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Riggs Spring Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,853 ft Route type Loop
Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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The Riggs Spring Loop Trail begins at Yovimpa Point and travels through spruce, fir and bristlecone forests. Red cliff breaks and Quaking Aspen groves are scattered along the trail on the eastern side, allowing for beautiful vistas looking east and south. The western section of the trail is steeper and more heavily forested. A spring is located near the midway point of the trail offering some respite and shade for the weary traveler. Hikers and campers are cautioned to treat this water before using it for drinking. It is advised to carry plenty of water on this hike as well as other hikes. As this is also a popular backcountry (overnight) camping area, hikers and campers should be aware of each other and respect the privacy of others.

There is good parking and public restrooms at Rainbow Point. On busy days the parking areas fill up, so if you plan to take this hike on a weekend or holiday, it would be a good idea to arrive at Rainbow Point by mid-morning to be sure of getting a place to park.

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

Enter Bryce Canyon National Park at the main entrance and follow the main road all the way through the park to Rainbow Point. The trail begins at the Rainbow Point parking area.

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Betsy Avila
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Betsy Avila
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Keith Ruffner
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Diego Figueroa
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It’s long

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Peter Chamberlain
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The trail is definitely open as are all Bryce Canyon trails. It was a beautiful hike. This trail is probably the least trafficked trail in the park.

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Tahira Pfeifle
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Amazing hike! Great workout!! I highly suggest counter clockwise. Be carful of snakes! No hoodoos if that’s what you’re wanting. I was looking for something new and got it! Lots of shade and tree cover through out!

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Gina Taylor
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I thought this trail was a lovely little escape from the hoodoos and the crowds. I don't recommend if you have little time in Bryce and are looking for the most scenic hikes, but if you have extra time and want some peace and solitude in the forest, this trail is great. It's easy to follow and you'll see some beautiful fall foliage this time of year. It took me 3.5 hours to complete the trail and I only passed one family towards the end, which they said it had taken them 7.5 hours so I assume the elevation change could be hard on people not used to it. But the family agreed that the hike was beautiful as well too.

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Ryan Smith
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Very nice views but a lot of walking through woods and burnt woods.

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Kyle C
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Beautiful trail

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Kevin Cleary
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First time out to Riggs and was not very impressed. Only got to see a couple of cool red rock formations, otherwise, it is just conifers and bugs.

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Jason B
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BackpackingNo shade

First 1/3 of the trail is all burned. No shade. Riggs spring underwhelming.

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Daniel Jackson
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I did this trail counterclockwise, so this offered a pretty steep descent, which was slow going due to a lot of very loose rock. The west side of the trail is heavily forested and the trail is easy to follow, very peaceful. The ascent back to the top on the east side was a much more gradual rise, still somewhat forested but several openings with some amazing scenic views. A few large washouts cut the trail, but if you keep going straight you will see the trail. You will see a lot of fire damage on the east side from the fire last year, which was kind of eerie. The sun was on me for the last couple of miles, but I started around 6:30 and finished at 11am so not too hot. If getting a late start you probably want to do clockwise as the west side offers more shade. I only saw one other group during my hike, so overall it was a challenging hike to escape the crowds. I would probably do clockwise if I did the trail again due to the difficult decent.

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Steve Fisher
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Fantastic trail. Start early, or you will hate the last two miles. I would suggest that you do this backwards if you start after 10 am. The sun is going to beat down on the end. Otherwise, there is a lot of really great shade. This trail was an easy to read.

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Van den Bulcke Steven
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Lucky for us we were able to do this trail in partially clouded weather, this made the last climb more managable. The only other person we saw during the trail was a ranger doing a check up of the area

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Sarah Petelinsek
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Backpacking

This was a pretty straight forward hike. Easy navigation, elevation was pretty good, but it was a little buggy.

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Megan Linney
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FYI-This trail is currently shut down due to fires in Bryce 9/14/18. The road only allows up to natural bridge no where beyond. In fact they are discouraging the Below the rim hiking in general. Check with visitor center and rangers before making plans.

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Mike T
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I hiked the Riggs Spring Loop Trail with my brother in November 2017, except we did it the hard way: We started at Lower Podunk Trailhead in the Dixie National Forest to the southeast of Bryce Canyon. The hiking was easy, and the drive in on BLM roads was the hard part! It is an easy 1 mile hike from the Lower Podunk trailhead to the Riggs Spring Loop at the Riggs Spring Campground. We hiked the loop trail clockwise: This allows an ascent of the steeper portion of the trail leading up to Yovimpa Pass, and a descent on the shallower slopes on the east side of the loop. There is nothing technical about the hike, and trekking poles aren't needed unless you descend the steeper part of the loop. The majority of the hike is though spruce-pine forest, limiting broad scenic vistas. However the portion above Yovimpa Pass will give you spectacular views of the Pink Cliffs from a close-up perspective few will ever experience! There are also sporadic Bristlecone Pines in this area. Starting at the base of the plateau, the climax of the hike is achieving the summits within Bryce Canyon: the Yovimpa Point and Rainbow Point overlooks. Both are excellent, but in my opinion they pale in comparison to the view from above Yovimpa Pass. Total elevation differential from Lower Podunk to Rainbow Point (elev 9,115?) was right at 2,000 feet. This is a great hike doable by anyone in decent shape, with great scenery and providing a good workout. Bonus: If you access the trail from Lower Podunk Trailhead outside Bryce Canyon, you won't have to pay the entrance fee to the national park!

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Teri Anderson
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I would have rated this trail 5 stars because it's beautiful, and very easy to follow. However the trailhead was not easy to find. There are signs marking Bristlecone Trail but none that show where Riggs Spring Loop Trail is. It took me a few tries to figure out that you start on Bristlecone, head down the Under the Rim trail, and then Riggs Spring Trail branches off from there. It would have been nice to have signs in the parking lot to tell you which way to go. The campsites on Riggs Trail were nice. There was water running at Riggs spring, approximately a quart per minute. I only ran into one group of Backpackers and two hikers. Very little traffic on this gorgeous route

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Zach Alan
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nice moderate hike, without the crowds of the Main Amphitheater but not as stunning either - mainly forested, but with some good views of No Man's Mesa, Mollie's Nipple, etc. generally done clockwise, but beware of getting lost crossing the washes - people occasionally, somehow, manage to lose the trail crossing the rocky washes, so be sure to sight directly across. water (which requires filtration) is generally available at the Riggs Spring and Yovimpa Pass backcountry campsites

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Rachel Schandel
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Nice trail, lots of shade.

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Maarten Clauwaert
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Nice trail. Lots of elevation But the climbs aren't bad. Not a whole lot of markings along the way But trail is easy enough to navigate. Not a lot of Outlooks in the beginning of the trail. But you do pass beautiful nature. Bryce itself was quite busy but we saw nobody along the trail.

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Jere Ducote
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Easy trail to follow,could be marked a little better. Had to search for trailhead on second day to get back to car

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Michel Krebs
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Very nice trail with stunning views.

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Frank Schmalacker
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Tried it today. Walked counter-clockwise. Until Riggs Spring everything was okay, but then I missed the correct way (I think). The whole time I was parallel to the way in the map. So after 7 miles I deceided to walk back the same way :-( What went wrong???

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Thomas Menard
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It was an amazing trail. It was difficult due too much snow. We did it clockwise and I think it was the most appropriate.

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Dwight Ray
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Very scenic and not too difficult on the trails

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Ryan Draney
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Amazing views with not too difficult hikes. Great in any season.

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Laura Jean Brantley
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This is one of my favorite parks in the country! If you are in Utah or Colorado at all, you should stop. The hike is pretty moderate, if you combine all of them into one, and it's gorgeous. The hoodoos are pretty unique to this park so it's worth it to ask a park ranger about it for a few minutes. Another tip: this park is the darkest national park in the US, so you get the best view of the stars if you're lucky. So head on down to one of the hour long seminars one night and they will tell you all about what you can find in the beautiful night sky right before they provide the telescopes! We saw so much wildlife (glow worms included, of course)! The town about an hour away has a biannual Shakespeare festival that's phenomenal and makes for the perfect weekend!

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Brice Alt
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Maybe my name makes me a little biased, but hiking here is wonderful. The Grand Canyon just seems like a big hole in the ground compared to the beauty of this place.

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V G
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I have been hiking and biking and offroading where possible in Arches, Red Rock Cliffs,Bryce, Capitol Reef and Zion over the past week. There is so much in each park to see and do. Wish I had more time. A little hint there is a lot of trails and roads not on this app. Think out side the box if looks like it a good time go for it!!! Just be safe and respectful.

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