Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature. In this life of hustle and bustle, it’s so nice to sit by a camp fire, relax under the stars, and listen to the sounds of the outdoors for a while. Taking the time to unwind and relax can make a world of difference, so it’s important for everyone who enjoys camping to carve out a little time to get into the woods.
At Bryce Canyon, there are many ways to camp, places to camp, and times of the year to enjoy getting into the outdoors. By learning what makes Bryce Canyon such a special place to camp, campers can set themselves up for the camping adventure of a lifetime.
Ways to Camp
There are many ways that campers can enjoy the experience of the outdoors. Camping isn’t confined to only being able to use a small tent and a sleeping bag to enjoy staying in the outdoors. Campers can use a variety of different lodging options when camping, which makes the experience enjoyable for everyone.
The traditional way to camp, tents can be just big enough for one person or be erected to be as large as a ranch home. The size and type of tent that campers need will depend on their group size and preference. However, there are a few things that every tent should have. Tents should be waterproof since a wet tent could never provide a comfortable night’s sleep. Tents should be put up by someone who knows how the tent works so that the structure is sturdy and can withstand strong winds. All tents should offer sufficient protection from the elements, as well. Tents that meet these important requirements will provide a great place for campers to rest their heads and prepare for their next exciting day.
There are many different types of RVs, or recreational vehicles, available to camp in. There are full-size mobile homes, pop-up trailers, pull-behind campers, and much more. The great thing about RVs is that they provide many of the comforts of home where ever campers choose to stay. Most RVs have electric, which requires a site with hookups, and a restroom, which requires the presence of a dump station. Having an RV to camp in allows campers to go anywhere they can drive at any time and still have a comfortable stay.
Going camping doesn’t necessarily mean that the camper must bring their own lodging. There are many permanent structures at different campgrounds that provide a wonderful camping experience without having to set up or take down a tent or RV. There are tipis that provide an authentic camping experience, wagons that are modeled after the traditional homes and vehicles of pioneers, and glamping tents, which combine glamor and camping in one unique package. Anyone who loves the idea of camping but not the idea of sleeping on the ground in a tent will find rented camping structures to be the perfect way to stay outdoors.
Where to Camp
The terrific thing about Bryce Canyon National Park is that there are campgrounds available to stay at within the park limits. For those who wish to stay outside of the park, there are a few options available, as well. The variety of campgrounds to stay at makes Bryce Canyon a terrific place to connect with nature and enjoy an outdoorsy vacation.
Sunset is a large campground located near Sunset Point, a very popular scenic area in Bryce Canyon National Park. This campground has a few different loops which hold about one hundred camp sites. Each site has a fire pit, eating area, and enough room to move around and enjoy the space. There are sites for tents and RVs, so all campers are welcome to enjoy the lovely Sunset campground.
The second campground in Bryce Canyon National Park, North is about the same size as Sunset. This campground also has sites for tents and RVs, with each site including a fire pit, eating area, and lots of room and privacy. Campers can enjoy cooking on the fire, swapping stories about their adventures, and gazing up at the endless Utah night sky.
Ruby’s Inn Campground
This fantastic campground, located just outside of Bryce Canyon, has a lot to offer campers. There are many different tent and RV sites to choose from and guests can even stay in rustic but luxurious tipis. In addition to the normal amenities at the camp sites, like fire pits and eating areas, Ruby’s Inn also gives campers access to warm showers, fresh drinking water, and many more amenities. A trip to Ruby’s Inn Campground will be an unforgettable outdoor experience.
Bryce Canyon Pines
The shady, private sites at Bryce Canyon Pines are the perfect place to set up camp near Bryce Canyon. They have many sites which can accommodate tents and RVs, each site has a fire pit, picnic table, access to showers and bathrooms, and the availability of guest laundry. Taking in the gorgeous Bryce Canyon landscape, looking up at the stars, and being surrounded by the intoxicating scent of pines make camping at Bryce Canyon Pines truly magical.
What to Bring
There are a few true necessities that every camper will need during a stay in Bryce Canyon. The following list it not a comprehensive list of everything that a camper should have. It is, rather, a list of essentials that should be tailored to make a camping trip as comfortable as possible.
Obviously, campers will need something to camp in. When camping in a tent or and RV, it is important to check a few things before embarking on a camping journey. The camping structure should be free of holes or other damage, it should be waterproof, able to hold up to strong weather, and campers should know how to erect and disassemble the structure. When a structure can pass all those points, it should be a great place to call home for the duration of a camping trip.
The type of sleeping gear campers will have will vary on the weather conditions, but the general rule is to have a sleeping arrangement that keeps campers warm, dry, and comfortable. In the winter, Bryce Canyon gets very cold, so campers may wish to have mummy bags or other sub-zero sleeping gear. Sleeping gear may also include pillows, cushions, or inflatable mattresses. Getting comfortable for sleeping in a tent or RV is not difficult with the proper sleeping gear.
Even if campers plan to eat out for all their meals, they will want to have some basic snacks and drinks at their campsite. For food and drinks on a campsite, campers will want to have a cooler or other food storage that locks tightly and is kept out of the reach of animals. Open food can attract all sorts of animals big and small, so it is best to make sure it is tightly closed to prevent enticing unwanted animals to the area.
Accidents can happen anywhere. Being prepared for things like burns, cuts, scrapes, and sprains is very important when camping. Campers should have a basic first aid kit with antiseptic, bandages, splints, tape, and other necessities. A first aid kit can be a real lifesaver when something terrible happens while camping.
When to Camp
Since Bryce Canyon experiences all four seasons, it can be difficult to know when the best time to visit for camping is. Below is a breakdown of the best times of the year to camp in Bryce Canyon with a description of the weather each season.
This is by far the harshest time to camp in Bryce Canyon, but it can be done. Temperatures are commonly low and snow and ice can accumulate, so staying in a tent during the winter is certainly a challenge. There are many campgrounds that close their facilities during the winter, so anyone hoping to camp during this cold season should be sure to check ahead of time with their chosen campground to make sure they are open to campers.
Spring can be a lovely time to camp in Bryce Canyon. The weather begins to get warmer and the landscape comes alive. Some camp grounds are closed during the first part of the spring, so it is important to check into campgrounds beforehand. Also, the temperature can still be quite cold at the beginning of spring, so waiting until the end of the season will make for a more comfortable camping trip.
In the summer, temperatures are quite high during the day and drop to be more comfortable at night. Finding a shaded spot during the summer is a great idea for those who are harshly affected by the heat. Campers should be aware that summer is a very busy time in Bryce Canyon, so campsite reservations are an important part of securing a place to camp.
Though the temperature does begin to cool, fall is still a lovely time to stay in Bryce Canyon. The cool temperature provides great comfort at night after a long day of outdoor adventures. The landscape is gorgeous during the fall, as well. Fall is a busy time in Bryce Canyon, so reservations or early arrival is important.
Connect with Nature, Camp in Bryce Canyon
Camping in Bryce Canyon is a terrific way to reboot and recharge after dealing with all of life’s stressors. A camping experience in this area is all an individual could need to feel reconnected with nature in a relaxed environment.
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