Mossy Cave Turret Arch and Little Windows Trail

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Mossy Cave Turret Arch and Little Windows Trail is a 0.9 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 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.

1 day ago

Super easy hike. The cave was beautiful. There was very small stream at the waterfall in August

hiking
5 days ago

One, not what i thought it would be. Two don’t go in august, barely seeping water.

hiking
6 days ago

A small cave and a small waterfall. Interesting but not must go.

hiking
7 days ago

Not really worth the hike in the summer...there was a trickle though. The mossy cave was still mossy. The best part was dipping our feet in the cold water.

walking
23 days ago

Easy trail for small children. Approximately one mile round trip. The waterfall is worth it.

24 days ago

The trail to the waterfall is not actually closed: there are two « closed » signs, but on the older versions of the trail that got eroded. There is a new one with a tiny wooden bridge on the left of the older ones. That said, be careful, erosion is still at work, and the new trail will be closed one day too...

hiking
26 days ago

Nice short hike. But the trail to the waterfall is currently closed.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike, a little steep. Cave is kind of a let down but the river and waterfall are worth it

1 month ago

We loved this little place. The trail is easy enough for a wheelchair or a stroller for most/all of it. The cave is more like an overhang, but still fun. The waterfall is the best part. It's refreshing and great to take picture with!

1 month ago

Nice little hike. Waterfall is great to see. Popular.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing! Don't miss this small hike. will recommend this one for anyone that comes here.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and fun hike for the kids. Beautiful view.

1 month ago

Cool water on a hot dusty trail

1 month ago

great short hike with a lot of awesome picture opps

1 month ago

Beautiful, easy jaunt.

2 months ago

For a one mile hike, you get a lot of bang for your buck. The waterfall was beautiful, we saw it from the top and hiked down into it. The background of the hoodoos and arches is a nice contrast to the clear water.

nature trips
2 months ago

This was the perfect activity to blend into a week of hiking. The easy and short hike to the falls has great views but is somewhat crowded, however if you continue to walk along the river beyond the falls you enter into a world that's completely undiscovered with natural world pools created by the current. We stayed there for an extra 2 hours and cooled off in these pools and other smaller waterfalls. Highly recommend carrying along your watershoes and bathing suit for this one.
The cave in this area is another site to see but isn't what I expected in a cave. Only took about 10 mins to walk to and view.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy short walk up to the water fall and cave. We are giving it 5 stars because once you reach the falls we followed the river up stream for about 1hr. We saw water fall after water fall. The sights were amazing. There was no one on the trail. Remote and private. We would have continued on but was getting dark. Stay on the river and not the trail above it much nicer. Nice views of the hoodoos also.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking next to the falls was fun. Beautiful picture location. The cave wasn't really a cave. By the looks of it you used to be able to hike down into what would be more of a cave. But now there is a walkway.

hiking
3 months ago

initially stopped thinking it was a just a turnoff to take some photos, nice little trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike. Beautiful with hoo doos, waterfall, and the cave. The moss and water dripping from the ceiling of the cave was really neat. Fun time with little difficulty.

3 months ago

The cave is not a cave. Is an over hanging rock.

hiking
3 months ago

The cave is no more than a cliff overhang, disappointing. The waterfall was the only saving grace to the trail. The arch was minor.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for kids :-) the waterfall was rushing, but there was no icicles in the cave.

hiking
4 months ago

A quick little walk, not sure it even qualifies as a hike. There was no water coming over the falls so that part was a little anticlimactic. Turret arch was nice to see and photograph. Mossy cave had big icicles in it still. Glad we did it, but if you have limited time there are better trails at Bryce Canyon.

4 months ago

If you follow the saying, " The point of the journey is not to arrive", you will find this hike charming. If you go with only the goal if seeing a cool cave, you will not be thrilled with this hike. If you go to enjoy the hike itself you will find it is a treasure. There are stunning arches up high if you just look up. There are pictureques spots all over. If you go between April and Sept you might see the Tropic dam running, and it can be spectacular. The Tropic Dam was built by pioneers using natural water routes for irrigation of crops, so when they are letting water down the route it is beautiful. Like all hikes in Bryce, if you are visiting and there is a chance you might see snow here a good pair or Spikes/ Crampons is super smart. The trails are often icy in Bryce and these thrown over your shoes makes it safe and not stressful. Here is my blog post if you want to see a 360 connected sphere pictures.http://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/01/mossy-cave-bryce-canyon.html?m=1

http://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/01/mossy-cave-bryce-canyon.html?m=1

hiking
5 months ago

Quick little hike. The kids enjoyed it...that’s all that matters.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail starts off of route 12, so many mistake it as not being a part of the Bryce Canyon National Park. The trail has a waterfall, a cave (with icicles, at least when we were there) and a large rock structure with arches and windows in it. When we were there, there was not much of a waterfall, just a trickle of water was coming down it, though you could hear water in the stream. I enjoyed this trail and recommend it if you want a quick hike. Keep in mind that it can be a little steep in some places if you aren't used to it, but they have tried to make this trail as user friendly as possible, with man made bridges (so you don't have to wade through the stream). There is also a pit toilet at the trail head. Be careful when pulling in and out as the parking lot is right on the road and people tend to drive fast. Video: https://youtu.be/DNxJmF2YQ1A

walking
8 months 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
8 months 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.

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