Bryce Canyon National Park: Fairyland Canyon

Fairyland Canyon


Fairyland Canyon is one of the best locations for viewing Bryce Canyon National Park hoodoos with an 8 mile trail past the many geological highlights of this breathtaking natural wonder.

  • Fairyland Canyon can best be enjoyed by hiking the 8-mile round trip of trails which run from the rim to the canyon floor
  • Accessed before the fee station, this trail is free
  • Fairyland Canyon is off the main shuttle route, making it much quieter than other popular viewpoints of the Bryce Canyon Utah hoodoos
  • Breathtaking natural formations of these amazing hoodoos include the Sinking Ship Mesa, Tower Bridge and the Chinese Wall

Overview

There are few places better than Fairyland Canyon to get up close to hundreds of amazing Bryce National Park hoodoos. The descending trail, which drops 950 feet, gives views of the fantastic red rock formations and hoodoos from the canyon rim right down to the canyon floor. Allow 4-5 hours to cover the total 8 mile round trip of trails which wind between the unique 60 million year old Bryce hoodoos.

Location and Information

Fairyland Point and Fairyland Loop Trail are in the northern part of Bryce Canyon National Park. The turnoff is clearly marked from Hwy 63, just 200 yards inside the Park boundary, before the fee station and Visitor Centre.

While most tourists stick to views from the Bryce Rim, Fairyland Point is much quieter, off the route of the Park Shuttle. A big plus is that this trail is free.

Although it is open all year round, the best time to visit Fairyland Canyon is in September and October, when the heat of the summer has passed. In the winter the canyon is very scenic when the Bryce Canyon Utah hoodoos can be seen covered with snow. More information on the National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/fairyland.htm

Highlights

  • Natural stone bridges 
  • The Sinking Mesa Ship, formed by rock layers which have been tilted by the earth's unrest 
  • Tower Bridge, just 0.2 miles off the main trail. It looks like a castle complete with a steeple and windows 
  • Chinese Wall, a solid wall of hoodoos protruding out from Bryce Canyon's pink rock cliffs.

Activities

Fairyland Loop is ideal for hikers and walkers to enjoy the well-prepared trails around Fairyland Canyon. Photographers, birdwatchers and nature lovers will also enjoy the impressive surroundings amidst the unique Bryce Canyon hoodoos.


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