When I pictured writing about our visit at Bryce Canyon, my mind drew a blank. Just like our experience, I’m still left speechless. The pictures really speak for themselves. All I can say is that Bryce Canyon was unbelievable. From the various shapes and colors of the rocks, to the ability to walk through the deep canyons, our memories were imprinted with an incredible experience. As we explored the park from different angles, looking up and looking down produced a silent gasp and a “wow” from all 3 of us. How could one be so amazed and enthralled the entire time at the park? I really don’t know. Like I said, I’m still speechless, but I’ll try to make this post as useful as possible.
The entrance fee is $30 per vehicle and that is good for 7 days. There are two campgrounds located inside of the park: North and Sunset. Check the website (http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm) for more information and restrictions. Campsites are $30 for RV sites and $20 for tent sites per night. Obviously, that can quickly add up if you are staying for more than one night. Both sites have restrooms, flushable toilets, a laundry facility and showers, but with the exception of the restrooms, the amenities are only open during the summer.
Paying $20/night with no amenities was not appealing as budget travelers. We checked freecampsites.net and found a couple options for primitive camping. Our site was about 1-2 miles away from the entrance of the park in the Dixie National Forest. There were many dispersed campsites around us and since it was winter, all of the sites were empty. It felt as if we had the entire forest to ourselves.
While sightseeing in the park, be sure to take a hike! There are many hikes that range from easy to strenuous. We hiked the Navajo Loop trail and The Queen’s Garden trail. We would rate both trails as easy, but online it is rated as moderate. If you only have time for one hike, please do the Navajo Loop! It’s an amazing hike and the most popular for a reason.
Although we wanted to stay longer, we only camped for 2 nights. The temperatures at night were below freezing and the highs during the day were only reaching the low 30’s. Condensation builds very quickly on the windows while we are in the trailer and since the outside temps took a low dip, we were greeted with an interesting surprise when we woke up in the morning. Our windows inside the trailer were covered in ice! We laughed pretty hard as we scraped the ice off and realized that as beautiful as our surroundings were, we were longing for warmer weather. We figured after 2 days, it was time to move on!
Enjoy the rest of our photos! Campsite and other important information will be listed below. Next stop, Zion!
Campsite information: Coming from Highway 12, take the exit for Bryce Canyon National Park. While driving towards the park, you will pass hotels, restaurants and gas stations. After Ruby’s RV park, take a right on Forest Road 1173. This road is right before the parking lot and sign that says “Bryce Canyon National Park”. Continue on this road and you will find several spots to park and camp.
Food: We stopped once at the Subway right off Highway 12. We noticed that prices were slightly higher at this Subway. There were also several restaurants and gas stations/convenient stores to choose from. Some restaurants were closed for the season.
Restrooms and Wifi: Check out Ruby’s Inn. Ruby’s has a store, a restaurant, a Best Western attached, and an RV park/campground. The prices for food in the store were super expensive! The Ruby Inn/Best Western has a large lobby where Wi-Fi is available. We would spend about half an hour updating our Instagram and Facebook to let folks know where we were. They also have clean restrooms in the back. It’s a great stop for a bathroom break or internet, just don’t overstay your welcome!