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Camping with an RV is a special type of vacation, like having a hotel room you can take anywhere you want. If this sounds interesting to you, grab an RV rental and head for Bryce Canyon / North Campground just south of Bryce, Utah. This rustic RV campground is simplicity in itself, with an easy self-check-in system and just the bare necessities. Sites can be had on a first-come-first-serve basis (there are no reservations) and have no hookups (there are potable water taps scattered throughout the park). Garbage and recycling bins are on hand; the park management asks that you store garbage in your RV unit until disposing of it in the dumpsters so that it doesn't attract the wildlife.
Some of the roads within the park are one-way, so you should watch for signs as you navigate your way through; the park has a general store where you can purchase firewood and a visitor's center where you can ask questions and gather information. Each loop (there are several) has a restroom; showers and laundry facilities are located at the general store. You'll find that there is an abundance of trees throughout, offering plenty of shade on hot summer days and a pristine quiet that is only interrupted when the wind picks up and blows through the tree branches.
Once you're settled in, you can hold your spot even if your rental RV is gone for the day, and there are instructions on how to go about this when you check in. There is a small hiking trail inside the park and more trails nearby; these trails can lead you to Sinking Ship and Bristlecone Point, two moderately large mountain peaks formed from some unique and spectacular geological formations. One of the trails heading south will lead you to Bryce Point, a vista looking down on the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater and an ideal location for watching the sun come up. Feeling like you need to take your motorhome rental for a spin (and who wouldn't)? Head north on Highway 63, then east on Highway 12 and watch out for Shakespear Point, another spectacular viewpoint on the side of the road.
RV rentals in Garfield County are how you will experience your Utah outdoor vacation in comfort. If you point your campervan rental towards Dixie National Forest, you can experience not just the grandeur of nature but some history too. The forest is a goldmine of pictographs, petroglyphs, dwellings, and artifacts that demonstrate the native cultures who once lived there; among these, the Anasazi or “ancient ones” lived in pueblos, but also built dwellings on the sides of the canyon walls to protect themselves from their enemies. Many of these dwellings can still be seen today from the highways near Escalante. The diversity of the park's terrain makes it a habitat for a number of wildlife species which can be seen, and a good destination for hiking as well as nature observation.
Another prospective area for hiking and outdoor appreciation is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a diverse collection of cliffs and terraces, plateaus, and river canyons. It was also once home to the Anasazi and is a prime resource for archeologists, paleontologists, and geologists due to its extensive supply of fossilized remains. The park sponsors an artist-in-residence program in order to advance awareness of and education about the monument and has visitors centers in several nearby cities that provide ranger-led presentations, interpretive exhibits, and staff who can answer your questions, provide reading materials, and make suggestions about the different areas and activities that are available.
Mt Dutton is an undisturbed peak with scenic views of the surrounding area, with the exception of the area to the northeast that is blocked by tree stands. There are dirt roads that approach the peak from the north and south, but conditions are rough and likely more suited to an off-road vehicle. Hiking in from the highways is an option, but it is approximately 20 miles from the highways to the peak (coming from both directions), meaning you would probably need to camp overnight if hiking in and out. There are ranger stations where you can ask for advice and get information about the weather and other matters.
When it's time to start relaxing and basking in the afterglow of your adventures, the town of Panguitch is a friendly destination with plenty of history and architecture. The town is host to numerous annual events such as a hot air balloon rally, rodeos, and a quilt festival, just to name a few. The town's history is demonstrated in its pioneer spirit, which is celebrated each July with a homecoming that includes a pancake breakfast, barbecue dinner, and public dance.
Kanab is another small community with a relaxed ambiance and a friendly vibe. The locals refer to their town as “Little Hollywood” because it has been a filming location for numerous TV shows and movies, such as Gunsmoke and The Outlaw Josey Wales. The town is renowned for its animal sanctuary which rescues companion animals (mostly cats and dogs) from animal shelters. There is a heritage house museum, a privately owned cave, and other attractions that make Kanab a suitable destination, and its restaurant scene is dominated by venues that range from inexpensive to moderately priced.
RV vacations don't need to be fancy to be enjoyable; sometimes simple and uncomplicated is all you need in your campground and destination. Bryce Canyon North Campground fits this to a “T” and is all you will really need for a relaxing and enjoyable camper rental vacation.