Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon National Park
Mossy Cave, Bryce Canyon National Park - Address, Phone Number
Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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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 - Write a Review
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.
Great hike especially for a family. You get to cross a river and see some waterfalls. The mossy cave is alright, but it's more about the journey.
Beautiful walk & short, less than 1/2 mi 😁
So much rolled up in this little hike. A must see on your way to or from Bryce.