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Bryce Canyon Kid Hikes

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2021)

Bryce Canyon has amazing views that can be seen from many roadside pullouts and viewpoints throughout the National Park. But to really experience Bryce Canyon, you need to put on those hiking shoes, and hike down into the hoodoos that Bryce is so well known for. Here are the Cryce Canyon Kid Hikes we found that our kids were able to handle in Bryce Canyon National Park. Click on the links for more details and pictures.

Bryce Canyon Kid Hikes

Rim Trail

Rim trail 8

Rim Trail runs along the rim of Bryce Canyon’s amphitheater. A short section between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point is paved, flat, and family friendly. It is 0.5 miles between these two points, so 1.0 mile round trip.

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave is located just outside the fee area of Bryce Canyon on Scenic Route 12, but is still on National Park land. This hike is simple, easy, and has two amazing rewards: a cave AND a waterfall!

Bristlecone Loop

Bristlecone Loop

The Bristlecone Loop trail hikes you through the very old pine trees, but also to some beautiful vistas. This hike is 1.0 mile long and is found at the end of the scenic drive by Rainbow Point.

Queen’s Garden

Queen's Garden Part 2

The Queen’s Garden trail is the most commonly used trail down into the hoodoos. While it is the least steep option, it is still pretty steep. We wouldn’t recommend this hike for children who aren’t used to hiking or who are very small! But if you are looking for a hike to walk amongst the hoodoos, this is the best option!

Navajo Loop

Navajo Loop

Navajo Loop is another hike down into the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon with some amazing things to see: a slot canyon, towering pine trees, Thor’s Hammer, and two arches. This hike is 1.3 miles long, but the elevation change is 550 feet with a very steep descent and ascent.

We combined the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop trails to make a 3 mile long awesome hike through the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, but it was definitely a big climb back out. Our boys said this was their favorite hike despite their dragging feet on the way up!

Use these Bryce Canyon Kid Hikes to help you enjoy this amazing national Park. And check out our other National Park Kid Hikes:

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  • Just got back from Bryce Canyon and hiked mossy cave and Navajo Loop and the Rim after reading your posts. Our kids range from 8 to 3 and we had to help carry the three year old out of Navajo loop, but would do it again! It was sooo cool. Our kids weren’t impressed with Mossy cave but LOVED the waterfall and playing in the river. It’s a little chilly at night now so we didn’t stay long to star gaze. Thanks for your post and hike descriptions, we really enjoyed Bryce Canyon!

    • We have never camped at Bryce Canyon, and all of the places we have stayed were outside of the park because we love to visit Escalante the same time as Bryce. Our recommendations would be: Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon, Bryce Canyon Villa Cabins, Escalante Yurts or Escalante Escapes. Some of these spots we have blog posts on.

  • I follow you on instagram and you said that ther is a Free National Park Pass for all 4th grades and I have one, I can’t find the link that you said. I am very interested. Thanks for your help.