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 trail is perfect for the entire family.
From the town of Bryce head north towards the junction with Highway 12. Turn left and hop onto Highway 12, soon entering the Dixie National Forest. After passing under the two scenic red arches you will see signs for the Red Canyon Visitors Centre. Turn off here and park in the large parking area.
|When to do|
Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow
Find the trailhead to the left of the visitors centre. At the beginning of the path there is a junction, and since this is a loop you can start along whichever direction you want. Along the wide, very well graded trail are informative signs. These discuss the natural history of the area, including the hoodoos, plants, and animal life.
The principal attractions of this hike are the hoodoos, the tips of which can be seen from the road. The trail winds very close to several outcroppings, and yields fantastic intimate views of these incredible limestone structures.
These awesome rock formations were not totally carved by erosion, as you might find in the Grand Canyon or Zion Canyon. They were, in fact, principally caused by the freezing and thawing of snow and ice every winter! The ice expands and creates the impressive spires you see on this hike.
After rolling through stunning ponderosa pine trees, the trail ends where it began near the visitors centre.
Head into the visitors centre for more information on hiking and mountain biking in the area.
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