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“Great location...and just fine as non-park campgrounds go” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zion Canyon Campground

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Zion Canyon Campground
Hawthorne, CA
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great location...and just fine as non-park campgrounds go”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2009

I've stayed at this campground now three times. I appreciate the flush toilets and hot showers and the fact that it's so well-situated in town. The front desk staff has always been friendly, and I've had no problems with making reservations. I tent camp, and the sites are very close to one another, so privacy and noise issues are something to consider if you're looking for more solitude. I always bring ear plugs just in case (that goes for any campground). This is not a fancy RV or tent cabin resort, and the bathrooms are not modern, but in all my experiences, they've been clean and other users have been respectful. They issue a token a day for shower use, and the hot water time was ample (I've heard six minutes and ten minutes from other campers but don't know which, as my "long" shower was over before any automatic shut-off). There is no handsoap in the sink area, so bring Purell or some other suitable sanitizer (if you camp a lot, you know the drill). The sinks run hot water, too, which I appreciate for face-washing. Tent sites fit one car, though there's a parking area for any overflow. On-site pool was small, but was clean and certainly refreshing after a long day out touring in the sun. If you're looking for a convenient tent spot, this is your place, just bring your friendly attitude to chat up your close-by neighbors, ear plugs in case of late-night revelers, and Purell and flip-flops for the bathroom/showers.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2009

http://www.zioncamp.com/

Pros: close location to entrance to Zion National Park
Cons: apathetic management, tiny campsites, lack of restroom maintenance/upgrades, poor value, quiet hours not enforced, noisy clientele in campground area, picnic benches not secured (taken by others to other campsites)

Overall experience/impression: would never camp there again (I'm usually not one to right online reviews, but the experience was poor and I feel that others should have this information for their travel planning).

Be advised:
The campground portion of this resort attracts the noisy, beer drinking 20-something, euro-tourist customer (e.g., large groups of SunTrek tours campers). Campsites are smaller and crowded compared to the campsites in Zion Nation Park. It felt like camping at outdoor rock concert. The urinals in the men's restroom have been permanently removed (it looked like some time ago) and it didn't look like they were
going to be replaced soon. As a result, there are about 3 toilets for all the men staying in the whole campground (inconvenient as you might imagine).
In a nutshell, you are better off:
1. Camping in the Zion NP campground (cheaper and much quieter)
2. Paying more for a hotel
3. Camping out (bandit camping) on a backroad somewhere outside of Springdale.

Our experience:
Campground host/manager did not make quiet rounds (when she said she would) when earlier informed of two large and separate groups of campers playing loud music.
Campground host/manager office is closed after 10:00 pm.
We called the campground management staff via phone (at 10:30 pm) to tell her about yet another group (~15 young men) drinking beer and being very loud. The campground host did nothing after a request for her to come down and ask this group to be quieter.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

I wish we would have pitched our tent in the Zion NPark as it is more scenic, has much better bathrooms, the deer walk right by, and the park system needs the money. The campground isn't too bad, but it is basically a parking lot that backs up to the virgin river. The ground under your tent is part gravel and it is very busy. Both places have showers, but this place has a burger joint on site.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tucson
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49 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2009

Ok, so I was worried after reading all these reviews. But this place was pretty much the only option we had, seeing as we were arriving at Zion in the afternoon on a weekend and all the in-park reservable campsites were taken by the time we planned our trip.

As long as you are aware of these things before you stay, you'll be fine. The campsites are TINY (just enough room for you, car, fire, and picnic table). The shower coins came with the campsite and seemed only to make the water hot, so you could take a cold shower any time if you wanted. The toilets themselves were somewhat dirty at times, but the bathrooms were ok.

Pluses: we really enjoyed the pool. The location was great because we were within walking distance of the good restaurants and the free shuttle. We left our tent and car there during the day (valuables locked in truck, bikes chained to truck bed) and nothing was taken or moved. The people on either side of us were friendly.

*My "yes I would recommend to a friend" rating would be if they said: "We want to visit Zion but we don't want to spend the money on a hotel and all the in-park reservable campsites are full and we wont be arriving until the afternoon. And we are used to roughing it."

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank flygurl814
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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40 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2009

I agree with the other reviewers. This place only survives because it´s the only place with full hookups in Springdale. It has the potential to become a lovely RV-park, but I think it would require a change of ownership.

Everthing looks dirty and run-down, and the showers and restrooms are terrible. The staff are very unfriendly, almost like they would prefer to run the place without guests...

The location however, is very nice. Walking distance to dining places, and the Springdale city-shuttle stops right at the entrance.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Malverne, New York
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50 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2009

We decided to stay at this campground rather than in Zion NP itself because it was very hot and we wanted to have hookups so we could use our A/C at night. I called the reservation number from the road and was told they don't take reservations, everything is first come-first served. We took a chance and arrived around 3 p.m. and were able to get a spot. This is odd because the sheet you are given at check-in has both the email address and the phone number for reservations We were charged $35 a night plus tax which included full 3 way hookups, cable TV and WIFI. Considering the proximity to the park and the shuttle bus, we didn't think the price was unusually high.

As noted in other reviews, the bathrooms could be cleaner. My husband used the shower one day and said the token gave him more than adequate time. I prefer to use the bathroom in our RV so communal bathrooms are not an issue for me. There was an outside sink for tenters to wash dishes in which we noticed isn't always provided in other campgrounds. The grounds were clean and the trash dumpsters were emptied regularly.

We didn't find the place particularly noisy at night. It's also within walking distance of several restaurants and shops. There is a small swimming pool for Quality Inn and campground guests and access to the Virgin River for tubing etc. There is also a laundry which we didn't check out. There was no need to sit in the lobby to use the WIFI.
We were able to access the free WIFI from our RV which was parked a good distance from the lobby. We also were able to use it sitting at a picnic table in the middle of the park.

The whole point of staying at this campground was to have a convenient place to stay while visiting Zion NP. It's not a resort. Aside from coming back midday for lunch and a rest when the temperatures went over 100 and having a place to sleep, it didn't differ from from many campgrounds/RV parks we've stayed at across the country. To the reviewers who had unpleasant experiences with fellow campers, that is unfortunate but isn't the fault of the proprietors. We've met a few rude people in all different settings.

If you are have an RV, are looking for a place with full hookups and want to be conveniently located near the park, this campground is the closest you'll get unless you are lucky enough to reserve one of the few (15) spots in the park that do have hookups. Since we weren't traveling on a predictable schedule and couldn't make advanced reservations in the park, this place was a good alternative.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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SB, CA
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

The ladies at the front desk should know more about customer service, but they are more concerned about each other and the phone. Don't ask for ice when the ice machine is broken and it is 110 degrees outside, because you will be met with a blank stare and informed that ice is not for campers (even if your RV hasn't been able to catch up from Las Vegas at 116). The website also says there is WIFI, but you need to sit in the lobby and be prepared to get kicked out into the night when they close.

I just don't think they really care to try for repeat business and are willing to settle for one-time-only visitors. Sooner or later, this will catch up with them.

It is unfortunate, because Zion is beautiful and need to be visited by those who love nature and rocks.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Zion Canyon Campground

Property: Zion Canyon Campground
Address: 479 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767
Region: United States > Utah > Springdale
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Springdale
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private campground offering riversites, full hookups and showers. ... more   less 
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Zion Canyon Campground Hotel Springdale
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