July 6, 2013

Camping - Utah Inside Bryce Canyon National Park Camp inside Bryce Canyon National Park and wake up surrounded by red rock glory.  There are two campgrounds inside the park, North and Sunset.  Both campgrounds are nestled in the shade of ponderosa pines and are conveniently located near the visitor center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, and the majestic hoodoos of Bryce Amphitheater.   You can also camp just outside the park at places with access to many amenities – view this link.
Bryce Canyon Forest Campground

Forest Campground

North campground has four loops with 99 sites total—loops A and B are for RV campers, loops C and D are for tent campers.  Reservations can be made for some of the RV sites at this campground; check www.recreation.gov for specific dates.  Sunset campground has 20 tent sites plus a group site that can be reserved in advance.  North campground is a little closer to the visitor center and general store—this comes in handy if you want to take a coin-op shower or do laundry during the summer months.  Both campgrounds have restrooms with flush toilets year round.  There are no hook-ups, but a fee-for-use dump station is available in summer. Sites are limited to ten people and are available on a first come, first served basis. The campgrounds tend to fill up during peak season, so if you want a spot be sure to show up early.  As of this post, camping sites cost $15 per night, with a discount for holders of special park passes.
Bryce Canyon Campground

Campers settle in just after sunset at a forest campground.

Backcountry campers can choose from eight campsites along the Under-the-Rim Trail and four campsites on the Riggs Spring Loop Trail. Elevations along these strenuous backcountry trails ranges from 6,800 feet to over 9,000 feet.  Permits are required for overnight stays in Bryce Canyon’s backcountry, and can be purchased at the visitor center in person only.  Be sure to camp only at designated sites and leave no trace. Open fires are not permitted Red Canyon:  The BLM campground at Red Canyon is located just off scenic Highway 12 on the way to Bryce Canyon.  The scenic campground is surrounded by ponderosa pines at 7,400 feet.  There are 37 campsites and a day use area. The campground is close to hiking and biking trails, including the 5-mile Red Canyon Bike Trail.  The campground is four miles west of the intersection of Highway 89 and Scenic Byway 12, making a great base camp for exploring Bryce Canyon Country.  The campground is open seasonally from mid-May to October. Campsites are $15 per night and are available first come, first served.
Camping - Utah

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a campfire.

Dixie National Forest:  King Creek campground is about nine miles from Bryce Canyon, above Tropic Reservoir. The 37 campsites are nestled in a ponderosa pine forest and have picnic tables, fire pits, and tent pads. A gravel road leads to the campground but there are some paved areas at the campsites.  King Creek is located near great outdoor recreation, including the King Creek and Chimney Rock trails which lead to views of the hoodoos, and fishing and boating on Tropic Reservoir. There’s a boat ramp at the reservoir, and six OHV loops nearby.  The campground has drinking water and both flush and vault toilets, but water is turned off in the winter so only dry camping is available then. Campsites are $12 per night. Free camping is available at 10 designated locations along the East Fork of the Sevier River near Tropic Reservoir. Sites 2 through 6 are group camping sites, the rest are single unit sites.  Free dispersed camping is also available in the ponderosa pine forest near Bryce Canyon along Forest Road 088, about 2.5 miles from Tropic Reservoir.  You’ll probably need a 4WD vehicle to reach these sites.  And remote off-highway camping is available off Highway 22 near Bryce Canyon.  These free sites are all dry camping.  Check with the Forest Service for exact locations.

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