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Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop [CLOSED]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop [CLOSED] is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 800 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

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. The Sheep Creek/ Swamp Canyon Loop takes you down into a forested part of the canyon and back out again. Beautiful views of Mud Butte and Swamp Butte along the way.

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Reviews (53)
Photos (88)
Recordings (37)
Completed (107)
John Allan
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HikingGreat!

The trail is definitely open and it is one to hike if you have the time and the energy. There was lots of climbing and I am at an age where a lot of climbing hurts. But, I am glad I did it!

Brett Acuff
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Hiking

This trail was open, along with all the others when we went on 7/6/20. It was a very fun hike, but the only sweeping views it offered were where you park at the top. I would suggest doing this counter-clockwise to make the last 3/4 of a mile easy on yourself. A good bit of this trail was sandy, so be ready for that. Another good portion of the trail was very exposed. We hiked 12:30p - 3:00p and saw around five small groups of people. It took us right around the 2.5 hours that the app suggests. I would say this trail offers a nice diversity to the normal hikes at Bryce, but skip it if you’re only doing one or two trails at the park. Fun overall.

mary Brooks
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HikingSnow

First half of sheep creek completely covered in snow currently and not well marked to begin with, probably a better summer trail.

Duke Woods
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Hiking

Agree with other reviews AllTrails GPS showed 4.7 miles. No other hikers on Saturday morning.

diane goodspeed
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Hiking

Excellent choice to get away from crowds. Did counterclockwise (better views without looking back) too and found uphill mile 3+ doable with stops to admire views. Plenty of shade in valleys.

Chip J.
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Hiking

Excellent. The AllTrails app on my phone measured it at 4.4 miles. I did it counter-clockwise. The last .75 miles were easy with beautiful scenery, following a one-mile climb.

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Billye Trader
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Hiking

This was my favorite in Bryce. It had a little bit of everything and enough shade to be done in July. My only advice is to start on the Swamp side because it is pretty steep then come back up Sheep Creek which is a nice slow climb through a beautiful wooded area. The entire trail has spots of shade and you get some great views of the hoodoos. We almost skipped this and I am so glad we did it. If you have small kiddos you could do just the sheep creek side about a half mile or mile in and out. They will love the chipmunks and prairie dogs.

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Joe Johnson
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Hiking

Great trail at Bryce. It gets you away from the tourists and you’ll mainly see other backcountry hikers attempting the Under the Rim trail or other off the beaten path hikers. Doesn’t showcase the hoodoos or the rocks too much, but does a good job showing the other biomes in Bryce.

Emilee M.
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HikingWashed out
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Kyle Sayler
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Easy hike if you want a more "woodsy" view.

Mark T
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Hiking

Great trail seldom used by tourists....seasonal monsoons can make the trail tricky to follow at times but also more fun. Watch for Rock Cairns to help in the bottoms at Sheep Creek.

hank b
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Running

Cool trail away from the crowds.

Hugh Griffin
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Trail not well-maintained. Some nice views from the bottom of the canyon, but there are better options in Bryce Canyon national Park. About 3/4 of a mile of the trail runs within 300 yards of the tourist road leading through the park.

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

I'd skip that one. Not much happening there. At least like Collin said: it is not crowded. But there are good reasons for that. The burnt section made it specia/dramatic but really not much happening there. The trail is easy enough to follow but not as well maintained. Summary: not worth the detour, there are nicer hikes around

Collin O'Bryan
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Hiking

It is a nice hike away from the crowd. We didn't run into a single person but this also made sense because it was nothing in comparison to the other Bryce hikes.

Zach Alan
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Hiking

this would be an excellent woodland trail, if a controlled burn hadn't gotten out of control and burned about a third of it in 2010, along with much of the Whitman Bench area - as it is, it's partially burned and exposed, with limited views of the hoodoos that visitors come to Bryce to see. also, for whatever reason, visitors tend to get lost on this loop? given the choice, parking at Fairyland and walking out and back, or taking the Fairyland Trail from Sunset Point to Tower Bridge and back, offer better scenery (though this trail is a good way to escape the crowds)

Diego Dominguez
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Hiking

Great hike, went on a day where it was overcast. There was no rain, but it was around 70's so it was perfect weather. From hiking the trail it is not a popular one but still enjoyable and a great alternative to the busier trails around. There is a part on the north side of the trail the follows up a riverbed, didn't know if I was going the right direction, but luckily had a map with me just in case.

Edward Slosky
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Hiking

Very nice and peaceful loop. Not much of a Bryce "wow" factor but rather a nice forested ( SW style) hike to get away from the crowds.

Breck Tuttle
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Snowshoeing

No one has hiked this trail for a while. There were a few old tracks in the snow from the trail-head to the Under-the-Rim trail and until the Sheep Creek trail junction. We had to break trail all the way up to the road on the Sheep Creek trail. The snow was anywhere from a few inches deep up to mid thigh in the shaded areas. Because this was the second hike today we opted to walk along the road for the last .7 miles because we were pretty tired from a 12 miles day

Marvin Williford
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Hiking

This loop hike came out to 4.55 miles for me but I went off trail once for a short distance. I did the loop in a clockwise direction. Total elevation gain was 855'. Over the final climb there is a grade of about 9% for about 1.3 miles. It was difficult for me. This was my first hike at Bryce Canyon and I have since learned that there are no easy climbs out of the canyon. Fairly spectacular but less impressive views than from other trails in the Park. Not a popular trail; in about two and three quarters hours elapsed time I ran across three hikers (well, two hikers, actually), a French couple with a small child in a pack. As with virtually all the other trails in Bryce there is no water so be sure to pack plenty.

JD Mitchell
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Hiking

This is absolutely the best kept secret in Bryce. This trail was so good that I went back to Bryce just a few months after being there the first time just to hike this trail again. Don't let the negative Nancys fool you (classic ambiguity decreasing deception), I have hiked in Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce (twice) and numerous other UT parks and this is one of the top rated trails. Basically the low ratings are an attempt to stop you from discovering the reason some of us rate this 5 starz. Just walk it and the reasons will become readily apparent.

Lynn Bonelli
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Hiking

This is a great get-away hike in Bryce Canyon. If you're tired of the crowds and groups of hikers who somehow fail to understand trail etiquette (like not walking 5 abreast on a crowded trail and thereby blocking anyone from passing) and you can no longer stand to watch another hiker break the rules and climb on top of the fragile hoodoos for the "perfect picture" then this hike is for you. It's a refreshing stroll through the beautiful pine trees surrounded by hoodoos and fins. Sure it's not quite as awe-inspiring as the Queens Garden but it's still a lovely hike AND a great stress reliever. We hiked this on the last Saturday of Spring Break and never saw another person. That alone was worth the price of admission. And we got to enjoy our lunch without any crying toddlers whose parents forced to "hike" the more popular trails without water or proper footwear (poor kids).

Augie Krutzsch
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Scott Van Wagenen
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John Prescott
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julius dennard
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Doug H.
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John Baumgardner
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Ron Baker
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Chasen Schulte
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