Zion National Park campground opens as “reservations only”

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In another sign of our crowded times, Zion National Park’s South Campground will open tomorrow (March 1, 2018) as a reservations-only campground. The Utah park previously kept some spaces available as first-come, first-served. But even then, in the busy season, RVers and other campers were in line at 5 a.m. hoping for a campsite.

Zion is currently considering a policy where a reservation would be necessary to simply enter the park, limiting the number of visitors to avoid crowding, a problem in recent years.

Camping reservations can be made two weeks prior to arrival by going to www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Reservations placed months ahead of arrival are recommended.

The campground is located a half-mile from the park’s south entrance, within walking distance to the visitor center, shuttles and nearby restaurants and shops in Springdale, Utah. There are 117 campsites, including three sites that are wheelchair accessible.

Individual campsites are $20 per night. Potable water and a dump station are on-site, but no electrical or sewer hook-ups. The maximum recommended RV height is 12 feet, 6 inches due to overhanging tree limbs. Check-in is any time after noon, and check-out is 11 a.m.

Visit nps.gov/zion for more detailed information on all of Zion National Park’s campgrounds and facilities.

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Al & Sharon
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Al & Sharon

Please, please, please, when you provide information, please provide complete information. — First, there are two campgrounds in the main valley of Zion. — Second, Watchman campground is still available by reservation up to 6 months in advance and has electric and water hookups, but us usually filled by reservation every night in the main season from March to the end of October. — Third. Thank you for supplying the excellent info about South campground. You are correct about the South campground being available by reservation, AND you can only make the reservations up to 14 days (2 weeks) in… Read more »

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

Several managers of National or State parks have told me they try to hold a handicap site back from reservations. So, for those of us who need it, call the park directly on day of desired arrival, to ask if one is available.

Joan Connor
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Joan Connor

I am sitting here in Zion’s South campground as I type. We drove our 24’ rv in yesterday with no reservation and are planning to stay the next 5 nights. Watchman campground was full but we are here in a first come basis! We arrived early afternoon.

Will
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Will

We just visited Arches NP near Moab, UT. They are also talking about reservations only acceess to the park.