Tower Bridge Trail [CLOSED]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Tower Bridge Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 826 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

bugs

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Great hike with a lot of variation in the landscape. As it is part of the Fairyland Loop, you can always extend it to make a longer hike but at the end of the day, just going out to Tower Bridge and back was a great hike to end with. There are some really nice views of the hoodoos. The trail is also fairly wide and even, not too many rocks, but a little snowy/muddy at the end of winter. The white sandstone against the sapphire sky was incredible. And across from that was this sea of red sand and the China Wall. It felt like being on Mars. Tower Bridge, you can't actually get that close to, but you can see it pretty decently if you find a spot between the trees. This trail is not nearly as popular as the Navajo or Queens trails but worth venturing down for some variation.

Logged as 8.2 miles from sunrise point as the road access from Fairyland is closed right now. Take lots of water! Great trail, although I enjoyed peekaboo loop more.

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muddy
1 month ago

Fairyland trail in Bryce National Park is probably my favorite hike to date. Just around 9 miles including Tower Bridge spur as well as to and from parking at Sunrise Point. Maybe 200 yards of muddy/snow sections which appear to be drying up quickly. Several great photo opportunities. I did counter clockwise and saw about half dozen other hikers even moving as slow as I did

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Only gave it 4 stars because it is very slippery right now, 3/28. Lots of single file foot grooves but could be very dangerous for young children. The mud in some places can stop you in your tracks. Trekking poles would have helped. Beautiful views, and a bit steep.

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muddy
2 months ago

Muddy muddy MUDDY today! Must be because of the bright sun melting the snow, but it was such a thick mud that sticks to your shoes and splashes up the backs of your legs! Still a good hike, just not the cleanest today.

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snow
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Icy, muddy, snowy!!! Great late winter trail to the bottom of the canyon.

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6 months ago

Original plan was to hike the fairyland loop but a blister formed and I turned around at Tower Bridge. I felt the effort was not worth the reward. There are beautiful views until about 1/2 way down the trail. It then turns less dramatic. Tower bridge is neat but for me, not worth the effort when there are so many other great hikes in the park. It all downhill and then all up hill.

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no shade
6 months ago

Nice trail

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6 months ago

Very muddy in May, but a decent hike.

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7 months ago

Spectacular trail, magnificent views, and a firm moderate rating. We finished in a little over 3.5 hours with several snack stops and some photography. Trail was well-trodden, in great shape, and provides a great sampling of all the nature and landscape that Bryce can supply. Clocked in closer to 8.5 miles, contrary to AllTrails. Started from the North supply shop area.

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8 months ago

Pretty views on the way down and back. View of the bridge in the distance at the end of trail.

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9 months ago

The bridge is tiny and not worth the effort.

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no shade
rocky
washed out
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great trail to go down not so much to come back up.

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9 months ago

Beautiful trail. We took it at 5:00 on a Sunday afternoon and we saw no other people once we dropped below the rim. It was amazing, the silence in the canyon was incredible. The hike back up should be avoided in the heat of the day, and bring a lot of water to do it. It’s a nice wide, easily graded path, so just take your time.

Beautiful trail. Only saw 5 parties the whole time. Not too strenuous, great 4/5 hr hike.

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10 months ago

Great trail. Super easy downhill and great sceneries. Lots of birds and squirrels and lizards. About a mile in the trail gets greener. More shaded. The bridge is beautiful. The way back with the switchbacks was all up hill. Had to stop and hydrate with the sun and little shade. Definitely worth it. Would rate it easy down and moderate back.

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10 months ago

It was a great hike we went clock wise this tme, liked it. Started the hike from the General Store around 9:00 AM off trail at 2:00 PM.

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10 months ago

not a difficult hike if you can handle up and downs and the heat.

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rocky
10 months ago

We did this trail with 3 kids ages 11, 9, and 6. They handled it quite well. Beautiful scenery in every direction.

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10 months ago

This is a beautiful hike and one to do if the Navajo Loop/Queen's Garden trail is too busy or closed. The tower is not really anything much to look at. The hike up is pretty steep, but there are plenty of shaded areas where you can rest, if needed. The pictures that I'm attaching are either taken at or near the start of the trail. *Note - if you go in July, BRING BUG SPRAY! Those little black, gnatty bugs are horrendous. If you stop moving, they will attack!

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11 months ago

Scenery was absolutely beautiful but tower bridge is not worth the huge uphill hike on the way back. I would definitely recommend turning around after about a mile and not going all the way down

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11 months ago

I enjoyed the beautiful views and the fact that this trail was not congested with people. Though I do think I’d rate the difficulty to moderate due to the incline on the way back.

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Sat Apr 27 2019

Fabulous views and a must do at Bryce. Not too many people, nicely spread out. We hiked counter clockwise.

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