Bryce Canyon offers several day-hiking trails. Because many of these are interconnected, our most popular hikes are combinations of two or more of these basic trails. Most day hikes and their trailheads are found in the Bryce Amphitheater area.
Which trail is right for you? All trails offer a unique view of the beauty of this park, but the park's high elevation means that length and elevation change should be the first variables you consider when choosing a hike.
Know Before You Go
Pets are only allowed on paved trails and viewpoints, roads, campsites, and picnic areas. The 0.5 mi (0.8 km) section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points and the Shared-Use Bike Path are the only paved trails within this park. Pets must be leashed at all times and you are required to clean up after your pet. Dog owners looking for hoodoos and dog-friendly trails should consider visiting nearby Red Canyon, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Stay on maintained trails and do not climb hoodoos. Do not use "social" trails. These social trails contribute to plant death, aggressive erosion, and visitor/wildlife confrontations including those with rattlesnakes.
Bicycles are only permitted on paved surfaces.
Wear hiking boots with good "lug" traction and ankle support. Along with altitude-related illnesses, ankle injuries are the park's number one injury.
Carry plenty of water; 1 quart (liter) per 2-3 hours of hiking for each person
Park elevations reach over 9,000 feet (2774 meters). Even mild exertion may leave you feeling light-headed and nauseated. Remember, most hikes here begin with a descent and end with a climb. Leave yourself enough energy for your return trip.
Lightning is a year-round danger – especially during summer storms! If you can hear thunder, lightning is within 10 miles (16 km) and you need to seek the shelter of a building or your vehicle immediately.
In winter, Crampons and ski poles are advised for extra grip and support.
Remember, ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety.
Streamside walk up to a mossy grotto that fills with spectacular icicles in winter, and dripping mosses in summer. Note: This small trail has become extremely crowded; visitation is not recommended between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Vehicles parking outside of the provided parking lot are subject to being ticketed or towed.