Peek-A-Boo Loop - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Hiker Trail

Peek-A-Boo Loop is located at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah and is approximately 156 miles from Moab and 217 miles from Salt Lake City. The park is located about four and a half miles south of the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 63. It is open to visitors 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Bryce Canyon National Park has many canyons forming a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters on the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Through many years of erosion, colorful Claron limestone has been carved into thousands of spires, fins, arches and mazes called "hoodoos''. Many visitors come here for sight-seeing, hiking, camping, backpacking, photography, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird watching and many other activities.

The Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail is a nine kilometer round trip offering wonderful views across the landscape of the many rock formations, as well as being a spectacular hike through the heart of Bryce Amphitheater. This steep trail is very strenuous and begins at Bryce Point before dropping quickly to the canyon floor, where hikers are advised to be very careful because of the change in elevations as well as the horse and mule riders that can be encountered near the bottom of the trail. Strenuous hikes are generally those consisting of steep grades with multiple elevation changes and are not recommended for visitors with low fitness levels or a fear of heights.

Staff at the park always recommend that visitors take plenty of water on this trail as well as others, especially during the summer months. Near the bottom of the trail there are restroom facilities, which are also shared with the trail rides. More experienced hikers may like to combine some of the hikes to make them more of a challenge such as pairing the Navajo and Peek-A-Boo or Navajo/ Queens Garden combo with the Peek-A-Boo trail.

Visitors will require a permit for overnight travel in Bryce Canyon's Backcountry, which can be obtained at the Visitor Center located approximately one and a half miles inside the park. Here visitors can view a ten-minute slide program and various exhibits, whilst there are also restrooms and park information at the center, which opens throughout the year apart from Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Opening hours are 8am to 8pm May to September, 8am to 6pm October and April and 8am to 4.30pm November to March.

Visitors are not allowed to take pets on this trail or indeed any of the park's trails or viewpoints, but they can be walked along the roads, in campgrounds and parking lots as long as they are kept on a leash. There are two campgrounds at the park with 218 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis and a limit of 6 people, 3 tents, and 2 vehicles per site. Visitors preferring not to camp can try the Bryce Canyon Lodge, which is located in the park and has 114 rooms including suites, motel rooms and cabins.

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