"Rainbow Point and Bristlecone Pine Trail" Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do Tip by Segolily

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Rainbow Point is the end of the road...also the end of the mountain top. There are expansive views of the surrounding Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Powell Point, the highest elevation in the area and more. There are picnic tables and pithouses. It is a wonderful place to relax.

The 1 mile Bristlecone pine trail is fairly level and leads along the rim. It is a wonderful way to appreciate more this special place. Taking a walk allows you to listen to the birds, feel the wind on your face, smell the pine, see the rock colors, catch a glimpse of the elusive Bristlecone pine.

The Bristlecone pine grows in isolated areas, just below tree line where conditions are harsh. They have been found to be over 3,000 years old and are believed to be the longest lived single organism on earth. The one at the end of the trail looks pretty dead, but even then it would still be valuable due to the tree ring record. I saw a few younger ones along the way.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2011
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