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Posted: 08/20/12 04:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been to RV park reviews, now I'm turning to you-all for recommendations. We are contemplating stays near Bryce and near Zion for next summer. What are your recommendations? We're in a 40' MH w/TV and would like 50 amp elec/sewer/H20

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.


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At Bryce there is Ruby's right at the gate to the park and a KOA down the road a few miles at Tropic (IIRC). Ruby's is a major tourist trap and expensive but they are as close as you can get. The park shuttle bus stops right there too.

We stayed for eight days down at Escalante a few weeks ago but that is too far away. We wanted to be near the back country roads there which is why we picked it.

Last time we stayed at Zion we stayed at the park CG. But there are a number of CG right outside the park. I'll have say that I was rather unhappy with the way Zion is being run lately, lots of park police with bad attitudes. An the park is overcrowded since they aren't allowing you to drive in (at least a few years ago) which means everyone is crammed around the visitor center. They even had cops giving out parking tickets there.

And I assume you know about the tunnel into Zion and RV's

You can expect Zion to be much hotter than Bryce. It is a lot lower in altitude.


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We're headed out that way in a couple of weeks and will let you know. I presume you're looking for cable TV too.


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Been to RV park reviews, now I'm turning to you-all for recommendations. We are contemplating stays near Bryce and near Zion for next summer. What are your recommendations? We're in a 40' MH w/TV and would like 50 amp elec/sewer/H20

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.



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Check out Zion River Rv Park. You could park Motor Home and drive the toad up to Bryce Canyon for a day trip. We did this and did not have to worry about going through the tunnel.

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We stayed in Cedar, UT when we visited Bryce and Zion. We did not stay at the KOA, but had to go there to do wash. We have an aversion to KOA's, but would highly recommend this one as it had nice sized sites and friendly owners. The location required we drive about an hour to Bryce and about 45 minutes to Zion, but diesel was a lot cheaper then.

Driving that much we got to see a lot more sites in the area then staying at the respective parks. There is a lot more to see in the area then the parks. Have a good summer.


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We stayed at the KOA in Cedar City so we could stay in one spot and visit both Bryce and Zion. This is a very nice KOA.


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This summer we stayed in kanab Utah at the RV Corral Campground and day tripped to Zion and Bryce, as well as to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It had 50 amp available, I believe, even though we only use 30 amp. The back in sites on the east side of the campground are the best IMHO. Lots of room to maneuver into them and they are large and long. The pull throughs are hit and miss and some are angled strangely to me. It is clean, well managed and reasonable in cost.


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We stayed at Zion River RV Resort and I would definately stay there again if I wanted hook-ups. Otherwise, the campground at the park looked very nice when we drove through.


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about 8 years ago we stayed at the KOA and then went to both Zion and Bryce from there. Found that to be the best for us going through the area. We did one day at each park. short, but that was the plan on our 3 week loop through the west. if you have the time to explore the parks more, stay in the parks.


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I can't understand why folks don't stay near each park. Day-tripping really doesn't give you the whole park experience. The drives are long and you're rushed to try to see everything in one day. Returning uses more fuel and more time. Do yourself a favor and stay at each park and spend at least a couple days touring each park. For Zion, Watchman campground IN the park itself has 50 amp and our 40' motorhome and Jeep fit just fine. You have a short scenic walk to catch the shuttle bus or you can drive. The Visitor Center is right there. If you don't want that there are parks in Springdale just outside the park's entrance and the shuttle bus can pick you up there. The free shuttles are a very pleasant way to see Zion. You can get on and off when you want for a hike or lunch and you don't have tons of cars to deal with on the one road through the park.
For Bryce, if you want hookups the best is Ruby's, right outside the park entrance. Again, you can hop on the free shuttle right there or you can drive into the park. There are others nearby but they're all expensive like Ruby's. However, Ruby's has a little more scenery and things to do - trinket shopping and restaurant, fuel and even RV repair. It's a huge complex. You can also get a 40' RV in the park's campground. You won't have utilities but there is a dump station. For both parks we much prefer staying IN the parks themselves. Have a good trip!


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