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Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point, and Bristlecone Loop [CLOSED]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point, and Bristlecone Loop [CLOSED] is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Closed No dogs
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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. This area often experiences seasonal closures. Please check road and trail status prior to your visit.

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Reviews (114)
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Recordings (99)
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Matthew Corso
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Vadim Vadim
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Eric Haag
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Mark Davis
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Holly Downs
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Hiking

Great hike and very populated. If you are the type of person that agrees with wearing masks, note there are not many mask wearers on this trail.

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Dustin Hardwick
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Abie Irabor
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Nature tripsGreat!

Very nice short hike. High elevation. A few mini inclines. Great for all levels. Beautiful views of Bryce Canyon.

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Ashley Nguyen
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Hiking

Nice short hike. Dead end of Bryce Canyon.

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Matthew Shaftel
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Hiking

Great short hike with lovely views. High elevation.

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Manny De Zarraga
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Hiking

Nice and gentle trail with awesome views

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Kaitlin Harvey
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Hiking

It’s not really a hike but the view is absolutely beautiful

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Ryan IG @Anderson.outdoors
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Hiking

Trail is mostly dead/burnt trees piled up along the route. But it’s and easy stroll with nice views.

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Francis Featherbottom
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Stuart Z
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Walking

Excellent views but more of a walk

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Michael Smith
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Hiking

I agree with the review stating this is the best way to check out Yovimpa and Rainbow. It is barely a hike and definitely beginner-friendly. Right now in December Bristlecone is snow covered the entire way. Snow is hard-packed and easy to traverse in almost any kind of footwear (I wore sneakers). Ideal is likely yaktraks or hiking boots + poles. You get nice solitude with numerous points to stop, both marked and unmarked.

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Matt Vittal
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Not really a hike. A paved walk to some overlooks. Great views.

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Heather Adkins
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Great for beginners, very pretty

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NYFB YDA
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Nature tripsGreat!

Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point, and Bristlecone Loop are about points in Bryce Canyon that allow u to see nature and geology of Bryce Canyon from the highest points in the canyon. It is not about hiking, walking, running or any other activity that u can think of except mother nature's creation. It is about a place not how u get to that place or how many burned trees do u see or how many miles do u walk... It is about elevation where one can see the canyon and the surrounding, for hundreds of miles in all directions. It is so sad to see so many confused soles who do not see that reality but certainly a blessing to a few lucky individuals who will be astonished with appreciation for such a magnificent creation unlike any other on this Blue Planet. Missing these points are really the same as missing the whole Bryce Canyon. Must see points, guaranteed.

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Cindy H
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Hiking

VERY easy hike with beautiful views. I would definitely suggest adding this to your itinerary. Doesn't take long. Be sure to stop at the viewpoints along the road on your back to the village.

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Dale P.
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Hiking

Nice trail, great overlooks..! The drive there was great also / many overlooks..!

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Joe Johnson
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Best way to see Rainbow and Yovimpa, and the Bristlecone trail gets you away from the tourists a little bit. Also there are some great views at unmarked spots along the loop.

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Gabby Dinello
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Took a detour off Bristlecone Loop to hike on top of a mountain (no "keep away" signs). The loop itself was full of blackened trees with scorched branches-or what was left of them- so we backtracked and trekked up a paved part if the trail to Yovimpa Point, which was nice.

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Sandy Price
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Why are you not showing this as closed? The road past Natural Bridge is closed due to fire!

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Breck Tuttle
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Walking

Nice easy loop

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Jill Singleton
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Delightful easy hike

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Phillip Burger
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Hiking

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.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Simple walk with great views.

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HikingGreat!
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Liz Painter
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Hiking

So beautiful!

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Zach Alan
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Walking

this would be the preferred way to see the easy parts of what the Rainbow Point area has to offer - park in the Rainbow Point parking lot, and walk the paved trail first to Yovimpa Point. then, halfway back to the parking lot, hang a right onto the unpaved Bristlecone Trail. follow Bristlecone Trail around the Viewpoint and past the Nature Shelter back towards the lot, but when you see the sign for Riggs Spring / Under The Rim Trail, hang a right, then go left at the Y shaped intersection. walk out onto the Red Ridge (caution, steep dropoffs both sides), and turn around when the trail goes from fairly level and exposed, to downhill and into the trees. finally, walk back past the Rainbow Point Shelter to Rainbow Point, and back to your vehicle.

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