Run the Bryce Canyon Traverse

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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.

Pack List

  • Running shoes
  • Running layers
  • Lightweight wind/rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • GPS Watch
  • Running vest or pack with water bottles or bladder
  • Running food & snacks
  • Water purification (Steripen recommended)
  • Water Jugs for drops
  • Headlamp
  • Bryce Canyon Topo Map or GPS
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Running Gaiters (optional)
  • Small digital camera or phone to take photos of the incredible scenery!
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Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

Activities:

Running

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

30.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

6600 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic

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