Bryce Canyon Campgrounds
North Campground, located just to the east of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, features 99 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year. The campground is organized in four loops: A, B, C and D. The A and B sections are for RV campers, while C and D are for tent camping. None of the sites have sewer, water or electrical hook-ups, but you will find a dump station — for a $5 use fee — at the southern end of the campground during the summer. Potable water is available, and you’ll find a camp store and laundry facilities close by as well. Tent campers pay $20 per night, while RVs are $30, although discounts are available for seniors and other groups. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov.
Located west of Sunset Point and about a mile and a half south of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, Sunset Campground features 100 sites available by reservation during the busy summer season from May through October. It features three loops: A, B and C, with A reserved for RVs and B and C set aside for tent campers. Like at North Campground, no sewer, water or electrical hookups are available, but it also has a dumping station for a $5 use fee. During the less-busy time in April and early May and toward the end of October, the campsite moves to a first-come, first-served reservation system. The campground is closed from early November through mid-April. Reservations are available for summer camping up to 12 months in advance of your desired date. The cost is the same as North Campground: $20/night for tents and $30/night for RVs. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov.
"Over millions of years, water and wind carved Bryce Canyon into one of the country’s most unforgettable destinations."
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.
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