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Peek-A-Boo Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (113) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This all-time Bryce Canyon favorite boasts magnificent hoodoo spires and numerous rock windows.


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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

Loop

8,300' 2,530 m

High

7,425' 2,263 m

Low

1,434' 437 m

Up

1,434' 437 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Overview

This steep, roller coaster of a trail has delightful up-close views of hoodoos and natural arch "windows." The Peek-A-Boo Loop can be accessed from both Sunrise and Sunset Points, but arguably the most straightforward and scenic route descends the Peek-A-Boo Loop Connector from Bryce Point as described here.

Need to Know

Don't be fooled by the short total mileage, this is a strenuous outing - bring adequate water, food, sun protection and sturdy shoes.

Description

Starting from the parking area at Bryce Point, switchback steeply down the Peek-A-Boo Loop Connector from the rim, crossing many cliff bands. Contour below rock walls, crossing ridges and bluffs, all the while steadily losing elevation. The abundance and variety of colorful hoodoo towers are the highlight of this trail. After a relatively level section of trail, plunge into the neighboring canyon by navigating a series of hairpin turns down the hill. The Peek-A-Boo Loop Connector ends at a "T" intersection with the southern tip of the Peekaboo Loop Trail.

The loop can be done in either direction, but aficionados prefer the clockwise way. So, from the "T" intersection, take the left (western) half of the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail and pass the seasonal bathrooms. Climb up and down ridges and through steep switchbacks. This is a great treat for intrepid travelers who want close encounters with the colorful surreal spires. Keep an eye out for the named rock formations: Wall of Windows, Hindu Temples, and the Cathedral. After a long downhill section, the western half of the loop ends at the trail's lowest elevation point - which is also the intersection of the Peek-A-Boo - Navajo Connector, Peekaboo Connector and the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail.

To complete the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail, continue southwards along the eastern half of the loop now climbing steeply. Surmount a broad ridge and wind through its saddle next to the Fairly Castle rock formation. Another long descent deposits you back on the canyon bottom at a wide wash. Ascend the valley and the last few switchbacks to arrive at the start of the loop (at its southern tip). At the intersection, rejoin the Peek-A-Boo Loop Connector and retrace your steps for the last 0.5 mile grunt back up to the rim.

In case you're wondering, the "Peek-A-Boo" trail name comes from the natural arch "windows" formed in the rocks. Note: the loop trail receives heavy use by horse/mule riders - be sure to give them right of way and beware of the poop.

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  4.8 from 113 votes

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Photos

The view from Bryce Point is like nothing else in this world.
Jun 28, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
The Peekaboo Trail passes by the Fairy Castle.
Jun 28, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Hoodoos on Peekaboo Loop Trail
Oct 15, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Catching the sun rising over the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon NP.
Sep 3, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Fairy Castle
Oct 15, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Hoodoos stand guard along the Peekaboo Loop.
Jun 28, 2017 near Panguitch, UT

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Nov 21, 2022
Michael Calabrese
Icy this time of year. Can do from Bryce or sunset point. Great views of canyon on either side.
Nov 2, 2022
Cm Long
Nov 1, 2022
Erin Andersen
Mileage includes walk to/from observation point. Incredible scenery, awe-inspiring! Not a bad view in sight. 6.3mi — 3h 18m
Oct 13, 2022
amanda marie
3.1mi — 11h 15m
Oct 10, 2022
Katie Nichols
Sep 15, 2022
Kristupas Lukosius
Sep 8, 2022
Holly Huston
Did it!
Aug 7, 2022
alex carlton
looks like a different planet saw wall of windows and cool natural tunnels and hoodoos saw epic sunset bats and a meteorite I thought was a ufo