Bristlecone Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bristlecone Loop Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 88 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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

Easy well marked loop that connects 2 viewpoints. Great for kids. I saw a man pushing a stroller along pretty easily. Great views.

Good for a family walk with some nice views.

Quick and easy with amazing views! Definitely open right now!

Good short trail well maintained. Gives good views you wouldn’t get at rainbow point. Definitely worth it

hiking
17 days ago

Open as of May 10, 2020. This great trail is located at the end of Bryce Canyons' scenic drive and gives the hiker some beautiful views of the south end of the park. Trail is a very easy gravel & pine straw walkway and a beautiful walk through a Douglas Fir forest. This trail is the only one in the park above 9,000 ft. in elevation.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Quick easy trail close to 2 scenic lookouts. Very snowed in this time of year, snowshoes would be best to navigate.

hiking
3 months ago

Need snowshoes to do the loop at this time of year (mid February). We tried in our crampons and started post-holing waist deep about a quarter mile in. Cut across to Yovimpa point instead. Seems like it would be a great trail with the right gear, though!

easy walk about 30 mins with some stops for pics

bird watching
6 months ago

Nice little trail. Took my time and did some birding. Got a lifer American Three-toed Woodpecker.

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was quiet, but the views were not great compared to the rest of the park (especially in October). It was quite an easy hike though, it’s a well-marked trail and it took me less than 30 minutes.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail. Nice views. Good for families.

hiking
icy
snow
7 months ago

this was a nice easy snowshoe trail. I would recommend it without snowshoes since it was slushy and we sank, even with snowshoes. beautiful views

hiking
8 months ago

Wouldn’t do it again. Mostly dead trees with 2 stops.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail for under an hour. Great view.

hiking
8 months ago

great easy morning hike. wonderful views and bristlecone sightings

hiking
8 months ago

Easy but not much to see. Great for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Great for kids! If you're okay with a steep incline, take the left. If you want a more gradual incline, take the right.

hiking
9 months ago

Enjoy the trail, heard a woodpecker. Seen piles of wood for a control burn. Some trees had marking of burn. Views were spectacular!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice shade in some parts and great canyon views. Easy loop. My kids 8, 6 and 3 did this without problem. Picnic tables were here which made a nice lunch spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail. Great views from the overlooks.

hiking
9 months ago

very nice easy trail

hiking
10 months ago

A nice shaded walk with inclines. The very old Bristlecone Pine was a treat.

hiking
10 months ago

It was sad because most of the pines are burnt from a fire.

hiking
11 months ago

Bristlecone loop

hiking
11 months ago

Great views for a brisk little trail, did the counterclockwise route in the am before the crowds. Scenery is fantastic plus the views of a couple of bristlecones. Great for new/mid level hikers but the views are great for all.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice short trail with very little elevation gain. A welcomed hike after doing the Bryce Transverse trail this morning. Kind of busy but had some epic views of a different side of the park. Great hike for kids.

hiking
11 months ago

Great view over the far west of the park. There is several bristlecones. Much is burnt, though, so keep forest progression in mind.

hiking
snow
11 months ago

Trail markers can be a little confusing at crossovers, so pay attention. Beautiful trail with beautiful views!

hiking
11 months ago

Really nice easy hike. Awesome views. Beautiful trees! Wouldn’t let small children wander too much; there are some big drop offs without fences

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