Run the Bryce Canyon Traverse

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Distance

30.3 Miles

Elevation Gain

6600 Feet

Activities

Running

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

Added by

Jason Hatfield

Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic

Run from the southern tip of Bryce Canyon to it's northern end on a secluded trail through forests and hoodoos.

The Bryce Canyon Traverse is a point-to-point run covering over 30 miles from Rainbow Point at the southern end of the park to Sunrise Point at the North. The majority of the run is on the remote Under-the-Rim Trail where you might pass the occasional backpacker, but won't find a tourist group for miles. To coordinate this run, you'll need to work in a group to stage cars at the start and finish. There is little water available during the run other than Iron Spring and the occasional trickle from a desert stream; recommended water drops are Agua Canyon Connecting Trail, Whiteman Connecting Trail, Swamp Canyon, Bryce Point, and Sunrise Point. Make sure to leave water drops in collapsible containers you can take with you or to retrieve them following your run. If you're super lucky you'll find a friend to crew and meet you at different drop points! The average time to complete the run including stops and photos is 10 hours.

Bryce Canyon sits at over 8,000 ft with significant snow preventing attempts during the winter. Spring and fall are the best time to run with summer heat reaching over 100˚F, but snow storms can still hit in the shoulder months. If you want to add more to your run and complete most of the trails in the park, add on the 9 mile Riggs Spring Loop the beginning and the 8 mile Fairyland Loop at the end.

For a sample run see: strava.com/activities/302094365.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Distance

30.3 Miles

Elevation Gain

6600 Feet

Activities

Running

Skill

Advanced

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

Added by

Jason Hatfield

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