Best Hikes in Bryce

July 18th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Bryce Canyon is one of Utah’s five national parks. Every year, more than a million people come to visit Bryce Canyon to admire the amazing scenery. Since the biggest attractions in Bryce are the hiking opportunities, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch thought we’d compile a list of some of the best hikes in the park. Check them out – they’re pretty awesome.

Mossy Cave Trail – Classified as easy. Total distance, less than a mile. A gentle incline takes you to a sheltered, wet cave. A waterfall falls in front of the cave entrance, promoting life.

Rim Trail – Classified as easy. Total distance, less than a mile. The Rim Trail takes you around the main amphitheater of Bryce Canyon providing spectacular views of the iconic hoodoos. The Rim Trail is actually a section of a longer route that stretches from Fairylands to Bryce Point.

Tower Bridge – Classified as moderate. Total distance, three miles. The trail descends rapidly to the bottom of the canyon where a unique geological formation has developed. Tower Bridge consists of two sandstone monoliths connected by a bridge structure.

Fairyland Loop – Classified as strenuous. Total distance, eight miles. If you have the time, think about hiking Fairyland Loop. It is perhaps the best, all-inclusive trail in Bryce Canyon, giving the hiker a chance to see the most well known geographic attractions. The main trail has many side paths to explore, including a connection to Tower Bridge.

There are, of course, many other amazing trails in Bryce Canyon. If you really want to get off the beaten track, consider hiking in the backcountry. A permit is required from the national park service. It is available at the visitor’s center.

We at the Lodge want you to have a fun time hiking in Bryce Canyon. For more detailed trail information, as well as safety regulations, visit the national park site.

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