Bryce Canyon’s Peek-a-Boo Trail. It’s Just That Incredible! (Repost. Original 12/30/18)

As promised in my last post about our recent visit to Bryce Canyon…

Peek-a-boo Loop Trail starts at Bryce Point, an an elevation of 8296 feet and drops quickly down into the Canyon. It is considered strenuous by the park officials… 5.5 mile hike with a cumulative elevation gain (lots of ups and downs along the way) of 1,571 feet. It is suggested that 3-4 hours are required to hike it.

Peek-a-boo loop is highlighted in pink

If you stop as often as I do for pictures, plan on at least that. I would highly recommend doing the hike early or late as opposed to mid day, especially in the summer. Not only is it the hottest part of the day, it’s also when the light is not at its best for capturing the beauty in images. And as with all hikes, take water and a snack, and wear appropriate footwear. (I’m constantly amazed to see people setting out on hikes like this in flip-flops and empty handed.)

The incredible thing about this hike, other than the great workout, is how the view changes with nearly every step. It’s full of twists and turns, and ups and downs, and hoodoos, arches, and windows (thus the name Peekaboo) and light that changes moment by moment with the  passing of the sun. Magic!!

So, come along with me and enjoy Peek-a-boo Loop!

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

One of many arches on Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Canyon Wall from Peekaboo Loop

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

One of several icy spots on the trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Looking up at the rim of the canyon from the trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

On Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Layers of color (and sediment) in the canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Hoodoos and layers

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

A wall and window along Peekaboo Loop

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Hoodoos and trees along the trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Twisted Ponderosa Pine… common sight in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Layers of colors from Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Looking up from Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Walls of color

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Magnificent hoodoos

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Arch and tree on the Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

John taking a rest, dwarfed by the canyon and tree

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Wall of windows

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Canyon through an arch

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

This trail begins and ends Peekaboo Loop Trail

We made our accent out of the canyon in the cool shade near days end, which was good since we were hot and tired from the hike. One thing we liked about the trail, and all the trails here for that matter… there were relatively few people on them. Most tourists stop at several of the overlooks at various times throughout the day, but few venture into the canyon itself. Pity… for them.

So ends our visit to Bryce Canyon. If you haven’t been I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list. It is definitely high on my list of favorite places!

From there we headed to Kanab Utah, which is surrounded by all kinds of cool places! Up next!

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