Rim Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bryce Canyon City, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November.
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.
We hiked from Inspiration Point to Sunset Point. Very easy, mostly downhill. Beautiful views.
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!
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!
Great views all around. Some parts get steep!
A must for any Bryce Canyon visitor!
Incredible views, but lots of grade changes. Access to multiple bus stops and overlooks.
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.
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.
An easy walk along the rim. The views are spectacular. Get up early and watch the sunrise and then stay for sunset. You won't be disappointed!