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Fairyland Loop Trail

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 4.8 (8)

A less crowded trail that still packs in plenty of spectacular hoodoos, vistas, and towering cliffs.


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5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

7,965' 2,428 m

High

7,178' 2,188 m

Low

1,157' 353 m

Up

967' 295 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views

The gated road to Fairyland Point Overlook (before the park entrance fee station) is sometimes locked or closed for the winter. You can still reach this route from Sunrise Point by using the Rim Trail.

Description

Although this trail is officially called the Fairyland "Loop" Trail, it does not actually start and end at the same place unless you also include the approximately 2.5 miles of travel on the Rim Trail between Fairyland Point and Sunrise Point. Completing the circle using both trails ends up being about 8 miles.

From the Fairyland Point parking area, dip down into the canyon heading northeast on the well marked trail. As you descend steadily, the impressive Fairyland amphitheater of hoodoos is sandwiched in on your right between the trail and Boat Mesa. Watch for the Sinking Ship formation across the valley to the east. After about 1.5 miles, the trail reaches its lowest point and begins a stiff climb up to a saddle and the cliffs below the Coliseum. From here the grades ease a bit until the Tower Bridge Side Trail turnoff - note that it's well worth the short detour to ogle Mother Nature's creativity.

Once back on the main Fairyland Loop Trail, begin the challenging climb up through parched Campbell Canyon, also crossing its namesake creek. The meandering trail ascends steadily through open terrain passing the Chinese Wall formation to the south. More vegetation and gnarled trees (look for evidence of lightning strikes) begin to appear closer to the rim. The Fairyland Loop Trail ends at a "T" junction with the Rim Trail about 0.3 miles north of Sunrise Point.

Flora & Fauna

Occasional rattlesnakes. Bristlecone pines.

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Megan W

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  4.8 from 8 votes

#5

in Ampitheater

#710

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Photos

Fairyland Canyon and Barney Top in the background.
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Sinking Ship
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Hoodoos on Fairyland Loop Trail
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Chinese Wall from Fairyland Loop Trail
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Hoodoos and Boat Mesa from Fairyland Point
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Fairyland Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park.
Jun 9, 2016 near Panguitch, UT

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Jul 1, 2020
Sean Sherry
Sep 25, 2019
Jennifer Biber
Kim, Jim, dad, Denise 3mi
Jul 22, 2019
Brandon Plewe
Did it clockwise from Fairyland Point, which is probably the best way to do it because you finish downhill. Great to be away from the crowds! 6mi — 3h 00m
Jul 1, 2019
Cody Jackson
Jun 4, 2019
Sailaja Kotra-Turner
May 3, 2019
Lucy E. Calvillo
Peek a boo to fairyland
Apr 22, 2019
Kevin Caylor
Started at the end of this trail, and just did out-and-back to tower bridge
Apr 19, 2019
Stephanie Plants