Zion National Park Campgrounds - My Utah Parks

Zion National Park Campgrounds

Zion has three campgrounds: South and Watchman Campgrounds in Zion Canyon, and the remote Lava Point Campground on Kolob Terrace.
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Zion National Park has 3 Campgrounds

Campground

Sites

Toilets

Group

RV

GP

South

117

Flush

4

Yes

Yes

Watchman*

178

Flush

6

Yes

No

Lava Point

6

Pit Toilet

No

No

No

Key:
* = Reservations recommended - www.recreation.gov
Sites = Number of campsites in campground
Toilets = Type of toilet facilities
Group = Group sites available
RV = Sites available for RVs
GP = Generators permitted

Approximate 2016 Open Dates for Zion Campgrounds

Weather permitting

Campground

2016

Fee

South Campground

Feb 27 - Nov 27

$20/$50

Watchman

Feb 26 - Nov 28

$20/$130

Lava Point

June - October

Free

South and Watchman Campgrounds

The South and Watchman Campgrounds are in Zion Canyon near the south entrance at Springdale. This part of the park is desert. There are few trees to provide relief from the heat. Some campsites get shade for part of the day, but many get no shade at all. Summer temperatures exceed 95°F (35°C) and lows rarely dip below 65°F (18°C); staying cool is a challenge. Remember these temperatures and the possibility of a sunny campsite when planning. The Virgin River runs along the edge of each campground; there are a few riverside campsites.

Lava Point Campground

Lava Point Sunset by John Fowler [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lava Point Sunset by John Fowler [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lava Point Campground is about a 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon on Kolob Terrace. There are 6 primitive campsites available first-come, first-served, pit toilets, and trash cans, but no water. Vehicles longer than 19 feet are not permitted on the road to the campground. There is no charge for camping.

Lava Point is typically open June through October, as weather allows. In 2014, Lava Point Campground opened on May 5. Situated at 7,890 feet above sea level, it is off the Kolob Terrace Road, 25 miles (45 minutes) north of the town of Virgin.

During the Spring and Fall, weather conditions can change rapidly along the Kolob Terrace Road that leads to the Lava Point Campground. Check for road conditions before you head out.

In 2014, Lava Point Campground was designated as one of the top 5 free camping sites in the world by the Toronto Star. Other campgrounds on this list were
- Burns Lake Village Campground, B.C.
- Sage Creek, Badlands National Park, North Dakota
- Dartmoor National Park, South Devon, England
- Mar Lodge Estate, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Zion Camping FAQ

Camping is permitted in designated campsites, but not in pullouts or parking lots. Camping is popular; all campgrounds are often full by early afternoon on weekends and holidays. During June, July, and August, the campgrounds are full every night.

Reservations at Watchman Campground are recommended if you would like to guarantee a camping spot. If you are unable to make a reservation, the earlier in the day you arrive, the better your chance of getting a campsite.

All campsites are drive-up and allow a maximum of two vehicles. One RV or trailer is allowed. Any RV, including motorhomes, cabover campers, and camper vans, or any trailer, including 5th wheels, pop-up campers, and cargo or boat trailers, are vehicles and count toward the limit. Each campground has overflow parking for excess vehicles. Each campsite allows a maximum of six people and two tents; plan accordingly. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

Comfort stations provide flush toilets, cold running drinkable water, and trash containers, but no showers or electrical outlets. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit with attached grill. Quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Pets are allowed on a leash no longer than six feet. Hiking in the park with pets is allowed only on the roads and Pa'rus Trail.

From April through October, the park-wide camping limit is 14 nights. An additional 30 nights is permitted the rest of the year. These limits include at all park campgrounds.

Springdale, Utah Conveniences

Springdale is adjacent to Zion Canyon; pay showers, a small market, firewood, laundromats, a limited medical clinic, and restaurants are available. Springdale can be reached from the campgrounds by car, foot, bicycle, or free shuttle (April through October).

Zion Camping Links

NRRS Policies (reservation cancellation policy)

Several private campgrounds are a short drive from the park. Please check the following links for more information.

Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau
East Zion Tourism Council
St. George Area Visitor Bureau
Kane County Utah (including Kanab)

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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.