be a moving experience if you open yourself to its beauty and majesty. Strongly recommended. Enjoy!

    (Photos when I get back to Phoenix.)
    Fairyland Loop Trail
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    Well, it took me 6 weeks to post my hike description and a year to post my trip log and add pictures. Oh well.....guess I've been busy.

    We met a nice elderly gentleman from Texas who took our picture at the TH. Maybe saw 16 people all day. This is a gorgeous hike with eye candy at every turn of the trail. Really windy...as a matter of fact it was so windy we met up with a young 20-something woman from Boston whose Bo-Sox hat blew off and was sitting 100 feet down a 45 degree scree slope and she was skittish about getting down there to retrieve it. So I showed her the "Arizona Butt-Scoot" and got it for her. HECK...this is a RED SOX cap and I couldn't leave it in the middle of Utah!

    Awesome hike.....beautiful day for our last day in Bryce.

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


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    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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