Camping Overview: Zion National Park

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Zion National Park
Zion National Park (Nathan Borchelt)

Zion National Park Camping Travel Tips

  • Located a half-mile north of the south entrance, the South Campground is open from mid-March through October and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Although there are no hook-ups available, the sites can be used by both tents and RVs.
  • The Watchman Campground is open between mid-March and October. Reservations are available. There are sites near the river and some are equipped with electricity. Group campsites are available for up to 40 people. The campground's location above the North Fork Virgin River provides great views of the park.
  • There are six primitive campsites available at Lava Point in the Kolob Terrace Section of Zion National Park. Usually open from June to November, it is a good idea to stop off at one of the visitor center locations to inquire about conditions and to obtain a permit.
  • Red Ledge Campground is located seven miles north of Kolob Canyons in Kanarraville. The campground is open seasonally from April to November with tent, RV, and group sites available.

Watchman and South Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-served basis. One is open year-round; both are open in summer. A fee is charged. Both have fire grates, picnic tables, water, restrooms, and a sanitary disposal station for trailers. There are no utility hookups or showers. Some sites are set aside for the disabled. Camping for educational or youth groups of 9 to 40 people is available by reservation.

The Lava Point Primitive Campground is usually open from May to October. Fire grates, tables, and toilets are provided, but there is no water. No fee is charged.

Camping is limited to 14 days and is permitted only in designated sites or in the backcountry.

To make a campground reservation, call 1-800-365-CAMP (2267).

Permits
Backcountry hikers must obtain a permit, available at either visitor center.

Reservation Hours of Operation
Daily: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time
Reservation Center CLOSED Christmas and New Year's Day.

If you are calling from outside the U.S. or Canada, please dial 301-722-1257. The TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 888-530-9796.

The National Park Reservation Service (NPRS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have implemented a reservation window to make booking your camping reservations more convenient. On the 15th of each month, campers will have access to an entire month of available start dates—up to three months in advance (see schedule below)—except Katmai National Park. You may book reservations as late as one day prior to arrival, subject to availability.

Call 303-297-2757 for reservations. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Outside the Park
Springdale, Mt. Carmel, and the larger towns of Hurricane, St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab have motels, restaurants, service stations, and grocery stores. A private campground in Springdale has full utility hook-ups and hot showers. Other private campgrounds are located within 25 miles of the park. The nearest hospitals are in St. George, Cedar City, and Kanab.


Published: 24 Aug 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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