Exploring Bryce Canyon on an RV Vacation in Utah

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

The incredible power of erosion is clearly visible in Bryce Canyon National Park, with amazing shapes, canyons and spires dominating the landscape. You can hike the canyon trails, walk along the rim and take time to see the wildlife, such as the endangered Utah Prairie Dog and the California condor. This is a trip made perfect in an RV, where you have all the comforts of home with you.

Bryce Canyon has a couple of campgrounds which accommodate RVs. These are the North Campground with 55 RV sites and the Sunset Campground, with 50 sites. Maximum length is 30 feet for your vehicle, and there are no hookups. Once settled, you can enjoy the night and then take off the next day to explore the park.

You won’t find better hiking than in Bryce Amphitheater. There are a number of trails that range from easy to strenuous. An easy hike is on Mossy Cave Trail where you will get a lovely walk by a stream and see a small waterfall. This hike is .8 miles roundtrip. You can also try the 11-mile rim trail, which is paved and mostly level.

If you are up to it, you can embark on a strenuous hike, up steep grades, and share the path with horse and mule riders. One such trail is the Peek-A-Boo Loop, 5.5 miles and with spectacular views. Bryce Canyon National Park is also great for those who love to trek in the backcountry. It’s the perfect way to really explore all this park has to offer.

Take your RV on a scenic drive to take in the vistas and incredible shapes of red rock wonders. Driving to Rainbow Point is an 18-mile trip one-way with many viewpoints to visit on your way back. Get a bird’s-eye view of the stone sculptures below that were carved by wind and water through the centuries.

If you hike the Bristlecone Loop Trail from Rainbow Point, you will see one of the oldest living things in the canyon – a 1,800-year-old bristlecone pine. As you head back north, stop at the Ponderosa Canyon Overlook. Here you will see multicolored hoodoos, those tall spires of rock that seem to grow right out of the earth. From Farview Point, if the day is clear, you will be able to see the Kaibab Plateau on Grand Canyon’s north rim.

When heading back to the main road, stop at Inspiration Point. You can’t miss this view of a collection of hoodoos that appear to be a sleeping city. When you come to Sunset Point you will have to stop and take some photos of Thor’s Hammer and the panoramic view of the Bryce Amphitheater.

Bryce Canyon also offers some exciting and educational events through the year, like the Annual Astronomy Festival in May and the Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day in June. No matter the time of year you come, you will find one of America’s most fascinating National Parks, and an RV trip with which there is no compare.

Picture credits: The picture of the Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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