Places to Camp near Zion National Park

Join the fun near Zion National Park. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Discover secluded campsites where you can reconnect with nature. Or maybe you like to bring your family and friends along. Either way, there are Zion National Park campgrounds just for you. At The Dyrt, campers like you share their favorite spots, plus tips and photos. No matter where you're headed in Zion National Park, you'll find the best spot for you and your camping crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Zion National Park, UT (251)

    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Watchman Campground — Zion National Park

    1.

    Watchman Campground — Zion National Park

    229 Reviews
    882 Photos
    1614 Saves
    Springdale, Utah

    Overview

    For visitors to Zion National Park, Watchman Campground is an ideal place to stay. Located near the park's south entrance, the campground is just a short walk from the main visitor center, the Zion Canyon Shuttle System and the adjacent town of Springdale. The canyon and most of the park's trails are only accessible by shuttle bus from approximately March through November each year. Season Dates: Watchman Campground is open year-round. Reservations are available 6 months in advance.__

    Recreation

    Hikers can access three trails directly from the facility: the Watchman Trail, a moderate trail that ascends the peak behind the campground; the Archeology Trail, which offers a light hike to an archeological site nearby; and the Pa'rus Trail, a paved walking and biking trail that runs alongside the river, and the only trail in the park that allows dogs. Although there are no rock climbing routes in the campground, many popular climbs are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.

    Facilities

    Hikers can access three trails directly from the facility: the Watchman Trail, a moderate trail that ascends the peak behind the campground; the Archeology Trail, which offers a light hike to an archeological site nearby; and the Pa'rus Trail, a paved walking and biking trail that runs alongside the river, and the only trail in the park that allows dogs. Although there are no rock climbing routes in the campground, many popular climbs are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.

    Natural Features

    Zion is known for it's dynamic geologic history and Watchman Campground is no exception. Named for the rocky peak that rises above it, the campground is surrounded by tall sandstone cliffs that glow red and orange during sunrise and sunset. The Virgin River, a narrow but powerful river that has carved out the canyon over time, runs adjacent to the campground. Cottonwood trees surrounding the campsite turn golden in the fall. Most of the campsites are in partial to full sun, however in the Group sites (E-Loop) and the Walk-To sites (F-Loop) visitors may receive some shade under pergulas that are constructed over the picnic tables. Visitors can also cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer. Be Advised: The months of April and May bring an unusual infestation of Tent Caterpillars, which fall from trees onto tents, tables, and unsuspecting campers and can make it quite uncomfortable to sit outside. The months of July and August in particular bring a higher concentration of ants in the campsites, which seem to come out especially after the monsoons, but are present all summer long. Insecticidal treatment by visitors is not permitted.

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    For facility specific information, please call (877) 444-6777.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Springdale has shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and a public library. Throughout the year, concerts, festivals, and parades are held in the town.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Individual Site: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you modify your reservation or change your stay dates. Cancelling your reservation prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time two nights before your stay will incur a $10 cancellation fee. Camping reservations cancelled the day before and day of arrival incur a $10 cancellation fee and forfeit the first night's use fee If you need to cancel or modify your reservation after 12:00 am Eastern Time on the day of arrival you must contact campground staff at zion_watchman_campground@nps.gov. Group campsite: Customers who cancel a group site reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from South Campground — Zion National Park

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    South Campground — Zion National Park

    92 Reviews
    361 Photos
    840 Saves
    Springdale, Utah

    Overview

    Reservations for South Campground are available up to 14 days before your arrival and may extend up to two days beyond this 14-day booking window.__ For visitors to Zion National Park, South Campground is an ideal place to stay. Located near the park's south entrance, the campground is just a short walk from the main visitor center, the Zion Canyon Shuttle System and the adjacent town of Springdale. The canyon and most of the park's trails are only accessible by shuttle bus from approximately the end of February until the end of November each year. Season Dates: South Campground is open from early March to the end of October. Reservations are available up to 14 days before your arrival. For example, if you want to make a reservation for March 14 to 16, you may book this reservation beginning on March 1. Reservations that extend beyond the 14 day booking window cannot be altered. For reservations more than 14 days ahead of arrival, please check Watchman Campground which offers reservations six months in advance of arrival.

    Recreation

    Hikers can access three trails directly from the facility: the Watchman Trail, a moderate trail that ascends the peak behind the campground; the Archeology Trail, which offers a light hike to an archeological site; and the Pa'rus Trail, a paved walking and biking trail that runs alongside the river, and the only trail in the park that allows dogs. The Zion visitor center and the park shuttles are a short walk from the campground. Many popular rock climbing routes are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.

    Facilities

    Hikers can access three trails directly from the facility: the Watchman Trail, a moderate trail that ascends the peak behind the campground; the Archeology Trail, which offers a light hike to an archeological site; and the Pa'rus Trail, a paved walking and biking trail that runs alongside the river, and the only trail in the park that allows dogs. The Zion visitor center and the park shuttles are a short walk from the campground. Many popular rock climbing routes are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.

    Natural Features

    Zion is known for its dynamic geologic history. The South Campground and Amphitheater were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the early 1930s. The project was completed and opened to the public in the spring of 1935. The Virgin River, a narrow but powerful river that has carved out the canyon over time, runs adjacent to the site. Cottonwood trees surrounding the campsite turn golden in the fall. Although the campground is moderately forested, most of the campsites are in partial to full sun but visitors can cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer. Be Advised: The months of April and May bring an unusual infestation of Tent Caterpillars, which fall from trees onto tents, tables, and unsuspecting campers and can make it quite uncomfortable to sit outside. The months of July and August in particular bring a higher concentration of ants in the campsites, which seem to come out especially after the monsoons, but are present all summer long. August and September bring yellowjackets. Insecticidal treatment by visitors is not permitted.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Springdale has shopping, art galleries, shower facilities, restaurants. equipment rental businesses, gas stations, markets, bike rentals, library and health clinic.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Individual Site: A $10.00 service fee will apply if you modify your reservation or change your stay dates. Cancelling your reservation prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time two nights before your stay will incur a $10 cancellation fee. Camping reservations cancelled the day before and day of arrival incur a $10 cancellation fee and forfeit the first night's use fee. If you need to cancel or modify your reservation after 12:00 am Eastern Time the day of your arrival you must contact campground staff at zion_south_campground@nps.gov.__ Group campsite: Customers who cancel a group site reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Canyon Campground

    3.

    Zion Canyon Campground

    78 Reviews
    197 Photos
    839 Saves
    Springdale, Utah

    Zion Campground is a spacious piece of paradise that has been owned and operated by the Ferber family since 1973 when the adjoining Zion Canyon Campground and RV resort was founded by David Ferber. Our staff has explored the canyons and surrounding areas and can be quite helpful about where to go, what to wear and who to see for the outdoor adventure of a lifetime.

    After a long day come back to your site and freshen up for dinner with a choice of more than a dozen local eateries from casual to upscale all within a shuttle from our campground. After dinner sit outside and watch the sunset under The Watchman, a truly breathtaking sight.

    We only allow two pets in a site and they must be in an air-conditioned RV/Trailer. There are no pets allowed in tent sites or in sites in which the vehicle will not have air-conditioned being run all day.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion River Resort

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    Zion River Resort

    67 Reviews
    124 Photos
    744 Saves
    Virgin, Utah

    Just minutes from Zion National Park, we are ideally located for easy access to several of the nation’s most beautiful parks. Zion River Resort is the perfect base camp for day trips to Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon North Rim, Cedar Breaks National Monument and many other of the Southwest's most popular destinations. Visit our Itineraries page for vacation adventure ideas and our Calendar to see the exciting events we offer throughout the year.

    For your comfort, each site has full hook-ups, a shade tree, fire ring (with the exception of 4 sites), picnic table, free Wi-Fi, and cable television. Pull thru sites are 60-70 feet long with a concrete pad and a grassy area perfect for relaxing on your lounge chair. Riverside Back-In sites average 40-50 feet deep, have gravel, and the Virgin River flowing behind them. There is a berm running along the river’s edge for the protection of our young guests; however, you can hear the river running all year. Standard Back-In sites range from 30-40 feet deep, have 30 amp electric, and are available with either a concrete pad & grass or gravel only. These sites are perfect for smaller RVs. Please help us maintain our desert grass by not putting down mats, rugs, or carpets. We will be happy to help you choose just the right site for your preferences and needs.

    Tent sites are located beside the Virgin River, have small pea gravel, a fire ring, picnic table, and electrical outlet. Potable water is located at either end of the tenting area. The camper kitchen is available for cooking and washing dishes. The restrooms, showers, and laundry are close to the tent area. All resort facilities are included.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)

    5.

    Zion RV and Campground (Hi-Road)

    41 Reviews
    154 Photos
    272 Saves
    Springdale, Utah

    The perfect location for all your camping and RV needs conveniently located just East of the Zion National Park boundary. Our spacious and beautiful campground offers everything you will need for a perfect camping experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 - $54 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed

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    Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed

    34 Reviews
    62 Photos
    1167 Saves
    Virgin, Utah

    Welcome to Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed Camping Area in Utah. This spot is a gem for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it. Nestled near Zion National Park, it's a fantastic base camp for exploring the park's stunning landscapes.

    This area is all about simplicity and nature. There are no amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. It's free to camp here, and you don't need a permit, which is a big plus. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars, but remember to bring your own firewood.

    The road to get here can be a bit tricky. Several campers have mentioned that having an SUV or a vehicle with good clearance is a smart move, especially if you want to cross the creek to find a more secluded spot. The area is big-rig friendly, but the terrain can be bumpy and rutted.

    Once you're here, you'll find peace and quiet. The stars at night are breathtaking, and the proximity to Zion means you can easily pop over for a day hike or two. Some campers have noted that it's a great spot for truck camping, and there are plenty of trees if you're into hammock camping.

    If you're looking for a place to unwind and enjoy nature without the crowds, Kolob Terrace Road Dispersed Camping Area is worth checking out. Just be ready for a bit of a rugged experience, and you'll have a memorable stay.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sand Hollow State Park Campground

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    Sand Hollow State Park Campground

    47 Reviews
    203 Photos
    488 Saves
    Hurricane, Utah

    With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Sand Hollow camping is Utah's newest state park is also one of its most popular. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain with an off-highway vehicle, then camp in either the full hookup westside campground, or stay close to the action and ride your OHV from your site to the dunes in the new sandpit campground. Geography: A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.

    Recreation: Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.

    Facilities: Three campground areas ranging from full hookups to standard camping.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah
    Camper-submitted photo from Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah

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    Sheep Bridge BLM Area (hurricane cliffs trail system) - Utah

    29 Reviews
    85 Photos
    995 Saves
    Virgin, Utah

    This listing is for SHEEP Bridge BLM in Utah, not SHEEPS Bridge BLM in AZ.

    There is a separate listing on The Dyrt for the BLM location in AZ.

    • Pets
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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from North Creek Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from North Creek Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from North Creek Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from North Creek Dispersed Camping
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    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

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    Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

    27 Reviews
    47 Photos
    406 Saves
    Springdale, Utah

    When you book a stay at Zion Ponderosa Resort, you’ll experience the best of Zion National Park lodging. Only 10 minutes from the east gate entrance of Zion National Park and 75 minutes from Bryce Canyon, Zion Ponderosa rests on a 4,000 acre resort and features a full-range of world-class lodging from deluxe vacation homes to rustic cowboy cabins, RV sites to tent camping and glamping.

    Accommodations don’t stop at lodging options, Zion Ponderosa features a two-tiered swimming pool, adventures and activities from jeep tours to sunset yoga, and quality cuisine at Ray’s Restaurant and Narrow Coffee Bar.

    Whether you’re staying at our Zion resort, or looking for lodging near Bryce Canyon, Zion Ponderosa has the biggest array of places to stay near Zion National Park.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Zion National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Zion National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 251 campgrounds and RV parks near Zion National Park and 94 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Zion National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Zion National Park is Watchman Campground — Zion National Park with a 4.6-star rating from 229 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Zion National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 94 free dispersed camping spots near Zion National Park.

What parks are near Zion National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 14 parks near Zion National Park that allow camping, notably Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park.