Can I Camp Anywhere in Zion National Park?

Zion National Park is one of the most popular parks in the United States, attracting millions of visitors each year. With its stunning red rock canyons and towering sandstone cliffs, Zion offers a unique and unforgettable experience to all who visit.

For those looking to explore the park more intimately, camping is a great option. But can you camp anywhere in Zion National Park?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, you can camp anywhere in the park if you are willing to obtain a backcountry permit from the National Park Service.

Backcountry permits are required for anyone wishing to camp outside of the five designated campgrounds in Zion National Park: Watchman Campground, South Campground, Lava Point Campground, West Rim Campground and North Creek Campground. These permits are free of charge and can be obtained at any of the ranger stations throughout Zion.

If you are not interested in obtaining a backcountry permit then your camping options will be limited to these five designated campgrounds located within Zion National Park boundaries. All five campgrounds offer a variety of different sites to accommodate all types of camping needs including tent sites, RV sites with full hook-ups, group sites and even cabins. Each campsite includes picnic tables, fire rings, accessible flush toilets and drinking water.

No matter where you decide to camp inside or outside of Zion National Park boundaries it is important to remember that both backcountry camping and developed camping require visitors to follow certain rules and regulations set by the park service. It is important that all visitors respect wildlife by not feeding them or disturbing their habitat as well as practice Leave No Trace principles such as packing out all trash collected during their stay.

In conclusion, yes it is possible to camp anywhere within Zion National Park if you obtain a backcountry permit; however if you choose not to get one then your options for camping will be limited to the five designated campgrounds inside park boundaries. No matter where you decide to spend your time under the stars it is important that all visitors follow park regulations and practice Leave No Trace principles while enjoying their stay at Zion National Park.

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Jennifer Watson