Be sure to check Alerts for any trail closures or advisories.
Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve steep climbs out of the canyon. Here are a few more hiking reminders:
The Under-the-Rim Trail extends 23 miles from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point and has eight backcountry campsites. The Riggs Spring Loop Trail (8.8 miles round trip) from Yovimpa Point has four backcountry sites. Both trails drop below the rim of the plateau and lead through forested areas. Day hiking requires no permit. A backcountry permit is required for all overnight camping. Permits are available at the Visitor Center. Click Here for detail information and maps.
Permits must be obtained in-person and are issued at the park visitor center from 8:00 a.m. until one hour before the Visitor Center closes. No phone or e-mail reservations will be accepted. In-person reservations may be made up to 48 hours in advance. Park staff reserves the right to refuse permits to parties that fail to demonstrate the necessary preparedness that Bryce Canyon's high and dry backcountry demands.
Bryce Canyon's backcountry is a primitive area managed according to regulations that protect its wilderness values. Camping is allowed on a limited basis and only at designated campsites.
Open fires are not permitted in Bryce Canyon's backcountry!
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. Click Here for more information.
Last updated: June 30, 2020