Zion Where to Stay
The sheer canyon walls beckon with their timeless beauty, punctuated by lush greenery and the soft trickle of the Virgin River through the wide canyon. Zion National Park means exploration and discovery, better when not hurried. You'll appreciate the opportunity to take your time on hikes, then linger once you reach the top.
There are several options to enjoy an extended stay in or near the park. Perhaps most notably is historic Zion Lodge, nestled within the canyon itself, with hikes mere footsteps from your front door. Zion lodge, like the reservable campsites down canyon, fills up fast. There are also first come, first served sites. More information below. While there are no other hotels in Zion National Park, there are dozens of hotels near Zion National Park, ranging from family-friendly hotels with pools to exquisite bed and breakfasts in Springdale. There is also adventure Zion lodging near the east entrance. Visitors will find additional Zion National Park vacation accommodations along S.R. 9 toward Springdale, in the nearby city of St. George, and north on Interstate 15 in Cedar City, which is near Kolob Canyons, a separate and lesser visited corner of the park.
Lodging and Accommodations
Inside Zion National Park
The beautiful Zion Lodge lies in the middle of a majestic hiker’s paradise. With the lodge open year-round and offering special winter rates and packages, our guests can easily experience Zion National Park. Accommodations include historic cabins with two double beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and private porch and hotel rooms with a private porch or balcony. All rooms feature air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks and hairdryers.
Zion National Park has three campgrounds. South and Watchman Campgrounds are in Zion Canyon. The Lava Point Campground is about a 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road. There are no campgrounds in Kolob Canyons. Camping is permitted in designated campsites, but not in pullouts or parking lots. Camping is popular; all campgrounds are often full by noon on weekdays and in the morning on weekends. From mid-March through November the campgrounds are full almost every night. Reservations at Watchman Campground (see below) are recommended if you would like to guarantee a camping spot. If you are unable to make a reservation, the earlier in the day you arrive, the better your chance of getting a campsite
Zion Canyon Campgrounds
Loop A in Watchman Campground will be closed starting October 1, 2016 for construction. Loop A will re-open for reservations in the 2017 season.
South Campground and Watchman Campground are near the south entrance at Springdale. This part of the park is desert. There are few trees to provide relief from the heat. Some campsites get shade for part of the day, but many get no shade at all. Summer temperatures exceed 95°F (35°C) and lows rarely dip below 65°F (18°C); staying cool is a challenge. Guests are encouraged to remember these temperatures and the possibility of a sunny campsite when planning. The Virgin River runs through Zion Canyon along the edge of each campground; there are a few riverside campsites that offer a pleasant view and ambient sound.
Watchman Campground ($16-$20 per night, 184 sites, electrical hookups, generators not permitted, reservations available at www.recreation.gov) and South Campground ($16 per night, 127 sites, no hookups, generators permitted 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., no reservations) are both located along the Virgin River near the South Entrance. The more primitive Lava Point Campground (6 sites, no fee, no reservations, no hookups or water) is located in north-central Zion. Campgrounds often fill up early so arrive early or make a reservation in advance (Watchman only).
All campsites are drive-up and allow a maximum of two vehicles. Only one RV or trailer is allowed. Any RV including motorhomes, cabover campers and camper vans, or any trailer including 5th wheels, pop-up campers, and cargo or boat trailers are vehicles and count toward the limit. Each campground has overflow parking for excess vehicles. Each campsite allows a maximum of six people and three tents; plan accordingly. Check out time is 11:00 a.m.
Private Campgrounds and Dispersed Camping
Several private campgrounds are a short drive from the park and are a great place to spend a few nights in the area. Please check the following links for more information and resources.
Dispersed camping BLM
St. George Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, Utah 84790
(435) 688-3252 fax
Monday–Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Numerous lodging options, from hotels to bed and breakfasts, are also available in nearby Springdale, along S.R. 9 and in St. George, Utah. Visitors may also opt for overnight accommodations in or near the less-trafficked parts of Zion: Cedar City is an excellent gateway to the Kolob Canyons section while Kanab, smaller towns on U.S. 89 and lodging on S.R. 9 access the East Entrance.
Learn more below about the different points of access to Zion National Park, including the most popular traveler gateway, Springdale, and two lesser trafficked sides of the park, Kolob Canyons and the East Entrance.
West: Springdale (Most Traffic)
Choose from dozens of hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and other great Zion accommodations near great dining and a free shuttle to the park.
North: Kolob Canyons (Less Traffic)
Enjoy a lesser visited corner of Zion with all the scenic splendor. Nearby Cedar City is the best place to start a trip or set up base camp.