If you’ve come to see the spindly rock formations known as “hoodoos” that rise from Bryce Amphitheater on your trip to Utah, bed down at these adventure-ready ranches, cool cabins and parkside places to stay, bookable on Culture Trip.
While it may not be as famous as Utah’s big-hitter Zion National Park, just an hour southwest, Bryce Canyon National Park demands a detour. The vast expanse of “hoodoo” rock formations is a real head-turner in its own right. Don’t miss the natural 12mi (19km) wide bowl of Bryce Amphitheater at sunrise or sundown, when the red, orange and white rocks are at their most impressive. A smattering of comfortable stays near the park makes it easy to explore, especially with our selection of the best hotels near Bryce Canyon National Park.
This is the only lodging in the national park – located very close to the Rim Trail, a 5.5mi (9km) circuit that follows the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater. Sunrise Point, one of the best spots for viewing the amphitheater, is a quick walk. Rustic Western-inspired cabins have lodgepole pine walls and two queen-size beds. Some have sustainably made oak and hickory furniture, and custom wool blankets, featuring colors and patterns used by the Southern Paiute tribe. The Lodge’s lobby features original Arts & Crafts-era furnishings.
Located right in the town of Bryce, the Best Western Plus is within walking distance of saloon-style steakhouses and plenty of bars to wet your whistle. Best Westerns always feature smart, contemporary decor and plenty of on-site amenities: here, there’s a swimming pool and hot tub, plus a free buffet breakfast. Just a block from Ruby’s Horse Rides and Bryce Canyon ATV, it’s easy to take off on an adventure using this as your base camp.
Settled by the Black family in the late 1800s, the all-inclusive Rockin’ R Ranch celebrates the Western lifestyle. Here, you can truly escape into the Old West by going on a cattle drive through green valleys and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – a 1m-acre (405,000ha) wilderness of sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow canyons. Stays at this dude ranch typically include a room in a three-story pine lodge, home-style meals, line dancing and activities like hiking to one of Butch Cassidy’s rumored hideouts. Or there’s the option of bed and breakfast. Either way, the Western atmosphere comes guaranteed.
This pet-friendly Best Western also has a basketball court, mountain bike rentals and two swimming pools. The hotel is 1mi (1.6km) from Bryce Canyon National Park, but that’s just the beginning of what there is to explore in the area. Kodachrome Basin State Park, with its 67 sedimentary pipes, and the 3mi (5km) wide natural amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument are within an hour’s drive.
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Between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, the 24-room Mountain Ridge has space for single travelers, couples and families in tidy guest rooms and private wooden cabins with patios. Free coffee, as well as in-room microwaves, refrigerators and large TVs make this a top choice for those who want an independent stay at an affordable price. Nearby dining options include a cute coffee shop, a Fifties-style American diner and a saloon with grilled meats and mean old fashioneds.
The family-owned Bryce Valley Lodging, 15 minutes outside Bryce Canyon National Park, is a great alternative to the traditional motel. Rustic air-conditioned cabins give guests peace and quiet, and each house has a sitting or dining area and a private bathroom. Staff know the area well and can recommend the best hikes, based on your experience level.
A hot made-to-order breakfast and clean, comfortable rooms are the draws at Duck Creek Village. Situated in the Dixie National Forest, the inn is 20 minutes from Cedar Breaks National Monument, and less than an hour from Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. There are double queen rooms, king rooms with sitting areas and three fully stocked cabins. Each has front-porch seating with meadow views, a fire-pit gathering area and old-growth pines.
Surrounded by a beautiful forest and expansive mountain meadows, Pinewoods Resort is the center of southern Utah’s “Color Country,” made up of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head Ski Resort and the Dixie National Forest. Originally a steakhouse built in the 1980s, Pinewoods has been added to over the years. Today, the hotel, surrounded by forest and mountains, has guest rooms and suites, a spa and a rec room. The restaurant that started it all, serving steaks, pizzas and Cobb salads, still draws a local crowd.