It was memorial day weekend and we were lucky to get a camp site on Sunset on a first come first serve basis even though we got there on Friday evening at 8 PM. Visitor center closes at 8 PM but you can pick up the registration slip at the camp site and find an open camp. Keep checking the reservations webpage online before you leaver as you may find something due to cancellations. It was a very spacious campground with parking for 2 cars / Vans. They have water, and flushable clean toilets. The toilets have power plug ins for charging your phones. Yes - my verizon blackberry worked here. The camp sites got filled up by Sunday.
The day temperature (from 9 AM till around 6 PM) is warm hovering around the 70's F. The night temperature is brutal with winds reaching about 30F. We slept with our warm sweat shirts, gloves, caps and Socks (recommend 2 layers) on in a 20F Mummy sleeping bag but could still feel the wind ripping through at times.
Showers / Laundry:
There are showers at the general store (near the bryce canyon lodge) and also at the Ruby inn store outside the park. You can also get firewood as you really need it.
We took a Coleman stove top with Propane tanks which worked perfectly. The food options exist outside the park with Pizza places or deli type food from the grocery store.
Things to do:
Hikes - The sunset point is near the campground which leads to the 3 mile Novajo/ Queens trail. This is a must see as you can get down to the canyon and come up again in about 2 hours. You will need a liter of water at least - Park recommends 2 liters per person. You can also make this hike longer by starting at the Bryce point, going through Peekaboo loop and finishing with the 3 mile Novajo/ Queens trail.
Points to drive or take the shuttle: Bryce point, Inspiration point, Paria view (no shuttle) and quite windy, Sunset & Sunrise points.
Other options around were horseback riding on the trail along and ATV rides outside the park.
Spot Prairie dogs: When you get out of the Sunset camp and drive past Bryce canyon lodge exit towards the visitor center, you will see a road on the left where some cards are parked near open meadows (no canyon views etc). We wondered why they were parked and found that was a place to spot a couple of prairie dogs.
Overall, it was a great trip but a long drive from California.
Astronomy buffs can listen in on the sessions conducted by the park which may end in a viewing of the stars. You can spot so many stars with the open eye here which is a surreal experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering 161 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sunset Campground Hotel Bryce Canyon National Park
- Sunset Campground Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah