With a name as surreal and unique as Fairyland Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, the trail lives up to its name with its peaceful seclusion and striking features across the colorful terrain of the park. Wind through a forest of hoodoos and sloping red hills to fully absorb one of the best trails the park has to offer. This trail is not only a way to get out and enjoy the clean air, it’s a way to exercise and live the experience that Bryce Canyon has to offer.
The entire 8 mile hike typically takes 4-5 hours to complete, so it’s advised to bring plenty of water and snacks for the trail. During the summer, temperatures can be warm, so dress light, wear sunscreen, bring a wide-brim hat to avoid sunburn. The trail features a few changes in elevation, making it one of the more strenuous hikes in the park considering its length and steep elevation changes. The lowest point of the trail sits around 7200 ft. in altitude, while the highest point is around 8100 ft. in altitude, with many elevation changes in between those points.
On the northern end of the park, this scenic day hike also features a trail to Tower Bridge. Although the trail is considered strenuous, the trail is well-cleared and graded tracks for those who might generally struggle with other difficult hikes. Enjoy pink silt-stone framed trails on this quiet hike through some of the most colorful desert scenery on earth.
Park Shuttle info: The free park shuttle bus (with NPS entry fee) runs between both Fairypoint and Sunrise trail heads (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) about every 15 minutes from May 23rd to September 28th. Bike racks are at both trail heads.
For more info, visit nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/fairylandloop.htm