Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Queen's Garden Trail

Cannonville/Bryce Canyon KOA
Cannonville, UT
September 2, 2016


The trailhead for Queen's Garden is located at Sunrise Point.  It is another steep, short hike we wanted to get under our belt.  This is one of the most popular trails in the park so an early start is a must.  



 The highlight of this trail is the hoodoos...an up close and personal experience with these magnificent rock formations that have been formed over millions of years.  The shapes, the colors and the sizes of them are otherworldly.  

It's amazing to me that just 90 million years ago,  this area was an ocean...







...and today, this is what we see.















The trail twists and spirals downward through man-made tunnels.  Around every turn there is a humongous, magical
backdrop...so strong and yet so fragile.  

Looking out as far as you can see...


 ...looking down...
 ...looking straight ahead...
 ...and looking up !





















This is the Queen's Garden.  The Queen Victoria hoodoo was named for a statue  of the Queen in London.




I can't believe it is already Labor Day week-end...the beginning of fall.  Sure hope everyone has a grand time.  

Until next time, happy trails !




14 comments:

  1. This is a great hike, we had time to combine it with the Navajo Trail as a loop, but you have better pics in better weather! But we had the solar eclipse :) Thanks for the memories, we do want to go back!

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    1. We combined the Queens Trail and Navajo Loop 3 years ago too Jeff. This year however, Joe is on the mend from a torn meniscus in his left knee. We are taking baby steps...especially with the steepness of these trails.

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  2. The formations from wind and water are magnificent - great shots.

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  3. This is such a beautiful section. The Hoodoos are magnificent, as are the colors:) Love your photo by the tree, Gay:) It's too bad every trail goes down first!

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    1. Thanks Pam...the steep downhill is worth it though for all that beauty. We just take our time!

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  4. Such amazing scenery, hope we can see some of that this fall, thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome George and Susie.

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  5. Bryce is such a beautiful place. If you hang around long enough, you just might see a sprinkling of snow on the tops. What a gorgeous picture that would be!

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    1. We will be pulling out around the middle of the month Jeri. i would love the snow...briefly !

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  6. What a great hike with breathtaking views. I can actually see the queen standing regal with her long flowing robe & jeweled coronet.

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    1. It's funny Gayle because when we were there, one other couple came up. They were most disappointed because they didn't see the Queen! We all had a good chuckle...

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  7. It really is a "magical" place...
    Box Canyon Mark

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