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“Great experience - Gear up for the cold nights”
Review of Sunset Campground

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Sunset Campground
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Los Altos, California
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18 reviews
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“Great experience - Gear up for the cold nights”
Reviewed June 1, 2010

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.

Food:
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.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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We really liked the Campground: conviniently located to major scenic trails and points, lot of trees, good distance between sites, helpful rangers. Beware of the chipmunks though, they managed to sneak into our car to bite into a lot of food that we had carried :-). Showers at the general store were filthy and unclean.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

Sunset campground was great. We had to stay at a private campsite in Zion and it was acceptable but Sunset was cheaper, more spacious, and cleaner. We were there at the end of June and it got pretty cold at night. We had some good star gazing time, too.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2008

Sunset Campground has very spacious sites with plenty of room between sites. It is first come-first serve but was not full when we were there in early August. All sites are in a forest with great shade, which is very nice on hot days. The restrooms were kept clean and the whole campground was tidy. Two nice features--it was very close to a shuttle stop and a short walk to Sunset Point--one of the best viewing sites in the park.
Showers are at the store, not the lodge. They cost $2 and last for 10 minutes--the longest I have ever experienced. There is a laundry room there also and I never had to wait for any of it.
I drove through the other campground--North--and didn't like it as well as far as space and being in the trees. It is closer to the rim (although you have to hike over a ridge to see the view) and to the showers/laundry/lodge.
We stayed in the group sites and it was awesome. Unlike most places that have several group sites all together, there is only one group site and it is huge and has it's own bathroom. You must make a reservation for the group site.

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  • Stayed August 2008
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Property: Sunset Campground
Address: Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Location: United States > Utah > Bryce Canyon National Park
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Bryce Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 101
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Offering 161 campsites. ... more   less 
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