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Bryce Canyon National Park   |  Angie Payne

Bryce Canyon National Park Camping

Over millions of years, water and wind carved Bryce Canyon into one of the country’s most unforgettable destinations. You’ll marvel at its signature red rock pillars — called hoodoos — in addition to extraordinary vistas, one-of-a-kind slot canyons, unique wildlife and a starry night sky that you have to see to believe. Any amount of time spent at Bryce Canyon is a treat, but camping allows visitors to get the most out of any visit to this amazing part of Utah.

Bryce Canyon National Park Stargazing

Bryce Canyon Campgrounds

Beginning and ending at Sunset Point, the Navajo Loop Trail winds between narrow walls of limestone.

Photo: Andrew Smith

The Milky Way over Bryce Amphitheater — Bryce Canyon is a certified International Dark Sky Park.

Photo: Marcin Zajac

Bryce Canyon is an alpine forest with as many red rock hoodoos as trees.

Photo: Alison Vagnini

Backcountry and BLM Camping 

Campers looking for a backcountry experience can find it on two of Bryce Canyon's signature trails. The 22.9-mile Under the Rim Trail features seven backcountry sites along the route, while the 8.8-mile Riggs Spring Loop Trail offers three camping spots. A permit is required for any backcountry camping in the park, and you must obtain it at the visitor center before any overnight trips. The fee is $5 per person and must be paid in cash. 

Kodachrome Basin State Park, about a 30-minute drive from Bryce Canyon National Park (and a beautiful destination of its own), features 52 camping spots. Red Canyon, just off The All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12, features a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground that offers 37 campsites and day-use area. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are $15 per night. 

In the nearby Dixie National Forest, the King Creek Campground features 37 campsites amid the ponderosa pine forest, about nine miles from Bryce Canyon. The cost is $12 per night. During the summer, you’ll find drinking water and both flush and vault toilets, but the water is turned off during the winter. 

RV Camping and Indoor Lodging

Outside of the national park, RVers can take advantage of nearby sites tailored to their needs. Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground is a mile from the entrance to the park, and it features 250 pull-through sites with electrical and water hookups. Bryce Canyon Pines Campground is eight miles from the park and features more than two dozen RV sites with full hook-ups. (Read: “Wheeling It: An RV Primer for Utah Family Trips”)

Those who don’t want to rough it can consider staying at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, the only lodging within the national park. And, of course, you have lots of options for accommodations outside the park. 

Camping Responsibly

Forever Mighty

While venturing beyond the more predictable, and sometimes crowded, public campgrounds to camp in the backcountry can be a thrilling adventure — remember to travel responsibly, a shared ethic we call "Forever Mighty."

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Leave No Trace

No matter what Utah activities you take on, remember to follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace:

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Things To Know

Here are a few more tips for anyone planning a camping trip to Bryce Canyon:

  • You may not attach any lines to vegetation or trees in the park, so hammocks are not permitted unless they have free-standing supports. 
  • Pets are allowed in the park, but they must be on leash and under control at all times. 
  • You may not gather firewood, pine cones or pine needles from the park (wood is available in the general store), and all fires must be contained in the fire grates at each campsite. 
  • While Bryce Canyon may look like a desert environment, its high altitude keeps temperatures cooler than you’d expect. Check current conditions before you arrive, but be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Snow can arrive as early as October, and thunderstorms are frequent in July and August.
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