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Zion National Park, Utah

Watchman Campground (NPS Campground)

Zion National Park, Utah



Zion National Park, Utah
Phone: (435) 772-3837

Sites: 172
Recent Rate: $30 6/2016

Latitude: 37.1977320738774
Longitude: -112.987174987793

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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102 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Paid $15 a night with passport America. Electric only and most sites are back-in. The bathrooms were clean. No showers in campground. Picked loop A site 06. Inside the loop. Close to the visitor center but far enough away from the noise. Loved this campground because of location. Gladly gave up showers laundry and full hook up for location. Parking usually was full by mid morning so it was nice to just walk right to shuttles straight from campsite. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I give this an 8 because it's not full hookup and sites are close together. Other than that, it is great. With the temperatures in the area, it is nice that the national park campground has sites with electricity. The Virgin River flows along the edge of the park and many people were beating the mid-day heat by lounging in the river. Definitely a bonus to the campground. The sites are very close so if you are sitting outside you are going to hear everyone else's music and conversation. It's still better than any private/commercial campground. Location to the Zion park buses is unmatched. I can't imagine staying outside of this park. The vehicle entry gate to the park gets a line early in the AM and the parking lots fill quickly. When you are camping in the park though you simply walk maybe 1/4 mile to the visitor center. No traffic, no backups. There is a long line in the morning for the shuttle buses. Hikers like to get moving early. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Spacious sites, some have more shade than others. Electric only at site, dump site and fresh water available at the exit. No showers in the campground. Beautiful setting. Easy access to town, visitor center, and park shuttle. Very popular park; reserve sites online early.
We stayed here 5 nights in a motorhome. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 112
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice enough campground inside Zion National Park. Some level back-in and a couple of pull-through gravel sites. ONLY have electric, most 30 amp, 6 are 50 amp, but they are in a group and very short, unlevel and close together. Most sites are pretty roomy and mostly treed. Picnic Table and fire ring at each. THERE ARE NO SHOWERS IN THE PARK, so plan accordingly. Must reserve WELL in advance. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B37
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Shuttle very near campground for transportation into Zion NP and the town of Springdale. If you are up to it, hike Angel's Landing. It is a once in a lifetime experience but very challenging.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful place to stay when in Zion. I think there are a few electric sites, but we were dry camping. The sites were a wide variety, but we found something that fit our 30' rig without much trouble. Then again, there weren't very many people here! We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tips for other Campers:

In the summer, the park shuttle picks up right next to the campground.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Watchman park has a very scenic location and is convenient to the Zion transportation system which helps with the logistics of navigating the beautiful but crowded park. Campsites have only electric hookups. Reserve very early and try not to get sites with a letter after the number. Our site 53C was very small, crowded and not level. Our neighbor had to roll-up their awning so we could back-in. Some sites are very spacious. The restrooms were clean - no showers. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53C
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground was very nice, but we used it mostly to sleep and eat between trips to the canyon. It's about a quarter mile walk to the shuttles to the canyon. The views are amazing, and the wildlife is a great bonus. We saw mule deer, and eagle, wild turkeys and a gray fox in one short stretch of the shuttle route. We will come back here and stay longer. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop B site 34
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a shuttle from the campground into the nearby town. Lots of shops and restaurants. We took the shuttle in and walked back , about 2 miles. Ate at an expensive and not very good Mexican place. A very pleasant walk, despite the bad food.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Let's be clear about this campground..... it's about location, location, location. Watchman is located IN Zion National Park!!!! When we arrived, the campground was full; reservations are STRONGLY recommended.

The campground is limited to "Electric" only sites. There is a dump station near the entrance of the campground. Our site (B-13) was listed as 70' long. When we arrived at the site, there were two logs separating the back 20' from the front of the site. The overhang was partially shaded and the picnic table was located there. We had room to park our 40' MH plus our "toad" in the site without encroaching into the road.

The sites are of the local crushed red rocks and even after the rain, we didn't have mud. Some of the sites are fully shaded; others are not.

Overall, a very nice campground. We'll be back for sure! We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-13
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The weather can change rapidly at this park. Be sure and check the forecast for rain (think flash floods) before you go out on a long hike.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Fantastic campground IN Zion National Park, beautifully surrounded by mountains, sites in B Loop are mostly level with crushed stone and the red clay of the area. sites in this loop have electric, but no water or sewer, but there is a dump station and a water fill. Bathrooms are clean and work well, but there are no showers.
Our site, B50 was a pull through long enough for our 29' class C with dolly & toad, next to the Virgin river, there were ample trees in this loop for shade, lots of ants though luckily didn't see many inside.
There is a great shuttle bus system at the visitor center, about 1/4 mile walk from the campground. The little town of Springdale is a rather neat little tourist town, with all the little shops & restaurants you need.
Our rate was with the Senior Pass, if we are ever in the area again, we will most certainly stay here. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B50
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the best campgrounds I have ever stayed in. Loops A & B have electricity, which is all I need. Filled the water tank when we arrived and dumped the waste at the dump site as we left. All sorts of deer/elk roam through the sites. Rabbits and lizards too. Lots of trees and you can wade in the sandy bottomed Virgin river when it's hot. The staff was very friendly and present. There is a reasonable amount of shade and spacing in the campground. Though the sites are somewhat close, there are trees and bushes that divide most sites and make things seem more private and shaded. Our fellow campers were very quiet and respectful. On a clear and moonless night, the stars are wonderful. The adjacent town of Springdale is quaint. But, if you want some wine when you enjoy the stars with your honey, you have to go to the state liquor store, which is hidden in a gift shop in town. I guess this is Utah, after all! Strange they do sell beer in the grocery stores, but not wine. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B31
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Zion is now my favorite national park. The hiking is fantastic. The views spectacular. I really recommend starting your hike early. The shuttle bus service is really good. It can get really hot in Zion. Morning hikes are good along the east side of the canyon. They are in the shade. Afternoon hikes are good on the west side when they go into shade. In between, take a nap! Since Watchman has electric sites, you can run your AC during the peak heat.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Spacious camp sites in Zion National Park. The campground is within walking distance to the shuttle buses that take you to the different areas of Zion NP. Cars are not allowed in much of the park. The busses are free. Definitely convenient. Site was not very level. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Watchman is a very nice campground that is above average for National Park Campgrounds (electric) and very convenient to Zion. We did not move our vehicle after we arrived and used our bikes to go to the visitor center and catch the tram. The facility has new restrooms and the sites are a reasonable amount of room apart. We stayed in B32, which is on the outside loop under Watchman Mountain. The river front sites are the nice, but anyone can go cool off in the river at one of the sand beaches. Campground has a two spot dump and potable water fill station. South Campground (first come first serve) was supposedly full at 9:30 AM the day we arrived, so reservations at Watchman are nice to have if you are visiting Zion. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-32
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

- Walk or ride your bike once you arrive. If the tram is in service it provides a great way (and only way) to see the park.

- Sign up for the two hour ranger led tour that takes place on a tram designated for only that tour.

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

As noted, watchman Campground does not offer anything more than 30 amp service. We filled up our water tank as soon as we had checked in, using potable water available at the dump station, then went to our site. We were in B-37, a large, private, level site near the entrance. Great campground, great park! Our Verizon signal was strong so that we could get internet hot spot access. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B-37
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you want to hike Angel's Landing all the way to the top during the busy season, start very early in the day. It was so crowded when we were there in midday that I gave up going to the summit.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Love this place. Power but not water, sewer or showers. Some people complain about dirt in a national park - seems silly since the NPS is trying to keep things natural. Lots of fires every night and is excessively smokey - I know fires are part of camping but dozens and dozens of fires is a bit much. Great campground in my opinion. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Fantastic location right in the park. Walk to nearby shuttles. We were right under the "Watchman" mountain - great views. Spaces were tight, but manageable. No water or sewer at site. This was a shared site with 6 total campers, 3 on each side of the shared fire ring and 6 picnic tables. It worked out fine, met people from all over the planet. Recommend a site along the river if available. Book very early, as this is a very popular park. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B18 Loop B
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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