Mossy Cave Turret Arch and Little Windows Trail

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Mossy Cave Turret Arch and Little Windows Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tropic, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

An easy stroll in Bryce next to a creek that brings you past hoodoos, to a waterfall, and then to a mossy cave where icicles hang in the shady places. If you feel adventurous, climb to the hole in the wall above the falls. Mossy Cave is the trail you want to go to if you have a very short time and want to do a little hike. Or, if you have guests or kids that do not like to break a sweat on a hike, this is a perfect little stroll where you can get the whole below canyon experience without the hike down into the canyon.

walking
1 month ago

the easiest trail in the park, the only one with a waterfall, and the best way to see the hoodoos from below without first hiking down into the Amphitheater, thus suitable for those with infants in arms or severe acrophobia - this is an excellent, easy trail to finish off the day especially with children as the stream (actually a pioneer diversion of the East Fork of the Sevier River, which provides water for Tropic, Utah) is suitable for wading except for the areas immediately above and below the waterfall (please use caution near the waterfall, which while not tall flows rapidly in season - wade downstream instead)

hiking
1 month ago

Cool to see the cave and the icicles inside. Unfortunately, in November the waterfall was dried up. If you go in the spring/ early summer you have a good chance of seeing the waterfall. Nice easy hike.

2 months ago

Quick and to the point. Easy trail, well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike, easy grade with steep sections to the waterfall and "cave." The waterfall is unique in that the water looks gray from clay deposits. The side trail takes you right to the top of the waterfall (which isn't large at all, maybe 15 feet or so). The cave is more of a disappointing rock overhang with moss along the sides and slight water trickles down. The trail takes you under the overhang but above the floor of the cave. Not much of a view and very small. The views looking up at the hoodoos in the beginning of the trail are likely the best part of the trail, but views like this can be had along any other trail in the park. Save your time and hike anywhere else!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice view of the creek and waterfall but the grotto itself was rather disappointing. The trail is hard packed dirt from years of heavy use with some inclines but nothing too difficult for anyone. Overall I would suggest spending more time in the area on a different trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy Hike. HOT in January!

hiking
5 months ago

Very short easy hike with a beautiful cave and a cool waterfall at the end. Worth the time.

5 months ago

All in all a nice stop, but hardly worth a dedicated travel. The cave is not very impressive in late summer. The trail up to the windows is closed

hiking
5 months ago

The cave is more like an alcove, but the waterfall was beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Very short. Easy for small children. The creek was easily accessed and made for some fun hiking near the water.

5 months ago

Very easy walk, no need for anything except a camera and the clothes on your back.

5 months ago

Love this trail!!! Easy quick great for kids. Beautiful views. Waterfall is the best (drought years there is usually no water coming down). Mossy cave is nice not that amazing. This is a good little short hike for the family.

To find the windows, when you get to the 1st bridge stop and look up at hoo doo ahead of you and look to the left. Can you see them?

5 months ago

Great trail for whole family. Just make sure you stay on the trail.

5 months ago

Fun and great if you have little kids!

hiking
5 months ago

It was a really awesome hike, but there were a lot of confusing parts going to the waterfall. The trail to the waterfall was also very slippery. The mossy caves were really cool through.

hiking
6 months ago

A very short and sweet hike in Bryce Canyon. The trail takes you to a majestic fast-flowing seasonal waterfall and a small overhang with moss on the ceilings. Very easy and great for kids!

hiking
6 months ago

Short, easy hike. The waterfall was neat to see, the cave was nothing special. A lot of kids enjoyed playing in the stream.

hiking
6 months ago

Return hike from February. Didn't get all the way up to see what it looks like without snow. Had to help get a grandson back to the car because the rest of the family started before me and were returning.

7 months ago

Unexpected nice roaring waterfall, disappointing mossy cave lowered my rating

7 months ago

Even though it's called "Mossy Cave", the waterfall is the best part! Beautiful area and nice short hike.

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