This unique Bryce Canyon hike follows a flowing stream past colorful rock formations and a waterfall before ending at its namesake Mossy Cave. This is one of the easiest hikes in Bryce that offers direct access to the hoodoos. Depending on the season Mossy Cave may have large ice formations or it may just be a dripping spring. This hike is suitable for children and adults of most abilities and skill levels.


The hike to Mossy Cave begins on Highway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Tropic, Utah. To reach the trailhead from the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 63 near Bryce Canyon, UT:

  1. Drive east on Highway 12 for 3.7 miles.
  2. Turn right (south) into the roadside parking area for Mossy Cave (37.66578,-112.11027).

The Hike

Begin hiking west from the parking area on the signed Mossy Cave Trail. During most of the year, a stream will be flowing alongside the trail. This was not always the case, however. In the late 1800’s, Mormon settlers dug a ditch from the East Fork of the Sevier River, across the Paunsaugunt Plateau, eventually channeling that water through this normally dry canyon. That ditch has provided nearby communities with irrigation water ever since.

After returning to the junction, continue hiking up the trail to Mossy Cave. The trail ends at a small overlook near the outside of the cave. Return to the trailhead the way you came.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pack out all trash.
  • Do not draw or carve on rocks.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.