Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 800 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



no dogs

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.

1 month ago

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.

washed out
2 months ago

3 months ago

Easy hike if you want a more "woodsy" view.

11 months ago

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.

trail running
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Cool trail away from the crowds.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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).

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