Zion National Park, Utah

Watchman Campground (NPS Campground)

Zion National Park, Utah



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

Sites: 172
Recent Rate: $18 7/2015

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) no
  • 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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92 Reviews

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SeaTeacher

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

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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rockwood tt family

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
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: 92
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 13

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: 50
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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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: 17
States Visited: 4
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: 44
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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carderh

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

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $9.00
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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: 61
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $18.00
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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: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $18.00
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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: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $9.00
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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: March, 2014 - $19.00
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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: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $9.00
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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: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $18.00
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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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