Riggs Spring Loop Trail

Tropic, Utah

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This loop hike can easily be completed in one day, but Riggs Spring is such a pleasant place to spend a night it would be a shame not to. The loop can be walked in either direction, but if you are interested in taking photographs the western half of the loop is prettiest in the morning when the eastern sun is shining directly on the Pink Cliffs. Unless you are getting an early start, save that section of the trail for the second day. Although there are a few nice views of Bryce Canyon’s famous rock formations on this hike, the main attraction is the forest itself. At the higher elevations you will be in a heavy forest of spruce, Douglas fir, white fir, and an occasional bristlecone pine. Near the bottom the forest changes to ponderosa pine. Riggs Spring is surrounded by huge 150-foot ponderosa pines, with nice grassy areas for pitching a tent. One couldn’t ask for a finer spot to camp.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This loop hike can easily be completed in one day, but Riggs Spring is such a pleasant place to spend a night it would be a shame not to. The loop can be walked in either direction, but if you are interested in taking photographs the western half of the loop is prettiest in the morning when the eastern sun is shining directly on the Pink Cliffs.

Unless you are getting an early start, save that section of the trail for the second day. Although there are a few nice views of Bryce Canyon’s famous rock formations on this hike, the main attraction is the forest itself. At the higher elevations you will be in a heavy forest of spruce, Douglas fir, white fir, and an occasional bristlecone pine. Near the bottom the forest changes to ponderosa pine. Riggs Spring is surrounded by huge 150-foot ponderosa pines, with nice grassy areas for pitching a tent. One couldn’t ask for a finer spot to camp.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tropic
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 1,635 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Summer to mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 9,115 feet
Top Elevation: 9,115 feet
Local Contacts: Bryce Canyon National Park
Local Maps: Rainbow Point (USGS), Podunk Creek (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Riggs Spring Loop Trail

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