Last updated: August 7, 2023
The Fairyland Loop is a quiet 8 mile hike that combines hiking along the plateau rim near Boat Mesa with a hike in the canyon with long views of the Bryce Amphitheater surrounded by unique hoodoos. You can start this hike at Fairyland Point or on the rim trail north of Sunrise Point at the Tower Bridge trailhead. We recommend hiking in a counter-clockwise direction. There is no shuttle pick-up at Fairyland Point, so you will need to hike to your starting point to complete the loop.
- Trailhead: Fairyland Point or north of Sunrise Point at the Tower Bridge trailhead.
- Parking: At Fairyland Point (oversized vehicles permitted) or at Sunrise Point (oversized vehicles are not permitted in this parking area when the shuttle is in operation.) Check when parking lots are busiest.
- Distance: 8.0 mile (12.9 km)
- Approximate Time: 4-5 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1900 feet (579 meters)
- Difficulty: Strenuous (rapid elevation gain, longer length)
- Services: Accessible restrooms available at the General Store near Sunrise Point (seasonally). Water-fill stations available at the General Store (seasonally). No services at Fairyland Point.
- Shuttle Service: Yes at Sunrise Point, None at Fairyland Point. Private options may be available.
- Pets are not allowed on this trail. Service animals are allowed in national parks. What is a service animal?
- This trail may be inaccessible during mid-winter due to snow depths ranging from 2-15 ft. (.7-5 m)
This is a backcountry trail with natural terrain and is not considered an accessible trail.
- Surface Type: Firm Native Sediment
- Total Ascent: 1900 feet (579 meters)
- Length: 7.8 mi (12.6 km) roundtrip
- Typical Grade: 9.0%
- Maximum Grade: 25.0%
- Typical Cross Slope: 5%
- Maximum Cross Slope: 39%
- Typical Width: 49 inches (124 cm)
- Minimum Width: 16 inches (41 cm)