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Bryce Canyon National Park and Surrounding Area Hiking Trails

Bryce Canyon offers you a wide range of hiking trails for your next vacation

Bryce Canyon offers a wide range of hikes, from an easy paved hike along the rim of the canyon to a strenuous multi day hike among the hoodoos. Below is a list of each hike, many of which connect to each other and can be combined into your own unique and exciting hike.

Easy Bryce Canyon Hikes

Mossy Cave Trail

Length: .9 miles (1.5 km)
Altitude Climb: 300 feet (91 m)

This hike follows the trail of a 1900 pioneer irrigation ditch, going from the East Fork of the Sevier River through Paunsaugunt Plateau. More Info

Scenic Rim Trail

Total Distance: 5.5 miles (9.16 km)
Climb: 1754 feet (535 m)

This trail is the only paved trail in the park, it follows along the entire rim of the main amphitheater. More Info

Bristlecone Loop
Distance:1.0 miles (1.6 km)
Climbing: 195 feet (59 m)

The southernmost trail in the park, this trail will take you through a forest of Bristlecone Pines, which can live up to 1,800 years. Throughout the trail you will be able to see vistas that range as far as the four corners area.
You can reach this trail by the famous Rainbow Point. This hike wonders through deep Bristle cone covered Forrest along far south end of Bryce Canyon. The shade of the mature Pine Trees can give you a more pleasant mid day hike during the summer months.

Top Hat - The top Hat trail takes you to vantage points where you can see the famous Top Hat formations. These are Hoodoos that have rock formations sitting on top of them resembling a top hat. These are truly one of a kind and a must see for hikers of all skill set and age.

Tower Bridge - This trail begins at Sunrise Point and head along the Fairyland Loop Trail, it passes a famous rock formation that looks much like an old English bridge, with two giant holes that makes the formation appear to be suspended in air! So many of Bryce Canyons Hoodoos and formations are truly unique but this is a common favorite and a must see formation. Its better for photographs as well as to view in the morning or evening when the sun will shine and light up through the massive hole in this hoodoo formation.

Backcountry Hikes

The Under-the-Rim Trail extends 23 miles from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point and has eight backcountry campsites.

The Riggs Spring Loop Trail (8.8 miles round trip) from Yovimpa Point has four backcountry sites. Both trails drop below the rim of the plateau and lead through forested areas. A backcountry permit is required for all overnight hiking. Permits are available at the Visitor Center for $5.

Trails which wind down below the rim through the rock formations include:
Fairyland Loop (8 miles round trip)This trail begins at Fairyland point taking you through beautiful Hoodoos and unimaginable scenery along the Northern section of Bryce Canyon. Many of these trail are not far from each other so if you have the time this is another popular trail.
Peekaboo Loop (4.8 or 6.8 miles round trip)
Queen's Garden (1.8 miles round trip)
Navajo Loop (1.5 miles round trip) More Info

The Peekaboo Loop Trail also serves as a horse trail.
Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon. Wear hiking boots with good traction and ankle support. Drink plenty of water. Know and respect your own physical limitations.