South Rim to Ribbon Lake Loop Trail

EASY 3 reviews
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South Rim to Ribbon Lake Loop Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Canyon Village, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

7.9 miles
718 feet



nature trips




no dogs

9 months ago

One of our favorite hikes of the trip. We ended up going counter clockwise and I'm so glad we did. The hike to Ribbon Lake through the meadows and forest felt long, but having the Grand Canyon and Artist Point as the payoff made it totally worth it. The diversity of terrain and surroundings kept us ooh-ing and ahh-ing the whole hike. As of our hike, parts of the South Rim Trail were still under construction so we ended up finishing out walking along the road back to our car. Can't wait to come back!

11 months ago

Walked this trail along the south rim and had stunningly beautiful views. Before reaching Point Sublime, we turned into the forest to Ribbon Lake. You walk past Liliy Pad lake on the way around Ribbon Lake. We came back on the ClearLake-Ribbon Lake Loop trail. This takes you back thru the forest and into a beautiful open meadow. We were greeted by the local elk casually grazing away about 30 yds from us, but wasn't very interested in what we were doing. Some local bison are in the same area near Clear Lake. They also acknowledged us, but weren't interested in anything but eating. There was a nice breeze and the fragrance of the purple lupines filled the air. We needed to turn north on the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake loop trail but was blocked by a small bison herd that claimed that area for eating and lounging in the dirt. Not being bold enough to try and shoo them away, we decided to detour to the parking lot near the South Rim trailhead and walked back to our car along the road to the parking lot at the end of the South Rim Drive. This was just a beautiful day hike that most people could do. Just remember your insect repellant because the mosquitos were out in force this time of year.