Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-4358345322
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Cave, Nature
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About Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon National Park

Mossy Cave is situated in the northern section of the park. It is located on Highway 12, at approximately 4 miles east of the intersection of Highways 12 and 63. You are advised to look for a small parking area on the right-hand side immediately after crossing a little bridge. The Mossy Cave appears at the end of a short trail. Here too, like many other spots, you can see hoodoos and windows and you don’t even need to hike a steep trail to do that.

At first, this canyon which is also known as Water Canyon might just look like any ordinary Bryce Canyon sort of canyon. In all sincerity, it's not! From 1890-1892 mormon pioneers labored with shovels and picks to carve an irrigation ditch from the East Fork of the Sevier River. This ditch went through the Paunsaugunt Plateau, into this canyon. Every year since its completion in 1892 ; (except during the drought of 2002), this canal which is also known as the Tropic Ditch has supplied the communities of Tropic and Cannonville with irrigation water.

Mossy Cave Information

  • Do not take the hike if you are physically unfit.
  • Carry water with you.
  • Carry wind-cheaters just in case it starts to rain.
  • Keep your cameras handy.

Mossy Cave Ticket Prices

  • Only prices to the Bryce Canyon National Park apply.

Mossy Cave Opening and Closing Hours

  • Only hours to the Bryce Canyon National Park apply. For additional hours like for the trail and overnight visit, please contact the visitor centre.

How To reach Mossy Cave by Public Transport

  • Take the shuttle service to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon National Park Reviews

  • Mossy Cave Turret Arch and Little Windows Trail is a great little stop either on your way to or from Bryce. we didn't eat our lunch at Bryce so we had dinner here. :) the trail is only a easy mile. great and to the cave and waterfall. very colorful and and relaxing. just a very enjoyable hike. love it!

  • If you follow the saying, " The point of the journey is not to arrive", you will find this hike charming. If you go with only the goal if seeing a cool cave, you will not be thrilled with this hike. If you go to enjoy the hike itself you will find it is a treasure. There are stunning arches up high if you just look up. There are pictureques spots all over. If you go between April and Sept you might see the Tropic dam running, and it can be spectacular. The Tropic Dam was built by pioneers using natural water routes for irrigation of crops, so when they are letting water down the route it is beautiful. Like all hikes in Bryce, if you are visiting and there is a chance you might see snow here a good pair or Spikes/ Crampons is super smart. The trails are often icy in Bryce and these thrown over your shoes makes it safe and not stressful.

  • This little gem is just a short drive from Bryce Canyon. While the cave is a little bit of a let down by itself. It is the trails and surrounding views that range from a clear cold small stream, a waterfall feature, there are hoodoo's, there is a fascinating one with windows that is easily climbable that offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas. This is truly a beautiful enjoyable side trip that many pass by, they don't know what they are missing it's something special.

  • Nice walk along Tropic Ditch to icicle filled grotto. Well maintained trail. Great views of hoodoos and windows.

  • This one-mile round trip hike is off the beaten path from the core attractions of Bryce Canyon, but is well worth the brief side trip down Highway 12. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead, and when I was there, there was an impressive waterfall (it likely varies seasonally, but it was roaring when I was there in late June). Another spur trail visits a wet alcove grotto. The canyon was apparently part of a Mormon settler irrigation project, so there is a historical element as well.

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