Under-the-Rim Trail

Tropic, Utah 84776

Under-the-Rim Trail

Under-the-Rim Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Two to three days
Late spring through fall
8,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,115 feet
Top Elevation
Bryce Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bryce Point, USGS Tropic Reserve, USGS Rainbow Point, National Geographic Trails Illustrated Bryce Canyon National Park Map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018