Full-service Bryce Canyon camping lies only minutes north of the park’s entrance

A grand spectacle of colorful rock spires, fins, arches and pinnacles, Bryce Canyon National Park makes a perfect scenic respite for those seeking to escape oppressive summertime heat. Sitting at elevations ranging from 8,000 to 9,000 feet, the park boasts clean air, excellent visibility and significant ecological diversity, from juniper and pinion pine forests in its lower climes to ponderosa pine and fir forests in its higher reaches. Bryce Canyon offers trails that guide visitors into the inner canyon, an 18-mile scenic drive with 14 viewpoints along the way and many outfitters offering different ways to see the area’s fantastic scenery, from guided ATV tours to horseback rides to scenic flights. If you are planning a Bryce Canyon camping vacation, two Bryce Canyon Chamber of Commerce members boast full service campgrounds just north of the park boundary.

Bryce Canyon camping is a pleasurable experience when you enjoy the outdoors at the Bryce Canyon Pines RV Park and Campground and the Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground. Bryce Canyon Pines, located only five minutes north of the park entrance, provides 26 sites with full hookups in a setting of ponderosa pines. Ruby’s Inn, located even closer to the park entrance, features 200 sites with full hookups. Both of these campgrounds boast the same amenities, including restrooms with hot showers and close proximity to swimming pools, general stores, gift shops and outfitters offering guided horseback rides and ATV tours. If these two campgrounds are full, or you do not mind a Bryce Canyon camping experience without many amenities, Red Canyon, Tropic Reservoir, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Kodachrome Basin State Park are home to campgrounds without full hookups.

While on your Bryce Canyon camping trip, more should be on your itinerary that just Bryce Canyon National Park. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you will enjoy the Paunsaugunt Wildlife Museum and the Bryce Canyon Elk Preserve. The museum displays over 450 species of animals from all over the globe in life-like dioramas while the preserve is home to a herd of bull elk visitors can view onboard a wagon or from the comfort of their own automobiles. Other scenic treasures in the area besides Bryce Canyon are Red Canyon, a collection of colorful rock formations similar to Bryce Canyon’s and Kodachrome Basin State Park, a spectacle of stone spires and other formations with imaginative names such as The Patriarch, The Ballerina, and Big Stoney.