For the 50+ Traveler

One of the most spectacular national parks in the United States, Bryce Canyon National Park is a popular destination for travelers of all ages. Year after year, thousands of visitors come to enjoy the unique beauty of the park’s red rocks.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places to stay, both within and outside of the park. From the historic lodge overlooking the canyon to the park’s camping sites to budget hotels in the vicinity, there is something for everyone.

Here are the best places to stay in and near Bryce Canyon National Park.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park.

The Lodge At Bryce Canyon

The only lodge within the park’s boundaries, the historic Lodge at Bryce Canyon offers rooms, suites, and cabins during the summer season. A short walk from the canyon’s rim, the lodge sits between Sunset Point and Sunrise Point.

The building dates to 1925, and while it certainly has a rustic feel, the rooms are modern and comfortable, with all the usual amenities except television. Wi-Fi coverage is spotty in the park; it’s available in the main lodge, though not in the rooms. But visitors are here to unplug, after all.

The Sunrise and Sunset Lodge, the building closest to the canyon, features rooms with lodge-style furniture (either a king or two queen beds) and a few wheelchair-accessible rooms on the first floor, all with full modern bathrooms and semi-private balconies.

Three guest suites and a studio are available in the main building on the second floor. You could also rent a Western-style cabin with a porch. Built in groups of two or four, they all have queen beds and full bathrooms.

The lodge is open during the main season, from April through November, though the cabins are not available in April. In March, November, and December, the lodge has limited availability, but it’s closed altogether during January and February.

Rooms tend to book in advance, so it’s best to reserve your room a few months ahead. You can always cancel if your plans change, though the lodge requires 72-hour notice for a full refund.

Pro Tip: Walk outside toward the canyon in the morning or at dusk to see deer grazing on the premises. Watch the sunset or moonrise from the paved trail on the canyon’s rim. Or take a stroll in the dark to experience the night sky at its best.

Pro Tip: Even if you stay outside the park’s boundaries, make time for dinner at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant for an unforgettable experience.

Bryce Canyon's North Campground.

Bryce Canyon National Park Campgrounds

Bryce Canyon has two campgrounds available: the North Campground, close to the visitor center, and the Sunset Campground, near the lodge.

The North Campground has sites for both tents and RVs, though the sites don’t have water, sewer, or electrical hookups. All campsites have fire grates, and the campground has flushable toilets, but no showers. It is open year-round, except during holidays.

The Sunset Campground, just west of Sunset Point, also has sites for tents and RVs, and it also has a group site. All campsites have fire grates, but the campground has only portable toilets and no showers. There are two accessible sites here that need to be booked ahead of time. These are near the paved access road and an accessible restroom. The Sunset Campground is closed during the winter season, from the beginning of November to the end of April.

You won’t find cell-phone reception or Wi-Fi connectivity at either campground.

Pro Tip: These campgrounds fill up by noon during the high season (between May and October), so plan to get there early to nab a spot. If you came prepared to camp, but can’t find a spot in the two campgrounds, you can camp just outside the park’s boundaries in the Red Canyon Campground or the Kings Creek Campground.

Pro Tip: Keep the weather in mind when planning to camp at Bryce Canyon. Summers are perfect for camping here, with temperatures between the 70s and 80s, though you might encounter afternoon thunderstorms in July and August. From October through May, temperatures go below freezing almost every night. The coldest and snowiest time is between December and February, but snowstorms may occur into March and April.

The Ruby Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park.

Ruby’s Inn Compound

The oldest accommodations in the area -- they’ve been around since 1916 -- can be found at Ruby’s Inn, which offers luxury rooms, RV and tent campgrounds, dining, entertainment, and shopping. The campsite has full hookups, electricity, and water available for RVs, campers, and trailers. Shaded tent sites are in the pines. Campers have access to the inn’s restrooms, showers, and heated outdoor pool.

Three restaurants, a Western-style shopping center with a gift shop and a general store, horseback rides, guided ATV rides, mountain bike rentals, scenic flights, and a rodeo are all available for guests.

The Bryce View Lodge in the same compound offers rooms with two queen beds or one king bed. Guests have access to the covered swimming pools and hot tubs of the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel, the newest luxury hotel in the area. High-speed wireless internet service will keep you connected in either hotel.

All three hotels in the Ruby’s Inn compound are just 2 miles from the national park’s entrance, making any a perfect choice for a stay outside the park’s boundaries. The hotels offer entrance passes to the national park, and the Bryce Canyon shuttle stops at the Bryce View Lodge, offering easy access to the park.

The Bryce Canyon Resort in Utah.

Bryce Canyon Resort

Just 2 miles from the park’s entrance, the Bryce Canyon Resort offers rustic, recently updated rooms and cabins, blending Western style with modern comfort. The rooms range from standard guest rooms to six-person cabins with kitchenettes and fireplaces. Pet-friendly rooms are available for travelers who want to bring their furry family members along.

A seasonal heated outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants are located on the premises. Wireless internet service is also available, as are bike and ATV rentals. The Bryce Canyon Resort offers guided tours of Bryce Canyon for those who’d prefer to experience the park with a knowledgeable local.

The Bryce Pioneer Village near Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Pioneer Village

About 10 miles from the park, in the town of Tropic, Utah, the Bryce Pioneer Village offers a unique lodging experience on a 13-acre property full of cottonwood trees, ponderosa pines, fruit trees, and lots of green space. You’ll find historic cabins, motel rooms, family suites, RV sites, and campsites here.

The historic cabins, built between 1925 and 1927 along with the main lodge in Bryce Canyon National Park, sat around the main building until 1980. At that time, the National Park Service replaced them with the cabins that are there today and auctioned off the originals. Bryce Pioneer Village bought 10 of them and set them up here. Now modernized, the cabins have full indoor plumbing, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, refrigerators, and Wi-Fi. They can accommodate two to six people and have either one or three queen beds.

The Bryce Pioneer Village also offers family suites in a large house. You can choose from either a family unit with two queen beds or a two-bedroom unit with a shared living room, dining room, and full kitchen. Standard hotel rooms, RV sites with full hookups, and campsites are also available.

Guests have access to an outdoor pool and hot tub as well as the village’s restaurant.

The Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast in Utah.

Bryce Trails Bed And Breakfast

If you prefer the more personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast in Tropic is a great choice. About 8 miles east of the main entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, the bed and breakfast boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. There are seven rooms available, each named for one of the trails in the canyon.

A quiet area, away from the tourist crowds, it is the perfect place for travelers who value their surroundings, friendly staff, and a home-cooked breakfast made from scratch from local and organic products.

The Bryce Canyon Pines motel and restaurant.

Bryce Canyon Pines

About 10 miles from the park’s entrance on the Utah Scenic Byway 12, the Bryce Canyon Pines motel is an affordable alternative to the pricier luxury hotels. Surrounded by ponderosa pines, the hotel offers standard and deluxe rooms, three-room suites, private cottages, campgrounds, and RV hookups. An outdoor swimming pool and hot tub add to the experience. An on-site restaurant, grocery store, and gas station make staying here convenient.

Pro Tips

No matter where you stay, take the free shuttle to the park to avoid congestion. Stop at each scenic view, take in your surroundings, and make time for at least a short hike or two on the rim.

If you don’t mind the cold, visit Bryce Canyon in the winter. Though you won’t find amenities inside the park, you’ll experience quiet time in the beauty of the red rocks under snow.