Rim Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews

Rim Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tropic, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

no dogs

Rim Trail has 2 main routes. First is a paved trail that connects Sunrise and Sunset Points. It is an easy trail, that is fairly level, that has spectacular views of the hoodoos in the area. The entire trail runs from Fairyland Point to Bryce Point, which is a much more difficult trail. The "easy" portion of the trail between Sunrise and Sunset points is flat and paved. It is approximately .9 miles and shouldn't take more than 40 minutes if you take your time. The "moderate" portion connects Fairyland Point and Bryce Point. it is 5.5 miles long, and has some serious elevation changes. This part can be done either with a two car shuttle hiking Bryce to Fairyland, or by parking at the Shuttle Station (in season), shuttling to Bryce Point, then walking north (generally descending) to Fairyland point, and finally walking a mile down the paved Fairyland Point spur road to the main road and flagging down the free Shuttle Bus back to your vehicle (the free Park Shuttle will stop at the spur road, though there is no shuttle stop and you need to wave down the driver to get on)

hiking
19 hours ago

I ended up doing most of this in several strech going down there. It offers great view, but if you have the legs, go down there! Anyway, great views.

walking
2 months ago

I walked between Sunrise and Sunset Points. This is flat, paved and offers awesome views. It was about 1 mile back and forth. Maybe someday I will do the entire path.

hiking
4 months ago

The Rim Trail can be somewhat confusing for visitors - the part most visitors to the park see is just the 0.5 mile section between Sunrise and Sunset Points, which is paved, allows dogs on leash, and tends to be the most visited part of the park, but the much longer full Rim Trail from Bryce to Fairyland is also very nice and somewhat less strenuous than descending into the Amphitheater - the best longer approach is to park at the Shuttle Station, take the free Park Shuttle (in season) all the way UP to Bryce Point, then descend along the rim via Inspiration, Sunset, Sunrise, and Fairyland Points, ending with a mile long stroll on the level paved spur road from Fairyland Point back to the main drag, where you may flag down the shuttle back to your vehicle (about 5.5 miles plus 1.0 miles on the spur road), OR if that is more than you care to take on, park in Overflow Parking next to the Visitor Center, take the shuttle UP to Bryce Point, then walk the Rim Trail down past Inspiration, Sunset, and Sunrise Points, and walk the paved, level Multiuse Path 0.7 miles back to your vehicle (about 3.4 miles total, including the Multiuse Path)

hiking
4 months ago

It feels like you are in a Star Wars scene. Beautiful landscapes , beautiful rock formations. Worth the hike ! Pack lots of water, good shoes because you will get tired and out of breath. Worth the view!

5 months ago

Amazing view. The wind helps to cool down during summer time. Not too crowded at all when I went for 4th of July.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views from some of the highest points in the park. An absolute must!

6 months ago

So Cool

6 months ago

Panoramic views of the park from above and easy to hike

hiking
6 months ago

Iconic views of Bryce Canyon and a great introduction to what the park is all about. There are several viewing points along the trail with plenty of photo opps. The trail is easy to follow/find with some steep sections but nothing strenuous. Even though dogs are not allowed on unpaved trails in any national park, you will see them on the dirt paths of the rim trail (do at least keep them leashed). A must-do for any park visitor.

hiking
6 months ago

The must hike trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. This offers the views that make Bryce Canyon Bryce Canyon. The trail offers up a mileage of "1-11 miles" which is great for the various skill levels that make up National Park visitors. There are quite a few steep inclines at points but nothing too difficult. At the end of the day this is one of the most tourist filled stretches of the park so you may have to wait at points to get a good picture but its well worth it.

7 months ago

Beautiful, but packed with 'lot lizzards' as it's close to the parking areas in some places.

From Sunrise Point to Sunset Point you can take your dogs here. It's only a mile trail but you can walk it several times the views are beautiful. Worth the trip even though we couldn't go very far.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views.

hiking
8 months ago

Stunning views!

9 months ago

Nice easiest trail with spectacular views. You can make it as short or as long as you want. You have areas to can walk off to take the tram back to your car. This is a must do if you are spend a day or two hike.

9 months ago

Once you get past the paved portion of the trail the throngs of people dissipate and the views are incredible. Upper Inspiration Point is fantastic!

hiking
9 months ago

Did the part from Fairyland to Sunrise as part of the Fairyland Loop which is 2.7 miles across the rim. This part of the rim is not paved but there were some excellent views. Not a lot of shade, bring water.

10 months ago

this is a mildly strenuous hike. the path is well worn and clearly visible. the views are amazing! Seriously bucket list material! I recommend taking the shuttle to the top lookout point and then hiking down. you can also Park your vehicle at the top Lookout Point hike down and then take a shuttle back to your vehicle. Unless you're a die-hard and wants to do the whole thing round trip. long story short it was awesome and one of the coolest hikes I've been on in all of Southern Utah.

hiking
10 months ago

The best views are all visible along this hike, each view point is crowed.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy trail with great views. A lot of the trail is either paved or close to it. It's a good option to take you back to either starting point at the park after you hike the trails inside the canyon.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

We hiked from Inspiration Point to Sunset Point. Very easy, mostly downhill. Beautiful views.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great hike with breath taking views! The hoodoos are are so awesome. Easy to moderate hike. Family friendly. Highly recommended if your in the area. Highly recommended for anyone not wanting to hike down into the canyon. Beware of the elevation in this area. 7k to 9k above sea level, if your not prepared for it it will catch up with you quickly. This hike is also exposed to direct sun all day!

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We took this trail because parking in Fairyland Canyon was free, compared to the $30 entrance fee for the rest of the canyon. It was about 2.7 miles from Fairyland Canyon to Sunrise Point along this trail, and the view was breathtaking as we got closer to the point! It was a win-win; free parking plus an extra hike!

walking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great views all around. Some parts get steep!

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A must for any Bryce Canyon visitor!

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Incredible views, but lots of grade changes. Access to multiple bus stops and overlooks.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Virtually all the reviewers here are referring to the one half mile long, flat, paved section between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point. My review is for the section from Sunrise to Fairyland Point. This is a dirt trail about 2.7 miles in length one way. There is no shuttle service to Fairyland Point so whether you start at Fairyland or Sunrise you will need to get back to your starting point on your own. This is not an easy trail! It produces over 800' of elevation gain for the round trip and there are three challenging climbs, two short ones on the northbound leg with grades of about 10% and 11% and a longer (a little over a mile) climb on the southbound (going toward Sunrise) leg with a grade of about 6%. This section of the Rim Trail is not nearly as heavily used as the Sunrise-Sunset portion but you will see plenty of hikers. Nice views of the hoodoos but not as spectacular as in some other areas of the Park. I saw a pronghorn grazing nearby; this is the fastest land animal in North America. If you go plan on at least two hours for the round trip and of course take plenty of water. There is very little shade on this trail, it gets hot and you will need it. Lovely trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Even though it's on the rim and it's well paved it's still a bit of a hike! This is the best way to get an overview of the canyon and if you get tired at any point you can hop off and take a shuttle back home.

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