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This track begins and ends at Rainbow Point. It leads around the Pink Cliffs in the southernmost portion of the park. It is open to backpacking and overnight use with a permit.

This trail begins and ends from the southernmost trailhead in Bryce Canyon National Park. It extends approximately eight miles from Rainbow Point to form a loop through Mutton and Corral Hollows. There are four backcountry camping sites along or close to this route. Permits are necessary for overnight use of the Bryce Canyon National Park backcountry. The Riggs Spring Trail is often used as an extension of the Under-the-Rim Trail.

Begin this trail at Rainbow Point Trailhead, which lies at the southernmost point of the Scenic Drive, elevation 9,100 feet. Hikers can walk east or west from this point, which is where the loop begins. The trailhead lies north of a band of Pink Cliffs, which form the head of a drainage leading to the Paria River.

Hiking to the left from this point will lead you around Promontory Point on a slow descent into the drainage. The first mile of this hike is a steady descent then it gets steeper. Skirting the edge of Promontory Point the trail turns northward and contours the cliffs. At the head of Corral Hollow the trail turns southward and crosses a ridge then descends into the next drainage. The track then ascends the western wall of this canyon and descends into Mutton Hollow.

After crossing Mutton Hollow the track crosses another ridge into the next wash. It follows this drainage for one half mile to a confluence of three waterways and three trails. Riggs Spring Camp and a Group Site lie south of this junction along Podunk Creek. To complete the Riggs Spring Loop turn sharply right at this junction, following a drainage in a northwesterly direction. The tread follows this drainage approximately one and three-quarter miles to Yovimpa Pass, elevation 8,360 feet.

Yovimpa Pass lies on the crest of the Pink Cliffs. A backcountry camp lies along the trail leading to the left. To complete the loop to Rainbow Point turn right at this junction and follow the cliffs along their northern aspect. It is approximately two miles to the trailhead from the Yovimpa Pass junction. The route gains about 600 feet along this stretch.

Directions: From Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, Rainbow Point Access: Take the Green Line shuttle to Rainbow Point to begin hiking this trail from the southern terminus.

Elevation: 9,100 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Expert Review of Riggs Spring Loop Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Riggs Spring Loop Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Be sure to treat the water at Riggs Spring before drinking it.
  • The western side of the loop has the steepest grades.
  • For an even longer hike, you could combine this trail with Under the Rim Trail for a total of about 31.5 miles.

Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah 84764-0201
Parking: Park is open 24 hours

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-834-5322
Fax: 435-834-4102
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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