Bryce Canyon Hikes
Panorama from the Fairyland Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

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hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

The best way to explore Bryce Canyon is on foot, with Bryce Canyon having some of the best hiking in all of Utah! Located in South West Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not a Canyon, it is a collection of natural amphitheaters of beautiful golden, orange, pink and red rock that are stunning against the contrast of deep green evergreens.

Our list of the best hikes in Bryce Canyon explore the Vistas, Hoodoos and Ridges of this wonderful place. With hikes suitable for families as well as some classic, more demanding hikes, the best hikes listed below will allow you to see the best of Bryce Canyon, while also finding ways to get away from the crowds.

THE TOP 10 HIKES IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

  1. Fairyland Loop Trail (8.2mi, 1243ft, 1.75-2.25h): This beautiful half-day hike meanders through some of the most stunning hoodoo formations in Bryce Canyon, yielding a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy the splendid beauty of Bryce Canyon. Even better, this hike isn't as busy as others, so you can hike without the huge crowds usually following the classic hikes in Bryce.
  2. Peek-a-boo Loop Trail (5.3mi, 1138ft, 1.75-2.25h): This shorter loop hike descends under the rim of Bryce Canyon and promises the densest number of hoodoo formations in the park. With stunning panoramas from the top, and intimate bottom up views from the base, Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail wows and impresses.
  3. Cassidy Trail (17.6mi, 1552ft, 7.5-9h): Located in the “Little Bryce Canyon”, otherwise known as Red Canyon, the Cassidy Trail is an overwhelmingly beautiful hike. Slowly gaining then traversing along an exposed ridge, the route has nearly continuous views for its entire duration towards Mexican Hat Peak.
  4. Riggs Spring Loop Trail (8.8mi, 1732ft, 3-3.75h): Though it has far fewer hoodoo views than other more popular trails in Bryce Canyon National Park, this loop hike gives you something the other trails simply can’t – peace and solitude. Hiking through a stunning pine tree forest, this half day hike definitely separates you from the bustling view points along Bryce Canyon’s main road.
  5. Mossy Cave Trail (0.9mi, 253ft, 0.5-0.75h): This short, popular hike leads through dozens of hoodoos to the impressive Mossy Cave, as well as a fabulous waterfall. Perfect for families on a hot summers afternoon, this is a classic Bryce Canyon hike that is sure to please everyone.
  6. Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail (3.1mi, 551ft, 1-1.25h): This popular loop hike connects the Queen Garden Trail with one branch of the Navajo Loop Trail, returning along a section of the Rim Trail. Moving through an impressive number of hoodoos and awesome rock formations, this hike is certainly popular for a reason!
  7. Golden Wall/Castle Bridge Loop (2.3mi, 449ft, 1-1.25h): This stunning hike in the “Little Bryce Canyon”, also known as Red Canyon, leads up a gully to a spectacular exposed ridge. Here you will get fantastic views of red rock formations and hoodoos.
  8. Swamp Canyon Loop (4.5mi, 719ft, 1.5-2h): This loop hike may be less popular than some others in Bryce Canyon National Park – but still provides the chance to see some awesome rock formations. You’ll link up with the Under The Rim Trail for a short section.
  9. Bristlecone Loop Trail (1.1mi, 141ft, 0.5-0.75h): This loop hike departs from the popular Rainbow Point at the very southern tip of the scenic drive through Bryce Canyon National Park. With the stunning surroundings of Bristlecone Pines on one leg of the loop, and scenic panoramic rim views along the other, the crowds in the parking lot start to really make sense.
  10. Hoodoo Trail (0.4mi, 92ft, 0.25-0.5h): This short loop hike in the “Little Bryce Canyon”, otherwise known as Red Canyon, is a fantastic one to do to experience the hoodoos without the crowds of the national park. Short and flat, this is a perfect hike in Bryce Canyon to do with your kids.
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The best hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

Panorama from the Fairyland Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

01. Fairyland Loop Trail
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8.2mi 1,243ft 1.75-2.25h

This beautiful half-day loop meanders through some of the most stunning hoodoo formations in the… Read More

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Trail of the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

02. Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail
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5.3mi 1,138ft 1.75-2.25h

This shorter loop trail descends under the rim of Bryce Canyon and promises the densest… Read More

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8.7Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty
Views from the Cassidy Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

03. Cassidy Trail
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17.6mi 1,552ft 7.5-9h

Located in the "Little Bryce Canyon", otherwise known as Red Canyon, the Cassidy Trail is… Read More

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Hike the Riggs Spring Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

04. Riggs Spring Loop Trail
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8.8mi 1,732ft 3-3.75h

Though it has far fewer hoodoo views than other more popular trails in the park,… Read More

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Trail of the Mossy Caves hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

05. Mossy Cave Trail
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0.9mi 253ft 0.5-0.75h

This short, popular hike leads through dozens of hoodoos to the impressive Mossy Cave, as… Read More

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Trail of the Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

06. Queens Garden to Navajo Loop Trail
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3.1mi 551ft 1-1.25h

This popular loop connects the Queen Garden Trail with one branch of the Navajo Loop… Read More

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Scenery from the Golden Wall hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

07. Golden Wall / Castle Bridge Loop
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2.3mi 449ft 1-1.25h

This stunning hike in the "Little Bryce Canyon", also known as Red Canyon, leads up… Read More

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Views from the Swamp Canyon Loop hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

08. Swamp Canyon Loop
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4.5mi 719ft 1.5-2h

This loop trail may be less popular than some others in the park – but… Read More

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Views from the Bristlecone Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

09. Bristlecone Loop Trail
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1.1mi 141ft 0.5-0.75h

This loop hike departs from the popular Rainbow Point at the very southern tip of… Read More

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Scenery from the Hoodoo Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

10. Hoodoo Trail
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0.4mi 92ft 0.25-0.5h

This short loop hike in the "Little Bryce Canyon", otherwise known as Red Canyon, is… Read More

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9.3Overall Rating Technical Difficulty Physical Difficulty

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