Campgrounds in Zion National Park
The Lava Point Campground
The Lava Point Campground is off of the Kolob Terrace Road, roughly 25 miles north of the town of Virgin. There are only 6 primitive campsites available as first-come, first served-, with pit toilets and trash cans, but no water. The drive to the campground is around an hour an 20 minutes from the South Entrance of Zion Canyon. The campground is usually open May through September if the weather permits and there is no charge for camping here. Additionally, vehicles longer than 19 feet are not allowed on the road to the campground, and weather conditions may affect Kolob Terrace Road, which leads to the Lava Point Campground, during the spring and fall seasons.
The South Campground is half a mile away from the South Entrance. There are 117 campsites, with 3 that are flat sites and wheel chair accessible. There are no accessible facilities such as restrooms or trails. Campers usually travel 0.3 miles to the Watchman Campground to utilize accessible restrooms if need be. A dump station with potable water is available for campers, but there are no hook-ups available in the South Campground. Generators are permitted from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Hammocks are allowed in the South Campground as long as they follow the park’s guidelines. They must be over the footprint of the campsite and limit to trees 10 inches in diameter with padding around the tree. Only 2 hammocks are allowed to be hung from the same tree.
Individual campsites in this campground are $20 per night and group campsites are $50 per night. Owners of an Interagency Senior/Golden Age or Interagency Access/Access Pass are eligible for a 50% discount on individual campsites, but there are no discounts on group campsites.
The Watchman Campground is a quarter mile from the South Entrance. There are 176 regular sites, with 2 sites that are wheelchair accessible, and 6 group sites. Tent and electric campsites are also available year-round. Group campsites are available, but only by reservation, from March through October. Regarding accessibility, there are two accessible sites and many other flat sites with easy access to six accessible restrooms.
There are 6 group campsites that are limited to one sight per group at a time with a stay limit of 7 days. The group campsites are tent-only, which means that RVs, camping trailer, and pop-up campers are not allowed in these particular sites. Additionally, hammocks are not allowed. The sites can accommodate between 7 to 40 campers, depending on the particular site you reserve.
Generators are not allowed in the Watchman Campground. Electric campsites cost $30 a night and tent-only campsites are $20 per night.
Campgrounds Near Zion National Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park offers gorgeous campgrounds for those looking to stick near Zion National Park. This state park is a roughly 38-minute drive from Zion, but it’s worth the trip to explore the gorgeous dunes. The campsites sit on a single loop surrounded by pinon pines and juniper, allowing campers with a great amount of privacy. Every campsite has a picnic table, grill, and pull-through parking- and you can book a campsite up to four months in advance! Additionally, the group campsites at Coral Pink Sand Dunes can hold between 25 and 50 people. This park is a fan favorite, so if you’re checking out Zion National Park, we suggest you check out these dashing dunes as well.
Right outside of the East Gate is the Hi-Road Campground, a very convenient campsite if you’re interested in hiking the East Rim hike. This campsite features full hookups, pull-through sites, and tent sites as well as basic facilities. There’s also a trading post across the road from the Hi-Road Campground.
If the Campgrounds Are Full…
The closest town to Zion National Park is Springdale. If you’re looking to explore the park but aren’t able to find a campsite, then you’re probably going to check out the hotels in Springdale first. Unfortunately, you’ll be paying for location.
Most hotels in Springdale are mid-range or high-end hotels, so you’re likely to pay a high price for a room. On the other hand, if you’re willing to make the drive, you can find significantly better deals on hotels in St. George, which is not even an hour away from Zion National Park. Compared to Springdale, there are also many more affordable hotel options in St. George.
Some nice hotels at reasonable rates include the Quality Inn and Suites Montclair and La Quinta Inn & Suites at Zion Park. Both hotels have a decent range of options, quick and easy access to Zion, and complimentary breakfast. If you’re into swimming, the Quality Inn has a seasonal outdoor pool! Nothing beats taking a dip in the pool after a long afternoon of hiking.
For those interested in high-end properties, the Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens is located near the south gate of Zion. It’s a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The five-acre lodge has a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, and even a riverside beach. The room accommodations range from standard luxury rooms to villas with full kitchens.
St. George Hotels
For the best bang for your buck, we recommend you check out the hotels in St. George. We recommend Clairon Suites and the Best Western Inn, which both feature complimentary breakfast and outdoor pools. The rooms at the Clairon Suites include microwaves and fridges as well, so you can store the snacks you plan to take to Zion. Additionally, if you’re interested in paying the price for a mid-range hotel in Springdale, check out The Inn at Entrada, a boutique resort in St. George. This hotel has top-notch casitas with gorgeous views of the red vermilion cliffs. So, even though you’re farther away from Zion National Park, you still have beautiful sights to enjoy!