Bristlecone Loop Trail

EASY 133 reviews
#10 of 30 trails in

Bristlecone Loop Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cannondale, 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.

1.0 miles
88 feet

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


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

4 months ago

This was an easy loop off of rainbow point. Good views, and good information about the ecology of the area.

5 months ago

Nice view and easy hike!

6 months ago

Great short hike. Would recommend this hike for anyone staying in the area.

6 months ago

Great views over the least polluted area in the lower 48. Very easy for almost all ages.

6 months ago

Easy walk. Good views.

6 months ago

Super easy. Good views

7 months ago

Minor hike but the views are awesome!

7 months ago

Great views of Bryce and beyond. Easy and short. Nice drive to the top as well.

7 months ago

Nice walk on a good packed in trail. At points you get some good views. Pretty windy out at the south point on the trail.

We did this trail as part of "Rainbow and Yovimpa Points Plus Bristlecone Loop"

8 months ago

Nice easy walk with great views and interesting Bristlecone Pine trees.

8 months ago

Simple walk with Stunning views,

9 months ago

Good short easy hike.

10 months ago

Fun little none-strenuous hike with an amazing view by a storm shelter.

Close your eyes and take in the sounds of the wind at the lookout into the canyon and you might hear something beautiful like I did!!

Keep an eye out for diving birds in the canyon.

The ancient bristlecone pine is worth the hike!

Did this hike march 14... crampons for the boots were a good idea, however the hike is do able without.

Would be great for kids!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The trail was short and easy, still covered in snow during late April. It was very windy and cold, snowed on and off. You get some stunning view during the loop. Love all the resilient, tall bristlecone pine trees. Very little people here. Perhaps it was the combination of cold and altitude, I saw the most amazing sunset at Yovimpa point.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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.

Monday, October 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Easy and short trail and the scenery at the end is spectacular. Most of your way you are walking through trees and you could see many chipmunks.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stunning views! Easy trail with very few people.

Friday, July 14, 2017

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

Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pretty meh compared to rest of park

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Easy and short

Friday, May 19, 2017

America the Beautiful!
The scenery is as beautiful as it gets! Easy trail. I always bring a hiking stick... even on the easy trails.

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