Tarah S.
Yakima, WA
Joined July 2016
Zion- straight up land

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in the campground this April and it was perfect! We arrived around 10am on a Sunday and were able to get a spot next to the river without any difficulty. The views from our spot were fantastic! The sites are a little close to one another, but I've see worse. There is a nice paved running/biking/walking trail located right next to the river that makes for a lovely walk and I believe can be used to access the tour buses. Be mindful that Zion campgrounds don't have showers so be prepared to make other arrangements if you are staying for awhile. The first day it was in the mid 70's and was perfect. The second day, it poured and was 50 degrees and windy. Luckily, it began to rain after we packed up our stuff :) I read a lot of bad reviews about this campground, mainly the fact that there are no showers, however I thought that our site was well worth the $20 especially for it being a National Park! Most of our campgrounds here in WA cost that much and are worse!

First to Review
Beautiful spot in the desert!

We needed a place to stay the night before Zion and I happened upon this gem in the desert. We arrived at midnight so it was a little bit disorienting, but we finally found a spot and set up for the night. The night sky was so beautiful with the moon and stars! There aren't any lights around the campground so on a night with no moon, I'm sure you could see EVERYTHING. Upon waking, my husband and I were very impressed by the views! They were stunning! The downfall to this campground is that there is VERY little privacy and it appears that some people can stay permanently, which is a bit off putting. The site next to ours had a camper that appeared to have been there for quite some time and there was litter surrounding it. I was sad that we were in such a hurry to get to Zion (1 1/2 hrs away) because I guess there is a very beautiful hike along the Virgin River. Next time I guess.

Best camp site EVER!

I was extremely impressed with this campground in particular my site! I stayed one night here in October and it was perfect- not crowded and I got the perfect site! My campsite was surrounded by ocean views and was within walking distance of the beach! Back when I was there (2012) it was $18/night for a tent and is TOTALLY worth it! I've talked with some of my other Washingtonian friends and they all agree that this is one of their favorite campgrounds as well. This beach is fun for all ages! There is a passage way through a rocky outcropping that you can crawl through to the other beach and plenty of tide pools to keep you busy exploring throughout the day.

Best camp site EVER!

I was extremely impressed with this campground in particular my site! I stayed one night here in October and it was perfect- not crowded and I got the perfect site! My campsite was surrounded by ocean views and was within walking distance of the beach! Back when I was there (2012) it was $18/night for a tent and is TOTALLY worth it! I've talked with some of my other Washingtonian friends and they all agree that this is one of their favorite campgrounds as well. This beach is fun for all ages! There is a passage way through a rocky outcropping that you can crawl through to the other beach and plenty of tide pools to keep you busy exploring throughout the day.

Magical experience!

I camped here one night with my dog and it was so peaceful…..granted it was in October. There was only one other camper in the whole park so I felt like I had the park to myself. I bathed in the river that evening and the next day was able to witness a family of otters swimming up the river! The campsites are well spread apart and there are many along the river. It's $17/night for tent spots which seems to be the going rate for campsites around the Olympic Peninsula. The fs.usda.gov site states that this park closes Sept, but I'm pretty sure I stayed there the beginning of Oct 2012 and have pictures to prove it! Personally, I felt that this campsite was much nicer than the Sol Duc campground which was $3 more a night.

Fall adventure

For a tent spot at this campground it costs $20. I thought this was a little bit expensive for what you get; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find a spot near the river under a beautiful orange and red sugar maple. Also, I felt much better about $20/night after seeing how much it cost to stay at the lodge! For October, this park was still busy and all the spots adjacent to me were full. Please keep this in mind if you are planning on visiting in the summer months. Regardless of the campground being full, it was still quiet as the river drown out most of the surrounding sounds. The campground is situated between the trail to Sol Duc Falls and Sol Duc Lodge. The hot springs are on site at the lodge and it costs $12 to get in last time I was there. The hot springs were crowded and not as hot as I wished they were. After several days of oatmeal packets for breakfast, I thought it was time to change things up and eat breakfast at the Sol Duc lodge. It won't disappoint! Also, I did the Sol Duc Falls trail first thing in the morning and was glad I did- there were few people on the trail and the sun shining through the trees was amazing!