Red Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 360' 110 m
Descent: -374' -114 m
High: 7,329' 2,234 m
Low: 7,114' 2,168 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Four short trails next to Red Canyon Visitor Center that explore spectacular red hoodoos, alcoves, and other formations.”— Lee Watts
When you approach a sharp bend in the trail, there may be a prominent trail of use going straight ahead, usually steeply up a hill, which may cause you to not notice the turn made by the real trail. If the trail starts to seem precarious or so steep that you have traction problems, then you are on a trail of use, not a main trail.
The Hoodoo Trail is the shortest and easiest of the four trails. It climbs only 30 feet in 0.3 miles, but it takes you to the base of some towering hoodoos near the road. It starts from just west of the Visitor Center at the first turnout, or you could connect to it from the Pink Ledges Trail as I have shown.
The Birdseye Trail #33097 starts from the same turnout as the Hoodoo Trail. In spite of the name, it only climbs 100 feet in 0.8 miles, but it provides close-up views of some of the best formations. In places, the side of the trail slopes off somewhat steeply (but nothing like a cliff). The trail ends at the second turnout west of the Visitor Center.
The Photo Trail is a short trail that climbs 90 feet to a ridge where there are sweeping views to the east and south of Red Canyon and of the Sevier River Valley to the west. It starts from the same turnout where the Birdseye Trail #33097 ends, or you could connect to it from a short ways up the Birdseye Trail #33097.
It is about 0.5 miles back to the Visitor Center on the Bryce Canyon to Red Canyon Bike Trail across the road from the Birdseye and Photo trailheads.
Land Manager: USFS - Dixie National Forest Office