This steep, roller coaster of a trail has delightful up-close 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
as described here.
Dogs: No Dogs
Don't be fooled by the short total mileage, this is a strenuous outing - bring adequate water, food, sun protection and sturdy shoes.
Starting from the parking area at Bryce Point
, switchback steeply down the Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo - Navajo Connector
, Peekaboo Connector
and the Peekaboo Loop Trail
To complete the Peekaboo 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 Peekaboo Loop Connector
and retrace your steps for the last 1/2 mile grunt back up to the rim.
In case you're wondering, the "Peekaboo" 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.