Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park has beautiful panoramic views
Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike in Bryce Canyon National Park has beautiful panoramic views

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike

Bryce Canyon National Park
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Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike

Distance: 5.3mi
Elevation: 1,138ft
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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This shorter loop trail descends under the rim of Bryce Canyon and promises the densest number of hoodoo formations in the park. With stunning panoramas from the top, and intimate bottom up views from the base, Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail wows and impresses.

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail hike Map

Getting there

Enter Bryce Canyon National Park just south of the town of Bryce. Pay your dues at the park gate, and then drive along the main road until you see the signed turnoff for Bryce Lookout. Turn left here and follow the road to an unmarked junction where you will turn left again to find the parking lot. This parking lot fills up very quickly, so get here early!

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About

When to do

Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

One along trail

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Lollipop


Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail
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Route Description for Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail

Find the trailhead at the far side of the parking lot. Turn right and start descending right below the parking area. After veering right for a while you will reach another junction with the Under The Rim Trail. Turn left here towards the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail. Here you will get panoramic views of hoodoo towers expanding in all direction from your feet.

This trail will start to descend more sharply, switchbacking down into the hoodoo formations. The trail will continue to wind down, making its way now further to the left. Shortly after passing through a cool ‘window’ in the rock face you will find the junction for the Peek-A-Boo Loop.

You can complete the loop in either direction, however we will describe going clockwise. Turn left at this first junction and climb up a short ways. As you continue the trail will ungulate up and down, but you will lose more elevation then you will gain on this western leg of the loop. Soon you will arrive at a horse corral (as the loop section is open to horses), where you will also find a washroom and a garbage can.

Continuing along the trail, switchback up this couloir before exiting through a narrow slot canyon where you will find panoramic views of even more hoodoos. These rock formations were not totally carved by erosion, as you might find in the Grand Canyon or Zion Canyon. The freezing and thawing of snow and ice every winter, in fact, principally causes them!

At the end of the western leg of the loop you will reach another junction, turn right here to continue onto the eastern leg of the loop. This part of the trail is almost entirely a climb, so be prepared to work your glutes! The trail is, however, very nicely leveled which makes the elevation gain feel easier.

Finally, after passing by dozens more hoodoos and towers, you will reach the original junction where you turned to begin the loop. Turn left here to return along the approach trail you came down originally, back towards Bryce Point. This path continues climbing until you reach the parking lot and your car.

Insider Hints

  • Try combining this hike with the Navajo Loop Trail, ending at Sunset Point.

  • The washroom is only open in the summer.

Comments

Tiffany Swift 1 year ago

Absolutely stunning scenery. Really you cannot miss this hike! I HIGHLY recommend this trail.

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Stevie M 1 year ago

Up and down hike with switchbacks, not too exhausting but a good workout. Gorgeous rock transformations.

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TwoBoots 1 year ago

Absolutely stunning scenery. So worth it!

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Anabelle Clyde 1 year ago

It's a must do trail! Stunning! Really impressive views.

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Frank M. 1 year ago

Moderate trail, overall a good hike. Wall of Windows is a must-see

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Zuzu T. 2 years ago

Done this hike with my wife. We took a lot of amazing photos here.

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Joe Bart 2 years ago

One of the most promising hikes in Bryce. The views were definitely breathtaking.

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Jarvie P. 2 years ago

This is a great hike with moderate difficulty. The path can be a bit slippery so bring proper footwear. One of my favorite hikes in Bryce.

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applepanda 2 years ago

This place is heaping with so much beauty. So dramatic during golden hour.

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subterry 2 years ago

Great workout. The air was quite dry and the weather can make you sweat a lot. Bring enough water to stay hydrated.

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