by Matt, Oct 2021
Most people I talk to rate Bryce Canyon in their top 2 or 3 national parks, ahead of places like Zion and the Grand Canyon. It’s truly a marvelous experience.
A quick search of lodging near Bryce Canyon provides an overwhelming number of options. This list is meant to simplify it for you depending on your situation.
- Closest to the canyon rim: Bryce Canyon Lodge
- Most popular: Ruby’s Inn Resort (Best Western)
- Luxury: Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
- Budget: Bryce View Lodge or Bryce Canyon Resort
- Small-town charm: Panguitch House
- Seclusion: Stone Canyon Inn
- In between Zion & Bryce: East Zion Resort
Inside the park
Bryce Canyon Lodge
Bryce Canyon Lodge is the only lodging inside Bryce Canyon.
With some national parks, staying inside the park is a big advantage because it’s closer to the action and you don’t have to wait in line to enter the park.
But with Bryce Canyon, that’s not the case. Nearby Bryce Canyon City has a lot of lodging (see below), and it’s very close to the amphitheater (where all the hoodoo rock formations are).
However, don’t overlook Bryce Canyon lodge. It’s a historic building that is within walking distance of the canyon rim, perfect for seeing a sunrise first thing.
They have cabins, suites, rooms, and studios, each with different rates. Rates range from about $170 to $270 per night during the summer, but they are cheaper during the winter.
It also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you’re looking for a more nostalgic experience, the Bryce Canyon Lodge is worth checking out.
Bryce Canyon City
Bryce Canyon City is located right next to the park entrance. It’s close and affordable. Although touristy, it still feels small enough.
There are 5 places to stay in Bryce Canyon City.
- NOTE: We almost always use booking.com to find the best deals. Generally, we love Best Western hotels because they are clean and provide excellent customer service. We’ve read hundreds of reviews of hotels all over the West and Best Westerns excel.
Ruby’s Inn has long been the go-to place for Bryce visitors.
Ruby’s Inn is in Bryce Canyon City, located right next to the park entrance. There is only one entrance to the park, so Ruby’s Inn has held a near-monopoly on lodging at Bryce Canyon ever since about 1916.
Today, Ruby’s Inn is a resort offering lodging, camping, tipis, a huge RV park, group tent sights, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
It also offers many activities, such as ATV tours, helicopter tours, and horseback rides (but make sure to read our article on horseback rides at Bryce).
It also has a shuttle stop right next to it, with an information booth staffed by a park employee right next to the entrance of the hotel.
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Try Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel for a higher-end experience. This is basically a newer version of Ruby’s Inn (which is also now a Best Western).
We haven’t stayed here, but we can vouch for Best Westerns in general — we’ve rarely had a bad experience with them. It’s not just that the accommodations are nice, it’s that they all seem to value customer service more than most places.
It’s a little more expensive but reviewers seem to rave about it.
Ruby’s Inn Resort Vacation Rentals
If you’re traveling with a large group, consider Ruby’s Inn Resort Vacation Rentals.
This costs over $300 per night but can be worth it if you’re traveling with a big group. We’ve used VRBOs like this because we often travel in a large group.
Bryce View Lodge or Bryce Canyon Resort
If you’re just looking for affordability, go with Bryce View Lodge or Bryce Canyon Resort. These have fancy-sounding names (they aren’t lodges or resorts, nor do they have views of the canyon, LOL), but they are basic options to crash for a night or two.
They are plain, but there is nothing wrong with them at all; they get good reviews.
Tropic is a little town 15 minutes east of Bryce Canyon. This is best if you’re traveling to or from Capitol Reef National Park — many people do a Utah Mighty 5 trip.
There are many hotels, B&Bs, cabins, and the Bryce Pioneer Village. We analyzed the reviews on Google and TripAdvisor, and here are some suggestions:
For seclusion, try Stone Canyon Inn. It’s located on the edge of town in Tropic, but right at the base of Bryce Canyon. In fact, if you drive to the end of the road, you can hike the Tropic Trail which is only 1.7 miles and enters Bryce Canyon from the bottom, with the added benefit of no crowds!
This is a cute little town 30 minutes west of Bryce that has old historic homes and nearby Panguitch Lake in the mountains. They also have fun festivals in June each year, like the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, and the famous Quilt Walk.
Stay here if you want to get away from the touristy spots and you like cute little towns.
The choice here is the Panguitch House. It is a cute little old-timey bed and breakfast that gets rave reviews.
Places to stay between Bryce and Zion
Many people visit Bryce and Zion National Park on the same trip. To get the most out of each park, we recommend staying close to each park and changing hotels.
- See our article Where to stay at Zion National Park
- See our article 11 cool side trips between Zion & Bryce
But if you want to stay in one hotel and use it to see both parks, here are some options:
Cedar City is 1.5 hours from Bryce and 1-hour from Zion. It’s a mid-sized city that has many hotels.
It’s a little college town and puts on the yearly Utah Shakespeare Festival, with a gorgeous outdoor Old English-style theatre.
Also, Cedar Breaks National Monument is nearby.
There are too many chain hotels to choose from, so I won’t cover them here. What stands out about Cedar City is it has so many cute little B&Bs with Shakespear and English cottage garden themes. The homes are gorgeous and the ratings are awesome. Here are two:
- The Iron Gate Inn and Suites. They have different packages to choose from, like skiing or romatic getaways.
- Big Yellow Inn Bed and Breakfast. This is a huge, gorgeous home with glowing reviews.
St. George is the largest city in Southern Utah, with plenty of lodging options. St George is an outdoor playground in and of itself and is the most common home base for Zion, but it can also be used as a jumping-off point for Bryce.
It’s 45 minutes away from Zion and just over 2 hours away from Bryce.
There are a TON of hotels, condos, Airbnbs, VRBOs, etc. You can use booking.com to find places, but we’ll give two suggestions that stood out to us as we researched this:
- The Inn on the Cliff. This sits on a cliff that overlooks St. George. It has a pool and nice views.
- Best Western Abbey Inn. We don’t mean to sound like Best Western salesmen, but it had amazing reviews. And honestly, we have had great experiences with Best Western, so it came as no surprise to us that they get really good reviews.
Kanab is located on the east side of Zion National Park. It’s 1.5 hours away from Bryce and 30 minutes away from the east entrance of Zion National Park (but to drive to the shuttle takes an extra 30 minutes).
Kanab is another outdoor playground (all of Southern Utah has insanely fun things to do).
It’s quite affordable to stay. Here are two places that stood out to us:
- Canyons Boutique Hotel. This is a little more upscale; each room is a different design. It was recently remodeled.
- Quail Park Lodge. This is a cute, colorful 1950’s-style motel. Many reviewers commented about how they liked the retro feel to this place.
Orderville/Mt Carmel Junction
This is also on the east side of Zion but is located closer to Zion and Bryce.
Mt Carmel is an hour away from Bryce and only about 15 minutes away from Zion (although it’s an extra 30 minutes to drive to the shuttle).
Here are three places that stood out to us:
- Zion Ponderosa. This is a big resort area with cabins, RV spots, tents, etc. They have many activities, such as mini-golfing, rock-climbing, wagon rides, zip lines, virtual reality.
- East Zion Resort. You can stay in a variety of rooms here, such as treehouses, yurts, tiny-houses, and tents. Reviewers raved about this place.
- Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge. The reviews here weren’t as amazing as some of the other Best Westerns, but we included it here as more of a budget option vs the resorts. It’s only 12 miles from the park.
If you’re visiting Bryce Canyon, make sure to check out our Bryce Canyon page with all of our articles and videos to help you plan!