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“Fine, but by far nor the best......” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Watchman Campground

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Watchman Campground
Zion National Park, UT   |  
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Cardiff
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32 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Fine, but by far nor the best......”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

This was the first of 5 campgrounds we stayed at over a ten day period and we were pleased we stayed here first, as this was only beaten by Grand Canyon Trailer park for lack of everything, no full hook up no pull thru, just tired and needing TLC. However if the emphasis is on back to nature and maintaining the 'earthiness' of the area, then I feel this is a poor excuse. However the views of the Watchman were unbeatable and the rest of the trip just got better and better. We stayed here 2 nites out of Vegas and were glad that is all. These NP just seem to have no competition and we're just glad they cant arrange the views...........

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

My husband and I camped at Watchman Campground a few weeks ago. Out of the many NPS campgrounds that we've stayed in, this was BY FAR our least favorite. The noise within the campground was ridiculous. There was zero enforcement of the 10PM to 6 AM rule. We woke up multiple times between midnight and dawn due to car alarms going off, people shining their headlights on our tent at 2 AM so that they could find a suitable spot for their tent in the site next to us, drunken yelling at the site across from us, and the blowing up of air mattresses in both sites surrounding our tent. The noise lasted all night and we both were not able to get more than 2 hours of sleep. If you enjoy camping in a quiet place, then this is not the campground to book. If in the past you've enjoyed a good night of sleep on the floor of your local fraternity house, then this is the place for you.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

the view is spectacular. The downside is that it's crowded which made it a bit loud. The sites were not private. I would have wished that the rules were enforced more such as not washing dishes or bathing at the spigot. There were no showers but the bathrooms had flush toilets and campfires were allowed. The ground is very hard for driving in tent stakes so bring a good mallet.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

First off I went through the government website to select a place to camp, I choose one that said "Full Shade" which turned out to be "Full Sun". We were number 61 I think and it was right next to the group campsite which was noisy all night. There was a stream in the parking spot my car barely crossed. Other than those it was nice, peaceful and close to the action. Almost everynight the rangers do some kind of learning experience, ours was the night sky. It was our least favorite campsite in all the national parks, not what we asked for and no privacy at all.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Could have stayed home to hear the constant hum of the A/C units on the motor homes day and night as well as the construction noise going on across the river beginning at 7 am and continuing all day. Campsites were too close together offering no privacy and no shade. All vegetation and trees are blocked off, you are only able to use the small graveled areas that are infested with ants. Not just a minor ant infestation but an epic infestation, they were in everything, on everything and biting everyone. Miserable.
I felt that the rangers I spoke with were abrupt and unfriendly when asked a question. If you are planning a trip to Zion, I recommend that you do not take pets (even though the campground allows them) unless you are planning on spending your entire trip in your campground as pets are not allowed in the park and should not be left in the campground unattended unless you would like to be cited by the local police. I would not stay at the Watchman campground again and do not recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Palmdale, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

Some of the reviews here are way off base. This is a National Park campground and there are limited services. Two loops have electrical. There are clean restrooms, wash room for dishes and potable water faucets at the restroom location. There are no showers. A dump station is available.

We stayed 6 nights during spring break. Our site was right next to the Virgin River. Sites were very large, large enough for a 36 foot 5th wheeler, my tow vehicle and room for more. There was plenty of space between sites. The campground is located within a short walk from the visitor center and Springdale. The views are incredible as you are on the canyon floor. The nights were very peaceful.

If you are expecting a full service, full hook-up parking lot with WI-FI, then this is not for you. You want a very nice National Park Camp with a view...then book a site.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2008

The Park Service partly misinforms: Watchman has no showers, and the access to showers is far more limited than suggested by the Park literature and signage. The east shower facility (in Mt. Carmel Junction) is hardly accessible, given the distance (hydrocarbon tax) and high probability of delays in the long tunnel (coming and going).

This means all of Zion camping is served by a single (yes 1) shower in Springdale. Contrary to the Park's signage, the shower time is limited to 10 minutes. Furthermore, being a private facility not intended for high traffic, users are recommended to wait "around 10 minutes" between showers so that the water heater can deliver more than tepid water.

The park shuttle does not stop at the hiker outfitter offering the shower. Shuttles are frequent, however, and the hike back to the shower is about 2 city blocks.

The shower is dirty 15 minutes after its opening at 9:00 a.m. The floor is wet.

  • Disliked — no easily accessible clean shower
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
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Address: Zion National Park, UT
Location: United States > Utah > Zion National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Zion National Park
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Consists of 228 campsites with restrooms. ... more   less 
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Watchman Campground Hotel Zion National Park

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