Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

The Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon’s landscape is unique there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on earth. Views from the canyon rim are spectacular, but the views are even better when you hike down in among the hoodoos and other interesting formations. Below we list some of the more popular hiking trails.

Bryce Canyon offers several day hiking trails. Because many of these are interconnected, our most popular hikes are combinations of two or more of these basic trails. The hiking trails are divided into three categories of difficulty. Starting at Cedar Breaks National Monument, then Bryce Canyon, walking among rock formations and pink “hoodoos”, perhaps the most unusual display of erosive forms on Earth. Discover the hidden secrets left behind by ancient civilizations of incomparable landscapes of Utah’s canyon country.            Bryce Canyon

Rim Trail

(Bryce Canyon National Park): This underrated trail is a delight, providing splendid views down into spectacularly scenic Bryce Amphitheater from a variety of vantage points over its 5 1/2-mile length. More walking than hiking, the Rim Trail includes a half mile section between two overlooks Sunrise and Sunset that is suitable for wheelchairs. Views are especially fine early in the morning, when you can watch the changing light on the red rocks below.

Mossy Trail

The Mossy Trail is an easy hike without significant elevation change. The entire mile-long round trip is different from the rest of Bryce Canyon National Park. To locate the trail, drive past the Bryce Canyon entrance and keep going north until you see a small trailhead sign to your right. This is a nice stream-side walk to a small waterfall and a small mossy overhang or cave. The Mossy Cave Trail is a wonderful hike to take kids or to find solitude away from the main amphitheater.

Queens Garden Trail

This is a short trail and although there is a climb, it is considered to be the least difficult trail leading below the rim. Begin at Sunrise Point and descend below the canyon rim, but keep in mind that the uphill climb is a steep one. Know your limits. The trail does not loop, but there is the option to combine with Navajo loop.

Navajo Loop Trail

A moderately difficult loop from the rim at Sunset Point descending immediately downward into a series of switchbacks. The descent drops 520′ in less than a mile. At the end of the switchbacks, the limestone slot canyon section begins. Walls close in tight with only a narrow walkway in some sections of the trail. In the midst of Wall Street, two towering Douglas Firs are thriving. The lower limbs of the tree are void of leaves due to the lack of sunlight, but the top of the tree is heavy in foliage. Read More…

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