Fairyland Loop, Fairyland Point Trailhead, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Fairyland Loop - 8.25 miles

Fairyland Point Trailhead

Hoodoos erode into colorful sandstone mounds on the Fairyland Loop

Hoodoos erode into colorful sandstone mounds on the Fairyland Loop

Round-Trip Length: 8.25 miles (includes Tower Bridge)
Start-End Elevation: 7,758' - 7,162' (8,122' max elevation)
Elevation Change: -596' net elevation loss (+1,559' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Moderate-Strenuous
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Fairyland Loop - 8.25 Miles Round-Trip

The Fairyland Loop runs 8.25 miles through a vivid landscape and two very distinct canyons. Fairyland Canyon (north) is geologically younger than the main amphitheater, distinguished by a labyrinth of towering hoodoos and spires. 

Campbell Canyon (south), on the other hand, is a virtual hoodoo graveyard; its once tall hoodoos have eroded into soft, multi-hued clay mounds. Visitors will enjoy geologic diversity and light crowds on the Fairyland Loop. The following description travels clockwise:

The trail drops steeply from the canyon rim through a stadium of hoodoos to the heavily vegetated canyon floor. Look for Boat Mesa (8,076') to the southwest as you descend. 

Travel moderates along the rolling canyon floor to wash crossings at .8 miles (7,330'), 1 mile (7,245'), 1.35 miles (7,162') and 1.65 miles (7,210'). Remain vigilant through these potentially vague sections.

Grades steepen through 2 miles up to a narrow mesa top and the start of an unforgettable 4 mile stretch (2.35 miles : 7,530'). The trail levels on the mesa's high, south-facing edge with rangy views across Campbell Canyon and the Bryce Amphitheater.

It drops gradually over the next 1.7 miles through hoodoo gardens into Campbell Canyon with access to Tower Bridge (4.0 miles : 7,243'). 

This natural bridge joins two prominent spires located 200 yards off the main trail. Follow signs from the Tower Bridge spur to Sunrise Point to continue the loop.

The trail crosses three consecutive washes (the last of which is at 4.4 miles and requires a bit of attention) before climbing back toward the canyon rim.

It moderates briefly at 4.75 miles through a colorful and imaginative landscape highlighted by the China Wall, gnarled juniper, and rolling clay mounds that are the remains of eroded hoodoos.

The trail pitches steeply for the canyon rim with exceptional views over Campbell Canyon to Sunrise Point and the Rim Trail junction (5.7 miles : 7,953'). Bear right on the Rim Trail for the final 2.25 miles back to Fairyland Point. The Rim Trail runs very close to cliff edges, which are unstable and should be given a respectful distance.

In contrast to juniper, fir and ponderosa found within rugged canyon nooks, the Rim Trail levels across an open scrub brush plateau filled with a variety of grasses and flowers. 
The Rim Trail passes several spurs leading to campgrounds and service roads; favor the canyon rim to ensure you stay on course back to Fairyland Point.

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Interactive GPS Topo Map

Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N37 38.948 W 112 08.849 — Fairyland Point Trailhead

Worth Noting

  • Hoodoos erode 2-4' every 100 years, and therefore Bryce Canyon as we know it will not always be here. Help maintain natural erosion rates by staying on designated trails.

  • Look for bristlecone pine on the south side of the Loop.

  • This trail is highly exposed to sun and wind; sun protection, layers and a hat are recommended throughout the year.

  • Many false trails emanate from the main trail and lead nowhere in particular. Remain vigilant, and avoid wandering too far off in this indistinguishable landscape.

  • Statistically, Bryce Canyon National Park is the highest lightning strike hazard in the state of Utah. Be mindful of changing weather and plan travel time accordingly.

Camping and Backpacking Information

Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips in Bryce Canyon National Park. Permits can be acquired at the Visitor Center the day of or day before your trip. Advance reservations are not accepted.

  • There's a $5 per person fee to backcountry camp in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Camp only in designated sites.
  • Fires are not permitted at backcountry campsites or within the backcountry in Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • Desert water sources are scarce and fragile. Do not bathe or wash dishes in creeks or pools. 

Rules and Regulations

  • There's a $30 fee per vehicle to enter Bryce Canyon National Park (defined as private passenger cars with 15 people or less). Passes are good for 7 consecutive days.
  • $25 per motorcycle.
  • $15 per person (walk or bike).
  • Dogs are not permitted on trails in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Directions to Trailhead

The Fairyland Point Trailhead access road is located just north of the Park Visitor Center and Entrance Station. The access road is located 3 miles south of Ruby's Inn on Highway 63. Turn left on the Fairyland Point access road- it's one mile long and terminates at the trailhead.

Contact Information

Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon UT 84764-0201
Phone: 435.834.5322

Visitor Center Operating Hours
Summer 8am - 8pm (May - September)
Fall (October) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Winter (November - March) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Spring (April) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Trip Reports

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"My son and I saw your FKT post and decided to give the Fairyland Loop a run. We are both decent runners and figured we would see what we can do. My son, Jared, will be a senior in high school. He ended up running 1:08:45 and I finished in 1:09:14. He pulled away from me on the final 1.7 miles back up to the rim. We ran clockwise route from North Campground in Bryce doing the full 8 mile Rim Trail to Fairyland Loop back to the Rim Trail."
Ted Leblow  -  Colorado  -  Date Posted: August 4, 2016
"Wondering if anyone has a FKT on this trail. Not that I think I've got one, but I'm curious how far off I am. My time was ~1:50, walking maybe 15%. A nice, empty trail but for most, not much of it is comfortably runnable. Long descents & climbs with only maybe three miles of rolling trails. "
Jeff Cann  -  Gettysburg  -  Date Posted: July 14, 2016


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