If you like to gamble and never lose, then place your bets on Watchman Campground. There are sites to for RVers, walk-in lovers, and first-come, first-served last-minute planners (you know who you are).

You'll get some serious face time with the monoliths at Zion here. You know that means insane sunsets and wildlife making your trip feel like a fairytale, right? And though showers aren't available, granite and tile restrooms aren't exactly roughing it. Shuttles to take you to your daily Zion adventure (Angels Landing is a must).

You can also walk to Springdale to grab a brew and peruse antique shops filled with Native American Antiques. You've got a full hand at Watchman. Don't hesitate, just go all in!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
179 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 Watchman Campground.

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Hipcamper Robert
Robert D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 26th, 2015

No need to put too much thought into where you are going to camp; when you are in a spectacular place, and Zion NP is one, the campsites are spectacular. That being said, #6 on Lava Point Trail is to die for.

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

The campgrounds were full when I was in Zion, even on a weekday. You will have to arrive early in the morning for a chance to get a spot. Seems like these stay pretty full during the peak seasons.

Angels Landing - views worth the climb!Watchman Campground
Hipcamper Alex
Alex F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 5th, 2015

Not the most private campground, but good access to bathroom facilities, clean water pumps and just a short drive (or walk) to the Zion Visitors Center where you can pick up your wilderness permits/take one of the free buses into the canyon. There are plenty of deer and other wildlife that are not intimated by the campers and you will often see them roam into the campsite day or night - be sure to safely pack your food away as I did not see any canisters at the site.

Hipcamper Kristina
Kristina F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 31st, 2016

Zion is one of my "happy places"! Watchman campground is such a luxury for car camping! My first visit here I came during the winter season so I couldn't reserve in advance. The bathroom facilities are very nice and every campsite is also of quality! I highly recommend staying here!

View from the Canyon Overlook trailHiking up to Observation Point in Zion.
Hipcamper Erica
Erica F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 24th, 2016

Great area to stay with easy access to Zion National Park. Don't expect to have a lot of privacy, but if you like getting to know your neighbor and sharing trail plans, this is a great place to stay! The visitor center, only a short walking distance away, has drinking water to refill your bottles. When I was there I saw plenty of wildlife, including deer and tons of squirrels! Make sure to store your food away from critters! It get's extremely hot at this campground in the summer, so don't plan on sleeping in or you'll roast in your tent. There are so many great hikes to do in Zion, I highly recommend going! It's also easy to walk into the town of Springdale which has some cute little shops/restaurants! My favorite is Zion Pizza and Noodle!

Top of Angels Landing, one of the many, easily accessibly hikes you can do in Zion National Park!
Hipcamper Cynthia
Cynthia K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 12th, 2016

Spectacular campground! The best we've ever stayed in beauty wise. I don't think there's a site that isn't picturesque. We stayed at site A2. As others have stated, the sites are close, with not much shrubbery between. Some sites are on the Virgin River. No hookups. Generators stop at 10pm. We made reservations, since we were there during the summer. I recommend it!
Bathrooms are modern, flush toilets. No showers. The Visitor Center/shuttle stop is a short walk away.
They do allow pets & you can have a fire (with rules).

Site A2Virgin RiverMountain Sheep at ZionHidden Canyon Trail
Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 17th, 2016

Great spot to set up for a weekend in Zion. I highly recommend checking this out during the off-season. I visited in November last year and I had numerous options for camp sites, and there wasn't too many people around me.

Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan H.
recommends this listing.
February 3rd, 2017

Zion! Don't go on Holidays!

Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy F.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2017

We stayed here in an RV over Thanksgiving. The place was packed with like-minded people who wanted to enjoy the beauty of the park during their Thanksgiving weekend. It was a bit chilling (nights in the low 20s), but a great experience to be sleeping in the canyon with the Virgin River nearby.

Clear skies and beautiful leaves on Thanksgiving weekend
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