NileGuide Expert Says:
The main backpack trail of Bryce, this is a lovely stunner that lets you see everything Bryce offers.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764
NileGuide Expert tip:
Plan ahead for the season, and remember to get your back country permit in person at the visitor's center.
The biggie of Bryce, Under-the-Rim Trail is for backpackers who want to get out there and see country few of the Park's visitors manage to reach. It is strongly suggested that this hike not be attempted as a fly-by, but instead as a leisurely stroll over several days. That way, you will take in the best of Bryce's backcountry as well as afford yourself the gift of air—remember, some of Bryce reaches over 9,000 feet in elevation, which has been known to kick the butts (lungs) of even the hardiest hikers. Make sure to get your backcountry permit at the visitor center up to 48 hours before your hike. No, they won't issue permits over the phone or by mail. And if you don't camp at a designated site, the chipmunks will hunt you down and throw bristlecone pines at you.