Bryce Canyon National Park makes changes to campsite reservation system

The park’s two campsites are swapping roles: Sunset Campground will offer first-come, first-serve campsites while sites in the North Campground will need a reservation.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A hiker stops to take a photo in Bryce Canyon, on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

Reservations opened today for those looking to camp in Bryce Canyon National Park next year. And visitors will notice a few changes to the park’s booking system and fees.

The Sunset Campground will offer first-come, first-serve campsites from April 15 to Oct. 31. The North Campground, which previously offered non-reservable sites, will instead switch to a reservation system from May 27 to Oct. 1.

Park staff swapped the reservation requirements between the two campgrounds after visitor reviews noted the North Campground is more accessible to RVs and has better cell phone reception for checking in, according to a news release. The Sunset Campground group site will continue to require reservations from May 20 to Oct. 15.

Campsites can be booked on Recreation.gov on a 6-month rolling basis.

Tent sites cost $20, and RV sites cost $30, although the $5 dump station fee is now included in the RV campsite fee. Visitors who aren’t camping in the park’s two campgrounds can still use the dump station for $5.

And starting Jan. 1, those wanting to camp in the backcountry will need to pay $10 for a permit in addition to the $5 per person flat fee.

Seniors and Access Pass holders are eligible for a 50% discount on camping fees.

To learn more about camping at Bryce Canyon National Park, visit nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm or call the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.