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Fairyland Loop

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • The Fairyland Loop provides an endless array of dramatic views.- Fairyland Loop
  • In some areas the trail is broad and sandy.- Fairyland Loop
  • In other areas, the trail is narrow and follows a cliff edge.- Fairyland Loop
  • The sedimentary stripes make for good photography in the right light.- Fairyland Loop
  • Tall, rocky towers rise above the treetops.- Fairyland Loop
  • In this barren landscape, trees struggle to survive.- Fairyland Loop
  • Green trees mix with the sandy, brown landscape.- Fairyland Loop
  • Spring wildflowers, like penstemon, dot the trail.- Fairyland Loop
  • Boat Mesa sits right in the middle of the Fairyland Loop.- Fairyland Loop
  • Colorful flowers decorate the canyon for a short time each year.- Fairyland Loop
  • Rock windows like this one are formed by annual freeze and thaw cycles.- Fairyland Loop
  • Tower Bridge as seen from the trailside viewpoint.- Fairyland Loop
  • Always keep an eye open for wildlife, you might see some deer.- Fairyland Loop
  • View of China Wall.- Fairyland Loop
  • Hoodoos make up the jagged skyline.- Fairyland Loop
  • Along the Rim Trail, larger pine trees help to hold the soil in place.- Fairyland Loop
  • Beyond Bryce Canyon lies the snow-capped upper layers of the Grand Staircase.- Fairyland Loop
  • Contributor Ben Dlin forges a trail in the snow along the Fairyland Loop.- Fairyland Loop
  • The snow really contrasts with the incredible geology of Bryce Canyon.- Fairyland Loop
  • Red rocks, white snow, and blue sky. A perfect hike!- Fairyland Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Diversity of geological features.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,309.00 ft (703.78 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
8.00 mi (12.87 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,800.00 ft (2,377.44 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The aptly named Fairyland Loop carries hikers through a stunning labyrinth of rock features that rivals the park's more popular viewpoints. Around each twist and turn of the trail, a new vista awaits. The orange and white striped rock is carved into hoodoos, walls, windows, and towers. This hike is well worth the time and effort to get off of the main road and dive down into the heart of Bryce Canyon.

The trail weaves back and forth as it descends into Fairyland Canyon. Here, juniper, manzanita and piñon pine dominate the vegetation. From the bottom of the canyon, the trail climbs back up and then down into Campbell Canyon. Tree roots spill down the sandy canyon rim in a desperate search for water and nutrients. A few tough, flowering plants produce colorful blooms from the dry, dusty soil.

As the trail winds through Campbell Canyon, the striking Boat Mesa comes into view. Beyond the canyon, a spur trail leads to another viewpoint below Natural Bridge. This "bridge" is actually an arch, formed by the freezing and thawing of water in cracks in the rock. Over time, ice causes the cracks to widen and eventually forms a gaping hole in the rock. Natural bridges, on the other hand, are formed when flowing stream water creates holes in rock.

Back on the main trail, the grade climbs steeply past the China Wall to the canyon rim. There, watch for deer and pronghorn on one side and be mindful of the cliff's edge on the other.

If you're hiking with children, this loop contains two benchmarks for the "Hike the Hoodoos Challenge." This scavenger hunt is designed to encourage visitors to explore the park on foot instead of just driving from one viewpoint to the next. There's a small reward at the gift shop if you find and document three benchmarks in the park.

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