Where to Camp in Zion

There's an abundance of camping opportunities in southeast Utah, suitable for drive-in and hook-up RV families and extending to remote, primitive back-country campgrounds for backpackers. There are campgrounds in state parks and national forests, as well as commercial campgrounds sprinkled along the major highways.
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There's an abundance of camping opportunities in southeast Utah, suitable for drive-in and hook-up RV families and extending to remote, primitive back-country campgrounds for backpackers. There are campgrounds in state parks and national forests, as well as commercial campgrounds sprinkled along the major highways.

Many visitors to Zion National Park also enjoy visiting Bryce Canyon National Park. Where Zion National Park is all about looking up at soaring cliffs, Bryce Canyon is mostly about gazing down into the weird and fantastic rock formations of the canyon itself.

North Campground is an ideal base camp for anyone exploring Bryce Canyon. The BCNP visitor center, trailheads, Bryce Canyon Lodge and general store are all at hand, set amid a forest of ponderosa pines.

From May through September, you can make reservations for 32 campsites, online, up to 240 days in advance. (Procrastination doesn't pay.) Otherwise, you can throw the dice in the exciting "Where are we staying?" game and get a campsite on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 49 RV sites and 57 tent sites at North Campground, which is open year-round.

A little further east is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, linking Bryce Canyon with Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Calf Creek Campground, which is 15 miles east of Escalante is smack in the middle of red-rock canyon country, boasting 13 sites beside a year-round creek. Seasonal water, toilets, fire pits and picnic tables are all available, but no showers.

If you want a sharp contrast with hot, red-rock country, check out the forests and meadows of Cedar Breaks National Monument, 60 miles west of Bryce Canyon. A plateau at 10,000-feet, Cedar Breaks' Point Supreme Campground has 28 sites which accommodate RVs and tents.

Camping is permitted in designated campsites, but not in pullouts or parking lots.

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