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Directions • The Navajo Trail begins at Sunset Point.
Hike • It is possible to see the red-orange hoodoo cathedrals of Bryce Canyon National Park without fighting crowds the entire way, and taking the Navajo Trail to the Peekaboo Trail accomplishes that.
From Sunset Point, set off down the plateau on the Navajo Trail. Take that trail's north fork (left) and you travel down switchbacks for 0.7 miles. You will see a sign directing you to the Peekaboo Trail. It is the longer (5.5 miles) and steeper (1,555) of the two trail loops and is considered "strenuous" by the National Park Service. You may be sharing the trail with horses, but there are far fewer people than on trails closer to the plateau.
Peekaboo is a series of climbs and descents. Look up in the low spots to see hoodoos and arches above. In the high spots, look out at the rest of the park and south central Utah. When you return to the Navajo Trail, finish the loop by going up the well-groomed switchbacks of Wall Street.
Destination: Navajo and Peekaboo trail loops
Hiking time • 4 hours
Round-trip miles • 6.8 miles
Elevation gain • 2,105 feet
Difficulty • Difficult
Trailhead restrooms • Yes
Dogs allowed • No
Bikes allowed • No
Fees • $30 per vehicle park entrance fee