Bryce Canyon National Park’s iconic orange, pink and white hoodoos alone make it a destination worth adding to your bucket list. It is at higher elevation (which keeps it cooler than neighboring parks in the summer months); unique hiking opportunities and accessibility just sweeten the deal. Check this national park off your bucket list in your RV with these 5 tips:
1. Camp Smart
Bryce Canyon National Park has two campgrounds: Sunset and North. Both are located close to the visitor center and can accommodate RVs. Camping in the park is popular, especially in the summer months. Reservations are recommended and can be made at recreation.gov. Sunset Campground is closed mid-October through mid-April, but if you want to experience the beauty of the desert in winter, make a reservation at the one open loop in the North Campground for the winter months.
The campgrounds in the national park do not offer electric, water or sewer hookups. If you’re looking for a place to stay near the park with hookups, head to Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground, which offers full hookups. Located just a mile from the park entrance in Bryce Canyon City, the historic Ruby’s Inn has been family owned since 1916. As a bonus, you can jump on one of its shuttles and explore the park without having to move your RV.
2. Where to (not) Park
Bryce Canyon sees many visitors in the peak season of April – October. During these summer months, RV parking is only allowed in the following lots:
- Shuttle Station in Bryce Canyon City
- Bryce Canyon overflow lot (across from the visitor center at the entrance to North Campground)
- Sunrise Point Loop Road (only in parallel parking spots along the one-way road)
- All viewpoints and lots south of mile marker 3.
RVs are not allowed to park anywhere else April – October.
If you’re visiting Bryce Canyon in the summer, consider leaving your RV at your campsite or the shuttle lot and driving your personal vehicle through the park, or skip driving all together and use Bryce Canyon’s comprehensive shuttle service (see below).
3. Let Someone Else Drive
During peak visitation months for Bryce Canyon National Park (April – October), parking can be challenging, especially in a big vehicle like an RV. Save yourself the hassle of parking and take the park’s complimentary (with purchase of your entrance pass) shuttle to explore. Park at the lot near Ruby’s Inn (just outside of the park entrance) and get on and off at the designated stops between the visitor center and Sunrise Point. Find the most up-to-date schedule at www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/shuttle.htm
4. A Stress-Less Scenic Drive
If you plan to do the Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive to Rainbow Point in your RV, resist the urge to stop on the way to Rainbow Point. Drive all the way to the end and do all of your viewpoint stops on the return trip to avoid having to turn your RV across traffic to enter and exit the parking lots. Most of the viewpoints along this road will be on your right when returning from Rainbow Point.
5. Make it a Road Trip
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in beautiful southwestern Utah, which is home to some of this country’s most incredible scenery, as well as two other amazing national parks and one national monument. Make your trip to Bryce Canyon a road trip by visiting Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Along the way, you can add on the beautiful Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, a variety of slot canyons and maybe even try your luck at getting a permit for the infamous Wave. Check out our Utah National Park road trip itinerary or see what else southwestern Utah has to offer.
Bryce Canyon National Park is a must-add to any Utah RV adventure. Happy trails!