When you drive into Zion National Park, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Bryce Canyon makes that feel like an urban center. All that to say, there are not many places to stay near Bryce.
We rented the basement of a couple's house in nearby Tropic, Utah, about 30 minutes away from the main park entrance. The town of Tropic was pretty quiet (i.e., we didn't see many stores open) when we were there but we heard from some friends that the local pizza place in town is quite tasty. The town did have a grocery store which got us the supplies we needed to cook in our rental and carry with us for hiking.
Here's the link to where we stayed. The host family was very friendly but also gave us plenty of space. Aside from being incredibly clean and comfortable, the best part of this rental were homemade chocolate truffles from the hostess. Seriously amazing. Order some even if you aren't staying! We were pleasantly surprised that she delivers fresh chocolates each day. We were en route to visit some friends after Bryce and we ordered some to take with us. SO GOOD.
Another place to consider staying, especially for a one night stay, is the Best Western in Bryce Canyon. This motel is in a bizarre town that's a complete tourist trap but right at the entrance to the park. If you want proximity, it can't be beat.
Whether you stay in Tropic, Bryce Canyon, or elsewhere, stop by Mossy Cave and Waterfall along the northern perimeter of the park. Less than a mile round trip and you can get a feeling of being in the hoodoos plus see a cave, creek, and waterfall. If you're coming from Tropic, the parking lot is on your left; if you're coming from the park toward Tropic, the parking lot is on your right.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. We have never stayed at the Best Western near Bryce Canyon. We did love our rental in Tropic and wanted to share out it. IIf you have a rental or hotel near a National Park and would like a review of it, please contact us to see if we think it is a good fit for our blog.