Watchman Campground (NPS Campground)

     


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

Sites: 172
Recent Rate: $18 9/2014


Latitude: 37.1977320738774
Longitude: -112.987174987793

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-river Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

86 Reviews

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Tammy7

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Keep in mind this park is inside Zion. There are no showers, cable, or Wi-Fi but you wouldn't expect this in a national park. Our site in loop B site 37 was very private. We had room for our 35' RV, car, and tow dolly although we did unhook the car. The bathrooms were spotless. The night sky views were amazing. The daytime views of the mountains were beautiful. It was convenient to Springdale, Zion museum, and the shuttle. I would have rated it a ten if there were showers, as we would have extended our stay by three more days. This is a well maintained national park campground. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Brad & Angela

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, quiet, clean, well-maintained campground. Great views are everywhere. There are electric hookups at some sites (A and B loops), but no water or sewer at any sites. Dump station has potable water. Bathrooms have dishwashing sinks, so it's pretty easy to conserve your trailer's water for just showers and hand washing. We made it our whole six nights on one fill of our 35-gallon fresh water tank by using the park's dishwashing sink and jugs of water for flushing our toilet. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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carderh

Review Count: 40
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

I rated this a "7" because I expect a perfect campground for a "10". This has no pads, patios, it's dusty. That said, it is in the perfect location, and, well-priced. We come here every time we are near. Don't be put off if online they say there are no sites available. We called the www.recreation.gov site and got a site for a day later due to their requirement for a one-day advance notice. We came anyway and found a note on the entrance gate that there was a site open in Watchman, and we got it. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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tsparky

Review Count: 60
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites are large and most are shaded. The bathrooms in the 'B' loop have been newly renovated and are nice and clean. The river was nice and clear and the water cool and refreshing. By the end of July it can get a bit muddy when the thunderstorms bring in the red silt. The only real negative is the lack of showers. After several days of hiking in near 100 degree temperature a shower is almost a necessity. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Bitbucket

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice NP campground – sites were far apart, with substantial foliage between each site to give privacy (we stayed at site B37). Road and site is paved. 30 amp power is available at each site. We tried to run the AC (it was 100 degrees in the afternoon in June) and our electric water heater simultaneously and blew the main circuit breaker in a panel not accessible to us – but a park volunteer reset the breaker. We switched to gas for the water heater and refrigerator and everything worked fine. Note that our AC lost ground over the afternoon - even starting it in the morning. Initially the RV was cooled down to 76 degrees, but it gradually crept up to 82 degrees by the evening because of the 100 degree heat. Your results may differ (our rig is 10 years old). Of course Wi-Fi is not available in the campground – it is also not offered in the Zion Visitor Center (some National Park Visitor centers offer this). AT&T cell voice connection is very weak – 1 bar or so. Various cell data symbols show up (E, G, 3G, 4G) from time-to-time, but I was never able to get data through any of these connections. The Brew Pub just outside the entrance to the park offers Wi-Fi. You can also ask the market next door how to get onto their Wi-Fi. If you plan to hike the Narrows, we recommend that you rent a set of canyoneering shoes, neopreme booties and a walking stick. We rented from the outfit just past the bridge into Springdale (next to the BrewPub) for $23. Other outfitters are available in Springdale and may be cheaper - we didn't check. Many people do the hike/wade in normal shoes/boots – but the rentals keep your feet warm and give you better footing. We hiked a little over two miles up the Narrows (three miles from the Temple of Sinawava shuttle stop). Dump station is convenient on the way out. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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MissMyGolden

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground inside Zion NP is clean and neat, with spacious level sites including a table and fire pit. We were happy we had reserved a spot because the campground was full the entire time we were here. There are some walk-in sites available, but they go early in the morning. Watchman is an easy stroll to the Visitor Center where you catch a shuttle to all stops up the canyon. What a great way to manage a very busy park. We hiked, we enjoyed the river that flows right by the campground, and we made a day trip to Bryce Canyon. It was so nice to be able to have a real campfire at night. The campground was quiet and the restrooms were very clean. There are no showers, but there is plenty of water available at several sites inside the campground. For a National Park, we were surprised how many long level sites there were to accommodate big rigs, in the A Loop, but the other loops didn't have so many. Ranger programs were available and interesting, and rangers were present and helpful throughout the park. There are several easy hikes, and lots of wildlife to observe, often up close. We would definitely return to this campground. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Scrapperd

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the Watchman Campground 5 nights. We had a spacious, level site for our 30 foot RV. A sanitation station with water and a dump is at the entrance to the campground and is easy to access when checking in or out. Sites include electric hook ups. Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are only allowed on the roads or on the Pa'rus trail. Dog boarding for overnight or just for the day is available at the Doggie Dude Ranch in Rockville (only about a 5 minute drive from the campground). Our dog loves it there during the day while we enjoy hiking the trails. The park in Springdale has a dog park across the river, too. Springdale is a full service community with lots of good restaurants within walking distance from the campground. Park Service employees were very friendly and helpful. Well worth $19 per night. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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HercMaster

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

I agree with the previous reviewer - as a CAMPSITE I would say it is just so-so. Some sites are level, some are not. Electric hookup only, and while the sites aren't terribly close to one another, neither are they as spaced as you will find in many BLM or NFS campgrounds. But as a PARK, Zion is certainly hard to beat, and the free shuttle (a 5-minute walk from our campsite) makes it very easy to reach the various hiking trails and scenic vistas in the park. If you enter or leave the park from the east, you will also encounter a $15 tunnel access fee, which covers 2 trips through the tunnel. And there is also a park entrance fee unless you have one of the various national park service passes. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Floatsflyer

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a riverfront site the first three nights, then a standard site for two more nights. Very clean campground and restrooms. Fire rings in each site. Most sites have shrubbery between them to offer some privacy. Easy walk to the Visitor Center, which is also stopping point for the in-park shuttle buses. In-town shuttle buses can be boarded just across the Virgin River pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Visitor Center. The only word of caution would be about low hanging branches in some of the sites. We were told the park's goal is to keep branches trimmed to about 12' above the ground, but some of the sites did not look like they fully meet that goal. Our coach is 12'-10" high so we pay close attention to height restrictions (so, no, we did not enter the park from the east via the tunnel!). There is a water fill and dump station after passing through the gate but before entering the campground. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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rncordy

Review Count: 115
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

I can't really disagree with the other prior reviews. BUT, here is my take: Ok semi-primitive campsites. A little grass around, mature trees, next to visitor center, just a couple of minutes from Springdale. Sites separated ok but not really private. Dry and a bit dusty this time of year. Compared to other campgrounds I have rated a "10", this is not a "10". Our Verizon phone and hot spot worked great here. Rate was with a Golden Age Passport. (What comes after "Golden"?) We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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fulltimervtravel

Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful campground at the base of The Watchman mountain in Zion National Park. Large back-in, level sites. The campground was full, yet did not feel crowded. The restrooms are all recently built and perfectly clean. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Staying in Zion NP relieves the need for a transfer between the Springdale shuttle and the Park shuttle. The location made our visit to Zion extremely easy and hassle-free. Price reflect Golden Age Passport rate. Would stay here again. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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troutslayer

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the A loop and our site was quite large with vegetation between our site and the others so somewhat semi-private. The location of this campground is fantastic with 360 degree mountain views. The campground was full but Zion NP was not that busy. It's close to the Visitor's Center and the shuttle bus stop that takes you to all the great trail heads. There is also a nice 3.5 mile round-trip paved bike trail nearby. We will definitely stay here again when visiting Zion. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 298
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – April 26,27 & 28 Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, Utah This is one of two campgrounds at the southwest entrance to Zion National Park and the only one with electric (no water only at the dump station). Watchman Campground is now reservations only. All campgrounds were full when we arrived at 11am so we were glad that we had reserved an electric site in the B Loop right next to the river. Our site did not have shade but it still was quite comfortable even with the temperature hitting 90 degrees and the river for swimming was about 5 yards away. The A and B loops bath houses were upgraded just a few years ago so they were nice and clean. There are over 61 sites in this campground laid out in A-E loops and another walk in tent loop. Some sites are private and others are right next to each other but just being in the park within walking distance to the river, visitor center, shuttles, amphitheater and the shuttle for Springdale was great. The last time we were here we had to drive our RV down in the valley and it was bumper to bumper and hard to find a place to park our camper. Now there are shuttles that start at 5:30 in the morning until after 8 or 9 at night. They come every 8 minutes and it made our stay here so much better than last time. You can get on and off at all the stops for hikes, walks and ranger talks. I have always loved Zion National Park and it still is my favorite canyon to visit with the rocks, mountains and the beautiful Virgin River flowing through it. Entrance Fee is $25 for seven days,but with a pass it was free and the cost per night camping was $10 with the pass. We only stayed three days but should have stopped here for at least a week. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Dareyou2move

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Love this campground. Beautiful views, easy access, right by the visitor's center, modern restrooms and power! One of our favorite campgrounds! We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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jabcst

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

Date of Stay: - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This was one of the best campgrounds we have stayed in. The large spaces can accommodate a tent, the scenery is spectacular, the restrooms are new and kept very clean, nice fire pits and the campground staff is helpful and courteous. We stayed in B38 and will definitely return. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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