Bryce Canyon National Park Backpacking, Backcountry Camping

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Backcountry Camping

Camping in the backcountry wilderness of Bryce Canyon National Park provides a unique experience when walking one of the hiking trails through the canyon's geological wonders.

  • Permits are required for overnight camping, available from the Visitor Center 
  • Be bear-aware and know what to do if you encounter a black bear 
  • Carry sufficient drinking water 
  • 8 campsites on the 23-mile Under-the-Rim Trail 
  • 4 campsites on the 8.8-mile Riggs Spring Loop Trail

Camping is only allowed at the 12 designated campsites:

  • 8 campsites on the 23-mile Under-the-Rim Trail
  • 4 campsites on the 8.8-mile Riggs Spring Loop Trail

Camping Areas

Regular backcountry campsites – max 6 adults

  • Iron Spring
  • Natural Bridge
  • Riggs Spring
  • Riggs Spring Loop
  • Right Fork Swamp Canyon
  • Right Fork Yellow Creek
  • Sheep Creek
  • Swamp Canyon
  • Yellow Creek
  • Yovimpa Pass

Group campsites - max 15 adults

  • Riggs Spring Group campsite
  • Yellow Creek Group campsite

Backcountry Permits

Permits are mandatory for all overnight camping. Reservations cannot be made by email, phone or mail; permits can only be obtained up to 48 hours ahead, in person, from the Visitor Center.


  • $5: 1-2 persons for up to 7 nights
  • $10: 3-6 persons for up to 7 nights
  • $15: 7-15 persons for Group sites only, up to 7 nights

Location and Information

Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center
Tel: 435-834-5322

Bear Advice

There are regular sightings of black bears in Bryce Canyon backcountry. Food must be sealed in a vehicle or suspended 10 feet off the ground when not being transported or consumed.

If you encounter a bear:

  • Do not approach the bear
  • Do not make eye contact
  • Clap hands and make a noise to scare it away
  • Retreat slowly

Rules and Regulations

Campers are advised to carry drinking water. Stream water can be found at Yellow Creek, Sheep Creek, Iron Spring, Riggs Spring and Yovimpa Pass but must be boiled for 10 minutes to purify.

Open fires are not permitted but camp stoves are allowed.