Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Completely renovated to its original 1920s atmosphere, Bryce Canyon Lodge offers the only accommodations inside the national park. The venerable lodge, which enjoys a place on the National Historic Register, offers unrivaled access to breathtaking views, hiking trails and soul-stirring wilderness. The lodge is just steps from the Bryce Amphitheater—the "fairy forest" of ancient rock formations that comprises the heart of the park. Opened in 1925, the lodge is one of our national parks' architectural treasures. It was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who defined the similar rustic style of beloved sites such as Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone, the Ahwanee at Yosemite, and Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Bryce Canyon Lodge remains a completely original structure. It has been carefully maintained with an eye toward modern comforts while preserving the look and feel of one of the first western park lodges in the United States.
The lodge offers differing accommodation types which are assigned by group. Most of its 114 rooms are situated between the main lodge and the amphitheater rim in a fragrant stand of old-growth Ponderosa pine. Historic Old West-style cabins provide a rustic experience with the comforts of home. More contemporary hotel rooms are available in two-story lodges located on Sunrise or Sunset Point. Offering all the services of a national park hotel, you'll find a full-service restaurant, pizza cafe with espresso and baked goods served in the morning, a gift shop showcasing fine Native American jewelry and art, and a general store. As one of only three International Dark Skies Parks in the United States, Bryce Canyon is an unparalleled place to stargaze. The lodge is a strong partner with the National Park Service in this effort, and as a result, there is virtually no ambient light from traffic, signs or housing. Visitors are often astonished to see the Milky Way on prominent display overhead.