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Bryce Canyon

Hiking in Bryce Canyon ranges from easy hikes of less than 1 mile with moderate grades to strenuous hikes with steep grades and multiple elevation changes that can take even the most seasoned hiker all day to complete. Bryce Canyon even offers back country hiking with over night camping in a wilderness environment. Bryce Canyon is a moderate 90 minute drive from Cedar City making for a convenient day trip. Listed below are some popular hiking trails in Bryce Canyon.


Easy Hikes

These hikes are classified as easy to moderate difficulties as they have gentle grades and minimal elevation changes. They include:

  • Mossy Cave (.8 mi/1.3k round trip) Streamside walk up to a mossy overhang and small waterfall. (Waterfall flows May to October)
  • Rim Trail (0-11 mi/0-17.7 km round trip) Outstanding views of hoodoos from above. Trail is paved and fairly level between Sunset and Sunrise Points.
  • Bristlecone Loop(1.0 mi/1.6 km round trip) Hike through spruce-fir forests to cliffs with bristlecone pines and expansive vistas.
  • Queens Garden (1.8 mi/2.9 km round trip) This is the least difficult trail into the canyon. Using your imagination you may even see Queen Victoria at the end of a short spur trail.

23-zion-2012Moderate Hikes

Moderate Hikes have steep grades with “down and back” elevation changes, and include the following trails:

  • Navajo Trail (1.3 mi/2.2 km round trip) Navajo Loop is completely open, by ascending over the top of the latest rock slide. Please use caution traversing this trail. Thor’s Hammer and Two Bridges side of trail is open all the way to canyon floor.
  • Tower Bridge(3 mi/4.8 km round trip) See Bristlecone pines and the China Wall. A shady 1/4-mile spur trail leads to the bridge.
  • Hat Shop (4 mi/6.4 km round trip) Descend to the Under-the-Rim Trail to see a cluster of balanced-rock hoodoos.
  • Swamp Canyon (4.3 mi/7.2 km round trip) Descend into one of the lesser known areas of Bryce Canyon.

Strenuous Hikes

Strenuous Hikes are those consisting of steep grades with multiple elevation changes. These hikes are not recommended for the “faint” of heart. Carry plenty of water; 1 quart/liter per person, per 2-3 hours of hiking. Combining some of these hikes can also add to the adventure of a more experienced hiker, such as the Navajo and Peek-A-Boo or Navajo, Queens Garden and Peek-A-Boo. The Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail shares the trail with Horse/Mule rides and hikers are cautioned to give the right-of-way to these animals. These hikes include:

  • Fairyland Loop (8 mi/12.9 km round trip) See the China Wall, Tower Bridge and tall hoodoos on this less-crowded trail.
  • Peek-A-Boo Loop (5.5 mi/8.8 km round trip) Steep but spectacular hike through the heart of Bryce Amphitheater. See the Wall of Windows. (This trail is shared by the trail ride concession).
  • Riggs Spring Loop(8.5 miles/14.2 km round trip) High elevation hike leaving from Rainbow point down through varied forests of Spruce, Fir and Bristlecone.

Visit Bryce Canyon National Park’s Hiking page for more detailed descriptions and important hiking information.

The BLM manages nearly 23 millions acres of public lands in Utah, representing about 42 percent of the state. These lands are located mostly in western and southeastern Utah. The terrain is varied, ranging from rolling uplands in the Uintah Basin to sprawling lowlands in the Mojave Desert. Utah’s public lands feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the snow-capped peaks of remote mountain ranges to the colorful red-rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

hikes_cedarcity1One of the best ways to experience the desert terrain of Southwestern Utah is on one of the many trails managed by the Cedar City and St. George Field Offices. Many of the trails are open to multiple users, including hikers, mountain bikers, and Trails range from signed and maintained singletrack in the urban interface, to primitive backcountry routes in Wilderness Study Areas. Our desert environment can be pleasant in the popular spring and fall months, tolerable in the winter, and brutally hot in the summer. Hikers should carry water, food, clothing, and tools and be prepared for changing weather, riding conditions, and accidents. Many trails travel through remote country, but cell phone coverage is generally good throughout the area. Please Know Before You Go.