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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: $15 4/2016

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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98 Reviews

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teepee51

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $15.00
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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.

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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OldeJohn

Review Count: 96
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $15.00
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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.

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Clyde Clevenger

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $9.00
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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.

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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Maddog11

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $18.00
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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.

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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bukhrn

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $10.00
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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.

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SeaTeacher

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
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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.

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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WyomingFord

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

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
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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.

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rockwood tt family

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $18.00
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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.

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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dbcordello

Review Count: 107
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
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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.

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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danandjenny

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $9.00
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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.

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Maltaman

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $36.00
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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.

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Trailer_Traveler

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

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $10.00
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We stayed in campsite B056R, Loop B. The site easily accommodated our 21 foot Lance travel trailer and a friends tent. It was on the exterior of the loop facing Watchman mountain and not far from the babbling brook. No noise, no other campsites in view. The park was PACKED with spring breaker visitors so we appreciated an easy walk to the visitor center to catch the park shuttle, leaving our vehicle parked the entire week we were there. We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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subzeroLV

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $20.00
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This was by far our favorite camping experience! The Watchman campground was spectacular. The park staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. The tram/bus system ran right on schedule, and allowed for easy access to all areas of the park. The hiking trails were well maintained and marked, and drinking water is available at most trail heads. Our site backed up to the Virgin river, and had a picnic table and a fire ring. This is definitely on our list to do again! We camped at Watchman Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

If hiking, trekking poles are a great advantage. Many of the trails can become slippery from rain or mist. The poles can help navigate safely. A good pair of hiking boots with good traction is advised too.

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Brad & Angela

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $18.00
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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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Tammy7

Review Count: 71
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $18.00
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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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