South Campgrounds Zion
We arrived early at 9 pm to reserve a campsite. Paid the fee and ate lunch for an hour at our campsite. We went hiking all day and arrived back at our campsite at 7 pm and someone took off our paid tag and took our campsite. The volunteers were unbelievably unhelpful because they use a log to record who is at what campsite based on walking around the campsites. (which they do typically later in the day once all campsites are full) So basically the volunteers have no control over who pays first (because they do not have access to the paid tickets) and do not keep track of who is at the campground. Therefore, south campgrounds is not a first come first serve campsite. They really need to say you have to be in the logs in order to be considered at the campsite (which they fail to do on the camper rules). Also, if you pay and reserve a campsite, you will lose your $16 if someone takes off your tag and steals your campsite while you are away.
Camp at Beuatiful Zion National Park
There are three campgrounds in Zion National Park. Lava Point is a primitive campground with 6 sites, and is located in the northern part of the park not the main area. There is no fee to camp there. Near the South Entrance/Visitors Center are South Campground (126 sites) and Watchman Campground (164 sites). Prices range from #16 to $20 as of Spring 2010. You can reserves spots at Watchman up to 6 months in advance; but South is first come first served. I have not camped here just wanted to let you know what is available. For camping information and reservations, call toll free 1- (877) 444-6777.
camping in Zion is a joy
Camping in Zion is a joy. Blessed with a dry, sunny climate, a majestic setting of sheer red rock and lush forest, the park campgrounds are spacious and well cared for. Both the South Campground and Watchman are big as well as conveniently located, less than a mile from the amenities of Springdale. We opted for the South Campground our first few nights in the park and secured a great treed spot. It's no wonder we didn't want to leave. We felt guilty we didn't spend enough time at the actual spot but there's so much to do in Zion, it's hard to sit still. At any rate, it was a great place in the evenings for meals, cooling down nicely for very comfortable sleeping. This was in early May when temperatures during the day were just starting to get on the hotter side of warm.
Unique Quality: The spots are fairly well spaced and you don't feel like you are on top of your neighbor though ours at the South Campground couldn't have been nicer. He noticed our tire was low and had a pump which he gladly helped us fill the tire until I could get it fixed in town. After our backpacking trip. We stayed at the Watchman for one night as the South campground was full. It turned out to be just about as nice though our particular spot might not have been quite as perfect. Views of from both are fantastic. You are right in Zion Valley and it's sheer red rock rises up from all around you. Spots are a very reasonable $16 per night and there is a 14 day limit on your stay, probably for good reason as I'm sure many people would overstay it if they could!
Directions: Both campgrounds are located close to the west entrance to the park, very convenient to Springdale and all its amenities.
Camping with a view
We arrived late in the afternoon. The only place left was an invalide spot, which wasn't the best spot to put a tent on. It was all asfalt. Not that great!
Unique Quality: The campground looks small because of all the winding paths.
Camping outside the park
Zion Canyon campground is about a half mile from the park's south entrance. There are hot showers as well as laundry facilities and a huge convenience store offering all kinds of supplies.
Nearby South Campground
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- South Campground Hotel Zion National Park
Address: Utah, United States
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