Not much shade.
This steep, roller coaster of a trail has delightful views of hoodoos and natural arch "windows." The Peekaboo Loop
can be accessed from both Sunrise and Sunset Points, but arguably the most straightforward and scenic route descends the Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo Loop Connector
, take the left (western) half of the Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo - Navajo Connector
, Peekaboo Connector
and the Peekaboo Loop
To complete the Peekaboo 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.