Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
290.00 ft (88.39 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
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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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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Constant and dramatic views over Bryce Canyon.

Cons

Extremely crowded during summer.

Trailhead Elevation

8,010.00 ft (2,441.45 m)

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

03/27/2015
The trail Tyson describes is awesome and the views are simply breathtaking. We were fortunate to be at Bryce Canyon for the sunrise and had heard that the two best sunrise vistas are Bryce Point (included in Tyson's report above) and Sunrise Point, just about 1/4 mile past Sunset Point. Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, we joined about 30 other people waiting in the below-freezing dark at Sunrise Point. While I thought the hard rays of the sun were almost too intense for the best photographs, the light just before the sun came out was wonderful and soft.
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