There are many different choices around Bryce Canyon. The lodge inside the park would be most convenient, but it gets booked up way ahead of time. There's also a campground. Or, you can do what we did, which is stay at a hotel in a small town nearby. Ruby's Inn is the closest hotel to the park (not counting the park's own lodge), and during high season you can take a shuttle from the hotel to the park. Check out their website, below.
The National Park Service's website for Bryce Canyon has great info on all of these options: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm
indoor swimming pool, air-conditioned rooms, restaurant, some suites with jacuzzis for after that long, strenuous hike
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.
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.
If you don't bring your own tent, and you intend staying overnight in the area of Bryce Canyon, Ruby's is almost your only choice! It is both a motel and RV campground, and provides everything you need, though its nothing special.
Panguitch is located only 25 miles west of Bryce Canyon NP and here you will find many hotels and restaurants for your stay near the park. There is also a grocery store here.
We stayed at the Mariana Inn, the rooms were basic but clean and comfortable with two double beds and tv. Cost of the room was only $40 if you called ahead and made a reservation.
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.
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.
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.
This is a popular place just outside the entrance to Bryce Canyon NP. The Inn is run by the descendants of the family that first owned it and I believe it is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Ruby's Inn is a small complex with a restaurant, general store, meeting rooms and an indoor pool. The rooms are standard Best Western accommodations, but suites and interior rooms are available as well.
The rates are cheaper than the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Unlike the lodge, which closes in the winter, the property is open throughout the year. During winter months- November through March, you can get a room here for about $40 a night.. Rates are higher in the summer months, but Ruby's Inn remains a cheaper alternative to the Bryce Canyon Lodge. It is less than a mile to the entrance of Bryce Canyon and you could literally walk to the park from Ruby's Inn. The Bryce Canyon shuttle, which runs during the summer months, makes a stop here as well.
I stayed here for two nights in November, 2004. The room was small, but clean and comfortable and everything worked just fine. A great deal considering the location and the price. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, although the restaurant was overpriced and lacking in quality and the servers appeared to have a case of the winter blues. But this place would be my top choice for a hotel near Bryce Canyon.
The inn has a restaurant, tour desk, one hour film development, laundry facilities and a store which sells souveniers and supplies. Also, there's a heated indoor pool, interior rooms and suites for families traveling with children.
This is the closest hotel to Bryce Canyon National Park without staying at Bryce Canyon Lodge. It is only 5 miles from the heart of Bryce Canyon National Park. The complex has a lake, general store, full service restaurant, and a diner (reality a fast food restaurant). This is a great place to spend a couple of days. They even had the internet there so you can look up great tips from VT. The room here was very nice as well.
There is an outdoor pool and an indoor pool with jacuzzi
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.
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!
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.
You will find two campgrounds, located in close to the Visitor Center. Both have restrooms with flush toilets, and drinking water. If you wish to take a shower or do laundry this is possible in the summer months at the nearby general store. Both campgrounds are located in a ponderosa pine forest. Neither campground has hook-ups, but a fee-for-use sanitary dump station is available seasonally near North Campground. Since the North Campground, which is located opposite the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center is the only one that is open all year, this is where we stayed. It has 107 sites in four loops. This is the campground that is closest the general store. Two loops are reserved for RV use and two other loops are for tent campers.
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