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"Hiking Bryce: general information" Top 5 Page for this destination Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do: 284 reviews and 569 photos


Hikers have 12 trails in the park to choose from ranging in length/difficulty from an easy mile at Bristlecone to strenuous 23-mile Under-the-Rim. Not having the time or stamina for some of the longer treks doesn't mean you can't explore bits of them. Some one-way or loop trails cross at junctions of others so it's easy to explore them as far as you wish: just turn around and retrace your steps if you're tuckered or on a schedule. I veer off on intersecting or spur trails all the time - sometimes on purpose and sometimes by accident - and find that there's always something well worth those extra steps. That was definitely the case at Bryce!

As the famous quote from Ebenezer himself goes, this canyon is “a hell of a place to lose a cow.” The same could be said for people so for your own protection and that of the fragile ecosystem, wandering off maintained routes is not allowed. Trails and junctions are very clearly defined and marked so no GPS or topographic maps are needed as long as you don’t stray from them.

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Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2015
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