Under the Rim Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Distance20.9mi
Elevation Gain4,979ft
Trailhead Elevation8,267ft
Top8,289ft
Elevation Min/Max6773/8289ft
Elevation Start/End8267/8267ft

Under the Rim Trail

Under the Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Garfield County and Kane County, Utah. It is within Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park. It is 20.9 miles long and begins at 8,267 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,979 feet. The Bryce Canyon Parking (elevation 8,274 feet) parking is near the trailhead. The Hat Shop viewpoint and the Iron Spring can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Riggs Spring Loop, Bristlecone Loop, Swamp Canyon Connector Trail, Peekaboo Loop Connector, Whiteman Bench Connector Trail, Sheep Creek Connector Trail and Agua Canyon Connector Trail.

Under the Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Under the Rim offers less of the hoodoos and spires characteristic of the park’s northern hikes and the subject of most photographs of Bryce.

Instead, this trail meanders through ponderosa forests at the base of the rugged 1000-foot main cliffs of Bryce. The trail crosses several ridges with spectacular views both up into the cliffs and downward into the low valleys east of Bryce."

"Backpacking Bryce Canyon just about ensures solitude as you traipse through the deep, hoodoo-filled amphitheater, benefitting from the less common view from below. Roughly a half circle, this trek allows you ample time to soak in the glory of seeing the unusual frost-wedged rock formations that draw people and cameras from around the world."

"A backpack following the foot of the Pink Cliffs through the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Under the Rim Trail is the premier backpacking route in Bryce Canyon National Park. Although it seldom strays more than a few miles from the park road, its position below the rimrock lends it a backcountry-like solitude.

The hoodoos and cliffs along this trail are less spectacular than those in the heavily trammeled northern reaches of the park, but those who hike here will seldom run into other visitors. Several connecting trails link this route with the road, allowing backpackers to select a route of almost any conceivable length."

"A two- to three-day backpack in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a remote hike through the base of the older sections of Bryce Canyon, with distant panoramic views, geologic features, abundant wildlife, and marked transitions in vegetation.

There are two trailheads for the Under-the-Rim Trail—Bryce Point and Rainbow Point—as well as four connecting trails back to the rim along the trail’s length. Bryce Canyon officials recommend that you hike from north to south, beginning at Bryce Point and finishing the 22.9-mile trail at Rainbow Point."

Under the Rim Trail Reviews

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We had a great backpacking trip from the North end to the South end of the Under-the-Rim Trail. As we left the parking lot, we were concerned that this trail might lead away from the best scenery of the park. However, as mile after mile of good scenery appeared our concerns were relieved. This trail offers a great variety of rock formations and vegetation. There are good views along the entire distance and new dramatic views are around every corner and over every ridge. The weather in early May was perfect and even though the park was packed the trail was exceptionally quiet. When planning this trip, pay special attention to where you will refill your water, it is scarce. Many of the streams were already dried up in early May. Thankfully there are a number of springs that can be found by walking up the right dry creek beds.
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Trail Information

Bryce Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Bryce Canyon National Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Bryce Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bryce Point, Rainbow Point
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Oct 2018