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Sunset Point is home to some of Bryce Canyon's most famous hoodoos, including the Silent City, a maze of hoodoos and fins concentrated in a tight formation, and Thor's Hammer, located just below the overlook on the northern edge. Because Thor's Hammer stands alone, it's easy to spot. The colors of the rock at Sunset Point are quite striking, with iron oxide minerals making the bright reds, oranges and yellows stand out.

According to past visitors, Sunset Point is a must-see, especially for those "looking for great views without a strenuous hike." Reviewers also recommended catching a ranger tour to learn more about the geology of the hoodoos. Half-hour geology talks are offered year-round at Sunset Point (or in the visitor center auditorium during winter), while 1-mile rim walks are offered daily in the spring, summer and fall. The NPS website provides detailed information for various ranger programs.

If you do want to hike, the 1.3-mile Navajo Loop Trail is one of the most popular in the park and leads down into a slot canyon called Wall Street that's populated with 500- to 700-year-old Douglas firs. The trail is often combined with the Queens Garden Trail, which leads through the Queens Garden and ends at the rim at Sunrise Point. There are restrooms and drinking water available at Sunset Point. For more information about Sunset Point, including trail details and lengths, consult the NPS website.

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