Peekaboo Trail

  • Around the middle of the hike  - © BJ flickr user
  • Branches only at the top - © BJ flickr user
  • Looking up - © James Marvin Phelps flickr user
  • Organ Pipe Formation - © BJ flickr user
  • Strange Landscape - © James Marvin Phelps flickr user
  • Sun near the top of the formations - © BJ flickr user
  • Trail between the trees  - © BJ flickr user
  • Tree among the stone  - © BJ flickr user

Key information: Peekaboo Trail

  • Bryce Canyon boasts some of the world's most extraordinary scenery, and The Peekaboo Trail is an absolute classic despite its terrible name, 5 and a half mile rub-your-eyes overload of weirdness, really outstanding formations and atmosphere.
  • Water can be in very short supply.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma35
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 5.5 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: around 2,700m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Organ Pipe Formation - © BJ flickr user


Bryce Canyon boasts some of the world's most extraordinary scenery: an extensive area of brightly hued sandstone carved by wind, water and ice into a series of deep and huge amphitheatres in which sit an unimaginable profusion of spires, towers and other excrescences called hoodoos, and arches and other formations. Visually, the thrilling weirdness of the scenery is enhanced by gorgeous colour and texture contrasts. The forests (and, somehow  surprisingly, meadows) in the canyon shelter a surprisingly diverse fauna, including bears and mountain lions.

The Peekaboo Trail has a terrible name, but is probably the best known walk in the area. A 5.5 mile (from Bryce point) rub-your-eyes overload of weirdness, really outstanding formations and atmosphere. It does involve a lot of ascent/descent.

Wind through extraordinary formations, in what will feel like a psychedelic - nay psychotropic - experience.

The Peekaboo can be combined with the Rim Trail, and indeed can be joined some other walks to create a longer day: for instance the Fairyland Trail, The Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail.

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For more information and photos, including practical information and some warnings, see our Bryce Canyon walk page.

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Sun near the top of the formations - ©BJ flickr user

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Trail between the trees  - ©BJ flickr user...

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