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Rim Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (44)

An excitement-producing, heartbeat-inducing trail that has to be seen to be believed.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Point to Point

8,363' 2,549 m

High

7,780' 2,371 m

Low

445' 136 m

Up

982' 299 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly With multiple access points and movie-like scenery, the Rim Trail's easy grades, info markers and lookout platforms may just have kids trying to calm parents down instead of the other way around.

Dogs are only allowed on the paved section from Sunset to Sunrise Point.

Description

Empty your memory cards and get your selfie-sticks ready! With trail stops like Inspiration, Sunset, Sunrise and Fairyland Point, it's easy to imagine why this will become one of your all-time favorites. No lie.

Because of its proximity to parking, restrooms, other trailheads and the park's best viewpoints, most visitors hike along the Rim Trail without even knowing it and very few bother to hike the whole thing, opting to descend into the canyon instead. Insider Tip: do the whole thing, it's worth it! The trail can be traveled in either direction and from half a dozen parking areas and starting points. End to end it measures just shy of 6 miles, so you'll need to either use the free park shuttle, which travels every 15 minutes or so between Sunrise and Bryce Point or prime your legs for a longer hike if going round trip.

South-to-North (Bryce Point to Fairyland Point) - the less-traveled, but preferred route for scenic buildup and planning. Park at the visitor center and hop on the free shuttle to Bryce Point. From here, absorb the semi-distant view of the main amphitheater to which you'll be heading and that constitutes the bulk of Bryce Canyon. Once ready to hike, enjoy a couple of miles of downhill to warm up the legs as you head ever-closer to the surreal Inspiration Point. Continue along the trail, which turns to pavement and becomes more popular as you approach Sunset Point and the real crowds. Though relatively flat, the next mile will likely be the slowest of your day as you drain the batteries of your cameras and cellphones, and stop for "just one more look!" Passing Sunrise Point, you may be tempted to hike backwards, but rest-assured, the views up ahead are just as nice. After reaching the well-earned Fairyland Point overlook, relax and soak it in. When ready, return to Sunrise Point and the shuttle back to the visitor center.

North-to-South (Fairyland Point to Bryce Point) - someone once said going south always seems like you're going downhill...not the case with this hike. Though it starts flat as you meander along the well-traveled rim and enjoy staggering views of Sunset and Sunrise Point, the trail soon starts a rigorous climb as you arch around Inspiration Point and try to spot distant hikers winding through the hoodoos below.

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Mike Harcarik

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  4.6 from 44 votes

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Park visitors get up close and personal with the surrounding canyons.
Mar 8, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park!
Oct 29, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Nice view.
Jul 6, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Boat Mesa from Rim Trail
Oct 17, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Catching the sun rising over the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon NP.
Sep 3, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Rim Trail somewhere in between Sunset and Sunrise Points.
Jan 6, 2016 near Panguitch, UT

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May 31, 2021
Ainsley Droege
6.2mi — 2h 52m
May 20, 2021
J L
Apr 15, 2021
Kayt Erdahl
Hiked between sunrise and Sunset points several times
Mar 2, 2021
Stacey Bailey
Oct 22, 2020
Farryn Huffman
Sep 5, 2020
Brianna Castleberry
Walked from Sunrise point to inspiration point
Aug 31, 2020
Amy DiChiara
Aug 27, 2020
Keith Rash