Hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park Backcountry
To preserve this experience, Backcountry camping is permitted only in designated backcountry campsites.
The Riggs Spring Loop is an 8.6-mile (13.9 km) loop which begins and ends at the Rainbow/Yovimpa Point parking lot. Either the Yovimpa or Rainbow Point trailhead may be used to access this loop.
The Under-the-Rim Trail is approximately 22.9 miles (36.9 km) from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point. Three connecting trails intersect the Under-the-Rim Trail at Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench and Agua Canyon trailheads.
In summer months, the Bryce Canyon Shuttle provides optional transportation to and from Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, and Bryce Points, but does not serve the southern end of the park.
You must provide your own transportation to/from those locations. At the time of publication the Rainbow Point Tour is available (when the shuttle system is operating) to transport hikers to/from Rainbow Point. However, this service may be discontinued at any time without notice - inquire at the Visitor Center.
Please note that hitchhiking is not allowed in Bryce Canyon National Park.
TH = Trailhead
We recommend you carry at least one gallon (4 liters) of water per person per day into the backcountry. Water sources are intermittent and unreliable.
Water from backcountry sources must be purified by boiling (10 minutes), filtering, or iodine treatment.
Please check at the Visitor Center for the most current information on water availability. Water filling stations are located at the...
Bears and other Wildlife
In the summer of 2010, a Black Bear had to be killed when it repeatedly exhibited aggressive behavior towards backcountry campers. Unfortunately, bears often lose their natural wariness towards humans when they become habituated to human food.
The following link provides information about Black Bears and what you should and shouldn't do if you encounter one.
Black Bear encounter information (Information courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
Information about other animals that may be encountered in Bryce Canyon can be viewed here.
REPORT ALL BEAR & MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTINGS TO THE VISITOR CENTER INFORMATION DESK!
Immediately report emergencies and resource violations to a ranger,
call 911 or 435-676-2411.