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You may find this hard to believe, but the Lodge at Bryce Canyon is my favorite national park lodge. We’ve even stayed at Old Faithful Inn. On my birthday. While sleeping in Old Faithful Inn is one of my favorite travel experiences, there’s something special about the Lodge at Bryce Canyon. We didn’t stay in the main lodge; we had an adorable cabin a stroll away from the canyon’s edge. While we only stayed here one night, this experience will always hold a special place in my memories.

One thing I’d like to mention early on in this post—make reservations early! When we booked Old Faithful Inn and Yosemite Valley Lodge, we made the reservation a year out. I know those are more popular, but don’t wait too long to book. It’s January as I write this post, and there are already dates in May and June without availability.

Arriving at Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park was right in the middle of a huge road trip for us. We started in Joplin, Missouri, drove to the Grand Canyon, continued to Death Valley and Lone Pine, California. From there, we did Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We then drove to Salinas, Monterey, San Jose, and San Francisco.

After hitting Yosemite and Zion, with quick stops in Tonopah and along the Extraterrestrial Highway, we made our way to Bryce Canyon.


From there, we backtracked a bit towards Page, Arizona, to see Antelope Canyon. Our last major stops were in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

We left Springdale, Utah, in good time on our Bryce Canyon arrival day, and we found ourselves at the visitor center in the early afternoon.

We made a quick stop at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, but as expected, out room wasn’t ready yet. No worries. We arrived before check-in. But you have to check, right?

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
This is what you see when you pull in, but the true “front” faces the canyon.

It may not be as grand as some national park lodges, but it’s perfect for the area, and it’s the only accommodations that are actually inside the park.

After you walk past the initial entrance from the parking lot, you’ll encounter a small courtyard before getting to the main lodge areas.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

In this section of the main lodge, you’ll find the front desk, the restaurant, the gift shop, and meeting spaces. You’ll also see the guest hallways for rooms located in the main lodge.

Here is the gift shop.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

And here is the chapel/meeting space.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

The area in front of the front desk is quite cozy, even in June.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

The restaurant is right off of this area. We considered giving it a try, but in the end, we tried a buffet in town. Bryce Canyon City is convenient if you’re staying in the park.

Here is a view of the restaurant we caught as we returned from our evening adventures.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Exploring Bryce Canyon National Park

Since our room wasn’t ready, there was only one thing to do–explore the park! We grabbed a map and set out to see the viewpoints.

Bryce Canyon National Park

It wasn’t a sunny day, but it wasn’t exactly overcast. It was pretty perfect, actually.

If you’re wondering if you’d enjoy the park if you don’t do a lot of hiking, a would certainly say “yes” to this one. We dabble in a bit of hiking, but we mostly focus on the viewpoints you can access by car. Some of them had trails along the canyon so you could view the area from different vantage points. Others, you could walk a few steps from your car and see the canyon full of hoodoos, as they’re called.

Bryce Canyon National Park

You can certainly hike down into the canyon, and it doesn’t seem as daunting as the Grand Canyon in the summer. Also, the temperature was much cooler than when we visited Arches and Canyonlands one July. We didn’t venture down into the canyon this time, but I’m sure it’s really fun.

Our Cabin at Bryce Canyon National Park

After we explored for awhile, we went back to the lodge well after check-in, and the cabin was ready. The cabins here are known as Western Cabins. Our little “neighborhood” of cabins were pretty close to the canyon. Here is the trail to the edge, just steps from our cabin door.

It’s also worth noting that the canyon doesn’t have barriers in the lodge area. Keep that in mind with your kids and pets. If you’re staying at the lodge, only service animals are permitted in your room.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

We were able to park in the street near our cabin which is handy when you’re on an extended road trip and you have a bunch of stuff.

The cabin was adorable.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Here is the view from the trail to the canyon. You can walk to the edge of the canyon on completely paved trails.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Inside the Cabin

The inside is adorable, too.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

The main room had two queen beds. There is a fireplace, but we didn’t use it in June.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

I love all the rustic details.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

We had a mini-fridge and microwave in the cabinet.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

To get to the bathroom, you walked down a very short hallway.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Across the way from the bathroom was an additional dressing/storage area. That was nice for getting ready in the morning.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

Evening at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon

After we settled in, we explored outside our cabin. This is how you can see the “front” of the lodge.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

We considered eating dinner at the lodge, for the fun-looking things in Bryce Canyon City called our name instead. They have plenty of touristy things in town–shopping, dining, and hotels. We decided to eat at Ruby Inn’s Cowboy Buffet and Steak Room, which was pretty good.

We then went to live music show at Ebeneezer’s Barn and Grill. You can do a dinner with the show, but we just did the music. Even if you don’t eat, you can get all the soft drinks you want during the show. The show was a lot of fun!

Night Falls at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon

One of the best things about staying inside national parks is getting to see the park at different times of day. Bryce Canyon is a wonderful place to see at dusk and later at night.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

When we got back to the cabin, we took a walk to enjoy the lighting as the sun went down.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

So beautiful! Later, we got up in the night to take a peak. It’s beautiful then, too, but my pictures aren’t great. You do have a great view of the starry sky.

Bryce Canyon National Park

We had a great quick visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. Hopefully, someday we can return and spend more time. The next morning, we packed up the car and headed towards Page, Arizona.

Click below to read about some of our other Utah adventures:

Bonneville Salt Flats

Canyonlands National Park: Islands in the Sky

Arches National Park

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon
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10 Comments

  1. Bryce Canyon is one of my favorite spots to visit. The scenery is simply breathtaking.

  2. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon looks like such a charming and cozy place to stay surrounded by such breathtaking nature! This is exactly the type of vacation I love to go on, and I will definitely be remembering this post when it comes time for us to plan our next trip!

  3. How quaint is The Lodge at Bryce Canyon??? Just the kind of place we enjoy visiting.

  4. You have convinced me to book a night there. I have to visit Bryce and staircase escalate. It is on my list!

  5. This looks like a great place to stay while visiting Bryce Canyon. I like staying in the parks; it makes it much easier to explore.

  6. Cindy Moore Reply

    I’d love to visit Bryce Canyon. The Lodge looks like the perfect place to stay!

  7. Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog Reply

    The Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park is gorgeous! This location would be fabulous for weddings, vow renewal, and getaways! Thank you for sharing.

  8. I’m planning to visit Bryce Canyon National Park this year. So greatly appreciate this review and recommendation to stay at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon.

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