Overview

This easy walk follows a half-mile section of The Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon offering panoramic views of one of the most impressive sections of the Bryce Amphitheater below. This trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible and is suitable for children and adults of all ages and abilities.  

Trailhead

The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point section of The Rim Trail begins at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon National Park. To reach the trailhead (37.63120,-112.16448) from the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 63 near Bryce Canyon, UT:

  1. Turn south onto Highway 63.
  2. Continue 3.7 miles to the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park.
  3. Continue south for 0.5 miles to the signed junction for Sunrise Point.
  4. Turn left and continue 0.5 miles to the signed junction for Sunset Point/General Store.
  5. Turn left and continue 0.2 miles to the Sunrise Point parking area.

Parking fills up quickly during times of high usage. More parking may be available near The Lodge at Sunrise Point.

You may also complete the hike in the opposite direction walking from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. To reach the Sunset Point parking area, drive 0.7 past the turnoff to Sunrise Point on the main park road and then turn left at the signed junction for Sunset Point.

Note: There is a $30 per vehicle fee to enter Bryce Canyon National Park. Alternatively, an annual pass can be purchased that allows access to all National Parks and some other federal lands for just $80.

The Hike

From the parking area, begin hiking south toward Sunrise Point. The trail quickly arrives at the rim of the canyon, offering incredible panoramic views of the colorful formations below. Turn right and continue walking along the rim a short distance before arriving at Sunrise Point where hikers are treated to a superb view of the Queen’s Garden trail and beyond.

Continue walking as the trail advances further south along the rim. Several benches are located along the trail if you’d like to sit and take in the view. After about 0.6 miles, the route ends at Sunset Point. Be sure to walk out to the most prominent overlook where you can see down into Wall Street on the Navajo Loop – a stunning trail that drops abruptly into a dark chasm in the rocks below. When ready, return the way you came.

Rules and Regulations

  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • Do not draw or carve on rocks.

Special Considerations

  • Use caution near cliff edges.
  • Lightning is a significant hazard at the high altitudes found in Bryce Canyon National Park. Seek shelter if you hear thunder or see threatening storms in the vicinity.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.