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Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail

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3.1 mile 4.9 kilometer loop
74% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 833' 254 m
Descent: -839' -256 m
High: 7,796' 2,376 m
Low: 7,416' 2,260 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

One of the premiere (but strenuous) Bryce trails, it dazzles with amazing hoodoos and rock windows.

Megan W

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Not much shade.

Description

This steep, roller coaster of a trail has delightful 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. Therefore, this description begins at the southern tip of the loop and goes in the clockwise direction.

From the "T" intersection with the Peek-A-Boo Loop Connector, take the left (western) half of the Peek-A-Boo Loop and pass the seasonal bathrooms. Climb up and down ridges and through steep switchbacks. This is a great treat for intrepid travelers who want to get up close to 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, Peek-A-Boo Connector and the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trails.

To complete the Peek-A-Boo Loop, 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). In case you're wondering, the trail name comes from the natural arch "windows" formed in the rocks.

Note: This 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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Mar 11, 2018
Aimee Crittendon
Jan 8, 2018
Wesley Berg
Some steep climbs, awesome views of hoodoos

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  4.6 from 18 votes

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in Ampitheater

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in Ampitheater

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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
Fairy Castle
Oct 15, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Bryce Canyon
Oct 2, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
Overlooking the canyon at the end of the trail
Jan 13, 2019 near Panguitch, UT
Bryce Canyon amphitheater
Oct 16, 2017 near Panguitch, UT

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