Bristlecone Loop Trail

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Bristlecone Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kanab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November.

1.0 miles 121 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Bristlecone Loop, accessible from Rainbow Point at the southern end of the park, meanders through the forest atop this highest portion of the park, reaching elevations over 9,100 feet (2778 m). Here you will pass by Bristlecone Pines up to 1,800-years-old and experience vistas reaching into the Four Corners area. The forest here is dominated by Blue Spruce, Douglas-fir and White Fir, making this good habitat for grouse, woodpeckers, owls, and a variety of squirrels and chipmunks. Here you are also sure to see Ravens and Steller's Jays. These bird species are important reminders to the fact that although many plants and animals are limited to certain types of habitat, other kinds can range through several different habitats. Remember, please don't feed the wildlife. This trail may be inaccessible during mid-winter due to snow depths ranging from 2-15 feet (.7-5 m) - NPS Website

hiking
1 month ago

Great views for a short distance hike. Well worth the short time invested.

walking
2 months ago

Great views and photo ops for those with kids and people less mobile to enjoy.

2 months ago

Good hike. Great views.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views, very easy quick hike

hiking
5 months ago

Very close to cliff edges without any guard rails if you have small children

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike with some great views. I did it with my 4 and 2 year old. Good hike for the kids just have to watch them closely because at some parts you can get close to the edge.

1 year ago

Short easy hike with worthwhile views. We did it after the main hike throught the hoodoos. At the end of the day I was a little dissappointed with the display of Bristlecone pines.

hiking
2 years ago

Pretty and easy trail with significant gorgeous views at the point. It is all the way at the end of the road however. Pretty, but short and more of a drive into trail than a hiking adventure. My daughter did it at the end of a day hiking in the canyon while waiting for the sunset.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a relatively short and easy trail starting from Rainbow point in Bryce Canyon national park. I had little time for Bryce this summer unfortunately, but this trail fit in well and it was not crowded at all but actually a little chilly as I went out. The views are nice and there are some areas you can see only from this trail. Overall, good for anyone wanting to make a quick trip.

hiking
3 years ago

Bristlecone Loop is a relatively flat 1 mile hike that winds through pine trees and has a couple great overlooks. The scenery isn't as exciting as some of the other hikes within Bryce Canyon, but this is still a fun hike and is definitely worth doing.

hiking
4 years ago

The Bristlecone Loop trail is an easy hike above the rim of Bryce Canyon. There are a number of views of the canyon from the trail and the trail passes through fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Bristlecone Pine forest. The main attraction of the trail is an ancient Bristlecone Pine tree that is believed to be almost 2000 years old.

We picked this trail because it was an easy, kid-friendly hike, but we were pleasantly surprised by the views. You can't see as many hoodoos from the trail as you can from the Rim Trail, but the Bristlecone Loop provides expansive views of more heavily forested parts of the canyon. The Bristlecone Pines are the main attraction of the trail, though. I get the same feeling looking at a Bristlecone Pine as I get looking at an alligator or crocodile: like I'm looking at something from the age of dinosaurs that has somehow found its way to our time.

nature trips
4 years ago

Great opportunity to visit some of the oldest living things on the planet. And see some great scenery to boot.

hiking
5 years ago

Bristlecone Loop is a 1 mile generally flat loop trip that winds around the edge of the plateau between rainbow and yovimpa points...the hike itself is nothing special...flat and easy...but the scenery is worth the jaunt...on the day that i took the trip the view seemed to stretch for a 100 miles...along the trail there were two spectacular unnamed viewpoints which the park service built fencing and benches...worth the trip if you have an hour at the rainbow point area