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Old 04-22-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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Hey Fellow Travelers,

For those of you who have visited Bryce Canyon National Park I have some questions regarding my upcoming visit in August with our 45' motor home. I am deciding between 2 campgrounds; one is in Panguitch, The Hitch-N-Post Campground (24 miles from the entrance to Bryce N.P.) one right about a mile from the entrance to Bryce N.P. (Ruby's Inn Campground and RV Park). There is a significant price difference between these 2 campgrounds Ruby's is about $20.00/night more expensive. I would pay the higher price if there is a significant benefit to staying a mile from the entrance. We usually don't mind driving 24 miles in our car to get to a destination.

Once arriving at the entrance to the park how close is it to hiking trails? What about the visitor center? Will I need to take a shuttle? Is there ample parking inside the park?

Any information you can share with me would be very helpful.

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Multiply 50 miles times the number of days you are staying. I don't like wasting an hour + each day driving back and forth. We stayed at Ruby's, for all practical purposes, you are at the entrance.

I suggest you go to the NPS web site and download the parks handout, it has all the particulars.


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We had the same choice to make in visiting Zion and Bryce. We like Watchman Campgrounds in Zion but it was fully booked. We're staying at Bauer Ranch to visit Zion and moving to Rubys for Bryce. Being closer to the parks was better for us
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We have stayed at Ruby's and liked it. The new area had young trees in 2013 and fairly wide open, like a drive in theater. These spots will easily accommodate your rig. The older area has more trees but some sites are narrow.

The park shuttle leaves from in front and there are other restaurants and stores in the immediate area. As I recall, the shuttle is free with your park pass.

We did a western show and an ATV tour in addition to visiting the park.
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We do Zion at least 3x per summer and fall coming from Vegas. Wherever you decide to stay you will love it. Do you have a tow vehicle to get to Springdale (Zion)? The town is wonderful. Dont miss the Buffalo Preserve!! Awesome experience.
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You'll be arriving at Bryce in August - a busy time - and if you stay in Panguitch you'll be driving your towed vehicle. You will probably have to park your car in the shuttle bus lot which is by Ruby's and take the shuttle into the park. The visitor center is just inside the park gate. Hiking trails begin at many points along the park road and the shuttle stops at those points.

Park Shuttle - Bryce Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

You don't 'have' to use the shuttle but parking is very limited within the park during summer months.

Here's the park's site for lots of information on the shuttle, trails, etc. By the way, each national park has a site like this with excellent information. Check them out.
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August, take sun screen and watch the heat. It gets hotter than hot during the day.
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How crowded will Bryce be in late September/early October and how will the temps be? We are trying to determine what clothing to bring. I understand Bryce is cooler than Zion and Canyonlands.
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We stayed at "Ruby's" and beleive its worth the price as you are close to everything. You can catch the shuttle into the park right in front of the RV park. Many othe activities in and around Ruby's also.

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Not living too far from this canyon we always stay at Ruby. Enjoy the camp
and the location. For us it normally 2 nights weekend since we not too far of a drive.

We have not stayed at the other camp ground so can not give my input.
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The popular NP's in Utah (Zion, Arches & Bryce) how far ahead does one have to reserve to get a site at one of the NP campgrounds. Spring (April / May)? summer June - Aug)? and the Fall (Sept & Oct)? Is it still a 6 month booking window?
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Another vote for Ruby's. It is right at the entrance, shuttle stops at the campground, numerous stores and restaurant within walking distance. It's the only place I would stay. Convenience is important and wasted time is, well, a waste.
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You will need to book
Ruby's only have a couple of spots for 45ft and they are tight
But rely this is by far the better choice
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We have been where you are going twice. Once in May and again in October. Stayed at Bauer's in Glendale which gave us a good base camp for Bryce, Zion, and Cedar Breaks. $About $28/night. Nice, clean, family owned little park.


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