Peekaboo Trail

Canyons seen through a small opening along a sandstone wall
Views abound on the Peekaboo Trail


Quick Facts
The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

This trail crosses both Squaw and Lost canyons on its way to Salt Creek Canyon, passing along high slickrock benches with spectacular views. NOTE: A new place name to replace the derogatory term "Sq---" is under consideration.

  • Roundtrip Distance: 10.8 mi (17.4 km) 

  • Time: 5-6 hrs  

  • Overall Elevation Change: 429 ft (131 m) 
    Cumulative elevation gain on this route is much greater. 

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 

  • Hike Description: Steep slopes and nearby cliff edges make this a challenging route. Two ladders must be climbed. View prehistoric rock markings at the end of the trail near Peekaboo camp.  

  • Bring: Water (at least 1 L per person, per hour), snacks, sturdy footwear, headlamp, map, and be prepared for, sun, rain, heat, or cold. 

  • Accessibility: This trail can be rough, uneven, and requires climbing two ladders. It is not accessible to wheelchairs. In winter, there may be snow or icy conditions; we recommend traction devices for hikers. 


Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: January 31, 2023