Riggs Spring Loop Bryce Canyon National Park

Kanab, Utah

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A loop traversing above and below the Pink Cliffs at the southern edge of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hikers can complete this 8.8-mile loop as a day hike or as a relaxing overnight backpacking trip. There are three park backcountry campgrounds along the trail. The trail passes through country south of Rainbow Point, crossing some of the more remote backcountry of Bryce Canyon National Park. The northwestern portion of the trail stays above the rim of the Pink Cliffs and traverses a pleasant subalpine forest until it reaches the Yovimpa Pass Campground. From Yovimpa Pass, the trail follows the Lower Podunk Creek wash down from the canyon rim to Riggs Spring. Beyond Riggs Spring, the trail skirts the base of pink limestone cliffs before climbing around The Promontory and returning to Rainbow Point.
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

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Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)

A loop traversing above and below the Pink Cliffs at the southern edge of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hikers can complete this 8.8-mile loop as a day hike or as a relaxing overnight backpacking trip. There are three park backcountry campgrounds along the trail. The trail passes through country south of Rainbow Point, crossing some of the more remote backcountry of Bryce Canyon National Park.

The northwestern portion of the trail stays above the rim of the Pink Cliffs and traverses a pleasant subalpine forest until it reaches the Yovimpa Pass Campground. From Yovimpa Pass, the trail follows the Lower Podunk Creek wash down from the canyon rim to Riggs Spring. Beyond Riggs Spring, the trail skirts the base of pink limestone cliffs before climbing around The Promontory and returning to Rainbow Point.

© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 8.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: April-October
Local Contacts: Bryce Canyon National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Riggs Spring Loop (Bryce Canyon National Park)

Recent Trail Reviews

5/22/2000
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Nice change of pace from the more touristy northern half of Bryce. Trail winds through a forest of firs and pines. HOWEVER, while Riggs Spring has nice grassy areas for camping, the spring there is NOT a creek or river but a steady drizzle of water dripping out of a rusty pipe. This was the only water that was really available on this loop. I personally found the eastern half of the loop to be more interesting and scenic, with views of the grand staircase in the distance.



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