Bryce Canyon City became Utah’s 244th incorporated city in July of 2007.
Incorporation allows the city, which includes Ruby’s Inn and its surrounding 2,300 acres, better public safety and better roads as well as sidewalks and street addresses. It also fulfilled the dream of Ruby’s Inn founder Reuben C. Syrett, who established the motel in 1916 as a stopover for Bryce Canyon visitors.
Today the resort features 700+ rooms, 3 restaurants, an RV park and campground, a general store, quaint souvenir shops, and outfitters providing horseback rides, ATV tours, Soaring Southern Utah Virtual Reality ride and scenic flights that offer visitors a different perspective on the area’s spectacular scenery.
Even though the city is home to only 195 permanent, year-round residents, on any given day, from April to October, it hosts more people than live in Garfield County. A convenient new transportation hub (a major stop along the route of the free Bryce Canyon Shuttle) transports visitors into the park, eliminating the hassle of traffic and parking. The city hosts several major events throughout the year, including the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival, Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo and the Canyon 2 Canyon Bike Ride.