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Whether you like short and easy hikes, or challenging trails, here is a downright list of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park where you are guaranteed to see breathtaking scenery.

There are other things to do besides hiking the Bryce Canyon Trails!

For a break from the hiking trails in Bryce Canyon, make sure to put Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive along epic viewpoints on your Bryce Canyon itinerary. This scenic drive will take you to some of the best viewpoints in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon Hiking Tips

  • Elevations in Bryce Canyon National Park Park reach over 9,000 feet. Even mild exertion may leave you feeling completely out of breath, light-headed and nauseated.
  • Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon.
  • Stay on maintained trails. Do not wander off.
  • If you are hiking in winter consider getting crampons and ski poles for extra grip and support
  • Do not feed wildlife. First, they get used to being fed and consequently, they visit the campsites and parking lots looking for food. In addition, human food is not the best option for their diets. Lastly, they bite. Keep your food and your fingers to yourself.

NUMBER 1

Navajo Loop Trail - One of the Most Popular Hikes in Bryce Canyon

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Map of Bryce Canyon Navajo Loop Trail

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 1.3 miles (loop), however this Bryce Canyon National Park hike is not a loop in winter when the Wall Street section of the trail is closed.
  • Trail Location: Sunset Point
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 550 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Of all Bryce Canyon hikes, Navajo Loop Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park!

The hoodoo formations that are along the trail, such as Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Thor’s Hammer are Bryce Canyon must-see iconic sights.

How to Get to Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop Trailhead is located at Sunset Point.

Sunset Point is located about 2.5 miles from the Visitor Center.

In order to get to Sunset Point Bryce Canyon, you can take the shuttle, which I am highly recommending if you are visiting during summer months.

Otherwise, from the Visitor Center take the main road and proceed for about 2.5 miles until you reach the junction marked with a sign pointing towards Sunset Point. Turn left at the junction and drive for no more than 0.3 miles until you reach the parking area.

What You Need to Know About Navajo Loop Trail

What you need to know about Navajo Loop Trail, is that it is considered one of the moderate hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park. The reason for this classification is a steep ascent from the canyon.

However, if you feel like giving your heart, lungs and legs a little challenge, I encourage you to take this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail In Bryce Canyon National Park

Navajo Loop Trailhead in Bryce Canyon National Park

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The one thing that I can tell you, is that you will not be disappointed with this hike.

The trail travels down into the amphitheater and you get up close to the most famous hoodoos: Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Thor’s Hammer.

Consider this

You can do Navajo Loop Trail anyway you want it. You can start on the eastern or western side of the loop.

However, keep in mind that the climb back up along the eastern side is a bit easier compared to the western side of the trail. The elevation changes at a more gradual rate on the eastern side. Either way, you will have a few zig-zags to conquer and eventually, you will be back at the top of the rim.

So, here we go! Let’s start on the eastern side of the trail known as Wall Street.

The trail begins with a series of switchbacks that lead you down a cool ravine and all the way to the main valley of Bryce Canyon. Although, the trail is steep in some parts, it descents fairly gradually.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Navajo Loop Trail starts with a series of switchbacks.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Although, Navajo Loop Trail is steep in some parts, it descents gradually.

Eventually, this ravine narrows and starts resembling a slot canyon.

This section of Navajo Loop Trail is known as Wall Street, due to the high, vertical cliffs and narrow passages.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

The ravine narrows  and starts resembling a slot canyon.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

This section is known as Wall Street, due to the high, vertical cliffs and narrow passages.

At this point, you reached the bottom of the main canyon and looking up at the hoodoos from below makes you realize the sheer size of these fantastic rock formations.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Looking up at the hoodoos from the bottom of the canyon.

Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Being so close to the hoodoos make you realize their incredible size.

After about 0.7 miles from the trailhead, you reach a junction with Peek-A-Boo Trail and Queens Garden Trail.

Personally, I like to continue along Queens Garden Trail all the way to Sunrise Point. It is a beautiful hike that takes you along the way to the bottom of the canyon.

It is a great place to see some wildlife as well.

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Along the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you decide to continue your loop, then ahead of you is a steep climb back to the trailhead.

However, along the way, you get to see another famous hoodoo formation in Bryce Canyon National Park known as Two Bridges.

Two Bridges along Navajo Loop Trail

Two Bridges Along the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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The next famous hoodoo formation along Navajo Loop Trail is Thor’s Hammer.

It is an iconic sight in Bryce Canyon National Park!

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Thor’s Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Ahead of you is a series of zig-zags that you would have to conquer to get back at the top of the rim.

The switchbacks are fairly steep so take your time and enjoy the spectacular views!

NUMBER 2

Queens Garden Trail - One of the Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park to See Hoodoos Up Close

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Map of Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 1.8 miles (not a loop)
  • Trail Location: Sunrise Point
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 357 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hands down, Queens Garden Trail is one of the most popular Bryce Canyon easy hikes that will take below the rim, and let you meander among the hoodoos and see up-close their intricate carvings.

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Hikers along Queen’s Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Queens Garden Trail is one of my favorite hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Whenever I visit Bryce Canyon, I usually start with hiking Queens Garden Trail since it is one of the easy and family friendly hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Also, if you are visiting during winter months, it is one of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon winter time.

How to Get to Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Queens Garden Trailhead is located at Sunrise Point.

It is super easy to get to Sunrise Point.

Once you get to the Visitor Center, which is about 1 mile past the entrance to the park, continue south for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a junction.

Be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Sunrise Point. At the junction, turn left and continue for about 0.5 miles until you reach another junction. Next, follow the sign pointing in the direction of Sunset Point/General Store.

Finally, turn left again and continue for about 0.2 miles until you reach the Sunrise Point parking area.

What You Need to Know About Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

First of all, the trail starts gradually descending along a sloping ridge-line.

Views along Queens Garden Trail In Bryce Canyon

Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon

Queens Garden Trail starts off with gradually descending along a sloping ridge-line.

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Soon enough, you will be passing by several groups of beautiful hoodoo formations. They look awesome up-close.

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Hoodoo formations along Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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At about 0.7 miles, the trail passes through a short, artificial tunnel. It is a great place to take some pictures!

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Tunnel along Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Eventually, you will pass by pinnacle-filled ravine. It is another great place to take some pictures!

By the way, if you enjoy taking pictures, then check out my post: Best Photography Locations in Bryce Canyon

Views along Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon

The views along Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Finally, you encounter a junction with a very short spur trail to a viewpoint of Queens Garden. Make a slight right turn at the junction and follow the signs for Queens Garden.

The garden is a beautiful semi-circular ridge of phantom-like rock spires with elevated rock formation thought to resemble Queen Victoria.

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The Queen’s Garden is a beautiful semi-circular ridge of phantom-like rock spires with elevated rock formation thought to resemble Queen Victoria.

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Next, when you are ready, retrace your steps and get back to the main trail.

You have two options at this point.

You can continue hiking or you can simply retrace your steps and get back to Sunrise Point where you started Queens Garden Trail.

If you decide to continue hiking, then right after you retrace your steps to the main trail, there will be a junction to Navajo Loop Trail and Peekaboo Loop Trail.

NUMBER 3

Tower Bridge Trail - One of the Bryce Canyon National Park Best Hikes to See Famous Hoodoos

Map of Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon

Map of Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 3 miles (not a loop)
  • Trail Location: North of Sunrise Point
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Elevation Change: 802 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Tower Bridge Trail is one of the top moderate hikes in Bryce Canyon to see some of the most iconic hoodoo formations: China Wall and Tower Bridge!

How to Get to Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Tower Bridge Trailhead is located  no more than 0.4 miles north of Sunrise Point.

Once you get to the Visitor Center, which is about 1 mile past the entrance to the park, continue south for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a junction.

Be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Sunrise Point. At the junction, turn left and continue for about 0.5 miles until you reach another junction. Next, follow the sign pointing in the direction of Sunset Point/General Store.

Finally, turn left again and continue for about 0.2 miles until you reach the Sunrise Point parking area.

What You Need to Know About Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Tower Bridge Trail starts at Sunrise Point and takes you down about 800 feet below the trailhead.

It is one of the best hiking trails in Bryce Canyon National Park where you will catch a sight of a few spectacular rock formations. Specifically, you will see two of my favorites: China Wall and Tower Bridge.

First, you hike down among weather-beaten bristlecone pines. It is amazing how they manage to thrive in these adverse climate conditions.

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The weather-beaten bristlecone pines along Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Next, the trail takes you to an incredible rock formation called China Wall. It is a huge wall with many windows and towers.

China Wall in Bryce Canyon National Park

China Wall along Tower Bridge Hike in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Alternately, follow the trail and once you get to the bottom of the canyon locate a sign pointing both towards Bryce Canyon Fairyland Loop Trail as well as directing you to take a short spur to Tower Bridge.

It gets better

My suggestion is to take Fairyland Trail for just a bit, until you get to a point where you can get a good view of Tower Bridge. Consequently, you will be able to take better pictures from this location without any trees blocking the view.

Next, retrace your steps and get back to the short spur leading to Tower Bridge. At the end of the spur, you will get another view of Tower Bridge.

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Hoodoo formation called Tower Bridge along Tower Bridge Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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If you are up to it, then continue on Fairyland Point Trail.

Otherwise, retrace your steps and get back to Sunrise Point where you started.

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NUMBER 4

Hat Shop Trail - Best Hiking in Bryce Canyon to See Unique Hoodoo Formations

Map of Hat Shop Trail In Bryce Canyon

Map of Hat Shop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 4 miles (not a loop)
  • Trail Location: Next to Bryce Point
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Change: 1075 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Hat Shop Trail is a strenuous trail but you will be rewarded with awesome views of the most unique hoodoos with caprocks balanced on top of them.

How to Get to Hat Shop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

From Bryce Canyon Visitor Center drive 1.5 miles south until you see the sign for Bryce Point.

Next, turn left and follow the road to Bryce Point parking area.

Unfortunately, parking is very limited, so if you are visiting during summertime then my recommendation is to take Bryce Canyon shuttle.

What You Need to Know About Hat Shop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hat Shop Trail is definitely one of a strenuous type of hikes in Bryce Canyon.

The trail takes you down 1,000 feet. However, be prepared for a climb back which is quite steep. Nevertheless, the views on this trail are spectacular.

On a clear day, you can see the vast landscape spreading from Tropic to the north to Paria River Valley and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

At about 2 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the famous Hat Shop, which is a group of narrow, eroded, orange-colored spires. The spires are topped by white-colored boulders delicately balanced at the peak.

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The famous Hat Shop along Hat Shop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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If you are up to it, descend another 400 feet. The trail curves and you can get another view of the formations.

When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps and head back to Bryce Point where you started your hike.

NUMBER 5

Bristlecone Pine Trail - The Best Hiking in Bryce Canyon to See Bristlecone Pines

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Map of Bristlecone Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 1 mile
  • Trail Location: Rainbow Point or Yovimpa Point
  • Time: 30 min – 1hour
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bristlecone Loop Trail is one of the easy day-hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park where you can see the oldest living things on Earth, the Bristlecone Pines!

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Ranger Mike on Bristlecone Loop Trail.

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Bristlecone Pine cone covered in sap.

How to get to Bristlecone Pine Trail in Bryce Canyon

You can start Bristlecone Pine Trail at either Yovimpa Point or Rainbow Point which are located at the very end of Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive.

To get to Yovimpa Point or Rainbow Point take the main road that runs thorough the park.

The road starts at the entrance to the park and after about one mile passes by the Visitor Center. Continue for about 14 miles until you reach Yovimpa Point. Check out my post and make some stops along the way to catch some more great views of the Bryce Canyon.

What You Need to Know About Bristlecone Pine Trail in Bryce Canyon

Bristlecone Loop Trail is one of the easy day-hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park.

You can start hiking from either Rainbow Point or Yovimpa Point.

My recommendation is to start at Yovimpa Point. Why? The views just get better as you hike.

First of all, the trail goes through the forest of white fir, Douglas fir and blue spruce. Next, it meanders to several good viewpoints at the top of the cliffs.

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View along Bristlecone Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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The final quarter mile of the path is through a pretty dense forest. It feels great to walk through this section in the summer time since it is cool and shady.

You might be able to find some patches of snow as late as middle of the summer.

NUMBER 6

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail - The Best Trail to Avoid the Crowds

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Map of Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 4.3 miles
  • Trail Location: Swamp Canyon Viewpoint
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Change: 647 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Of all Bryce Canyon hikes best chill hike in the national park is Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail. It is not too difficult and not too easy. Just right! On top of that, the views at Swamp Canyon Viewpoint are spectacular!

But, first of all, it is a perfect hike to escape the crowds that swarm the Rim Trail. And, honestly, you will have this trail pretty much to yourself.

Second, if you are hiking in the summertime, this trail provides much needed shade.

How to get to Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trailhead is located along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive. Specifically, it is located at Swamp anyon Viewpoint.

To get to Swamp Canyon Viewpoint take the main road that runs thorough the park.

The road starts at the entrance to the park and after about one mile passes by the Visitor Center. Continue for the main road until you reach or about 14 miles until you reach the sign pointing to Swamp Canyon Viewpoint.

Make sure tp check out my post about the scenic drive in Bryce Canyon and make some stops along the way to catch some more great views of the Bryce Canyon.

What You Need to Know About Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

What I like about Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail is that it starts off at Swamp Canyon Viewpoint and the views are awesome!

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Swamp Canyon Viewpoint in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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First of all, the trail goes through a beautiful forested section.

At about 0.2 miles you will reach a junction for Sheep Creek Connecting Trail and Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail. Since, it is a loop, you can do it clockwise or counter clockwise.

I like to do this loop clockwise, so if you are ok with it, then at the junction turn left and follow Sheep Creek Connecting Trail.

First, the trail runs through some small valleys wooded with juniper, oak and ponderosa pine.

At about 2.3 miles from the trailhead, you will reach a junction for Under the Rim Trail. Turn right and continue for Under the Rim trail for about 1.1 miles until you reach another junction for Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail.

Along the way, you will get to enjoy awesome views of orange-red rock formations of Mud Butte and Swamp Butte.

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Views along Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Continue along Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail until you reach Swamp Canyon Viewpoint where you started your hike.

NUMBER 7

Fairyland Loop Trail - Hands down, one of the best trails in Bryce Canyon

Map of Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Map of Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 8 miles
  • Trail Location: North of Sunrise Point or Fairyland Point
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Elevation Change: 1716 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Fairyland Trail is one of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park that you do not want to miss!

How to get to Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

You can start Fairyland Loop Trail from either north of Sunrise Point (counter clockwise) or from Fairyland Point (clockwise). It is totally up to you. You can choose which direction to start.

However, if you start in clockwise direction (Fairyland Point) then your hike out of the canyon will be short but steep. On the other hand, if you begin in counter clockwise direction (from north of Sunrise Point) then your climb out of the canyon will be longer, however, it will be more gradual.

My recommendation is to do this hike counter clockwise and start it north of Sunrise Point!

Here we go! The trailhead head is located  no more than 0.4 miles north of Sunrise Point.

Once you get to the Visitor Center, which is about 1 mile past the entrance to the park, continue south for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a junction.

Be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Sunrise Point. At the junction, turn left and continue for about 0.5 miles until you reach another junction. Next, follow the sign pointing in the direction of Sunset Point Bryce Canyon/General Store.

Finally, turn left again and continue for about 0.2 miles until you reach the Sunrise Point parking area.

What You Need to Know about Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Fairyland Trail makes a loop through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Bryce Canyon National Park.

It takes you down into the amphitheaters and canyons. You get to walk among the hoodoos and many intricate rock formations.

First of all, you will pass by an incredible rock formation called China Wall. It is a huge wall with many windows and towers.

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China Wall along Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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At about 1.5 miles from the trailhead you will reach a short spur to a famous rock formation called Tower Bridge.

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Tower Bridge along Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Next, the trail winds through several clusters of hoodoos, all forms of chiseled pinnacles and delicate spires.

Moreover, all around you will be pink, white and tan cliffs of Campbell Canyon.  It is a beautiful part of the trail where you can take the time and appreciate the whimsy of wind and water which molded these fascinating shapes.

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Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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The trail slowly gains and looses the elevation at this point before dropping down even more into the bottom of the valley.

At about 4-mile point, the trail starts meandering by Fairyland Canyon and circling around the massive base of Boat Mesa. It gradually starts climbing out of the canyon over a series of switchbacks.

At about 5.5 miles from the trailhead, you reach Fairyland Point.

Ahead of you is a 2.5-mile climb back to the north of Sunrise Point where you started your hike. The views along the way are off the charts!

Here’s the deal

If you are visiting Bryce National Park in the summertime, then my suggestion is to plan this hike for late afternoon.

First of all, you will avoid mid-day heat. Second, as you are hiking to Fairyland Point and back up to Sunrise Point, you get to enjoy the spectacular views of a sunset!

NUMBER 8

Mossy Cave Trail - Fun Trail in Bryce Canyon to See a Waterfall

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Map of Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 0.8 miles (not a loop)
  • Trail Location: North end of the park (4 miles east on Hwy 12)
  • Time: 30 min – 1 hour
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mossy Cave Trail is just a fun hike for the entire family! It is one of Bryce Canyon trails best choice for everyone. It easy goes along a stream and takes to a mossy grotto and a waterfall.

It is a fun hike in the summer because you can take a break and soak your weary feet in the water.

However, check out this hike in the wintertime as well. The grotto with icicles looks quite spectacular in winter!

How to Get to Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon

Mossy Cave Trail is located at the north end of the park, about 4 miles east on Hwy 12.

Once you leave the Visitor Center, drive about 4 miles north on UT 63 (main park road) north to its junction with Hwy 12.

At the junction turn right and drive 3.5 miles east until you reach a parking area for Mossy Cave Trail.

What You Need to Know about Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon

Mossy Cave Trail is one of the fun hikes in Bryce Canyon. It meanders alongside a lively stream and takes you all the way to the waterfall and a cave.

Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon

Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon.

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A quick read

In fact, the stream is not natural. It originates from Tropic Ditch, which is an irrigation channel constructed by Mormon settlers between 1890 and 1892 to supply water to Cannonville and Tropic in the dry season when the Paria River stops flowing.

Now, once you find a parking spot, take the trail and start hiking alongside a stream. In about 0.4 miles you will reach a junction.

Turn left at the junction and continue to a mossy cave.

In fact, this mossy cave is quite spectacular in the wintertime when the water freezes and forms ice pillars and icicles.

After visiting the cave retrace your steps to the junction and at the junction turn right and continue a bit upstream until you reach a waterfall tumbling down 15 feet over the ledge and forming a small pool. It feels wonderful to take a break here and soak your feet after a long day of hiking.

When you are ready to head back, simply retrace your steps and get back to the parking lot.

NUMBER 9

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail - The Most Scenic Hike in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Map of Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 6.0 miles
  • Trail Location: Next to Bryce Point
  • Time: 3-5 hours
  • Elevation Change: 1571 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

In my opinion, Peek A Boo Loop Trail is one of the most scenic best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park. It gets its name from the most unusual arch formations known as windows.

Right from the start of this hike, you will be rewarded with incredible views of Bryce Amphitheater, followed by the famous hoodoo formations knows as Wall of Windows, Cathedral and Fairy Castle.

What you have to keep in mind is that it is a strenuous hike with a steep descent and then relentless steep ascent back to the rim of the Bryce Canyon.

How to Get to Peek-a-Boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

From Bryce Canyon Visitor Center drive 1.5 miles south until you see the sign for Bryce Point.

Next, turn left and follow the road to Bryce Point parking area.

Unfortunately, parking is very limited, so if you are visiting during summertime then my recommendation is to take a shuttle.

What You need to know about Peek-A-Boo Trail

First of all, from the parking area, take a path that goes through some wooded area and descends to a junction with Under the Rim Trail.

At the junction turn left and continue towards the Peek-A-Boo Loop.

Now, the views at this point are breathtaking. You will have Bryce Amphitheatre right in front of you with the Boat Mesa in the distance.

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The most amazing views of Bryce Canyon National Park form the Peek-A-Boo Trail.

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Pretty soon, the trail goes through a man made tunnel and it is a perfect spot to take some pictures!

Peek-A-Boo Trail In Bryce Canyon

Peek-A-Boo Trail goes through a man made tunnel and it is a perfect spot to take some pictures!

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At about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, you will reach the junction for Peek-A-Boo Loop.

Now, check the map.

But, from this point you can do this loop clockwise to counter clockwise. I always do it clockwise. In my opinion, the views are so much better that way.

The first famous hoodoo formation that you are going to see is called the Wall of Windows.

Wall of Windows, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Wall of Windows, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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To the northeast of Wall of Windows, a sea of hoodoos create a structure that is known as the Cathedral.

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The Cathedral along Peek-A-Boo Trail in Bryce Canyon.

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Right after you pass the Cathedral, be prepared for a series of switchbacks.

At 3.2 miles from the trailhead you will reach the junction connecting Peek-A-Boo trail to Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trails.

Turn right at the junction and continue on Peek-A-Boo Trail.

The trail will go up and down and take you through some pretty cool hoodoo groups.

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Hiking along Peek-A-Boo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Along the way, you will still be able to take more pictures of the Cathedral.

At about 4.5 miles from the trailhead you will reach the end of the loop and the hike up to the rim is going to start.

This is the last section of the trail and it is the most demanding part of the hike, so take your time. Make short breaks and enjoy the views.

NUMBER 10

Riggs Spring Loop Trail - One of the Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park to Escape the Hustle and Bustle of Bryce Amphitheatre

Map of Riggs Spring Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Map of Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Roundtrip Distance: 8.6 miles
  • Trail Location: Rainbow Point or Yovimpa Point
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Elevation Change: 1675 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Riggs Spring Loop Trail is one of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park that will give you much needed peace and solitude after the hustle and bustle of Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Region.

You will get to see some splendid views along the way on this trail. In addition, you will hike through sections of pine forest where you get a good chance to spot some wildlife.

How to Get to Riggs Spring Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

You can start Riggs Spring Loop Trail at either Yovimpa Point or Rainbow Point, both are located at the very end of Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive.

To get to either Yovimpa Point or Rainbow Point take the main road that runs thorough the park.

The road starts at the entrance to the park and after about one mile passes by the Visitor Center. Continue for about 14 miles until you reach the parking lot for Yovimpa Point and Rainbow Point.

What You Need to Know about Riggs Spring Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Since the trail is a loop, you can start hiking clockwise or counter clockwise.

I usually start this trail at Rainbow Point and continue in a clockwise direction.

Riggs Spring Loop Trail In Bryce Canyon

Rainbow Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park

First of all, follow the signs for Under the Rim Trail for no more than 0.2 miles which is part of Bristlecone Loop Trail.

At the junction, bear right and continue on Riggs Spring Loop Trail.

Ahead of you is a long descent below the Promontory.

Riggs Spring Loop Trail In Bryce Canyon

Yovimpa Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park

At first, the trail winds through a forested terrain. Shortly after it passes along the edge of the cliff. The views are spectacular here.

Next, the trail descends at a steep grade through a series of switchbacks.

Eventually, you will reach a seasonal stream.

Next, the trail goes through a beautiful forest of ponderosa pines.

At 3.6 miles you’ll pass Corral Hollow Campsite. It is the first backcountry campsite on the loop.

Continue for no more than 1.7 miles until you reach the next campsite called Riggs Spring. This is a perfect spot to take a break, because had of you is a strenuous unrelenting 1.7 mile section of the hike which will take you back up to Yovimpa Pass where the third campsite is located.

Next, continue for about 1.6 miles until you get back to Rainbow Point where you started.

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Rim Trail - One of the Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park to Catch the Amazing Views of Bryce Amphitheatre

Easy Day-Hikes in Bryce Canyon

Map of Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Image Credit: NPS

Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Roundtrip Distance: The entire Rim Trail distance is 10.4 miles. You can adjust the distance anyway you want.
  • Trail Location: Various Access Points
  • Time: It will take you 5-6 hours to hike the entire trail, or you can just hike between the best viewpoints (1-2 hours)
  • Elevation Change: 1,177 feet if you hike the entire trail
  • Difficulty: If you just hike, for example, from Sunrise to Inspiration Point then it is an easy hike with very little elevation change

Hands down, Rim Trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park where you can catch the most amazing views!

Honestly, you can hike the entire trail, or you can just hike a small section of this trail.

How to Get to Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

You can start this hike at many access points.

If you are up to it, then my recommendation is do hike the entire Rim Trail.

Point to remember

The entire trail is 10.4 miles long. It starts at Fairyland Point and goes all the way to Bryce Point.

The elevation change is 1,177 feet and starts to change as you approach Bryce Point.

However, you can hike from Sunrise Point to Inspiration Point. The distance is no more than 1.2 miles from Sunrise Point to Inspiration Point with very little elevation change making it a perfect easy day-hike in the Bryce Canyon.

Now, to get back to the point, how to get to Rim Trail! So, you can start at Sunrise Point. It is super easy to get to Sunrise Point!

Once you get to the Visitor Center, which is about 1 mile past the entrance to the park, continue south for no more than 0.5 miles until you reach a junction.

Be on the lookout for the sign pointing to Sunrise Point. At the junction, turn left and continue for about 0.5 miles until you reach another junction. Next, follow the sign pointing in the direction of Sunset Point/General Store.

Finally, turn left again and continue for about 0.2 miles until you reach the Sunrise Point parking area.

What You Need to Know about Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

There is no doubt that Rim Trail s the most amazing hike in Bryce Canyon National Park.

The views along the way are just simply off the charts!

Easy Day-Hikes in Bryce Canyon

View from Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park

Hiking along Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park

The trail between Sunrise and Sunset points is paved and also so well worn that portions are wheelchair accessible. However, the rest of the sections have some uneven surfaces and may make wheelchair access to some areas difficult.

There are wooden benches at various points along Rim Trail so take your time, sit down and enjoy this wondrous scenery.

Essential Gear for Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park

So, here is reminder to make sure to have essential hiking gear if you are planning to do some hiking in Bryce Canyon:

  • Appropriate footwear – trail shoes are great; hiking boots are even better since they offer more support.
  • Plenty of water – without enough water your body’s muscles and organs simply cannot perform as well. Consuming too little water will not only make you thirsty, but susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness.
  • Food – food will help keep up energy and morale.
  • Rain gear and extra clothing – the weatherman is not always right. Be prepared for unannounced rain or a cold spell. Dress in layers. It will allow you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat.
  • First aid kit – prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers are available at any outfitter.
  • Knife or multi-purpose tool – these enable you to cut strips of cloth into bandages, remove splinters, etc.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses – especially in the summer time, you will need sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
  • Daypack/backpack – you need something you can carry comfortably and has the features designed to keep you hiking smartly. Don’t forget the rain cover; some packs come with one built-in.
  • Trash Bag – this will make sure that the trail will stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip-lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.

Where Should You Stay if You are Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

When visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, you can stay inside the park or near the park.

Hands down, nothing beats staying inside the park! However, accommodations are very limited and you should make reservations well ahead of your visit.

Staying Inside Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Lodge

There is only one lodge, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, available inside the park.

Reservations must be made well in advance.

It is definitely a great place to stay since it is situated just steps from the rim. You will be able to access most of the trails without driving. And, what a perfect location to just go out and watch sunrise or sunset.

Several different types of accommodations are offered at the lodge. Western Cabins at $231 per night, Sunrise and Sunset Lodge Room at $131 per night, Guest Suites at $271 per night, and Guest Studios at $176 per night.

My recommendation is to rent one of the Western Cabins. They are super cozy with gas fireplaces and cute rustic decor.

Cabins at Bryce Canyon Lodge

Cabins at Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Cabins at Bryce Canyon Lodge

Inside the cabin at Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Campgrounds Inside Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park has two campgrounds, North and Sunset, located in close proximity to the Visitor Center, Bryce Canyon Lodge and the main Bryce Amphitheater.

  • North Campground is first-come, first-served. It has 99 sites open from Spring through Fall and 30 sites in Loop A are open year-round.
  • Sunset Campground accepts reservations on a 6-month rolling basis during peak season. It has 100 sites and it is open April through October.

Campsite fees for RVs are $30 per site per night and $20 for tents per site per night.

My recommendation is to stay near Bryce Canyon National Park.

There are several options that I like, and you will save some money as well!

So make sure to check post Complete Guide to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park Must-Do

If you visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, then, obviously, my recommendation is do to some hiking to see hoodoos up close. Next, make sure to  put Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive on your list of things to do.

And, finally, check out Ranger Programs and Canyon Hiking Tours in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Ranger Programs and Canyon Hiking Tours in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Hiking Tours

Most Asked Question: Can Dogs Hike in Bryce Canyon National Park

In Bryce Canyon National Park pets are permitted only on paved surfaces.

Following is the list of paved surfaces in Bryce Canyon National Park:

  • Campgrounds
  • Parking lots
  • Paved roads
  • Paved viewpoint areas (all viewpoints except Piracy Point)
  • On the paved trail (section of Bryce Canyon Rim Trail) between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point
  • On the paved Shared Use Path between the park entrance and Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon

Pets are not permitted on trails or unpaved viewpoints (Piracy Point), in public buildings or on public transportation vehicles. These regulations also apply to pets that are carried.

  • Pets must be on a leash at all times; the leash must be no longer than 6 feet.
  • Pet owners may not leave pet(s) unattended or tied to an object. Pets may not be left in vehicles while their owners hike. Be aware that idling and generator use is not permitted in park parking lots.
  • Pets may not make unreasonable noise.
  • Pet owners are required to pick-up after their pets (excrement and other solid waste).

Pet owners not adhering to regulations may be cited (minimum fine is $75).

Kennels near Bryce Canyon are located in Panguitch (30 mi, 48 km), Richfield (100 mi, 160 km), Cedar City (85 mi, 136 km), and Kanab (74 mi, 119 km).

Source: NPS

Intrepid Scout's Pointers for Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

That is quite a list of best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park, right?

What if you only have time to do a couple of hikes?

No problem! Here are my absolute must-do 2 best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park:

  • Hands down, Fairyland Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the top hikes in Bryce Canyon that you do not want to miss! The trail goes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Bryce Canyon National Park.

  • Second, my favorite top hike in Bryce Canyon National Park is Rim Trail. It offers unsurpassed views of Bryce Canyon National Park! You can do the entire trail, or you can shorten it anyway you want.

What you need to know!

A trip to Bryce Canyon is perfect paired with a side trip to Zion National Park, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, or Canyonlands, Capitol Reef National Parks.

Check out my post: Zion to Bryce Canyon: 3-Day Adventure (with Maps and Photos)

Did you know that Utah has five national parks known as ‘The Mighty 5‘. Have you visited any of them? Which is your favorite Utah National Park?

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park, and
  • Zion National Park

So, if you are visiting several national parks during your vacation (or during the entire year) and planning to try some awesome national park hikes, you should consider purchasing an annual pass.

The cost of the annual pass is $80. However, the annual pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, such as national parks, national wildlife refugees, national forests and grasslands.

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Comments:

4 thoughts on “11 Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park (with Maps and Photos)


Thank you for this extremely detailed and informative post!! Bryce Canyon is on our list of NPs to visit and I’ve already pinned this for later!! Love all of the photos! We have a 3 year old, so the ‘quick facts’ are really helpful for me in determining which of these hikes might be doable for us. Thanks again!

    2019-12-01

    Thank you, Catherine! You will love Bryce Canyon. The views are spectacular!

Desert Dweller
2021-04-14

Fantastic Information. Thank you. Any postings on hikes for dogs?

    2021-04-22

    Hello,
    Thank you so much!
    Hum… I am not sure about hikes for dogs in Bryce Canyon. I checked Bryce Canyon NP website and it looks like dogs are allowed on paved roads (along all the great viewpoints!) and around campgrounds. Please check it out:
    https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm

    Anna

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