Zion’s South Campground closes, Watchman stays open year round


Zion National Park’s Watchman Campground is located just inside the park’s South Entrance. Our shaded Virgin River-side campsite is in the clump of trees to the right in the picture below. Just about every site comes with a majestic view of Watchman mountain.

According to camp host, Michael Fousie, the last night to camp at the South Campground is tonight. Then it closes for the 2009 season.

Watchman Campground, however, stays open. The National Park Service’s Web site states that Watchman’s tent and electric campsites are available year round. There are 162 regular sites, 2 handicapped accessible sites and 7 group sites. 69 sites are tent-only.

No generators are permitted. We were extremely fortunate to get one of the 95 campsites with electrical hookups. While we did not have reservations, it is definitely advisable to reserve an electric campsite if you need power. There are no full-hookup campsites; a dump station with potable water is available for campers. There are flush toilets, but no showers.

Electric campsites are $18 per night; Riverside electric campsites are $20 per night; and Tent Only campsites are $16 per night. Owners of an Interagency Senior or Access or a Golden Age or Access Pass receive a 50% discount on camping fees.

Reservations may be made online at www.recreation.gov (recommended) or by calling 877-444-6777 six months prior to arrival date.

Julianne G. Crane

Image: Zion’s Watchman Campground. (National Park Service).

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  • Aloha Julianne,
    Many decades ago and feels like a previous lifetime, my family used to camp across the country, staying everywhere (for a month lots of summers on way to and from Detroit) only staying a few days at each place. Anyways, we did go to Zion and really enjoyed it. Very Beautiful!
    On the same trip, we also did Bryce and went to Big Rock Candy Mountain (in southern Utah near there). Stayed on top of mountain.
    Sounds like you are having a great time.
    Aloha nui loa, Julie

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