For visitors to Zion National Park, South Campground is an ideal place to stay. Reservations for South Campground are available 14 days ahead of arrival. Located near the park's south entrance, the campground is just a short walk from the main visitor center, the Zion Canyon Shuttle System and the adjacent town of Springdale.

The canyon and most of the park's trails are only accessible by shuttle bus from approximately the end of February until the end of November each year. South Campground is open from approximately March 1st to the Monday after Thanksgiving in November. Reservations are available up to 14 days before your arrival.

For reservations more than 14 days ahead of arrival, please check Watchman Campground which offers reservations six months ahead of arrival.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
127 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at South Campground.

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Hipcamper Jenna
Jenna B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 15th, 2015

The South Campground can be a bit chaotic. Vehicles will drive around and around hoping to scope out someone leaving. During the middle of the week in March, all campsites were filled by roughly 8am. Get there early if you want a campsite.

The campground is under the tree cover.
Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 28th, 2016

Very packed in, but each site gives you plenty of space. Be cautious walking around because there are always cars moving looking for a campsite. Get their early during warm months, especially if you want a spot by the Virgin River

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff I.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 9th, 2015

I ran into the same issue with the campgrounds being full, but I found a campground just before the East entrance of the park that was pretty sufficient and not that crowded.

Hipcamper Jason
Jason H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 16th, 2016

This is the best campground in the main canyon for easy access to trails and the shuttle system. I prefer camping here as it's mostly tents and the sites have more cover.

Hipcamper Andy
Andy F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 22nd, 2017

Zion has become super popular and the South Campgrounds are the best way to go - it makes Zion so easy! We watched everyone else who was coming in for the day struggle finding parking. Not so when camping. The visitor center is close by with access to the shuttle that can get you anywhere you need to go in the park. The visitor center also has a grocery store and showers available. The campground has restrooms and clean water pumps. The cherry on top staying here - one evening as we were preparing dinner, half a dozen deer walked into our campsite, started grazing on grass, and then laid down in the grass. They hung out with us for several hours. It was amazing. According to the park ranger, this is common.

Zion National ParkNight view from Canyon OverlookLots of deer in the South CampgroundView from Angel's Landing
Hipcamper Madison
Madison D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 8th, 2017

This campground was totally worth the hour an a half wait to get our spot. We stayed at the end of September and totally underestimated the amount of people who be in the park at this time. We would recommend getting in line before 8 am to secure a spot. (We stayed Friday - Saturday) The morning while new guests are coming in and old guests are leaving is a bit hectic but after about 2 pm things calmed down and it made for a really enjoyable stay. The campground was at capacity but did not feel over filled at all. The camp hosts did a great job managing the chaos.

Pros: Beautiful! Great access to the bus and very large sites.

Cons: Hard to get into.

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Hipcamper Kelsie
Kelsie L.
recommends this listing.
November 24th, 2017

We went in late January early February and, since most campgrounds are closed due to snow and ice you need to book a reservation well in advance. Bring plenty of firewood and a great camera for capturing the beautiful starscapes at night with the contrasting canyon walls. Most bathrooms are closed at this time too so be sure and go before you go to bed at night to prevent a late-night, cold walk to the restrooms. The scenery was amazing and we were by a partially frozen stream that would be babbling in the background.

Hipcamper Nicolas
Nicolas C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 4th, 2016

We got in at about 10am on a Monday morning in July, and there were plenty of spots open at the time. On the bad side, it was over 100 degrees that day and didn't go below 99 until at least 2am - we got to sleep only by being very tired.

Hipcamper Mike
Mike B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 11th, 2017

Be ready for people and Mule deer! Pretty sweet campground. Not as nice as watchman though

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Tent / RV / Trailer: 127 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)