fall in love with bryce canyon

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Bryce Canyon Overview at Pink Cliffs

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Bryce Canyon. This was my first visit, so I can’t judge the other seasons too harshly, but it was perfect autumn weather when we were there in late September. Highs in the low 70s, lows in the 40s. My kind of weather!

We planned this trip way back in July 2021, so we’d been anticipating it for months. We joined our camping friends from Las Vegas, who we try to camp with every year. They had been there before, so we took advantage of their knowledge and love of the place.

Great group of camping and RZR-riding buddies!

This was an off-road trip, everyone brought or rented a RZR, and we hit the trails. It’s wonderful riding, not too technical, so we were able to get in a lot of miles. I think it was 115 miles the second day, and we still had time to go out to dinner and spend time catching up around a campfire.

Walden Gauldin is one happy pup when he’s in the RZR!

Our Goldendoodle Walden was definitely living his best life on this trip. He loves to ride. So much so that as soon as the RZR comes out of the trailer, he cries until we let him hop into the back seat. Sometimes that’s close to an hour before we leave, but he’s happy as a clam knowing he’s going along. On this trip, he learned to swim. No encouragement needed. When we stopped at the lake, in he went!

This dog loves the water!
Walden learns to swim
Off he goes!

We stayed at Ruby’s Inn, RV Park and Campground, which is right across the road from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. Ruby’s has a very interesting history, dating back to 1916, and has grown into quite the destination. There’s an inn, a diner, a steakhouse buffet, a gift shop and general store. Across the road there are old West shops and a cowboy dinner show, which I’ll get to soon.

The RV Park and campground is very nice with more than 250 sites, an outdoor pool, small shop and laundry facility. There at spots for all sizes of campers, with the largest sites at the back. These are huge sites with a big grassy area for pooches, a picnic table and a large graveled space for campfires. Full hook ups, convenient trash bins and nice bathroom and shower facilities. Verizon cell service is strong.

New, large campsites with plenty of room for rigs, trailers and toys.

You don’t have to have a camper to enjoy Ruby’s Campground, there are cabins, tipis and shady tent sites, plus a group site. There are large ponderosa pines providing shade for much of the property.

Back to the dinner show. The Bryce Canyon Wranglers perform at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill, which is right across from the inn. We’ve seen the Flying J Wranglers in Colorado Springs before and loved their musical comedy shows. This was music and history combined, plus a delicious BBQ dinner. Along with toe-tapping country and Western tunes, we learned a lot about the history of Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon Wranglers at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill

We only got to spend two full days here, so it just whetted our appetites to go back and spend a lot more time exploring the area. Walden is definitely on board! Here are a few more pics of our fun September getaway!

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4 thoughts on “fall in love with bryce canyon

  1. Walden is such a good little picture poser!!! I LOVE the photo of you two in the RZR with Walden. The best! Sounds like a great trip.


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