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Bryce Canyon Rim Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tropic, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length 10.7 mi Elevation gain 1,587 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Partially paved Views Wildlife No dogs
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Rim Trail has 2 main routes. First is a paved trail that connects Sunrise and Sunset Points. It is an easy trail, that is fairly level, that has spectacular views of the hoodoos in the area. The entire trail runs from Fairyland Point to Bryce Point, which is a much more difficult trail. The "easy" portion of the trail between Sunrise and Sunset points is flat and paved. It is approximately .9 miles and shouldn't take more than 40 minutes if you take your time. The "moderate" portion connects Fairyland Point and Bryce Point. it is 5.5 miles long, and has some serious elevation changes. This part can be done either with a two car shuttle hiking Bryce to Fairyland, or by parking at the Shuttle Station (in season), shuttling to Bryce Point, then walking north (generally descending) to Fairyland point, and finally walking a mile down the paved Fairyland Point spur road to the main road and flagging down the free Shuttle Bus back to your vehicle (the free Park Shuttle will stop at the spur road, though there is no shuttle stop and you need to wave down the driver to get on)

Park at Sunrise point or Sunset Point for the easy, paved portion. Park at Fairyland Point, at the northern portion of the hike, or Bryce Point, more south, for the entire length.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Park Telephone Number - 435-834-5322 - Website - http://www.nps.gov/brca/contacts.htm

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Alison L
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HikingGreat!

Sunrise Point to Bryce Point is about 3 miles - and is more uphill than the other way. Stunning views the entire way, which shift slightly because of the canyon’s curve. A great walk to acclimate on one’s first day before pursuing a more demanding hike!

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Tom OT
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beautiful in September with the apple trees and the golden rod fully ripe

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Beckie McGee
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HikingGreat!

Amazing day hiking the rim trail! We hiked from Bryce Point to Sunrise. The weather was perfect with a nice breeze!

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Jennifer Tower
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HikingGreat!

We did Inspiration Point to Bryce Point and back today. It offers amazing views of the amphitheater without the serious elevation gain or going down into the canyon. It was short and good for a day to rest the legs a bit if needed.

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Bill Buetow
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Bit dry but okay

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David Lund
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Matthew Sieg
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HikingGreat!

This is a great hike for views of the canyon and hoodoos below. Some sections can get a little steep, however for sea level dwellers like myself, I think the altitude was more the issue. One of the best parts of this hike is knowing that you just have to get to the next shuttle stop if you get too exhausted. I would recommend taking the shuttle to Bryce point and start your walk back, views are amazing along the way.

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Ryan Trentham
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this is the part of rim trail from Bryce point to inspiration point. pretty easy hike out of this world views

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John Allan
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If you can only do one hike in Bryce Canyon -- this is the one to do! Wow! And if you can figure out a way to just go one-way without walking all the way back (though it would be great to see it twice), it becomes a relatively easy hike.

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John Allan
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HikingGreat!

This is one of the best trails -- especially if you are tired of going into the deep canyon and then having to climb your way out. The views are spectacular. We went just the one way making it a 5.5 mile hike. The problem is getting back to where you have parked -- so, we walked the 1+ mile from Fairyland Point after the hike and then caught a shuttle bus on the main road -- even though it is not "mandatory" for the bus drivers to pick you up there. Nonetheless, this is a hike that MUST be done!

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Rob Krumwiede
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Provides some pretty epic views along the way!

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Mark Berberich
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I actually intended to hike Peekaboo Loop but missed the turnoff to it, then realized too late that I was in fact on the Rim Trail. No worries, though, as this was a great hike with enough ups and downs to give the calves a little bit of a workout. Also, this hike provides many great views and vistas of the Canyon and the valley beyond.

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Gina Taylor
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I enjoyed this trail very much! It was super easy to follow and well maintained. I drove to Fairyland Point where I then hiked 5.5 miles to the end of the trail at Bryce Point. I then caught the free shuttle back to the Lodge and rode my bike back down to Fairyland Point to pick up my car, as I did not want to walk 5.5 miles back down to my car. You see many of the major viewpoints on this trail and it can easily be shortened depending on how much you'd like to hike! A must do while at the Canyon!

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Matthew Pitfick
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Lose the crowds in under a quarter mile. But don't tell anyone. Epic.

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Douglas Walker
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Sun River Hiking Club, 6 hikers out today.

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Patti Hooper
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Excellent views Easy to follow 1.5 mile Bryce Point to Inspiration Point.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Amazing place . I only hiked a section of the trail but the views are just incredible. Beautiful vistas all around.

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Jessica S
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This was the only part of Byrce open when we were there in late March. Hiked in the snow, got soaking wet feet, but it was totally worth it. Sunset over Fairyland point in particular awesome.

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Pavel Hanc
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Great point to point hike with some fantastic views throughout, and the shuttle buses make it easy to do any section that you want between Bryce Point and North Campground. When we visited, mid-May, the buses didn't go to Fairyland Point though. We did the hike in two in sections, first Bryce to Sunrise Point and Fairyland to Sunrise the next day in the morning as a part of the Fairyland Loop. Be aware that the lot at Fairyland Point is quite small, so come early.

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Tom Ratzki
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Excellent views,

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Maddie Reisman
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We hiked sections of this trail as part of other hikes we did. We were able to cover fairyland point to sunrise point. And sunset point to inspiration point. Everything beyond inspiration point was closed when we went to we basically did most of the trail that was actually open. This hike was not as flat as I expected, If you go in the direction of fairyland to inspiration, it is mostly uphill. Although the trail does have ascents and descents throughout. You get to see the sweeping vistas of the entire amphitheatre and is a good orientation trail to the park. Probably the best viewpoint we saw was inspiration point. We did that around sunset which gave us nice color. However, i do think the sunrise colors are better in the park than at sunset. We saw the sunrise at sunrise point and it hits the rock perfectly. So if you want to see awesome colors, try sunrise instead of sunset! Overall this was a great trail that we thoroughly enjoyed. Mornings and evenings were great, much less crowded. I’m sure it is swamped with families in the afternoon. A must do on any trip to Bryce!

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Joanna Joanna Rendi
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Great views of the hoodoos and a pretty great overall view of the canyon. Weather was perfect today, a nice breeze but sunny. Several in our party got sun/wind burn, and be sure to prepare for the changes in temperature. The reasons I didn't give it a 5-star rating is because even though we are early in the season AND its midweek, its still pretty crowded for my taste. second, there are some pretty steep elevation gains, so expect that. We are experienced hikers, and still had to stop and rest more than usual. We went to the Bryce Point, about halfway, it took us about 2.5 hours. On the plus side, besides the obvious spectacular scenery, its fun to interact with people from other countries, there are restrooms all along the way, and you can actually drive to the scenic points if youre not into heavy breathing. Overall, a pretty good one.

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Aly Prior
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We were limited to trails above the rim because of the amount of snow on the ground. Hiking through snow and mud is a lot harder than it sounds but the views were breathtaking. Still able to do a the “I hiked the Hoodoos” challenge.

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Colin Bingham
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Pretty awesome view of the entire canyon. As of 3/29 everything below the rim was closed for hiking due to snow. Rim hike from inspiration point to sunrise point was open though which is fun.

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Kamil Rodoper
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Troy Gus
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Low visibility throughout the canyon. Started at Bryce point. Great views when the the sun poked through!

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Michael Gabrielson
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Did Bryce Pt to Sunset. Great views easy trip.

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