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Where to Stay for Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon is one of our favorite US National Parks, but it’s also very remote. When it comes to places to stay, there aren’t a lot of options if you want to be close to the park. However, in this guide we give you everything you need to know to pick the best place for you to stay. 

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Stay in Bryce Canyon National Park

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is the only hotel and cabin accommodation in the national park. Not only is it in the park, but it’s actually a minute walk from the canyon’s rim at Sunset Point. 

Rooms are meant to feel rustic, so they do not have TVs. Nor do they have air conditioning. Apparently, it’s rare for the park to get hot enough to need it.

The Lodge is only open from March to the end of November. Rooms book out months, even a year ahead. If this is where you want to stay, plan early. Alternatively, you may get lucky with a cancellation.

There are also two rustic campgrounds within Bryce Canyon National Park. Sunset Park is seasonal, and the North Campground is open year-round. Neither have sewer, water, or electricity hookups but are in amazing locations.

Stay in Bryce Canyon City

The name Bryce Canyon City is a bit of a laugh. It’s mostly three hotels, a gas station, and a touristy shopping area. Despite this, it is the best place to stay if you want to be close to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Mostly due to location, rather than the desirability of the hotels, this area books out months in advance. Luckily, people do cancel. After checking back for a few weeks, we finally managed to find a room for two nights. Persistence pays.

  • Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn – We found a room at this old motel. We felt the motel was a bit outdated. The buildings are scattered across the property so plan to drive to your room instead of walking through the lobby. We didn’t have any issues with the room. It was clean and comfortable enough, but honestly, not our style. However, there is a restaurant onsite and a general store, making it the most convenient hotel in the area. Plus, the park’s shuttle bus picks up right out front. They also run a RV park / campground.
  • Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel – This hotel is more modern. However, there is not a restaurant or general store onsite, but the park’s shuttle does stop here.
  • Bryce View Lodge Part of Ruby’s Inn – Another outdated motel, but again, you can’t beat the location. It is across the street from Ruby’s Inn. The shuttle service picks up nearby.

Stay in the Town of Tropic

If you can’t find a room in Bryce Canyon, then the town of Tropic is your next best bet. It’s also a great location if you plan on visiting Kodachrome Basin State Park or Escalante, and don’t want to change hotels.

Though it’s a small town there are a lot more options in Tropic. Here are our favorites.

  • Happy Trails BnB – This is where we almost stayed until the room at Ruby’s Inn became available. Everything looks very modern, and they have wonderful reviews.
  • Bryce Country Cabins – This was another place we seriously considered. We loved the look of the cabins, plus some of them have full kitchens. They also have fantastic reviews. 

Continue with our First Time Visitor’s Guide to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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