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Riggs Spring Loop Trail

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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.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet Route Type: Loop



nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


no dogs

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.

1 day ago

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

1 day ago

Beautiful trail

20 days ago

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.

no shade
28 days ago

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

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

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

3 months ago

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

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!

Friday, July 06, 2018

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nice trail, lots of shade.

Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Very nice trail with stunning views.

Monday, September 19, 2016

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???

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Excellent hiking. The hodoos and views are amazing.

Friday, April 01, 2016

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

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Very scenic and not too difficult on the trails

Monday, August 31, 2015

Been many time. One of my Favorite National Parks.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

Thursday, May 08, 2014

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!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Their was two feet of snow everywhere when I was in Bryce canyon this March, it snowed about 8 inches the night before so everything was immaculately white. The trail itself is nothing special, but the views of the landscape are incredible throughout. If you are in near Bryce canyon I would strongly recommend visiting.

Friday, August 19, 2011

great Loop with optional spur on the rim trail to make a nice 8 mile day hike. Not too crowded. I started at the parking lot about 1/2 mile prior to the main park entrance. Brink lots of water for the dry air. Don't try to lean too far over the rim edges to take pics of the hoodoos.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

We visited Bryce in May 1998 for sightseeing, to expose our teenage nephew and niece to the beauty of the Southwest, and to get in a practice hike before going to the GC North Rim for a rim-to-rim hike. The scenery is unique and beautiful, from hoodoos to rock curtains. The trail I selected for practice was the Navajo Loop. It is only a 1.5 mile loop, with a 500' descent and ascent, but is great aerobic activity if you speed hike - especially up. My nephew and I were pressed for time to get to a dinner reservation, but we stopped to admire the scenery, which included a tree growing in a narrow slot near the bottom, surrounded by sheer walls several hundred feet high. The tree was almost as big as the space where it had grown. A unique location certainly wort a repeat visit.

Friday, November 05, 2010

These trails all have outstanding scenery, and there are lots of choices for all skill levels. If you leave the main paths and take the longer trails, keep the kids close by -- there are cliffs and the drops are significant.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In mid-March there was still a lot of snow in patches. The trail follows the rim of the mesa and the views over the surrounding country are excellent. The hike is at 9000 ft. so you will want to have water, sunscreen and a hat. The sun can get pretty intense at that altitude. The kids had a great time and the trail was not difficult for them.

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