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Under-the-rim-trail starts HERE
Under-the-rim-trail is a wonderful multi day hike, starting at Bryce Point and ending at Rainbow Point. It’s 23 miles one way, and has enough campsites for backpackers. Permit is needed, you can get it at the Visitor Center, 5 USD (you have to appear personally).
The 2-3 day hike (or more, if you want the full enlightment by hiking more slowly but breath in the atmosphere) leads along below the rim of the whole area of Bryce Canyon. Not so much climbing and descending as for the 1 day hike tours in Main Amphitheatre, you pass along the Hat Shop section (near Bryce Canyon), and the same spots, you can view from up the road – Swamp Canyon, Farview Point, Natural Bridge, Auga Canyon and Ponderosa Canyon.
If you feel that you can’t do it to Rainbow Point, there are 3 points from where you can leave it to get back to the main road: Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Trail and Agua Canyon.
In the picture, on it’s bottom, you see the beginning of the trail, where it leads under a bridge (or is it a little arch ?).
In the website below, a nice description of the whole trail is given.
Equipment: Full backcountry equipment, including stove to cook.
Address: Bryce Point to Rainbow Point
the ever prominent Navajo Loop Trail
If you are in the park only for 1 day and want to get a bit closer to the geologic history, do the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s an easy hike of 1,5 miles round trip with climbing and descending each 500 feet.
On the way (if you hike anti-clockwise), you’ll meet our friend Thor’s Hammer, you will encounter Wall Street with it’s 200 ft high red limestone walls, and you will encounter the famous well-photographed Douglas Firs, which grow on the trail and stretch themselves high into the air to grab sunlight.
The picture shows a bit of the trail – light and shady parts, that’s why also here, you would need to take a warm sweater with you, just in case.
Equipment: Hiking shoes, hiking poles and warm sweater. Plus water and some granola bars or fruit.
Address: Sunset Point
BC Website - Hiking maps and information
Wish, there would have been www for checking destinations when I was first in Bryce Canyon. Nowadays, having the superb website of Bryce Canyon, you can plan your hiking trails prior to your trip.
For all the trails, they give exact topo, mark the trail and have a hike overview chart with length, climbing and descending part.
The hikes, covered are:
Upper Inspiration Point (.3 miles / .5 km round trip),
Mossy Cave (.9 miles / 1.5 km round trip),
Bristlecone Loop (1.0 miles / 1.6 km round trip),
Navajo Loop (1.3 miles / 2.2 km round trip),
Queen's Garden/Navajo Loop Combination (2.9 miles / 4.6 km round trip),
Tower Bridge (3 miles / 4.8 km round trip),
Hat Shop (4 miles / 6.5 km round trip),
Swamp Canyon Loop (4.3 miles / 7.2 km round trip),
Peekaboo Loop (5.5 miles / 8.8 km round trip),
Fairyland Loop (8 miles / 12.9 km round trip),
Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles / 14.2 km round trip).
The screenshot is from BC Website – Navajo Loop Trail – the link below leeds you to BC hiking overview.
Equipment: As there are no outdoor shops in Bryce Canyon :-), you better prepare your hiking, bringing all you usually take.
Good hiking shoes with good profile and ankle protection should be considered a must, as the trails leed steep into the canyons;
hiking poles are good as well, as it helps the knees;
warm sweater, as it might get cool in the deep canyons;
sunglasses, as the sun can get hot, and the skies usually are that clean;
WATER - WATER - WATER.
Address: whichever trail you choose
Directions: whichever trail you choose
(ok, I did not do this, as there was no bikes available when I was there - however, I just discovered the possibility when adding Red Canyon in general).
Red Canyon, just some miles before entering Bryce Canyon offers nice roads for bike tours.
So, it would mean (MT)B'ing off the beaten track.
Camp grounds are available, according to the website below
Equipment: bike and tent, if you want to stay overnight.
Directions: (see website below, it's just on route 12 east on the way to Bryce Canyon)
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