In Southern Utah you are surrounded by ice-sculpted rock formations know as hoodoos, water and trees. I’d first seen these strange looking formations, or fairy chimneys as they are sometimes called, along the Bow River in Canada’s Banff National Park. I was fascinated with these tall knobby shapes and wanted a closer look. Turns out, Bryce National Park and nearby Red Canyon offers plenty of hoodoos and a lot more. The best way to explore Utah’s Fairyland is by staying overnight at Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground. If you prefer staying in a hotel, Ruby’s Inn offers that option, as well.
Located a half mile from Bryce Canyon National Park, you can’t beat this location for value, comfort or convenience. I think this is the best Bryce Canyon RV Park closest to Bryce Canyon National Park.
If this is your first time to visit this part of Southern Utah, you’ll also want to check out Red Canyon and Zion National Park. We were traveling with our Labrador Retriever, so Red Canyon, in Dixie National Forest, was particularly appealing to us because dogs were welcome in Red Canyon Park on leash. We also had the opportunity to go horseback riding in Red Canyon; red sandstones capture your attention as you enter this National Forest. We were camping at Ruby’s RV Park in October so we had the park to ourselves. You must see this place for yourself.
Full hookup recreational vehicle (rv) sites include electric, water, sewer, picnic table, fire pit and access to hot tub and swimming pool. While the swimming pool was covered during our visit, the hot tub was clean and hot; especially welcoming after horseback riding in Bryce Canyon.
We stayed in space 160, a full hookup rv site that rented for $49.36 per night. I am new to RV camping, but paying less than $50 per night for complimentary wi-fi, clean campground facilities, access to a washer and dryer, as well as friendly staff earns Ruby’s Inn RV Park a gold star. I’d stay here again. In fact, we’ll be returning next year so that I am able to enjoy Ruby’s Grand Adventure, a four day horseback ride. This horseback riding vacation works for equestrians and non-riders like my husband because he is able to explore Bryce Canyon National Park and surrounding areas on a deeper level while I ride during the day. The best part? We stay at Ruby’s Inn Best Western Plus each night and get to enjoy our evenings together!
If you are looking for family-friendly camping, Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground offers cabins, as well as campsites and tipis. That’s right, up to 8 adults are able to sleep in one of 10 tipis. There is no electricity in the tipi, but what a fun lodging option. If you have the option, request the tipi next to the lake.
Need to Know:
Checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Quiet time is 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Dogs must remain on leash at all times. Ruby’s Inn RV Park makes it easy to be a responsible pet owner by offering complimentary poop bags right next to the bathroom facilities. No open wood fires are allowed except in provided areas. Charcoal fires are allowed – yes, I’m thinking s’mores! There is a campground laundromat on the premises and it is open from & 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Bring your own detergent (or purchase theirs) and bring quarters for the washer and dryer. If you don’t want to cook dinner, there are several restaurants with different price points offered at Ruby’s Inn Best Western.
If you have a limited amount of time to explore Bryce Canyon National Park or you want an overview the first day, take the Bryce Canyon National Park Shuttle. It’s convenient and FREE with your park entrance fee. The shuttle is operated from May – October and runs every 12-15 minutes from May – September, less in October. The shuttle stops at the Visitor Center and viewpoints in the main scenic area of the park. Buy your park pass at Ruby’s Inn located next to Ruby’s main entrance. As I mentioned, the park entrance fee is included with the shuttle, so load your family on the bus and enjoy! We visited in early October, less crowds and our driver took us on the Rainbow Point Tour for no additional charge. For additional insider tips follow RV travel writer @Nancydbrown on Instagram or Twitter @Nancydbrown and @RubysInn on Twitter or @bwrubysinn on Instagram.
If You Go:
300 South Main Street
Bryce Canyon, Utah 84764
Ruby’s Inn RV Park & Campground review and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. As is typical in the industry, I received a complimentary media stay, however, all opinions are my own.