Open Year-round
?
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
Yes
Potable water
Yes
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Zion National Park has two large campgrounds near the south entrance to the park, Watchman Campground and South Campground. Only Watchman takes reservations, and only Watchman has any sites with RV hook ups (electric only). From a location standpoint, South Campground shares the features of Watchman: they are both a very short walk from the visitor center and the shuttles up into the canyon and down into the town of Springdale. The shuttle system is a marvelous alternative to using a car unless you are leaving the canyon.

Watchman Campground is set up in six sections: A and B loops (70 sites with electric hookups for tents or RVs), C and D loops for tents only, E loop with seven group areas, and F loop with 18 walk-in sites and a parking lot. The A and B sites are larger and closer to the Virgin River, with many sites right on the river or with nearby access. The C and D sites are close together with little privacy. They also tend to have a younger population and be a bit noisier. All the campgrounds are in high demand for most of the year and are generally full, but there is a lot of turnover.

The views of the surrounding peaks and canyon walls are splendid from nearly any campsite. Several trails leave directly from the campgrounds, and the shuttles take visitors to all the main trailheads with almost no wait between buses. The hiking in Zion is spectacular: Angel's Landing, The Narrows, Emerald Pools Trail, and Lower Subway are all unique hikes through a stunning landscape. On the other end of the spectrum, the campgrounds are also a short walk or shuttle ride to coffee shops, pubs, restaurants and services in town. Few places have this "best-of-both-worlds" situation.

Watchman Campground is open all year (some loops may be closed from time to time), and reservations are only available from March through November.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Close to Zion shuttle. Close to town. Nice views. River access.

Cons

No grills. Few amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

National Park Service

Reservation phone number

1 (877) 444-6777

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Amphitheater

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

B50

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

08/29/2017
Watchman campground is a great location for exploring Zion NP. Cost of campsite was $15 with our senior pass, regular price $30 per night. A dump station and potable water are just pass the range station. Our campsite B-43 is not ideal for an RV or travel trailer. Picnic table and fire pit were on the driver side. Better suited for tent camping. Weather was warm in late August and this site is fully exposed to the west in the late afternoon. Very little shade. Site A-10, B09 or B11 might be a better bet. Do your research before you choose your site. Bus system in Zion NP and the town Springdale is outstanding. Nicely done.
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