Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ruby's Inn Campground

Bryce Canyon National Park has got to be the most beautiful and the most spectacular national park I have ever been too.  Consider the beauty of the national parks; to say this park is the most amazing is making a bold statement! 




If you travel to Bryce Canyon National Park, you will want to stay a few days, especially if you are a hiker.  The vast number of hiking possibilities include the extremely difficult to the easy and accessible.   


Ruby's Inn has the closest lodging to the park.  It is open all year long, has a large RV and tent camping area, and for those who don't like to sleep outdoors, there are several buildings of motel rooms. Not only are there several places to rest your weary body after a long day of exploring the park, the Inn has a swimming pool, a reasonably priced grocery store, (this came in handy when I forgot cooking supplies), a gift shop, and a restaurant.  We camped in the RV park.  Here is the view out the window of my trailer.



Going to Ruby's Inn during the off season has one large advantage; it is uncrowded.  The RV and tent spots were right on top of each other.  The above picture is so nice because it is facing the road.  On the other side of us, a few feet away, was another camper.  

The bathrooms and showers were clean, the kids loved the pool, and the staff was friendly and helpful--even when we ran out of propane to run our furnace at 9:30 at night and had to buy more!  I found the grocery store reasonably priced especially since the nearest store was about 25 minutes away and they certainly could have gouged the customers.  Speaking of gouging, the gift store was overpriced, and the jewelry was the worst offender.  So no trinkets for me this trip.

Going in the off season has it's disadvantages as well.  All the small shops across the street were closed. The guided horseback riding was not available, and the shuttle didn't run into the park.  And it is cold at night!  We were there in the middle of October and it got down into the 30s.  Brrrr.  Don't plan on tent camping unless you have some serious cold weather gear!



I will most definitely return to Ruby's Inn.  I found it reasonably priced and the close vicinity to the park and to the nearby Red Canyon State Park makes it well worth the stay.  

Enjoy more pictures of Bryce Canyon.  And don't forget to make sure your road side assistance it up to date and your gas tank is full.  There are no gas stations on the corner of I-15 and Highway 20 nor is there a gas station on the corner of Highway 20 and Highway 89.  Just a tip bred from experience.......









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