Hike to Tower Bridge, Bryce Canyon NP

Utah Sunrise Point

Added by

The hike to Tower Bridge offers the Bryce experience without the Bryce crowds. Enjoy this top-down hike with huge views of the park, arches, hoodoos, and red rock.

Getting there is half the fun on this hike below the canyon rim. While there are fewer hoodoos in this area of the park, the scenery is still incredible and the crowds are much lighter. Starting at Sunrise Point, the trail boasts big views immediately. During the first mile you can look out at China Wall, Sinking Ship, and endless panoramic views of the park and beyond. The trail descends through sparse bristlecone pine and sandy knolls; the most spectacular rock formations start about 3/4 mile in. Here you will pass through a large white rock wall with a small window. You can take pictures through the window but be careful not to disrupt the terrain.

As you continue down the trail starts to flatten out and you will cross a creek bed that may have a little water if it recently rained. The trail forks and you will follow signs for Tower Bridge down to another creek bed where you will see Tower Bridge above.

The best place for photos is down by the creek bed looking up at the rock formation, but the best views can actually be found by returning to the trail's fork. If you follow signs to the Fairyland Loop Trail and hike a couple hundred yards up it gives you a higher vantage point to view the formation without trees in the way. You cannot climb up to the bridge, but there is a pathway around the bottom so you can view it from multiple perspectives.

You will return the same way you came, and the rock formations and scenery look very different on the way back up. You will gain 950' in elevation in the 1.5 miles back up, so take your time and enjoy the view!

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Ice cleats or snowshoes (winter)
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

950 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

12 months ago

Fun hike if you have time

It's a fun hike if you have time to spare. Good view, very easy down and not bad back up. Took us 2 hours from Sunrise Point down to Tower Bridge.

12 months ago

Added by Eric Harris

Eric is a director/producer, photographer, and adventure addict, in search of beautiful places and incredible people. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I do my own stunts. eric@dappervisual.com | Instagram: danger_cake

More Adventures Nearby

Camp at Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab

Utah / Sand Flats

The rock domes and slickrock around the campsites provide fun for young and old to scramble on, or simply enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

Chris Engelsman
9 Saves

Backpack Naturalist Basin and Summit Mount Agassiz

Utah / Highline Trailhead

Naturist Basin is a beautiful area in the High Uintas Wilderness with an abundance of mountains, lakes, meadows, and wildlife.  It is best hiked July-September.

Saul Jacob
5 Saves

Trail Run Burch Hollow Trail

Utah / Burch Hollow Trail

The Burch Hollow trailhead is about a quarter mile up the Pipeline trail in Millcreek Canyon.

Jackson Smith
3 Saves