Hoodoo Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Hoodoo Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Hoodoo Trail hike

Bryce Canyon National Park
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Hoodoo Trail hike

Distance: 0.4mi
Elevation: 92ft
Time: 0.5h

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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.

Hoodoo Trail Map

Getting there

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.

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About

When to do

Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Hoodoo Trail
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Route Description for Hoodoo Trail

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.

Insider Hints

  • Head into the visitors centre for more information on hiking and mountain biking in the area.

Comments

TwoBoots 2 years ago

The views were amazing! Well-maintained trail.

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Anabelle Clyde 2 years ago

We love this trail! It’s manageable and interesting for all ages.

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Yuli H. 3 years ago

The whole area is stunning. Every turn leads to amazing views. A great visit and not too crowded. Would definitely go back again.

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Isaiah L. 3 years ago

The formations are absolutely incredible. This hike is simply awesome and everywhere you look you will find beauty.

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Melinda J. 3 years ago

The hoodoos were beautiful and the weather was sepctacular.

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Joe Bart 3 years ago

Amazing scenery. This is a must-see and must-do hike.

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Terrynosaurus 3 years ago

This was a really nice short walk to see some great views. Really recommend doing it, it does not take much time. You'll love it.

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Naomi W 3 years ago

It's a beautiful short hike for taking great pics!

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Otis 3 years ago

Loved the visitor centre

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Mo 3 years ago

hoodoo trail had a lot of families. I was here early, so it wasnt too bad.

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