Riggs Spring Loop Trail hike

Bryce Canyon National Park
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Riggs Spring Loop Trail hike

Distance: 8.8mi
Elevation: 1,732ft
Time: 3-3.75h

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Though it has far fewer hoodoo views than other more popular trails in the park, this loop route 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.

Riggs Spring Loop Trail hike Map

Getting there

Enter Bryce Canyon National Park just south of the town of Bryce. Pay your dues at the park gate, then drive along the main road until its very end at Rainbow Point. Park here, but be advised – the lot fills quickly.

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When to do

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

Backcountry Campsites

Several along trail, go to Visitors Centre for permit


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Route Description for Riggs Spring Loop Trail hike

The description for completing the route counter clockwise is outlined here. Find the trailhead near the signs for Yovimpa Point. Continue along the trail as it heads towards this point, then quickly find a junction. Turn right here to head towards Yovimpa Pass Campground as well as the Riggs Spring Trail.

The trail will steeply descend and switchback down towards the obvious Yovimpa Pass. Around Yovimpa Pass the Paunsaugunt Plateau steepens as it approaches the rim, then drops completely off the vertical red cliffs. This impressive view is unlike most others in the park.

After reaching the pass the trail will veer left and continue descending down below the rim. Here you will enter a beautiful ponderosa pine forest and continue your descent. The sounds of traffic on the road are long gone, and the only things that fill your ears are the chirps of birds and buzzing of bees.

The trail will continue veering left and then descend towards Riggs Spring Campground. Here there is a seasonal stream – but do not drink the water. After the spring, turn sharply to the left and start ascending gradually. You will begin to have sporadic views of red cliffs through the trees. These views get better as you gain elevation.

After passing Coral Hollow Campground you will gain a ridgeline with more visibility, granting fantastic views down to the staircase plateau below. Your next climb is up to Promontory Mesa. From here you will get sweeping views out towards the plane, as well as up towards to pink cliffs lining Rainbow Point. Looking north you will also be able to see the greenish tin in many hills, giving Rainbow Point its name.

Finally you will make your way up a few more switchbacks to find yourself once again surrounded by people who make the quick jaunt from Rainbow Point in search of better photos. Pass by the junction for the Bristlecone Loop Trail and continue towards the parking lot. You will exit the trail at the opposite side of the parking lot than you started.

Insider Hints

  • We recommend completing the route counter clockwise as it makes the ascent less steep.


Gregory F 2 months ago

I loved this hike and almost all areas of the Bryce Canyon NP I have been in. The colors are just fantastic, a constant mix of green pine trees and red mountains. Just something completely different from the Northern parts of the US I am used to spending my weekends.

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RocKing 5 months ago

Yes! Of course, it's Utah! Sorry!

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Naomi W 5 months ago

Great hike! And it's definitely in Utah, Rocking! I can vouch for that ;)

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RocKing 5 months ago

Great loop to walk around. You see a lot of Colorado's wilderness. The forests are very colorful too. Great for nice background pictures.

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SteffWilk 5 months ago

I've spent a beautiful afternoon on Riggs spring loop trail. A lovely place

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