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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.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 88 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)

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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Reviews (357)
Photos (221)
Recordings (289)
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Ben Samek
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Hiking

Very pretty views and easy hike. Lots of burned trees from the fire a couple years ago

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Christopher Willis
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Hiking

A beautiful, easy hike that even my wife (who usually hates anything over a quarter mile) enjoyed! There are some amazing overlooks. Beware of extremely strong gusts on some of them though.

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Mark Rapien
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Hiking

This was a super quick and easy hike. Definitely worth adding to any day trip to Bryce. Plenty of spots to view the hoodoos from the trail.

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Jennifer Rosso
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Hiking

So many amazing views! Easily walked. Hold onto your hats!! There’s a mighty strong breeze at the top!

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Matt Marcotte
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Very family friendly hike with good views. Took me and my family an hour to leisurely go around and enjoy it. #thisguytravels

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Don Schuy
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Hiking

Bristlecone loop could be the worst trail I’ve ever done. Anywhere. Really sad is an understatement. It was a short loop with literally a burned down forest on one side and a half rotted forest (from “disease”) on the other side. Someone else said the area had seen better days. Go on this trail only if you’re feeling ungrateful or pessimistic about something in your life because this is the defining image of, “things could be worse.”

Brett Acuff
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Hiking

What an awesome trail! We did three at Bryce today and if it were for the popularity of this trail, it would’ve been my favorite without question. It’s definitely easy to hike and easy to get to, making it popular for people of all ages. Stunning sweeping views and a nice hike through the trees is something to look forward to. The end of it is fenced off so you can’t get up close to the edge. It’s windy at the top and make sure you read the sign about the Bristlecone tree.

Troy Colwill
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Hiking

Most of this trail is hard packed gravel. Some paved. Great short trail.

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Reyna Paisley
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Hiking

Beautiful views of the area around Rainbow and Yovimpa points. Easy trail to another amazing lookout away from the more popular ones.

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Megan Cohen
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Hiking

Excellent lookouts. Bristlecone pine unfortunately looks like it has seen better days, but it is 1600 years old! Best view is from rainbow point. Elevation is high, so it can be chilly. The forest is really beautiful and well worth adding on Bristlecone Pine loop. Took us about 35 minutes total moving time with a couple steeper ascents on the Bristlecone Pine loop, but overall an easy well kept trail.

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Russ Beardsley
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Hiking

Quick flat walk through woods with great birding!

Rebecca Pace
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Scenery was amazing. It would’ve been better had the wind not been so gusty!!

Deanna M.
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Glad I did this just to see the bristlecone pines. Great easy hike on a rest day after the amphitheatre hikes.

Michael McDonald
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Hiking

Fairly well maintained trail. almost no one wearing masks so if you are immunocompromised, elderly, or don't want to get sick, be forewarned.

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Shannon Crane
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Hiking

Quick easy hike/walk with beautiful views. Perfect stop for kids that need to stretch their legs

Tawnee Weston
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Probably my least favorite hike in Bryce, but still a nice little trail. It is not crowded at all. The 1600 old tree at the end is pretty neat.

Michelle Kasprzyk
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Hiking

Nice short trail in the pine trees

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Jared Wilburn
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Hiking

Quick and easy hike, beautiful views throughout. The path is well laid out and marked. We went around 12pm and didn’t run into too many people. As we left around 1:30pm, it was getting busy. Restrooms at the trail head and great lookout points before starting the trail. Great for kids or beginners, just keep an eye on the kids because there are drop off points along the trail. Would definitely recommend. Nice way to stretch your legs after a drive.

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Ginger Berenguer
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Trail was open. Beautiful short loop. weather was perfect and it's a pretty easy trail

Morgan Smith
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Lisa Desai
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Hiking

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

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Kyle Huff
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Hiking

Good for a family walk with some nice views.

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Jennifer Hemberg
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Hiking

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

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Andrew Gregg
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Hiking

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

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Scott Dahl
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Hiking

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.

mary Brooks
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HikingSnow

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

Kyra Czerwinski
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Hiking

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!

Daniel Welch
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Hiking

easy walk about 30 mins with some stops for pics

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Alicia Bachman
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Bird Watching

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

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