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Pink Ledges Trail

Red Canyon

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • The iconic "hoodoos" of Red Canyon.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The trailhead behind the visitor center is the starting point for this hike.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The hoodoos are a photographer's delight.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The trail winds among the brightly-colored rock.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The cliffs catch the sun early.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The trail is not steep, but there is loose rock.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • During mid-morning, the shaded walls catch reflected light from the sunny walls, making it a great time for photos.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • Side canyons can be explored for a short distance.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • The iconic hoodoos of Red Canyon are the centerpiece of this trail.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • Colorful rocks surround the trail.- Pink Ledges Trail
  • At some points there are distant views west toward the Sevier River Valley.- Pink Ledges Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy short hike. Spectacular scenery.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.70 mi (1.13 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,119.00 ft (2,169.87 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Utah's Scenic Byway 12, which passes Bryce Canyon National Park, proceeds through the beautiful Escalante area, and continues on to Capital Reef National Park, is well-traveled by visitors and locals alike. Just a few miles east from Highway 89, this road passes through the Red Canyon area of Dixie National Forest, and most travelers stop at only a couple of the many scenic turnouts. That is unfortunate, because this is a very accessible and scenic part of Utah, and it is well worth a few hours of exploration.

Several trails leave right from the visitor center 3.5 miles from the western end of SB-12, and one of the most beautiful and photogenic is the Pink Ledges Trail. After parking and browsing the outdoor exhibits, go around the building to the main trailhead. The Pink Ledges Trail is straight ahead. With a small vertical rise and many side spurs to explore, this trail is a great introduction to this interesting geological area that is similar to Bryce Canyon on a much smaller scale, but which is also unique. The iconic hoodoos loom ahead and are visible from much of the trail.  In late morning the light is particularly good for photography--the west-facing canyon walls are lit up and reflect warm light on the opposing walls, highlighting the red color of the rocks.

There are other trails to explore around the visitor center, or for a less-frequented walk, head to the Losee Canyon Trailhead and take the Arches Trail to see some amazing eroded rock formations and some great views of the Sevier River Valley to the west. Together these trails would make a great stop on the way to or from Bryce Canyon or beyond.

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