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Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point

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  • Bryce Canyon and it's Silent City from Sunrise Point.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • View north from the Bryce Canyon Rim Trail.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • View into the Bryce Amphitheater from the park's Rim Trail.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • Bryce Canyon's Silent City from the Rim Trail.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • View along the Bryce Canyon Rim Trail.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • View east toward Bryce Canyon, East Valley, and as far as the 10,000-foot Escalante Mountains.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • Bryce Canyon from the Rim Trail.- Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
  • - Bryce Canyon Rim Trail, Sunset to Bryce Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Constant and dramatic views over Bryce Canyon.
Cons: 
Extremely crowded during summer.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
290.00 ft (88.39 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,010.00 ft (2,441.45 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Bryce Canyon rim, more accurately called the eastern rim of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, stands an astounding 8,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level and up to 3,000 feet above the Paria River, the canyon's main drainage. At this altitude, snow can linger well into spring, creating a vivid contrast to the deep orange sedimentary hoodoos* that make up the canyon's numerous amphitheaters. 

Starting out at Bryce Canyon National Park's popular Sunset Point, it's a 2.2 mile one-way hike south to Bryce Point (8,296'), passing Inspiration Point en route. Although a popular way to take in the dramatic vistas of Bryce Canyon, stepping onto the Rim Trail is an easy way to gain some serenity away from the other masses of visitors who congregate at each of the viewpoint parking lot areas.

* Hoodoos are thin, spire-like formations commonly found in arid drainages of sedimentary rock. Over time, weather erodes softer rock and leaves harder rock to remain. In contrast to spires or pinnacles, hoodoos are distinct because of their variable form and thickness that reflects differentiation in the hardness of the soil/rock.

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