Activities and Amenities
WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND, UT
part ofZion National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewFor 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 April to October each year; however, Watchman Campground is open year-round.
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 site. Cottonwood trees surrounding the the campsite turn golden in the fall. Although the campground is moderately forested, most of the campsites are in partial to full sun but visitors can cool off in the cold river when temperatures peak during summer.
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.
Toilets, drinking water and picnic tables are provided at this facility. Tent-only, non-electric sites do not permit vehicles 19 feet and over or in combined length. Group sites are also tent-only and can accommodate between nine and 40 people. Standard electric sites have electrical hookups and most can be used for either tent or RV camping (two are wheelchair accessible). There are no full-hookup campsites; a dump station is available for campers. Use of OHVs and ATVs is prohibited in Zion National Park.
The town of Springdale has shopping, art galleries, amenities and a theater that shows both natural history and mainstream films.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Las Vegas, St. George or other points south on Interstate 15: Travel north to Exit 16, State Route 9. Follow State Route 9 east for 32 miles to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Turn right after entrance station; the campground ranger station is at the end of the road.
From Salt Lake City, Interstate 70 or other points north on Interstate 15: Travel south to Exit 27, State Route 17. Follow State Route 17 for 6.1 miles to State Route 9. Turn left onto State Route 9 and drive 23 miles to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Turn right after entrance station; the campground ranger station is at the end of the road.
From Grand Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Kanab or other points south on U.S. 89: Travel north to State Route 9. Turn left and follow State Route 9 west for 13 miles to the east entrance of Zion National Park. Continue straight for 13 miles then turn left at the signs for the Visitor Center and Watchman Campground; the campground ranger station is at the end of the road.
From Bryce Canyon National Park, Panguitch or other points north on U.S. 89: Travel south to State Route 9. Turn right and follow State Route 9 west for 13 miles to the east entrance of Zion National Park. Continue straight for 13 miles then turn left at the signs for the Visitor Center and Watchman Campground; the campground ranger station is at the end of the road.
Mailing Address:WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND
Springdale UT 84767
Phone Number:Campground-Only Information: (435)772-3837 Park-Related Information: (435)772-3256