Last Updated on March 22, 2023 by admin
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most popular parks in the United States. The canyon is filled with columns of weathered rocks with stunning colors. If you’re planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll need to find out where to stay. We recommend that you book your lodging reservations well in advance, because things fill up quickly during peak season. We’ve researched all the lodging options, and we have some clear favorites. In this post, we’ll share details about hotels and campgrounds near Bryce Canyon that will help you make the most of your visit to this whimsical wonderland.
We think that choosing a place to stay is just as important as planning trip activities. A hotel can really make or break your trip depending on its location and amenities. (For example, if you need WiFi or cell service, if you prefer air conditioning, or if you’d like to have access to a swimming pool.) Read below for our favorite picks for lodging near Bryce Canyon National Park!
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Places to Stay Near Bryce Canyon National Park
We recommend considering lodging options located in the following areas:
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Adjacent town of Bryce Canyon City
- Nearby town of Tropic
- Nearby town of Panguitch
Bryce Canyon National Park Accommodations
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
Address: The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce, Utah 84764
There’s just one hotel located within Bryce Canyon National Park itself, and that’s the Lodge at Bryce Canyon. Because it’s the only option within the park, it books up fast. You’ll want to make your reservations as soon as possible to secure lodging there. They typically accept reservations up to 13 months in advance. You can choose to book a room at the main lodge, Sunrise Motel, Sunset Motel, or private cabins. (Note that the lodge is open seasonally.)
The lodge itself is conveniently located just 5 minutes past the visitor center, and it’s nestled between Sunrise and Sunset Points. The best part about staying at this hotel is that the canyon rim is just a short walk away. You can soak up the views anytime you like… including before the crowds arrive!
The lodge also has a dining room, pizzeria and coffee shop, and general store. There’s also an option for guests to reserve horseback riding experiences. One thing that the lodge doesn’t have, however, is a swimming pool.
Although we personally didn’t stay at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon when we were visiting, we did see it as we were walking from Sunrise to Sunset Points. It’s location is certainly unbeatable!
Hotels in the Town of Bryce Canyon City
Just adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park is the town of Bryce. This is where most travelers stay when they visit Bryce Canyon. It’s only a 6-minute drive to the park entrance, so it’s a very convenient place to stay. There’s also a free shuttle that will transport guests from Bryce into the national park. (If you don’t stay in Bryce, though, you can still park at the shuttle station to use the shuttle.) It’s definitely an added perk, though, when there is a shuttle stop right at your hotel door! You won’t have to worry about crowds or parking, which makes for a stress-free vacation.
Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn
Address: 26 South Main St, Bryce Canyon City, Utah 84764
One of the most popular hotels in Bryce is Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn. This hotel has it all: a restaurant, a gift shop, and a concierge desk that coordinates tons of local activities (such as horseback riding, mountain biking, guided ATV tours, and more). It’s also a pet-friendly hotel if you are planning on bringing your dog. They have an indoor heated pool and an outdoor seasonal pool, as well as a basketball court. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Bryce Canyon City Park Playground. There’s tons of things to do at this hotel if you are taking a break from the park. The shuttle also stops right at this hotel, so it’s convenient to get into the park each day.
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Address: 30 N 100 E, Bryce Canyon City, Utah 84764
The Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is also conveniently located right next to the park and within walking distance of Old Bryce Town. The shuttle also stops at this hotel. This is where we personally stayed during our trip to Bryce Canyon, and this was by far our favorite hotel of our entire road trip. The rooms were large, and we had double sinks with a separate bathroom. The hotel had an outdoor pool and the best continental breakfast of our entire trip. There were dozens of hot and cold options for breakfast. We especially enjoyed the biscuits and gravy and the pastries. We were able to easily walk to Old Bryce Town and enjoy shopping and ice cream. We would recommend this hotel to others based on our experience.
Bryce Canyon Resort
Address: 13500 E, UT-12, Bryce Canyon City, Utah 84764
The Bryce Canyon Resort is still technically within Bryce Canyon City, but it’s not walkable to Old Bryce Town like the Grand Hotel or Ruby’s Inn. The advantage is that it’s further away from the crowds and it’s a more secluded experience. The resort has guest rooms and cabins available. There are two on-site restaurants (Cowboy Ranch House and Subway). They also have pet-friendly rooms. You can rent ATVs and bikes at this location. The rooms also tend to be more affordable than the hotels listed above.
For a complete list of lodging options in Bryce Canyon City, see this link.
|Bryce Canyon was just one of our stops during our 3-week road trip to Utah and Arizona. You can read more about our trip highlights here!|
Hotels in the Town of Tropic
Tropic is located about 11 miles away from Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s about a 16-minute drive to the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Stone Canyon Inn
Address: 1380 W Stone Canyon Ln, Tropic, Utah 84776
If we could book our trip all over again, this is where we would stay. The Stone Canyon Inn was rated as one of the 10 best lodging properties in the United States for getting lost in the outdoors by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. The Stone Canyon Inn features cabins, bungalows, trees houses, deluxe king rooms, and a guest house! (So basically they have something for everyone.) They’re also one of the few hotels that have a view of the canyon itself. From the property you can see Bristlecone Ridge, Sinking Ship, Fairyland Amphitheater, Sunrise Point, and Sunset Point. The hotel also has excellent dining available at The Stone Hearth Grille (open seasonly).
Red Ledges Inn
Address: 181 N Main St, Tropic, Utah 84776
The Red Ledges Inn offers affordable rates and basic amenities. If you’re looking to spend most of your trip outdoors away from the hotel, this hotel will certainly meet your needs. There is no dining on-site (besides a continental breakfast), but it is within walking distance to several restaurants in Tropic.
For a complete list of lodging options in Tropic, see this link.
Hotels in the Town of Panguitch
Panguitch is the furthest away from Bryce Canyon National Park among these choices. It’s about 25 miles away from the entrance, which is about a 33-minute drive to the park. If you’re traveling on a budget, this is also where to find the most affordable hotels near Bryce Canyon.
Quality Inn Bryce Canyon
Address: 3800 US-89, Panguitch, Utah 84759
The Quality Inn Bryce Canyon is 18.5 miles away from the park entrance. The hotel has a western-theme despite being a chain hotel. They serve a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. This is also a pet-friendly hotel.
Church’s Blue Pine Motel
Address: 130 N Main St, Panguitch, Utah 84759
Church’s Blue Pine Motel is an affordable motel. It’s within walking distance to shops and restaurants.
For a full list of lodging options in Panguitch, click this link.
Campgrounds Near Bryce Canyon National Park
Within Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll find the North Campground. The campground does not accept reservations, so it’s a first-come, first-served basis. There are 99 total sites within four loops. There are no sewer, water, or electrical hook-ups. There is a dump station that’s available during the summer for a small fee. There are RV-only sites and tent-only sites. The North Campground is located close to the park’s visitor center.
The Sunset Campground is also located within Bryce Canyon National Park and is near the park’s visitor center and Sunset Point. There is a shuttle stop near the campground entrance. There are 100 sites in three separate loops. Loop A is for RV campers, and Loops B and C are for tent campers. There are no sewer, water, or electrical hook-ups. There is a dump station that’s available during the summer for a small fee. Depending on the season, it’s either first-come, first-served, or there are reservations for peak season. More information is located here.
Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground
Outside of the park, approximately 7 minutes away, is Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground. There are 150 campsites that have electric and water, with some that have full hook-ups. Some of the sites also have large pull-through areas which accommodate trailers well. They also have cabins and tipis available for rent. There are restroom and shower facilities, as well as an outdoor heated pool.
What to Pack for Your Trip to Bryce Canyon
You’ll want to bring sufficient water for a full day at the park. Pack more than you think you’ll need. (It’s never a bad thing to have an extra water bottle.) An insulated water bottle will keep your water cool. Sun protection is also important, so you’ll want to bring your favorite sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. If you’re planning on going hiking, bring the 10 Essentials with you.
You might want to bring binoculars so you can see the details across the canyon. Be sure to bring comfortable walking or hiking shoes. Dress in layers so you are prepared for a variety of temperatures throughout the day. A portable charger will ensure that your phone doesn’t run out of battery. You’ll need a comfortable daypack to carry all of your things, one of which should be a first aid kit. And don’t forget to bring your camera, tripod, and/or selfie-stick to capture those photos!
If you have a baby or a toddler, you’ll also want to consider bring an Ergo, a hiking baby carrier, and a sunhat! See our full post on our favorite baby travel products here.
We also recommend that you purchase a guide book ahead of your visit. You’ll also want to bring a map, especially if you plan on doing a lot of hiking.
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Restaurants Near Bryce Canyon
If you’re within the park, you can stop by the Lodge at Bryce Canyon (located near Sunset Point). There is a formal dining room, as well as some grab-and-go options.
In Bryce Canyon City, we recommend Ruby’s Inn Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room. They have a wide menu and you can choose from either entrees or the buffet. We ate there several times because it was conveniently located by our hotel.
Outside of the park, our favorite restaurant was Bryce Canyon Pines. The Green Bean Fries and the Banana Blueberry Pie were our absolute favorites! Seriously, if you’re going to Bryce Canyon National Park, stop by Bryce Canyon Pines for your meal.
Guided Tours of Bryce Canyon
Booking a guided tour can help to personalize your tour and give you a unique experience. Whether you want to go horseback riding or have a gourmet picnic, there is a tour for you!
Here’s a few ideas:
- Horseback Riding at Bryce Canyon: When you book this tour, you’ll be able to go horseback riding through Bryce Canyon National Park with a trained guide. You’ll basically be exploring the area the same way that Butch Cassidy did!
- Private Guided Hike with a Gourmet Picnic: When you book this tour, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Your trained guide will take you to the Navajo and Queens Garden trail, and you’ll even get to have a gourmet picnic at Sunrise Point.
- Scenic Tour of Bryce Canyon: You’ll join a small group in an air-conditioned vehicle as your tour guide takes you through the park.
- Self-Driving Audio Tour: If you choose to drive yourself through Bryce Canyon, you can download an audio tour that will teach you all about the major sites.
Summary: Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon National Park
We hope this post was helpful in figuring out lodging for your trip to Bryce Canyon National Park! We truly enjoyed staying at this park, and our only regret is we wish we would have spent more time there. Whether you choose a hotel, a campground, or staying at the park’s flagship lodge, we are confident you will enjoy your time in Bryce Canyon National Park!
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