Bryce Canyon National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Check BC Website for hiking possibilities

    by Trekki Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    BC Website - Hiking maps and information

    Wish, there would have been www for checking destinations when I was first in Bryce Canyon. Nowadays, having the superb website of Bryce Canyon, you can plan your hiking trails prior to your trip.

    For all the trails, they give exact topo, mark the trail and have a hike overview chart with length, climbing and descending part.

    The hikes, covered are:
    Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip),
    Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip),
    Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip),
    Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip),
    Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip),
    Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip),
    Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip),
    Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip),
    Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip),
    Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip),
    Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip).

    The screenshot is from BC Website – Navajo Loop Trail – the link below leeds you to BC hiking overview.


    Equipment: As there are no outdoor shops in Bryce Canyon :-), you better prepare your hiking, bringing all you usually take.
    Good hiking shoes with good profile and ankle protection should be considered a must, as the trails leed steep into the canyons;
    hiking poles are good as well, as it helps the knees;
    warm sweater, as it might get cool in the deep canyons;
    sunglasses, as the sun can get hot, and the skies usually are that clean;
    WATER - WATER - WATER.

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    Navajo Loop Trail - easy day hike

    by Trekki Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    the ever prominent Navajo Loop Trail

    If you are in the park only for 1 day and want to get a bit closer to the geologic history, do the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s an easy hike of 1,5 miles round trip with climbing and descending each 500 feet.

    On the way (if you hike anti-clockwise), you’ll meet our friend Thor’s Hammer, you will encounter Wall Street with it’s 200 ft high red limestone walls, and you will encounter the famous well-photographed Douglas Firs, which grow on the trail and stretch themselves high into the air to grab sunlight.
    The picture shows a bit of the trail – light and shady parts, that’s why also here, you would need to take a warm sweater with you, just in case.


    Equipment: Hiking shoes, hiking poles and warm sweater. Plus water and some granola bars or fruit.

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    Hiking Under The Rim

    by Trekki Updated Apr 13, 2009

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    Under-the-rim-trail starts HERE

    Under-the-rim-trail is a wonderful multi day hike, starting at Bryce Point and ending at Rainbow Point. It’s 23 miles one way, and has enough campsites for backpackers. Permit is needed, you can get it at the Visitor Center, 5 USD (you have to appear personally).

    The 2-3 day hike (or more, if you want the full enlightment by hiking more slowly but breath in the atmosphere) leads along below the rim of the whole area of Bryce Canyon. Not so much climbing and descending as for the 1 day hike tours in Main Amphitheatre, you pass along the Hat Shop section (near Bryce Canyon), and the same spots, you can view from up the road – Swamp Canyon, Farview Point, Natural Bridge, Auga Canyon and Ponderosa Canyon.

    If you feel that you can’t do it to Rainbow Point, there are 3 points from where you can leave it to get back to the main road: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Trail and Agua Canyon.

    In the picture, on it’s bottom, you see the beginning of the trail, where it leads under a bridge (or is it a little arch ?).
    In the website below, a nice description of the whole trail is given.


    Equipment: Full backcountry equipment, including stove to cook.

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    Biking in Red Canyon

    by Trekki Written Sep 9, 2004

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    Red Canyon

    (ok, I did not do this, as there was no bikes available when I was there - however, I just discovered the possibility when adding Red Canyon in general).

    Red Canyon, just some miles before entering Bryce Canyon offers nice roads for bike tours.
    So, it would mean (MT)B'ing off the beaten track.
    Camp grounds are available, according to the website below

    Equipment: bike and tent, if you want to stay overnight.

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    a great place for beginners

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 27, 2009

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    D fights the heat after doing a three hike combo

    While Bryce National Park is not a premier hiking destination, it does have a nice smattering of short to medium length hikes that most reasonably fit people can tackle. The trails are very well-groomed and marked so even a complete novice can navigate them. But if you are hiking to the canyon floor, you should always be ready for the hike back up. While the distances are short, the hikes in and out of the canyon are fairly steep and exposed. For this reason, carry plenty of water and take precautions to protect yourself from the sun. Hiking in the early morning hours is the best way to not only escape the heat but crowds as well.

    Equipment: Even though many of Bryce's trails are short, good hiking boots are best to protect your ankles on the steep terrain. A wide brimmed hat helps protect not only your head but face from the sun. Sunglasses protect your eyes and make the colors of the rock formations even more spectacular. If you hike early morning, you'll likely need a fleece and we even a warm hat. At this elevation, the mornings are quite chilly.

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    Hiking

    by goingsolo Updated Dec 15, 2004

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    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon is one of the most accessible national parks. There are plenty of hiking trails which are short and relatively easy and can be found right off the main road. That's one of the things that makes this park so great for the casual or limited time visitor. There's no need to search for a trailhead or drive down a 4X4 road to get to see the sights.

    Of course, there are bigger and better rewards for those who take the time and effort to explore Bryce in depth. But for those who can't spare the time or find the inclination, Bryce's short trails are a great way to see the park. Two of the most popular trails are Queens Garden and Navajo Loop. Both are short, not too steep and incredibly scenic.

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    Hiking into the Canyon

    by gubbi1 Written Nov 2, 2007

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    Hiking Bryce Canyon, UT, US
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    To really experience the Bryce Canyon you should at least step some meters down into this wonderland made of stone. Several hiking trails wind through the rock formations. My suggestion to you is to hike the combination of Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden. But both are pretty as 'stand alone solution'.

    Equipment: Normal shoes which you feel comfortable in. No flipflops or equivalent!

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    Horse Back Riding Into the Canyon

    by KimberlyAnn Written Apr 23, 2004

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    This is for your information only, as I have not taken one of these trips. Canyon Trail Rides offer 2-hour to half-day horseback trips into the canyon daily April through October. You may register for these at the park lodge. The address to write to for information is Canyon Trail Rides, P.O. Box 128, Tropic, UT 84776.

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    Hiking the Rim Trail

    by gubbi1 Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    Hiking Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon, UT, US
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    The best way to get an overview of Bryce Canyon is to hike the Rim Trail. This trail offers great views over the beautiful, colorful and strange landscape of Bryce Canyon.

    Equipment: In case you just walk on the rim, you will not need any special shoes. But going into the canyon I would suggest that you wear at least normal shoes (no flipflops!) then you should be fine. The trails are well prepared and well visited.

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    Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trails

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Queens Garden Trail
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    These trails begin at Sunset Point and lead past the Queens Garden, Thor's Hammer and Wall Street Formations. They are easy to moderate in difficulty.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Hiking the Rim Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Rim Trail

    The Rim Trail begins at Fairyland Point north of the visitors center and continues to Bryce Point where you can connect to the longer Under the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail connects Fairyland, Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce Points. You can access the trail from any of these points and hike as much or as little of the trail as you wish.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Hiking the Under the Rim trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    The longest, most challenging trail in the park is the Under the Rim Trail which stretches between Bryce Point and Rainbow Point. The trail has switchbacks and is steep in spots. Some parts also have stairs. You can access the trail via several connecting trails if you do not feel up to hiking the entire strenuous trail. Note that there is little to no shade along this trail.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Riggs Spring Loop Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Riggs Spring Loop Trail

    This trail was also inaccessible due to snow when I visited in mid-May. There are backcountry camping sites along this trail.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Agua Canyon Connecting Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Agua Canyon Connecting Trail

    Here is the connecting trail that leads from the Agua Canyon Parking Area to the Under the Rim Trail.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail

    Here is the connecting trail that leads from the Swamp Canyon Parking Area to the Under the Rim Trail.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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