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Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail

  • Difficulty
  • 8.5km
  • 347m
  • 1.75-2.25h

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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.

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!

elevation

Total Gain: 347m

About

Lollipop loop Out and back
Crowd Levels Moderate
Route Signage Excellent
Toilets One along trail
Family Friendly Yes if they can hike this long
Backcountry Campgrounds None
When to Do Spring, early summer and fall, avoid summer heat and winter snow

 Detailed Description

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.