The Figure 8 (Navajo Loop + Peekaboo Loop), Sunset Point Trailhead, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The Figure 8 (Navajo Loop + Peekaboo Loop) - 8.7 miles

Sunset Point Trailhead

The Figure 8 Loop

The Figure 8 Loop

Round-Trip Length: 8.7 miles (distance includes travel to Bryce Point)
Start-End Elevation: 8,010' - 7,472' (8,020' max elevation)
Elevation Change: -538' net elevation loss (+2,267' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Moderate-Strenuous
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: Yes
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The Figure 8 (Navajo Loop + Peekaboo Loop) - 8.7 Miles Round-Trip

The Navajo Loop and Peekaboo Loop join to form the longest hiking route through the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, commonly referred to as the Figure 8. Visitors will enjoy a mesmerizing labyrinth of hoodoos, spires, fins and slots on these popular trails.

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The following description travels counter-clockwise from Sunset Point - consult a map for alternative access points and routing options. Anticipate frequent elevation changes, regardless of route. Note that you can eliminate 2.3 miles and a 563' climb by skipping the side trip to Bryce Point:

Enjoy commanding from Sunset Point before dropping 485' in just .6 miles on switchbacks to the canyon floor. Look for Thors Hammer, The Temple of Osiris and Sinking Ship on the descent.

A short spur at .4 miles (left) leads a few dozen yards up a narrow slot to Twin Bridges, where a natural rock bridge spans the slot. At .6 miles (7,525') the trail reaches a junction for the Wall Street Trail, Queens Garden Trail and Peekaboo Trail access. Bear right for the Peekaboo Trail.

A .3 mile connecting spur rolls along the canyon floor under a canopy of pine and fir to the Peekaboo Trail (.9 miles : 7,472'). Peekaboo turns sharply southwest and levels for several tenths of a mile before climbing back to the canyon rim.

This strenuous climb up the Loop's west side features some of the amphitheater's most dramatic scenery, including The Wall of Windows (two arch-like windows carved from a massive wall). This landmark stretches hundreds of yards and is generally visible from all high points on the Figure 8.

You'll pass horse stables and a privy (2.55 miles : 7,665') to the Bryce Point access trail (2.7 miles : 7,740'), which climbs 1.15 miles and 563' to Bryce Point.

Those aiming for Bryce Point (3.85 miles : 8,303') will earn good views over Bryce Amphitheater and the more distant Boat Mesa, Sinking Ship, Campbell Canyon and Fairyland Canyon.

Retrace your steps back down to the Peekaboo Loop Trail (5.0 miles) and bear right to continue counter clockwise travel.

The trail drops through brilliant hoodoo gardens and rock formations back to the canyon floor. Juniper and Bristlecone Pine dot exposed areas, replaced by manzanita, ponderosa and fir on the sheltered canyon floor.

The trail reaches the Peekaboo Trail - Queens Garden Trail connector at 6.25 miles; continue towards Queens Garden at the Wall Street Trail - Queens Garden Trail split (6.55 miles : 7,525').

Travel moderates to the Queen Victoria spur (7.35 miles : 7,635'), which leads to a rock formation resembling its namesake. Similarities are subjective, but nevertheless an interesting excursion.

Follow signs from the Queens Garden split to Sunrise Point (other connections here are for horses only). The trail steepens and squeezes through several man-made rock arches on a colorful climb to the canyon rim.

The trail levels out at Sunrise Point (8.2 miles : 8,020'), where you'll bear left for an easy .5 mile jaunt along the Rim Trail back to your starting point at Sunset Point (8.7 miles).

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Interactive GPS Topo Map

Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N37 37.398 W112 10.050 — Sunrise Point Trailhead

Worth Noting

  • These are popular trails that see heavy use. Arrive early to secure parking and avoid crowds.
  • This trail is exposed to strong sun and wind; layers and full sun protection are recommended throughout the year.
  • Statistically, Bryce Canyon National Park is the highest lightning strike hazard in the state of Utah. Be mindful of changing weather and plan travel time accordingly.

Directions to Trailhead

The Sunset Point Trailhead is located approximately 2 miles from the Park Visitor Center and Entrance Station. Follow Highway 63 1.75 miles south of the Entrance Station to the Sunset Point access road. Make a left and park in the cul-de-sac. The Navajo Trail is accessed from the south side of the cul-de-sac.

Contact Information

Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon UT 84764-0201
Phone: 435.834.5322

Visitor Center Operating Hours
Summer 8am - 8pm (May - September)
Fall (October) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Winter (November - March) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Spring (April) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Comments

"Just learned the Sheep Creek Backcountry Site is closed due to bear activity. Does anyone know which of the Swamp Canyon sites might have water? We're doing the full Under The Rim Trail (S-N) and hoping that we don't have to continue up to the Yellow Creek sites on this leg."
Justin King  -   -  Date Posted: November 25, 2015
"Great hike. We came down from Sunrise Point to Queens Garden and Queen Victoria first (I'm Welsh and I didn't see the resemblance) then back up to the Horse Trail and followed that down to Peek-a-Boo. We did Peek-a-boo in a clockwise direction and then met up with the Navajo. We went Clockwise there as well taking Wall St up to Sunset Point. Great hike, incredible views... never seen anywhere where a few steps could so alter a photograph Spectacular and highly recommended."
Mark Couch  -  New York City  -  Date Posted: May 29, 2012

 

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