Enjoy the world-class scenery of Zion National Park when you camp in one of this park’s four campgrounds.
Camping Zion National Park is an experience I will never forget. The park is unbelievable, the views are stunning and the weather was perfect. There are so many great places to camp in southern Utah that it’s hard to choose just one. With that said, I’ve done a lot of research on this topic and came to the conclusion that Zion National Park is probably the best choice for most people.
Great Places to Camp In Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a premier national park that offers a great selection of camping, hiking, and activities. There are 4 main campgrounds: Watchman Campground, South Campground, North Campground, and Lava Point Campground. All four are located near the park’s main areas of interest: The Narrows (a slot canyon), Virgin River Rim Trailhead, Emerald Pools Trailhead and Riverside Walk Trailhead.
The cost for camping ranges from $18-$22 per night depending on when you go (low season vs high season) and whether or not you have an Annual Pass to use at the campgrounds.
As far as best times for camping go…. I’d recommend going during late March/early April or late September/October where it’s still warm but not too hot! You’ll still be able to enjoy swimming in the Virgin River but won’t have to worry about getting burnt by being exposed to direct sunlight all day long while hiking on trails like Angels Landing or Hidden Canyon which can get extremely hot during those months anyways.”
Lava Point Campground
Lava Point Campground is a first-come, first-served campground located just outside of Zion National Park’s south entrance. The campground is open year-round and has 30 sites, which are available on a first-come basis. There are no electric or water hookups at this campground (boo), but there are vault toilets and garbage disposal facilities. There also aren’t any showers or bathrooms in the area (double boo).
Lava Point sits at an elevation of 4,600 feet above sea level and provides beautiful views of both Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s also close enough to both parks that you can easily visit one after another in one day!
Located in the Kolob Canyons section of the park, Watchman Campground has a view of the colorful canyons and mountains. The campground is open year-round, but some sites are closed during winter months. It has a maximum capacity of 110 people and offers 104 campsites for tents or RVs up to 35 feet long, including 7 walk-in tent sites. All campsites have electric hookups; there are no tent-only sites here.
A first-come, first-served policy applies to all campsites (except for those with electric hookups). You’ll need to arrive early if you want to snag one of these coveted spots because they fill up quickly.
South Campground is the most popular campground in Zion National Park. Located on the Virgin River, this campground has everything from primitive sites to modern showers and restrooms. South Campground is open year-round, with some sites available for winter camping during snowy months.
Featuring a wide variety of campsites and amenities, South Campground offers something for everyone! If you’re looking for something close to nature without sacrificing comfort or convenience, check out one of our yurts! These round dwellings offer amazing views and plenty of room inside—perfect if you want to stay warm and cozy while still enjoying your time outside.
Kolob Reservoir Campground
Location: Kolob Reservoir Campground is located near Cedar City, Utah. It’s about a 15-minute drive from the main entrance of Zion National Park, but it also has its own entrance that’s about 20 miles away from the park.
Distance from park entrance: About 20 miles from Zion National Park
Number of sites: There are more than 200 sites available at this campground, which makes it one of the largest in all of Utah! The campsites vary in price depending on how many people will be staying there and how close they are to amenities like showers or fire pits. Some can accommodate up to six people while others can hold only two! The majority fall somewhere in between those extremes though so no matter what kind of group you’re looking for you should be able to find something that works out well here!
Price: A maximum three-day pass costs $50 per person while a seven-day pass will run you $80 dollars per person.
There is no doubt that visiting Zion National Park is a truly unforgettable experience. With its dramatic beauty and exceptional diversity, it’s one of the most popular national parks in the country. There are many ways to enjoy the park, but if you’re looking for an adventure with a little extra excitement, camping might be just what you need! If this sounds like something you would enjoy then head over to our YouTube channel and watch our video about visiting Zion National Park.