For visitors to Zion National Park, South Campground is an ideal place to stay. Reservations for South Campground are available 14 days ahead of arrival. Located near the parks 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 parks trails are only accessible by shuttle bus from approximately the end of February until the end of November each year. South Campground is open from approximately March 1st to the Monday after Thanksgiving in November. For reservations more than 14 days ahead of arrival, please check Watchman Campground which offers reservations six months ahead of arrival.
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 meat eating yellowjackets. Insecticidal treatment by visitors is not permitted.
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 Parus 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 where additional hiking trails are available. Many popular rock climbing routes are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon.
Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, firepits and a dump station are provided at this facility. Four group sites are available that can accommodate RVs and tents. There are no hook-ups in this campground. Generators can be used during specific hours. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.
The town of Springdale has shopping, art galleries, shower facilities, restaurants. equipment rental businesses, gas stations, markets, bike rentals, library and health clinic.
Day Use Area: Amphitheater
When I called in advance to get a l little info about Zion this was the first campsite they mentioned. Located right inside of the National Park area just a few hundred yards from the visitor center this place is the hardest reservation to get at Zion because it is always filling up. It was suggested at the time I called to make a reservation well in advance of my travel otherwise I better be ready to find another campsite.
My first trip out was a day trip only, but I immediately saw why they had mentioned this because there wasn't a single site open when I did a walk around. It was very crowded, maybe that is why mote people haven't reviewed it because a lot of campers don't like to find the most commercially trafficked areas. But this one has access to everything in the town as well as the park within just a few short steps.
Campsites are $20, well worth it if you can get in! There are 3 trails which are right next to the campground. The shuttle to other trails is literally a football field away so you can stay here and easily have access to everything. So what is the downside though? No hook ups!
For someone like myself, this is not a biggie at all but for people who need to be able to charge devices or have a RV and don't like being off grid this can be a little taxing. With that being said though they do have potable water and a dump station, so it ain't that bad right?
So from where I see it all upside!!
Check out Angel's Landing, my absolute favorite hike out here because of its unique climb to the top using chains. If you have't seen it, google it! (I am also including a few photos of that trail which is a major draw of people to the park along with the Narrows, which are to cold during spring when I was there)
Reserve, I CANNOT say that enough!!
Check out the cute little artsy community around you. It is all within walking distance and super cute so check it out!
Zion National Park is a wonderful park for everyone to visit. South campground is $20 a night all dry camping, flush toilets. Virgin River runs along the campground. No showers.
You come to take water for granted until you dont have any. This campground was simple but perfect! There were real toilets and actual faucets. Showers are a short walk outside the park in Springdale. There is also great cell service if youre not ready to fully disconnect from the outside world! And plenty of wild life roaming through.
I visited here during mid-March and it was a great campground. It was close to the shuttle and the park entrance. Because it is first come first serve you, and since it was Spring break we had to get there around 5 AM to get a good place in line (we ended up 6th in line). Each site has a lot of space with a fire pit and a table. It has trees scattered around but you can still see sky well if you are wanting to stargaze. The only problem we had with it was that we weren’t allowed to hammock on the trees in between each site because it would harm the two foot strip of grass that was there. It just seemed kind of hypocritical considering there are paved asphalt roads throughout. We were able to bypass it by hooking it to a tree and the racks on my truck.
Zion is seriously one of the most beautiful parks on earth. The camping is packed and noisy like the rest of zion. It must have been amazing years and years ago when zion wasn't overcrowded. Would love to do some back country camping instead of these noisy cramped camp grounds.
First come first serve so if you plan on arriving on the weekend you better get there early. Honestly as far as the park goes i don't think its ever slow so good luck.
It's a first-come, first-serve, so plan to arrive early (before 8am). It's a busy campground, but the convenience of the location cannot be ignored. I will be staying here again.
Can't beat the location and the view but if you're after solitude, this is not the place. Very busy, even over the Thanksgiving weekend, and sites are close together. The busyness that time of year may have been amplfied by the fact that Watchman Campground was closed. Clean restrooms and easy walking distance to the visitors center, the shuttle station, and town. Temps in November were pleasnt during the day and chilly at night.
We lucked out on a Friday morning. By getting to the campground by 8am, we ended up only 21st in line for a site (rumor had it that the first person in line showed up at 5am). This is a very popular campground inside the park boundaries, so unless you show up early, have some backup plans in place. That being said, it is a decent campground. Tents were kept separate from RVs and campers, and we were lucky enough to score a site right on the Virgin River with views of Watchman Mountain right across the river. There was a fence keeping us from accessing the river from our site, but there were multiple river access points throughout the campground. One drawback to getting a site on the river is that the Pa'Rus walking trail goes right through the site, separating your from your vehicle, bathrooms, and water. While the campsite was well maintained, the bathrooms were a disaster. Dirty, stopped up toilets, and ripped bug screens. If you need a shower you can walk a short distance to Zion Outfitter for super clean and modern pay showers. Be sure to bring your park pass/receipt so you can get back in the park as you have to leave the park for this convenience. The campground is a short walk to the shuttle at the visitors center and there is a nice shuttle in the town of Springdale if you want to go "on the town". This campground is so popular that in the morning we felt a bit rushed to break camp and get out as the volunteer rangers and campground hosts came by several times to see that we were packing up. They actually assigned someone to our site prior to us leaving and the new campers showed up before we were completely done. All that notwithstanding, you can't beat the location.
The National Park is amazing. It's like the scene in the Land Before Time where Littlefoot makes it to the Great Valley. It has epic views in 360 degrees and breathtaking hikes like Angels Landing and the Grotto. The campground is very nice. We are planning another trip out there just so that we can experience the Lowers. Everything about this park screams the power of nature and its beauty. If you've never been, plan a trip asap. You won't regret it.
The National Park is amazing. Its like the scene in the Land Before Time where Littlefoot makes it to the Great Valley. It has Epic views in 360 degress and bre a taking hike like Angels Landing and the Grotto. The campground its very nice and we are planning another trip out there just so that we can experience the Lowers. Everything about this Park screams the power of nature and its beauty. If you've never been plan a trip asap. You won't regret it.