Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is a series of natural amphitheaters below which stands an array of white and orange limestone columns and walls sculptured by erosion. The erosion has been accomplished mainly by rain, snow, and frost prying off cliff fragments rather than by stream erosion. Nearby streams actually flow away from the canyon. The high rim country of the park is part forest dominated by fir, pine, and aspen, and part meadows of grass and sage. At lower, drier altitudes, pinon pine and Utah juniper predominate. All this makes the area a great camping area in Utah.
Bryce Canyon awaited promotion and development before its full tourism potential could be realized. National Forest Supervisor J. W. Humphrey was transferred from the La Sal National Forest to the Powell National Forest on 1 July 1915. He was amazed at the beauty and grandeur of Bryce and resolved to do all he could to promote it and make it accessible. He took visiting dignitaries to Bryce and secured funds for a road to the canyon rim. In 1916 Arthur W. Stevens of the Forest Service wrote an illustrated article for the Union Pacific railroad tourist magazine. J. W. Humphrey wrote a similar article for the Rio Grande railroad. These were the first descriptive articles published about Bryce Canyon. In the meantime, moving pictures and postcards began circulating and Bryce began to attract visitors from all parts of the nation.
I usually camp dispersed so I'm spoiled. This campground is packed, sites are very close to each other. I was lucky to find one that was more isolated. There are no showers, you have to go to the general store and pay extra. My site was not level and it was really hard to set the stakes in the hard ground. Price is ok considering the location and demand. Most people will like it, I guess.
Absolutely beautiful park! Being in the north campground with trails that access the rim was amazing! Camp hosts were friendly, campsites nice, and bathrooms were very clean all the time. Close walk or bike to visitor's center, and general store.
Warm clean bathrooms. Generous sized campsites with firepits and grills.
Highly recommend North Camp Ground over Sunset, only because its closer to the General store and the trail heads. It is more trafficked though as a result, and that makes for some dusty conditions when people come driving quickly through the campground. We were lucky enough to arrive on a morning with some open spots, so after feeling out a couple, we finally scored one of the "primo" spots (#58). It's right at the edge of the canyon. Again with convenience there are a couple of down sides. Although we were somewhat protected from the dustbowl that was the inner circle, there was not a whole lot of privacy from passing hikers. Overall though we were very happy. The camp host Jane was super sweet, and a great source of information too.
Breathe taking beautiful. Campground is nice no showers or electric, primitive camping.