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Fairyland/Tower Bridge Loop

 
Fairyland/Tower Bridge Loop

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Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.64937°N / 112.14752°W

Object Title: Fairyland/Tower Bridge Loop

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Overview

Fairyland Trail sits in the northern parts of Bryce Canyon National Park. The trail starts at Fairyland Point on the rim of the canyon and goes down among the hoodoos first into Fairyland Canyon and then into Campbell Canyon where it reaches a formation known as Tower Bridge. The trail then goes back up to the rim of the canyon at Sunrise Point. From Sunrise Point, you can follow the northern parts of the Rim Trail to make it back to Fairyland Point.

Other notable formations along the length of this trail include Chinese Wall and Sinking Ship.




Map
Map



Getting There

From Visitor Center drive less than a mile north, turn east onto the signed road for Fairyland Point and follow it for a mile to the end of it at the parking area. Parking is limited. Come early or take the park shuttle bus.

Route Description

Hike Statistics:
Elevation at Fairyland Point: 7760 ft
Lowest Point (Fairyland Canyon): 7160 ft
Elevation at Sunrise Point: 8000 ft
Highest Point (on Rim Trail): 8155 ft
Hiking Distance: Fairyland Pt.-Tower Bridge-Sunrise Pt.-Fairyland Pt. = 8.4 miles




At Fairyland Point, you will be standing on the rim of the canyon. Sinking Ship will be visible to the east.



Sunrise at Fairyland Point
Sinking Ship from Fairyland Point at sunrise



The trail begins to go down among the hoodoos.







On Fairyland Loop
 
On Fairyland Loop
 
On Fairyland Loop
 
On Fairyland Loop
 



The trail does not quite reach the bottom of Fairyland Canyon. It goes down to 7160 ft, then begins to go up again.




Near the bottom of Fairyland Canyon
 
Near the bottom of Fairyland Canyon
 






Near the bottom of Fairyland Canyon
 
Near the bottom of Fairyland Canyon
 



Boat Mesa will be well visible.




Boat Mesa
Boat Mesa
Boat Mesa
Boat Mesa



The trail reaches a high point at 7500 ft. You can look north to see Fairyland Canyon.



Fairyland Canyon
Fairyland Canyon



Sinking Ship will be to the east.



Sinking Ship
Sinking Ship



Bryce Point & Inspiration Point will be visible to the southwest on the rim of the canyon.



Bryce Point and Inspiration Point
Bryce Point & Inspiration Point



You will now look at Boat Mesa and the hoodoos around it from a different angle.




From near high point
 
Boat Mesa
Boat Mesa






Boat Mesa
Boat Mesa
On the trail
 



The trail begins to go down into Campbell Canyon. If you look carefully to the south/southwest, you will see Tower Bridge.



Tower Bridge
Zoomed view of Tower Bridge



At the bottom of Campbell Canyon, at 7200 ft, you will reach a 0.2 mile long spur trail that takes you to a spot at the base of Tower Bridge.



Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge



The trail then begins to climb out of Campbell Canyon toward Sunrise Point on the rim of the canyon.




Below Sunrise Point
 
Below Sunrise Point
 



Chinese Wall will come to view to the south.



Chinese Wall
Chinese Wall



As you go higher, sinking ship and Bristlecone Point will appear.






Sinking Ship
Sinking Ship
Bristlecone Point
Bristlecone Point



Once you reach Sunrise Point on the rim of the canyon, you can follow the northern part of the Rim Trail to get back to Fairyland Point.

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You must pay park entrance fee.

No permits required for day hikes. For all rules and regulations see the official park site:
http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

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