Fall camping in Zion National Park Advise?

davido

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Jul 17, 2014
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Did you already get reservations at Watchman? It's pretty hard to get reservations there, but if you have them, fantastic.

The campground has electric hookups at some of its sites. Some sites do not have. None of the sites have water hookups -- just a shared faucet for filling jugs. You'll also have to trap your own gray water, as there are no sewer hookups. But the scenery is fantastic, and you are close to Springdale if you want to enjoy some souvenir shopping or a meal in town.

The weather toward the end of October begins to turn cool. You'll be glad to have a furnace at night. In November this will be even more important. Since the limiting factor on furnace use is usually how much battery power you can carry with you, you might want to confirm that you do have electric hookups, or find out ahead of time what the generator policy is. Depending on the length of your trip you may need to top off the batteries.

I've camped many times at Zion River Resort campground, about 20 minutes west of Zion National Park. It's not as rustic. In fact, in some ways it's like a condo campus with RVs instead of condo units. But it does have fire rings, full hookups, showers, laundry facility, a pool, small shop, game room with pool table, weeknight and weekend activities for kids, and a nice staff. We choose that destination because getting in is a sure thing, whereas Watchman takes work and good luck to be able to obtain a reservation. Plus, we prefer hookups at Zion, particularly in the summer months.

I have camped there in October before, even the last week in October. But never in November. It should usually be just fine; a little on the cool side, but not full blown winter yet.
 

shuang2

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Apr 20, 2010
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If you want to visit a near by national park: the Bryce Canyon in Nov., then it is not a good time because of snow will mostly cover the park at that time.
 

lovelymae

Member
Jul 19, 2016
91
Hanford, California
@davido So it will be the last week of October and a few days into November. I've been there before in November when I was younger so I know to prepare for the cold. I looked at that Zion River Resort, it seems really nice and will for sure keep it on the list if Watchman doesn't work out. @MNTCamper I tried looking at reservations for Watchman but they aren't available yet, I have to wait until March it looks like for booking. I was looking in the B loop, they have electric which is all we really need.

@shuang2 Thanks for the tip! We are going to stick with Zion for this trip because we have family coming out to meet us and really want to go to Zion.
 

Katfejer

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Feb 10, 2008
16
Henderson, NV
You’ll love Zion that time of year! Watchman is a great campground, we love the mule deer that wander through. We have stayed in the A loop by the river & in C loop. The early fall weather is beautiful in the day, chilly at night & it gets really windy at night too. Check my profile for pics of our Zion trips. Hope you get a good site. It’s nice to be in the park & able to hop right on the shuttle, plus there’s an area that’s about a 2 minute walk to showers , a convenience store, little bar, shops etc. it’s our favorite place to camp but hard to get a site unless you plan 6 months out!
 

lovelymae

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Jul 19, 2016
91
Hanford, California
@Katfejer Thanks for this! Its super helpful. I wasn't sure if it would be too cold during the fall months or if they get snow in October. We don't have a furnace in the PUP we would just have to use electric heaters and blankets.

I can't make reservations yet for Watchman, like you said they only take them 6 months out which for me would be around May. I also looked at the RV Resort outside the park too. They both seem like nice locations.
 

supersaiyan93

Member
Sep 20, 2018
58
South Louisiana
We're going for the first time at the end of April! Staying at the Zion Canyon Campground resort.

We tried to get into Watchman, but as stated before, you really have to get on it as soon as the reservations open, and well, we didn't make it in time. Like, I literally missed it by a day. They had a spot available, but by the time we finally made up our mind, it was gone. :(
 

lovelymae

Member
Jul 19, 2016
91
Hanford, California
@supersaiyan93 Awesome be sure to let us know how your trip goes and what you think of that campground.

The RV Resort sounds nicer because it has full hook ups but the Watchman campground seems like its more like camping and less like a parking lot so I'm torn between which one to pick.
 

supersaiyan93

Member
Sep 20, 2018
58
South Louisiana
@supersaiyan93 Awesome be sure to let us know how your trip goes and what you think of that campground.

The RV Resort sounds nicer because it has full hook ups but the Watchman campground seems like its more like camping and less like a parking lot so I'm torn between which one to pick.
Will do. I think I would have rathered the campground if we could have gotten it. That's more like real camping to me.
Zion is one stop on a long trip. We'll be staying at the Wawona campground in Yosemite also for a couple days, so I'll be able to compare the two. I'll let you guys know what we thought!
 




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