Peekaboo Loop, Bryce Point Trailhead, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Peekaboo Loop - 5.35 miles
Bryce Point Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||5.35 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||8,303' - 7,472' (8,303' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||-831' net elevation loss (+1,530' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Peekaboo Loop - 5.35 Miles Round-Trip
The Peekaboo Loop weaves through a brilliant collection of hoodoos, fins and spires in the Bryce Canyon amphitheater. It's more strenuous than the nearby Navajo, Wall Street and Queens Garden trails, and accordingly sees lighter traffic.
Some park literature incompletely suggests the loop is only 3 miles long. While the loop segment is indeed 3 miles, a steep 1.15 mile trail must be traveled to reach it. The distance and elevation gain figures shown here reflect total roundtrip travel from Bryce Point. The following description travels counter-clockwise on the loop:
The trail begins at Bryce Point with rangy views over Bryce Canyon before dropping 563' to the beginning of the loop (1.15 miles : 7,740').
Travel moderates through intricately sculpted hoodoos and rock formations down to the heavily vegetated canyon floor. Thick timber and brush stand in stark contrast to the bright hues of Bryce's geologic features.
The trail passes a spur for the Navajo Trail (2.4 miles : 7,472') and makes a sharp southwest turn. It undulates for several tenths of a mile before climbing steeply toward the canyon rim.
The trail bends south and steepens up the loop's west to the The Wall of Windows. This memorable landmark stretches hundreds of yards and is generally visible for the remainder of the hike.
You'll reach the Bryce Point access trail after 4.2 miles of total hiking, and retrace your steps 1.15 miles and 563' back to Bryce Point.
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- Though horse travel is permitted on the Peekaboo Loop and tours are frequent, it's not difficult to avoid these groups by planning travel time around them.
- To lengthen the hike, consider combining the The Peekaboo Loop with the Navajo, Queens Garden or Wall Street Trails. All can be accessed from the trail's approximate mid-point. The lengthiest option is the 'Figure 8' route through the Bryce Amphitheater. See related trail link above.
- Statistically, Bryce Canyon National Park is the highest lightning strike hazard in the state of Utah. Take approaching weather very seriously and plan travel time and routing accordingly.
- This trail is highly exposed to sun and wind; sunscreen, sunglasses and a broad-rim hat are recommended throughout the year.
Camping and Backpacking Information
Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips in Bryce Canyon National Park. Permits can be acquired at the Visitor Center the day of or day before your trip. Advance reservations are not accepted.
- There's a $5 per person fee to backcountry camp in Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Camp only in designated sites.
- Fires are not permitted at backcountry campsites or within the backcountry in Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Desert water sources are scarce and fragile. Do not bathe or wash dishes in creeks or pools.
Rules and Regulations
- There's a $30 fee per vehicle to enter Bryce Canyon National Park (defined as private passenger cars with 15 people or less). Passes are good for 7 consecutive days.
- $25 per motorcycle.
- $15 per person (walk or bike).
- Dogs are not permitted on trails in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Directions to Trailhead
The Bryce Point Trailhead is located 4 miles from the Park Visitor Center and Entrance Station. On Highway 63, travel 2 miles south of the Entrance Station to the Inspiration Point - Bryce Point access road. Make a left and bear immediately to the right. Follow signs to Bryce Point.
Bryce Canyon National Park
PO Box 640201
Bryce Canyon UT 84764-0201
Visitor Center Operating Hours
Summer 8am - 8pm (May - September)
Fall (October) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Winter (November - March) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Spring (April) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm