Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, UT (near Bryce Canyon NP).

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  1. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I tried this FCFS NF CG based on Travelhoveler’s advice as expressed here on the Portal. I’m glad I did. It’s a 38-site CG on Utah 12 just 13 miles west of the entrance to Bryce Canyon NP. (It’s actually ten miles from the turnoff on UT 12 but after that you must pass through three miles of what’s called Bryce City but is actually the domain of the Ruby family, which seems to own every business in town, to get to the park entrance.) It’s about 10 or 11 miles to the town of Panguitch (of Butch Cassidy fame) in the other direction. The cost is $15 per night. I had at least half the sites to choose from when I arrived at 9:30 AM but the place filled by mid-afternoon. Since most people who stayed there were one-nighters the empty/fill cycle repeated daily. The views of towering red cliffs and hoodoos are spectacular.

    Elevation is about 7,400 feet so the CG usually opens May 1 and closes October 1. The roads and site pads are paved and level. The majority of sites are back-ins but a substantial number of pull-throughs are present. There are no hook-ups. Most sites have a cement slab for the table and fire ring and also have good privacy because of spacing, orientation and vegetation. Ponderosa pine and juniper dominate but there are a few Douglas firs, too. I had Site 36 which was a doublewide back-in that allowed plenty of room in front of the trailer’s door and plenty of room on the other side to park the truck. The CG has a central trash facility at the entrance, a dump station, flush toilets, water spigots on the loops and a coin-operated hot shower ($2.00 for eight minutes). There is also free wi-fi but it is only available at Site 5, where you must sit outside at a picnic table. The connection was tenuous and it was hard to see the screen in the bright sunlight.

    The negative aspect of this CG is the serious traffic noise from the highway. The two loops open from the central driveway and essentially parallel the highway in opposite directions. Traffic, including lots of big trucks, is brisk until quite late at night. But, after driving through Bryce Canyon’s two CGs, North and Sunset, I was glad I chose Red Canyon. I tent-camped in Sunset several years ago and had forgotten how tightly the sites are jammed together and how little privacy there is because of this and sparse underbrush/ground cover. Beyond that, the sites were designed in the era of tent camping and are pretty tight for trailers. Roads are deteriorated and “in between” paved and unpaved. Site pads are unpaved. I was happy to accept Red Canyon’s highway noise in return for its benefits. I’ll definitely go there again next time I’m in the area.

    This is my campsite at Red Canyon.
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    This is my view from the campsite.
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  2. Dust Devil

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    The DS and I stayed there last summer, again based on the recommendations from this forum. Have to agree it is much nicer than the NP CGs. Some of the Red Canyon sites are a bit small for a PUP, but most are okay. Some towards the east end are located on the hillside, so there are some leveling issues. We were fortunate, as it was pretty crowded when we arrived late in the day. We ended up in site 10, which is pretty small, directly across from the entrance and backed by a ridge. We were in a 10 x 10 tent so just managed to fit it on the tent pad.

    The entrance is through a stream, so there is a dip off the highway, through the stream and up the other side. The camp hosts are in a 5th wheel on the left as you enter the CG. Very nice, helpful people. They did say two rattlesnakes had been killed down by the shower building that morning, so keep an eye out for the wildlife.
     
  3. NJGuy

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    We live about 2 1/2 hours away and we are able to go to Bryce NP several times a year. Certainly, a very nice CG with a great setting. The road noise is a major issue for me.
     
  4. novagirl

    novagirl retired camper

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    Drove thru here to check it out while visiting Bryce Canyon. Would definitely stay here next time. The Red Canyon is to die for!

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  5. davido

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    Thanks for the CG pics.

    We passed through there on the 16th of October, but ultimately stayed in Ruby's RV Park & Campground. It was actually Ok. Far enough off the road you don't have noise, and close to the entrance to Bryce. We usually prefer more rustic camping, but at 7600ft and mid-October, we thought it wise to go for full-electric/water/sewer hookups.

    If we travel to the area during a warmer part of the season I'll consider Red Canyon.
     

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