park has over 50 miles of hiking trails with a range of
distances and elevation change. Assess your ability and
know your limits. Use caution if unaccustomed to the high
Hikes: The easiest trail is the 1/2-mile
(one way) section of Rim Trail
between Sunset and Sunrise Points. Other sections of the
Rim Trail (which extends 5.5 miles
between Fairyland and Bryce Points) have steeper terrain.
The Fairyland Loop (8 miles round
trip), Peekaboo Loop (4.8 or 5.5
miles round trip), Queen's Garden
(1.7 miles round trip) and Navajo Loop
(1.5 miles round trip) trails wind down through the rock
formations along steep grades. The Peekaboo Loop Trail
also serves as a horse trail.
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
must be obtained in person and are issued at the park
visitor center from 8:00 a.m. until two hours before sunset.
No phone or email reservations will be accepted. In person
reservation can be made up to 48 hrs. in advance. Park
staff reserves the right to refuse permits to parties
that fail to demonstrate the necessary preparedness that
Bryce Canyon's high and dry backcountry demands.
Trail: An easy hike, the rim trail starts
at either Bryce or Fairyland points. It is 5.5 miles from
one point to another, taking a maximum of 5 or 6 hours
to complete the 11 mile round trip. If that is too long
for you, you may jump on the trail at one of the other
points that connects to the rim trail. This trail will
provide you some spectacular views of the magnificent
hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater.
Loop: A moderate hike, you may start
your hike through the Fairyland Loop at either Fairyland
or just north of Sunrise Point. It covers eight miles,
taking around four to five hours to complete. This trail
tends to be less crowded than the trails through the Bryce
Amphitheater. Along the way, you will pass such attractions
as the Tower Bridge, and the Chinese Wall.
Loop: A steep hike, the Peekaboo Loop
trail passes the Wall of Windows and the Three Wiseman.
It is 5-7 miles, depending on the entrance you use. You
can enter from Bryce Point via the Under-the-rim trail,
Sunrise Point via the Queens Garden trail, or Sunset Point,
via the Navajo Loop trail.. The hike should take around
three or four hours. The Peekaboo Loop trail also serves
as a horse trail.
Bridge: A piece of the Fairyland Trail,
this hike will take you to see the Tower Bridge, named
after its resemblance to one of the Thames bridges in
London. The hike is 3 miles long and will take you two
or three hours to complete.
Garden: A moderate hike, the Queens
Garden trail is the easiest way to get down into the Amphitheater.
Formations in the bottom resemble Queen Victoria, hence
its name. It is 1.8 miles long, and it should take you
around one to two hours. You can get to it via Sunrise
Loop: This moderate hike will take you
down into Wall Street, an extremely narrow canyon where
tall trees mingle amongst the hoodoos, via switchbacks.
The hike is 1.4 miles and takes one or two hours to complete.
You can get to it via Sunset Point.
to the Hat Shop: This trail will take
you to the Hat Shop, a collection of hard gray caps balanced
on smaller pillars of rock. The trail, which starts at
Bryce Point, is 3.8 miles long and will take you three
to four hours to complete.
Loop: A very easy trail, this trail
is one of the most popular at Bryce Canyon. It is an easy
way to catch the beauty of Bryce Canyon without having
to do the difficult hiking. Along the way, you will encounter
bristlecone pines, some that are 1,700 years old! The
trail is one mile long and takes only about half an hour
to complete. It begins at Rainbow Point.
While you are hiking, take
time to see the wildlife up-close.
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