Mossy Cave Trail

Bryce Canyon
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Mossy Cave Trail

Distance: 0.9mi
Elevation: 253ft
Time: 0.5-0.75h

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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 easy hike is sure to please everyone.

Getting there

From Bryce Canyon City head north along the Highway 63. Turn right at the first junction, heading east along Highway 12. Continue along this road for a view miles until you see signs for Mossy Cave Trail on your right. Turn into the small parking area and try to find parking.


When to do

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

Backcountry Campsites



At trailhead

Family friendly


Route Signage


Crowd Levels


Route Type

Out and back


Detailed Description

The trail begins near the pit toilets right beside the parking area. This almost entirely flat hike first leads out to meet a gurgling stream at the bottom of the aptly named Water Canyon. Continue up the river as you cross over two sturdy footbridges.

After the second footbridge you will clearly be able to see a small waterfall cascading over a limestone lip. Soon after you will climb up a little ways a reach a junction. Turn left here to head to Mossy Caves.

After two or three switchbacks you will reach this impressive cave formed by spring water. Water perpetual seeps through the rock, allowing moss to grow. In the winter, however, these conditions also are perfect for the formation of icicles!

Return to the junction and turn the other way, heading up the very short path to the top of the waterfall. Looking back you can see the footbridge and dozens of hoodoos looming over the trail. After admiring the view, return to the parking lot the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • Bring your bathing suit to take a dip in the pool formed below the waterfall. To reach the bottom of the falls hike up the stream, leaving the trail just before the second bridge.

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