Bristlecone Loop Trail

EASY 59 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
111 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

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1 month ago

Stunning views! Easy trail with very few people.

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1 month ago

Great trail for kids. Cool in the summer heat. Short with beautiful views.

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1 month ago

Not a spectacular hike. Very easy for kids. Compared to other hikes in Bryce this one is below average. The drive out to rainbow point though is worth it by itself even if you don't hike. Lots of pull outs for pictures of amazing views. The 9000 plus foot elevation also offers a reprieve from the heat as it can be 5-10 degrees cooler than down by the lodge.

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1 month ago

Pretty meh compared to rest of park

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1 month ago

Nice loop through a lot of down and dead trees to another southern view of the park.

2 months ago

Talked up the whole ancient bristlecone pine thing with my 9 year old. What you end up with is much more accurately called a husk that was once a bristlecone. One star for a great view at the end but really not worth the drive out to Rainbow Point.

2 months ago