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Watchman Campground

Watchman Campground Highway 89 C Loop, Zion National Park, Utah 84767 USA

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“Camping & RV in Springdale, UT”

Overview For visitors to Zion National Park, Watchman Campground is an ideal place to stay. 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 March through November each year. Watchman Campground is open year-round, with the reservation season being March through Thanksgiving weekend in November. The campground is first-come, first-served at the end of November through February. Recreation Hikers can access three trails directly from the facility: the Watchman Trail, a moderate trail that ascends the peak behind the campground; the Archeology Trail, which offers a light hike to an archeological site nearby; and the Pa'rus Trail, a paved walking and biking trail that runs alongside the river, and the only trail in the park that allows dogs. Although there are no rock climbing routes in the campground, many popular climbs are within a short shuttle bus ride into the main canyon. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park. Facilities Toilets, drinking water and picnic tables are provided at this facility. Tent-only (F-Loop), non-electric sites (C & D Loop) do not permit vehicles 19 feet and over or in combined length. Group sites (E-Loop) are also tent-only and can accommodate between seven and 40 people. Standard electric sites in A-Loop may be used for either tent or RV camping. However, only RVs are permitted to occupy sites in the B-Loop. There are no full-hookup campsites. Electric sites are all 30 amp, with only a handful of sites that supply 50 amp; a dump station with potable water is available at the entrance to the campground. Natural Features Zion is known for it's dynamic geologic history and Watchman Campground is no exception. Named for the rocky peak that rises above it, the campground is surrounded by tall sandstone cliffs that glow red and orange during sunrise and sunset. The Virgin River, a narrow but powerful river that has carved out the canyon over time, runs adjacent to the campground. Cottonwood trees surrounding the campsite turn golden in the fall. Most of the campsites are in partial to full sun, however in the Group sites (E-Loop) and the Walk-To sites (F-Loop) visitors may receive some shade under pergulas that are constructed over the picnic tables. Visitors can also cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer. Be Advised: The months of April and May bring an unusual infestation of Tent Caterpillars, which fall from trees onto tents, tables, and unsuspecting campers and can make it quite uncomfortable to sit outside. The months of July and August in particular bring a higher concentration of ants in the campsites, which seem to come out especially after the monsoons, but are present all summer long. Insecticidal treatment by visitors is not permitted. Nearby Attractions The town of Springdale has shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and a public library. Throughout the year, concerts, festivals, and parades are held in the town. Charges & Cancellations A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change your reservation. Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of arrival date incur a $10 cancellation fee. Within 48 hours of arrival, a $10 cancellation fee and the first night's fee are charged.

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4.8 Access
4.9 Location
4.7 Cleanliness
4.6 Site Quality
4.5 Noise

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Reviewed by
StephaniePacheco

  • 11 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
May 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

We stayed at Watchman Campground this past weekend (Aug 12-13).
It's the campsite inside the actual National Park. I was worried that it was going to be really crowded, but it wasn't too bad, and the sign said the campground was full. It was very clean, the bathrooms were clean, the sites were reasonably spaced apart, which was nice. We stayed at LoopC-17 and it was right next to the bathroom. I wanted convenience, but I didn't realize how close it was. So just keep that in mind when booking. I loved how we just walked from our site directly to the Zion Center, and to the Zion Canyon strip with stores. I felt it was very convenient. We showered at Zion Outfitters, very clean showers. The night photo I posted, is right from our campsite. Beautiful.

5 people found this review helpful
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  • 1,117 Reviews
  • 99 Helpful
May 26, 2017
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Watchman Campground is located on a bench above North Fork Virgin River .4 miles north of Springdale and just south of the South Campground. Watchman Campground's 170 campsites include fire pits, picnic tables, and water, as well as central bathrooms with flush toilets and a central dump station. The campground is partly shaded and provides great views into Zion National Park. Laundry, groceries, and gas are all available within one mile of the campground. Watchman campground is closed from November through March. There are no RV hookups.Please enjoy the campsite photos of Watchman campground.  We will continue to add more campsite photos of the campground if some are not available.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wbart72

  • 10 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
May 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

Awesome location for camping! We showed up at the last minute to camp with our pop-up after being turned away from a commercial location outside the park. We are so happy to have stayed here instead, it's a beautiful location right under the mountains in Zion. The only drawback is there are no showers, which was okay for us as we were only here for one night. It should also be noted that we were there in March and the place was packed, so make reservations if you can!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
KB

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 20, 2023
Rated 5.0

What a gorgeous campground! We were lucky to snap up a cancellation and reserved spot B-060 for four nights in mid-November. It’s convenient to walk to the visitor center where you can catch the shuttle to most of the trailheads. You can also easily walk into town or catch the Springdale bus. So convenient!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
GoGoGoGreta

  • 38 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 19, 2014
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The sites here are fairly close together and there isn't a lot of vegetation between them, so you're going to have to be cozy with your neighbors. The good news is that there are so many great hikes in Zion that you probably won't be in your campsite very much!

We had a site with electric near the river and it was semi-secluded because of the angle (#56).

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Nightly Rate: $18.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 56

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 08, 2015
Rated

Zion National Park is one of the most wonderful places on Earth, the scenery is world class and the hiking is magnificent. The Watchman Campground is at the entrance to the park, which means (for most of the year) you can jump on a shuttle bus and see all the sites that this side of the park has to offer.

There is also a shuttle into the town of Springdale, which ahs good places to eat and have a beer (Utah strength - don't get too excited). The town is actually close enough to walk, but if you have tired legs from lots of hiking, the shuttle might be a welcome respite. he location of this campground is so perfect, we did not get in our car for 5 days. We walked or took the bus to everywhere we wanted to go.

The monolithic scenery at Zion is so dominant, that you don't even need to leave your site to appreciate it. You are surrounded by it.

I was a little worried about the campground as several reviews described it as cramped, but I thought it was actually just fine. We had a decent sized site, and yes we had neighbors all the time in this busy park, but we didn't experience noise at all. We were in a electric hook-up loop which means no-generators so maybe that was a benefit.

It's a very popular National Park, so we expected getting a site at short notice to be quite difficult. We were lucky and snagged this site with just a few days notice for 5 nights, I assume someone just canceled as there was nothing else available for more than a night.

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Nightly Rate: $18.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: B07

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 20, 2015
Rated

I have been to some NP campgrounds with better views, but Watchman is the whole package. Yes sites could be farther apart, and yes it would be great to have water at the sites (they do have electric) but everything else was just about perfect.

EXCEPT they have a crazy squirrel problem. These things were not afraid of you at all. I threw my shoe at one and actually hit it because it didn't move.

So unless you have squirrel-phobia this is a great campsite. Just make sure you get a reservation!

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Nightly Rate: $18.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: B058

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

September 07, 2015
Rated

We got lucky on a Friday night in August!! The blinking signs said CAMPGROUND FULL, but I generally go in anyway. As luck would have it there was a cancelation for one night ( which was all we needed) and we got a great spot!!! Electric for A/C and it was hot! The spot was pretty big although the "front yard" was facing others - but who cares, were were hiking!

It was relatively close to the ampitheatre and to the trails.

In teh morning we left and parked the rig in the RV parking lot and spent the day in the park. This lot tends to fill up during the busy season so we dumped and filled with water by 9 am.

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Nightly Rate: $18.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: B-16

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

Reviewed by
Stan

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 05, 2015
Rated

I love this campground, especially in the off season. The first of November is beautiful and the fall colors are just coming out. Zion National Park is spectacular, and the campground provides easy access to the park shuttle that runs until mid November.

All camp sites have electric, which is great as it gets chilly at night (you will want electric for the AC in the hot summer).

Reservations are a good idea, even in the off season, critical in the summer.

The first week of November is the annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. Twenty five artist are invited to paint all week. There are many events, including several wet paint sales. Proceeds benefit the Youth and Art Programs in the park.

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Nightly Rate: $18.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: B3

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

December 02, 2015
Rated

About the perfect National Park campground. Stayed here mid November with cold nights and a little snow. Lots of great restaurants in town.

I know it is super busy in summer so reservations are a must at that time of year.

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Nightly Rate: $9.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Watchman Campground

Watchman Campground Highway 89 C Loop
Zion National Park
Utah
84767 USA
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