Riggs Spring Loop is a hiking trail in Kane County, Utah. It is within Bryce Canyon National Park. It is 7.6 miles long and begins at 9,053 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,858 feet. Riggs Spring and another spring can be seen along the trail. There is also a camp site along the trail. The trail ends near the Yovimpa Point (elevation 9,078 feet) viewpoint. There are also benches near the end of the trail.
Riggs Spring Loop Professional Reviews and 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."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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