Are you headed to Zion to explore the wonders of the Virgin River, hike the Narrows, or enjoy the view at Angels Landing? Zion National Park has over 90 miles of hiking trails to explore. Camping in Zion National Park maximizes your time in the park. You can sleep under the stars and enjoy the high cliffs.
Sleeping in a tent is a must to try experience Zion National Park.
Things to Know about Zion Camping
- There is a 14-day camping limit during from March to mid-November. This limit is in effect park-wide.
- Watchman Campground is the only campground open year round.
- Zion National Park is extremely hot during the summer, the majority of campsites have no shade or partial shade. Be prepared for this. Riverside spots a few and far between.
- Make a reservation if at all possible. Sites fill up fast and any remaining first come first serve spots will be claimed by 8:00 am during the height of summer.
- Zion National Park first come first serve camping is offered at Lava Point and South Campground. Several campgrounds outside the park offer first come first serve camping.
- Each tent campsite can have up to 6 people. There is space for two tents and two vehicles at the campsite. The campsite has a picnic table. Many of the campsites have a fire pit. Please double check the fire regulations and ensure your fire is completely out before going to bed.
- Please do NOT leave any food, utensils out, or any scented items out. This includes toothpaste, toothbrush, chapstick. Pretty much put everything but what you are going to sleep into your car. This includes your cooler. Wildlife have been known to raid campsites and human food is dangerous.
- If using a hammock in the campground, please only use trees larger than 10 inches in diameter. Please pad your straps as to not damage the tree. Only 2 hammocks per tree and the hammock must be inside the campsite footprint.
Zion Tent Caterpillar
If camping during April and May be prepared for the invasion of native southwestern tent caterpillars (Malacosoma incurvum). The Tent Caterpillars live and feed on the Fremont cottonwoods in many of the zion campgrounds.
During peak years (every 8-10 years), the caterpillars will cover every surface they can. I would check with NPS and avoid the campground if in a peak year (or a non-peak year if afraid of bugs).
Getting to Zion National Park
Zion is a centrally located park. It is within driving distance of Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Phonxiz. All three cities have an international airport and the concentration of national parks in the surrounding area makes it easy to visit multiple parks in one road trip.
** All Campground prices are valid as of January 28, 2019.
Where to camp in in Zion National Park?
Campgrounds in Zion National Park
- Lava Point Campground
- South Campground
- Watchman Campground
Campgrounds near Zion National Park
- Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort
- Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground
- Hi-Road Campground
- The Riverside Ranch
- Willowwind RV Resort
- Temple View RV Resort
- BLM Old Highway 89
- BLM Twin Hallows Canyon
- BLM Smithsonian Butte
Zion National Park Camping
Lava Point Campground
Lava Point Campground is located about 1 hour and a half north of Zion Canyon along Kolob Terrace Road. This campground is a primitive campground that is reached by a narrow road with steep grades. It is not recommended for large RVs and trailers. During the late spring or early fall check the road conditions before driving out to this campground.
South Campground is located 0.5 miles from the South Entrance. This campground is located near the visitor center and shuttle pickup area. The campground is located next to the Virgin River. There are a handful of sites that are walk-in sites which have riverfront views.
**ADA park visitors should note that none of the bathrooms in South Campground are ADA compliant. You will have to travel 0.3 miles to the Watchman Campground for an accessible restroom.
Watchman Campground is located 0.25 miles from the South Entrance. The campground is nestled at the base of the Watchman rock formation. Watchman is the most developed of the three campground and electric sites are available.
Which is campground did you pick for your camping in Zion National Park adventure?
Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child. This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean. She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).