What a great week we had visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and nearby Red Canyon. The weather was perfect and we managed to get in several days of hiking, as well as catching a local dinner show.
Historic Ruby’s Inn and Campground
Our campground was incredibly convenient with a National Park Service shuttle stop right outside the driveway. We stayed at Ruby’s Inn & Campground, a place with tremendous history in the area. The founder, Reuben (Ruby) Syrett, came with his family in 1916 to develop a ranch. However, once he saw the beauty of Bryce Canyon he caught a vision of hosting tourists from around the world.
His original lodge which he called a “Tourist Rest” near the rim of the canyon was eventually relocated to his ranch, and is now known as Ruby’s Inn and Campground – serving thousands of tourists a year.
Here’s a two minute video about the history of Ruby’s.
We highly recommend staying at Ruby’s. The staff is welcoming and friendly, the facilities are excellent, and you can’t beat the convenience.
Not only is there a hotel and plenty of campsites for RVs, but there are also cabins and teepees for rent.
Bryce Canyon National Park
This rapidly became one of our favorite national parks. The beauty and uniqueness of the rock formations make this an incredible destination to visit. One of the amazing features of Bryce are the hoodoos – crimson-colored spire-shaped rock formations.
We utilized the free shuttle busses to move around the park. First stop was Bryce Point to view the magnificent canyon. From there we headed to Inspiration Point before making the hike along the rim to Sunset Point.
A trip to Bryce Canyon wouldn’t be complete without visiting the rock formation known as the Queen Victoria hoodoo. This hoodoo bears an uncanny resemblance to the former queen.
Here are a few more highlights. Many more in the gallery.
Just down the road from Bryce is Red Canyon. The tour guides said this is a beautiful and often-overlooked area. We decided to make the short drive and hike the area. We were not disappointed. More beauty as far as the eye could see.
More in the gallery.
Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill
One of the recommendations in town was the dinner show at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill. It was okay. The entertainers were definitely talented, and the music was good, but the show is a bit overproduced with canned narration between each song. It would have been nice to have more interaction with the singers and audience.
They serve a buffet style meal, and the food was good. Overall, we rate the venue as “okay,” but we did have an enjoyable evening.
On to the next stop…
After several days of hiking (with a lot of elevation changes) we were tired. Looking forward to a short RV rally and making new friends in the small town of Ely, Nevada. Until next time, happy trails!