Camping and Lodging

Zion National Park is a great place to come and relax; however finding a camping spot may not be a piece of cake. There are 2 primary campgrounds in the main section of the park and 1 campground on the Kolob Terrace Road. There are also a handful of backcountry campsites throughout the park, you must have a permit to camp there and no other backcountry camping is only allowed in designated camping areas.

There are also a few private campgrounds in Springdale and the surrounding areas which you can stay at which are right outside the park and listed below.

watchman campground zion Zion Canyon Watchman Campground

Watchman Campground is located at the south entrance of Zion National Park near Springdale. Watchman Campground is open year around for tents and RV’s. There are 162 regular sites (95 with power), 2 wheelchair sites, and 7 group sites. It also includes 16 walk in sites for tents only that fill up early in the morning.

The best way to get a spot at Watchman Campground is to make a reservation online (March-Nov). Typically even reservations fill up early in the season. Start reserving spots 6 months prior to your arrival date at   If you are coming in the off season it is first- come- first- served with only two of the campground loops available.


Checkout time is 11 AM

You are allowed 2 cars on individual sites.

Tent only campsites are $16 dollars per night.

Electric campsites are $18 dollars per night.

Group sites are $3 dollars per person with a minimum of 9 people.

You can only stay 14 days park wide.

For more rules and regulations click here.

South Campground

South Campground is also located at the south entrance of Zion National Park near Springdale. There are 127 campsites (including 3 wheelchair accessible sites) that are first come first served. Campsites are $16 a night. The campground is only open March-November.

During the summer this campground fills up extremely early. Usually by 11 AM the sites are full. TIP: Get to the campground early (8 AM or earlier) and start looking for people packing up.


Checkout time is 11 AM.

You are allowed 2 cars on an individual site.

You can only stay 14 consecutive days park wide.

For more rules and regulations see here.

Lava Point Campground Lava Point Campground

Lava Point campground is open from June to October, as weather allows. The campground is 25 miles (45 minutes) north of Virgin or one hour and twenty minutes from the south entrance of the park. There are six primitive campsites (first come first served) with pit toilets and trash cans; however there are not any trash cans. There is no charge for camping here.

Backcountry Camping

The following trails have back country campsites for at hikers. For more information on these campsites click here.

West Rim Trail: 9 campsites throughout the hike in different locations.

East Rim Trail: Can camp anywhere on the trail as long as you have a permit.

Chinle Trail: 6 campsites.

Hop Valley Trail: 2 campsites right before the descent into Laverkin Creek.

La Verkin Creek Trail: 12 campsites.

Zion Narrows: 12 campsites in different locations throughout the hike.

Outside the Park Campgrounds

There are a few different resorts in which you can stay if you are looking for somewhere to camp and are unable to get a spot inside the park. The campgrounds are usually a bit pricy but do offer some amenities that the campgrounds inside the park don’t offer.

Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort

Located only a half mile away from the south entrance of Zion National Park Zion Canyon Campground is in a great location for anyone spending most of their time in the main park. Zion Canyon Campground has a nice pool, laundry facilities, fire pits, and a convenient store.

Tent Site: $30 dollars

Group Tent Site: $10 dollars per person

RV Site: $39 dollars

Zion River Resort

Located near the town of Virgin (12 miles from the Springdale) Zion River Resort is right next to the Virgin River Zion River Resort has very nice campsites with a convenience store, pool/spa, playground, and showers onsite.

Pull-Thru: $55 dollars

Tent Site: $41 dollars

Group Tent Site: $41 dollars

Cabin: $90-102 dollars

zion ponderosa Zion Ponderosa Resort

Located on the east side of Zion National Park, Zion Ponderosa Resort is a great place to stay if you plan on hiking canyons like The Narrows or Englestead. The resort has great amenities like basketball, ping pong, and my favorite the pool and hot tub. They also have other onsite activities that cost money like a climbing wall, miniature golf, a bungee, and a zip line.

There are numerous options when it comes to staying at Zion Ponderosa. From cabin suits, tent spots, and RV parking Zion Ponderosa has it.

Cabin Suites: $168-195 for a cabin.

Cowboy Cabin: $70-97350 for a cabin.

Camp Sites: $11 dollars per person.

RV Rates: $52 dollars a night.

Zion National Park Lodging:

There is also one hotel located inside the park called Zion Lodge. The Zion Lodge also has a restaurant inside it for anyone. The hotel is very expensive and has 28 cabins along with its traditional hotel rooms. If you are looking to stay outside the park in Springdale check out our Springdale page.

Springdale Lodging:

There are quite a few hotels in the Springdale area most of which are fairly nice. They of course all range in price and in most cases you get what you pay for.

Desert Pearl Inn

Located only minutes from Zion National Park the Desert Pearl Inn is a favorite for many visitors. The customer service is great and the property is well maintained. If you can, try and get a riverside suite and enjoy the amazing views which are absolutely beautiful.

Hampton Inn and Suites

The Hampton Inn is very close to one of the Springdale Shuttle stops and only moments from the center of Springdale with plenty of onsite parking. The rooms are nice and modern. The views from this hotel are also stunning.

Best Western

Don’t let the name Best Western turn you off, this hotel surprises many visitors. The rooms are well appointed and it usually offers breakfast with your stay at a restaurant next door. The rooms have amazing views of the Zion Canyon walls. The staff is very friendly and does their best to accommodate your needs.

Mt Carmel Lodging:

There are 3 hotels in Mt. Carmel Junction on the east side of Zion National Park. I have not stayed in them or visited them but they are the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge, Golden Hills Motel, and Arrowhead Country Inn and Cabins.