Best Camping Near Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Camping

By Alex Murphy

Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is known for its towering red rocks that look like skyscrapers. These rocks, known as hoodoos, are rock formations that take millions of years to form, and Bryce Canyon is one of the best places to see them.

The park is at a high elevation, making it a popular destination in the summertime. However, temperatures can still get into the '90s, so visitors are advised to bring water.

A must-see is the Navajo Hole Loop Trail, where hikers can immerse themselves in incredible views and rock formations. However, for something a little less strenuous, there are plenty of other hiking trails, such as the Rim Trail, which is easily accessible for just about anyone and features excellent views of the area.

The park is a popular stop for campers looking to visit multiple national parks, including Zion, which is less than a two-hour drive. Other Utah parks include Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks.

There are only two campgrounds within the park, and reservations are a must. North Campground is centrally located between the Visitor Center and the lodge store giving guests easy access not only to the park but to supplies and information. The other option is the Sunset Campground which also has great access and is located in thick pine trees. However, some reviewers on Campendium report that big RVs may have some trouble parking.

While the park has plenty of camping, there are many great options near Bryce Canyon National Park in the surrounding area. One popular stop is in the Red Canyon and Dixie National Forest. Camping spots include Cabin Hollow Dispersed Camping, Tom's Best Spring Dispersed Camping, and Losee Canyon. There are plenty of other similar sites in the forest, and one of the best parts, many of them like these three are free. Plus, Red Canyon and Dixie National Forest have plenty of great views and trails to check out as well.

There is RV camping right outside the national park at Ruby's Inn RV Park & Campground, which is one of the most popular places to camp near Bryce Canyon, according to Campendium users. While the campsites do have full hookups, they are relatively simple with just a fire ring and picnic table. Still, most visitors say you can't beat the convenient location as the campground is located on the road that leads to the National Park.

Finally, another option just under an hour from Bryce is Basin Campground in Kodachrome Basin State Park. This Utah State Park is known for its iconic stone spires and is a popular destination for visitors who love the outdoors.

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Recent Bryce Canyon National Park Campground Reviews

Sep 29, 2023

"Expensive and not awesome"

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We were here in late September and were hoping to use the dump station at Bryce Canyon National Park, but it had just closed for the season. For $20 you get a dump station with no rinse water spigot and a potable water spigot right next to the dump station that undoubtedly has been used to rinse black tanks. I said something to the gas station...
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Steve & Kris
7 reviews
Sep 29, 2023

"Nice Sites And Location! "

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Stayed here while visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, and really enjoyed it! Shower house was clean, and site was nice! Tall ponderosa trees and position of site 079 gave us some privacy which was nice!

4 reviews
Bryce, UT

Sunset Campground

Sep 27, 2023

"Very Helpful Camp Host"

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Small spots but very quiet. No electric or water hookups but water is available in each loop. Very convenient for hiking at the park!

21 reviews
Sep 20, 2023

"Great location, good facilities"

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Great location just by the entrance of Bryce Canyon. Shuttle stop right in front of the ground. Facilities were good with clean toilets and showers. Camp site was relatively cramped but nothing too bad. Location is perfect for the park. There is a store with a good selection of food as well. Only negative is that cell service is quite poor...
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4 reviews
Bryce, UT

Sunset Campground

Sep 17, 2023

"Small Sites"

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We have a smallish trailer and had trouble finding a spot for the truck and trailer. There were a lot of empty spots when we arrived but mostly small. You can park your truck near the visitor center and ride the shuttle if absolutely necessary. Otherwise it’s a nice campground and fantastic park. It was first come first served at the time we came.

26 reviews