Given our new love affair with National Forests we’ve decided to include some ratings of these fabulous campsites in our blog. Keeping in mind that many of these places are more “rustic” than regular RV parks they won’t have frilly amenities like pools or WiFi so we’ve shortened the rating system down to 4 categories.
1. Site quality
4. Pet friendliness
I’m a bit behind in blog posts given our time in the “boonies” so today you’ll get 2 of these reviews one after the other (lucky you). Tomorrow we’ll be back on track with more philosphical musings and travel tales.
- Site Quality = 5/5
All the sites are good quality here. There’s a paved parking pad with fire-pit, grill and bench at each location. Several pull-through’s for the biggest rigs, but also many back-ins with ample space for a 40-footer like us. Most of the sites have a gorgeous view of the red rocks with plenty of pine trees and shade.
- Facilities = 5/5
Top marks for facilities here. Both flushing and pit toilets available and both are spotless. Even a shower ($2 for 8 minutes) with good water pressure. Central potable water and dump station available too.
- Location = 4/5
This is a beautiful location. You’re completely surrounded by the fabulous rocks of Red Canyon with direct access to pristine (and unvisited) trails starting at campsite # 23. The only negative is that you’re right next to Hwy 12 so there’s some noise from the highway. You’re ~10 miles from Bryce.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
They’re pooch friendly here and you can have your dog hang out at your campsite and on the trails in Red Canyon. Both hosts had doggies.
Overall Rating = 4.75
BONUS ALERT = unique and zany hoodos at your doorstep
Summary: Overall Red Canyon is an awesome little stop and with a totally unique natural beauty. The sites are beautiful, with lots of space and nature between each camper and plenty of sites for big-rigs. For that very reason this is a busy campsite, but it does tend to empty out some each day. All sites are first come, first serve so come early to get your spot. By 5PM everything is pretty full, at least in the summer. There’s an alternative NF campground down a dirt road at King Creek a few miles down if you miss this one.
Extra Info: Our wireless Verizon card worked (just barely) here, but AT&T cellphones did not. Sites cost $15/night. Double sites available too. All 37 sites first-come, first serve. No hookups.
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