Don’t miss the short, easy hike at scenic Mossy Cave in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Get your camera ready!
Mossy Cave is a great photo stop. View red-orange hoodoos and a waterfall tumbling over the rock cliffs of Water Canyon.
The easy trail is less than 1 mile round trip. It follows along what looks like a river but it is actually an irrigation canal known as the Tropic Ditch. In 1880-1892, it took Mormon pioneers two years to carve out the ditch using shovels and picks. The canal provides irrigation water to the nearby Tropic and Cannonville communities.
After following the canal and crossing over a bridge take a left up the hill to see the Mossy Cave. The cave is a grotto with an overhang that usually has moss or icicles hanging from it depending on the season. After seeing the cave, head back down the trail to view the waterfall or continue further to end up above the falls.
How to access Mossy Cave Trail
Mossy Cave is in the northern section of Bryce Canyon near the junction of Highway 63 and Highway 12. The entrance to the small parking lot is easy to find. If you are heading towards Tropic, after crossing a little bridge, it is on the right side of the road.
Geology of Bryce Canyon
Canyons are usually formed by the steady flow of water over a rock-like surface. Many of the canyons in the Bryce area formed by a different method called frost wedging. This happens when rock cracks filled with water freeze. These thin pieces of ice are several metres in length causing a wedge. Over time, weathering occurs from the melting, freezing and expansion. The rock then begins to change shape as the crack wedge enlarges and breaks off.
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