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The Navajo Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park was one of the best adventures of our whole road trip! You begin on the rim trail at the top of Bryce Canyon and work your way down into the hoodoo on switchback trails.
Navajo Trail Slot Canyon
Once you made it down the switchbacks, you were rewarded with a trip through a narrow slot in the hoodoo to the next section of trail.
The Navajo trail continues out into the wilderness of Bryce Canyon after this slot canyon, with a couple forks in the trail for longer, more strenuous trails. We were on a mission only to complete the Navajo trail, so we kept forging ahead towards our goal.
Although the Navajo Trail is a loop, we began to wonder if we were on the correct “Navajo Trail.” We knew we eventually needed to climb back out of the hoodoo, but we just kept going out further into the wilderness with no climbing switchbacks in sight to get back to the top.
Finally, we rounded a curve in the trail and saw what we were looking for.
Be careful what you wish for!
The climb back to the Navajo Trail trailhead came just in time, as the clouds began rolling in and thunder sounded, off in the distance.
Although the climb gave us a bit of a workout, it did not take us long to make it back to the top. But not without a little resistance from the kids. 🙂
Although they were complaining a bit, Kelly said something at the end that made the hike worth it. He said, “When I get to be a Dad, I’m bringing my kids back here to hike this trail.” That pretty much says it all!