Bristlecone Loop Trail

EASY 82 reviews

Bristlecone Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kanab, 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
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

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

6 days ago

walking
10 days ago

excellent easy trail, suitable for almost everyone (though buried with snow in winter) - park in the Rainbow Point Parking lot, walk to Yovimpa, then counterclockwise along the Bristlecone Trail, to Rainbow Point, then back to your vehicle

hiking
29 days ago

Easy trail that is crushed gravel and has terrific views from Rainbow Point and toward the south. Available for all ages.

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1 month ago

Easy hike. A few different look off points. Mostly flat Less crowded that other hikes.

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2 months ago

Easy hike with good views. Well marked trail among the trees. Several places where you can approach cliffs to see the expanse of hoodoos below you (cliffs do give way so be careful). The views are not part of the amphitheater, so not as breathtaking but still a good trail if you want to escape crowds and have limited time.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Has some nice views of the canyon lands below but overall is just a walk in the forest. If you're hurting for time this is a great one because its so short and shallow.

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2 months ago

cute

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