There are two camping areas: North and Sunset in Bryce Canyon National Park both of which are first come - first served. There are also camping areas in nearby cities and in Dixie National Forest. I did not camp here but wanted to let you know what is available.
We had a one night stay here in June 2010.
The hotel is in Bryce Canyon village and is just across the road from Ruby's General Store.
It's more of a motel rather than a hotel, so don't expect too many facilities. However, the price was right and the location suited us down the ground, as it was a short drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
We had a room only, no breakfast included. You can get all the supplies you need at Ruby's General Store.
Let me put it this way. Ruby's Inn has it all and is located only one mile from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. A hotel, a campground and RV park. Inside the entrance building is the reception/registration area, an on site travelers store for needed items and tourist trinkets and restaurant. It is an easy drive to not only Bryce but to the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument and Scenic Byway 12.
A great indoor swimming pool and spa to relax in and a complete general store. It is a non smoking rooms hotel. A/C rooms and High-Speed wireless internet. Even a Laundromat in on site.
I did not stay here, mainly because of the price and the arm twisting Ruby does to get you to stay here. Mr. Ruby kept buying ground until he got a full blow retail complex to serve the tourists.
They have many gift shops, gas, motel, convenience store, all in same location right by Bryce entrance. To boot you can stay in an Indian looking tent-wigwam.
The cottage served the purpose of having full kitchen facilities and a TV. They also have a continental breakfast, medicore as it is, for pancakes and juice and cereals. The place is about 30-40 years old, but has been upgraded for some amenities. They do take tour buses, so make sure you got a place-and quite one.
The cottage I got was equipped with a full kitchen, a living room and bedroom. The cottages can connect so you could have two "suites" together for more sleeping quarters. The accomodations meet my specs. It was a good location in the little town of Tropic. That is about 10 miles from Bryce park entrance. Besides Ruby's Inn, right by the park-which I think is overrated and overpriced-there are a couple of other places closer to the park entrance. A lot of places in the area are "cabin" looking for the theme of being in the out country.
The price of $65 a nite plus tax is the better deal around this area. There are maybe 6-7 cottages, dual sides, and a string of rooms for another 20 places.
We were trying to make the best of the campground. It wasn't the greatest but we had three nights to spend there so why not try and enjoy it for what it was. Unfortunately on our last night we were forced into our tent early due to an impending storm and huge drop in temperature. We were leaving the next day so were trying to get a good night's sleep but there was a, incredibly noisy family having what must have been a last night in Bryce party. To make matters worse, they kept walking right through our camping spot to use the nearby restroom and kept up a load banter while doing it! What was really odd to us is that they were German-speaking so instead of the typical loud American stereotype to fall back on, we were left realizing that every nationality has it's good and bad eggs.
The campground at Bryce National Park isn't amongst the best in the National Park system but that doesn't seem to hurt its popularity. Since most people spend only one night in what is comparatively speaking a small park, one can usually get a spot if you arrive relatively early as someone is likely to be leaving. The spots are not well-spaced and there seems to be precious little shade. It's a good thing it's at a high elevation and cooler than surrounding Utah parks. Restrooms are okay but not nearly as nice as say The Grand Canyon's. The North Campground does have direct walking access to the Rim Trail so it is convenient. Prices were a typical $15 per night so not a bargain considering the lack of atmosphere and space provided. Showers are available for $2 at the nearby general store.
Reuben Syrett, better known as Ruby founded this hotel, motel, campground or rather pitched a tent in the canyons and started bringing tourists into this area in 1919, and now Rubys Inn is really the only place to stay in Bryce Canyon, altho there are other lodges dotted around.
This is more like a holiday resort with a huge ranchlike reception, enormous dining rooms and individual lodges of two floors housing approx 20 good sized double rooms. Each lodge has its own parking...we were lucky to be on the ground floor and parked outside our window!
As Bryce Canyon is very isolated, Rubys Inn caters for everyone. A large gift shop and grocery store for the campers, a burger cafe, buffet breakfast or dinner, and an a la carte dinner area too.
Tour desks line the reception and the shuttle bus stops outside every 10 minutes.
Rooms were excellent. Big and airy, clean and comfortable with coffee making facilities, and of course its just on the edge of the canyons so views are plentiful.
We usually just day trip to Bryce. During other trips we've stayed at a B&B in Tropic. For this trip I decided to stay in Bryce to enjoy the Sunset and relax a bit. Ruby's surprised me by being nice clean and comfortable. I think it's a little pricey but that's by SW Utah standards. In truth the convenience
more than made up for the cost.
The food is an issue here. I did not try the main restaurant because I'm not big on buffet. We ate in the diner and it was just adequate. To my mind it doesn't cost that much more to serve good food. Neither time we ate there was it very good, a dinner and breakfast. No excuse to serve a luke warm chicken sandwich.
Location, location, location!
We chose this place because of its location right outside the park and since it was inexpensive. Unfortunately, outside of these 2 qualities this facility really wasn't very nice. We were there in April and it was still a bit cold and it was also raining very heavily. The rooms were very drafty, the door lock was broken, the bedding were dirty, and the folks at the front desk were less than hospitable.
The prices are very inexpensive in comparison to other locations around the park and within a few miles. This price also allows for access to some amenities across the street like swimming pool and hot tub.
Of all of the 6 hotels we stayed at on our Utah trip, Bryce Country Cabins was my hands down favorite. The cabins were warm and comfortable and absolutely adorable. The beds were wonderfully soft, perfect after a long day of hiking and exploring. We were also quite fond of the owners cats who would come and greet us every time we returned "home".
We loved relaxing on the porch. (they would keep us company there as well)
A fridge, microwave and coffeepot are provided if you would like to have breakfast at the cabin as we did. You can get groceries over at Ruby's.
We did not get to use them, but there were picnic areas just outside the cabins.
A hairdryer is also provided.
We didn't stay here, but there seemed to be some really nice campgrounds inside the park. We also passed some motel units in the park, but they seemed to be closed for the winter.
Ruby's Inn is a large hotel just outside Bryce National Park. The hotel has a main lodge, motel units surrounding the grounds, and another hotel across the street. The main lodge has a large market with just about everything you would need. The main room, as you walk in, has a huge fireplace. The kind of old time lodge you dream about. There is a nice indoor pool which is great for kids.
I stayed here in 2003 and in 2005. This a very modern B&B run by a family. They have added cabins and I rented one of those for my last stay. This is a very convient location for Bryce or some areas of the Grand Staircase.
This has become very poplular place, make reservations well in advance.
This nestled up against Bryce. You're about a mile off RT 12 and it is a beautiful spot to sit on the deck during the Sunset.
Best Western Ruby's Inn, the closest accommodations to Bryce Canyon National Park, is the perfect base for your exploration of scenic Southern Utah.
They offer good accommodations and amenities in the Bryce Canyon National Park region. They say that Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon is a destination in and of itself. But we don't agree with that. It's just a nice place to stay for a few nights.
At Bryce Canyon Best Western Ruby's Inn you can book and enjoy horseback riding, ATV and helicopter tours, along with Bryce Canyon western experiences such as chuckwagon dinners, rodeos and more.
The General Store at the Inn is very large, including an impressive selection of authentic Southwestern Indian arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery and weavings.
Ruby’s Inn has 368 Spacious Guest Rooms, 2-Bedroom Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Color Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools and Spas.
Open All Year!
Breakfast was unbelievable. We liked it very much. There was everything for everybody! Warm or cold...it didn't matter.
Bryce Country Cabins are in Tropic, Utah - just east of Bryce on Hwy 12. Individual cabins have 2 queen beds, cable TV, bath with shower, coffeemakers, microwaves, refrigerators, free wireless net and small front decks. Great for families. Clean, quiet and roomy, we made good use of the little front deck on our cabin.
Deluxe units are duplexes with back decks, kitchenettes and full bathrooms. They also have a 1905 Pioneer Cabin with two rooms (2 queens in each) for larger families or groups, and a family cabin that sleeps 6. All are close-in to town for dinner or supply runs to the general store.
The only downside was the size of the shower in the individual cabin: they are truly interesting to try and move around in (and neither of us are big people!).
As of this 2011 update, rates run $99 - $125 per night + tax during high season depending on number of people/beds. Larger cabin tariffs are higher, and off-season rates are lower. They also have a nice sister property that you can try if this place is booked:
Bryce Canyon Inn
Note: make sure to specify a CABIN as I read that the one attached motel room on this property is not optimal - even if recently remodeled.
The back of the cabins have a terrific view of the Aquarius Plateau. There are tables and 2-person swings for picnicking or just hanging out at the end of the day. The cabins are sort of on the edge of a fenced field of various livestock but they're quiet critters.
Price is excellent as compared to staying at the lodge at Bryce Canyon.
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