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Van Travel to Zion National Park | Camping in Utah & Fun Things To Do

If you’re looking for a road trip destination that offers stunning views, scenic hikes and challenging climbs, then Zion National Park is your spot. Traveling in a van to Zion National Park lets you experience all this while still living with creature comforts. Utah’s first national park offers an enchanting natural setting amongst canyons carved into red and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone. It’s truly breathtaking in person.

Explore the area on four wheels before tackling the various trails and scenic routes in the Zion National Park on foot. And then when you’re done, unwind in the evening with tasty camper van meals.

Camping in Utah National Parks

A van camping trip is the perfect way to explore Utah’s national parks and Zion National Park in particular. If you have additional time, we highly recommend continuing your trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.

Are Utah National Parks Affordable?

Yes, they are affordable. Entrance fees range from $20 to $35 per vehicle for seven days. Alternatively, you can purchase an $80 National Parks Annual Pass. Purchasing a National Parks Pass allows you to visit various federal recreation sites in the area, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National Park. When staying in your RV, you can expect to pay $20 to $70 per site per night.

 

Each Utah National Park camping ground offers different services. Unfortunately, the two Zion National Park campgrounds do not have shower facilities.

Camping in a Van in Zion National Park

Nothing beats the experience of exploring nature and discovering new places, especially in the comfort of a fully-kitted RV.

Zion National Parks Campsites

Camping in Zion National park is by reservation only. The South Campground offers great picnic locations and costs $20 per site. Unfortunately, it does not provide power. Make reservations up to two weeks in advance, and even earlier at the height of summer. You don’t want to roll up in  your home on wheels only to find the campsite is sold out!

 

The Watchman Campground offers a connection to power and is only 0.3 miles away. It costs $30 per night per site and is busiest from March through to the end of November.

Zion Canyon Campgrounds

Located in Springdale, the Zion Canyon Campgrounds offer camping near Zion National Park. There are over a hundred RV sites, each with access to fire pits, bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and power connections. The prices for these sites start at $69 for two people per night.

Can I Drive Into Zion National Park?

When entering from the south gate, you can experience the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, a ten mile scenic drive from the park entrance to Mt. Carmel. It leads you to the mile-long Carmel Tunnel and on to the east entrance of the park.

 

If your van or RV is larger than 7’10” wide or 11’4” tall, then you’ll have to purchase a tunnel permit to enter. It costs $15 and allows you two passes over seven days.

 

It’s worth knowing that private vehicles aren’t permitted on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive between March to November. Take a shuttle or bicycle to reach the Temple of Sinawava or The Narrows. The shuttle bus is free from April – October.

Zion National Park

Things to do When Camping in Zion National Park

On top of scenic drives, there are moderate hikes and adrenaline-pumping activities available in the area. You’ll find so many reasons to extend your stay, so plan for at least 48 hours in Zion National Park.

Angels Landing Trail: Thrilling & Narrow

Angels Landing, known previously as Temple of Aeolus, is a tall rock formation. This strenuous 5.4-mile hike starts from the West Rim Trail in Zion Canyon and is not suitable for people afraid of heights.

 

The path is steep and uses a series of chains to assist hikers. Alternatively, hike Scout’s Lookout for a less exposed route with similar views to Angels Landing.

The Narrows: Zion Canyon

This 9.4-mile round trip in the Zion Canyon requires wading, walking, and sometimes swimming in the Virgin River. Starting at the Temple of Sinawava, continue to the canyon’s narrowest parts, where the walls in some parts are 20 ft wide and 1000 ft tall.

 

As an experienced hiker, you can tackle the entire 16-mile route from the top down by acquiring a canyoneering permit ($15 for two people).

Zion Narrows

Gear up for Rock Climbing

Tackle your fear of heights with professional climbing guides in Zion National Park. A private company from Springdale runs beginner lessons. These are four hours long and cost $250 per person.

 

All you need to do is show up and they provide you with the gear.

Rock Climbing

Next Stop Zion National Park, Utah!

Book one of our vans and go camping in the Zion National Park. Armed with information on what it will cost, where to camp, and the exciting activities available, you can start planning your trip today.

 

Have you traveled in a van to Zion National Park? Share your experience in the comments below.

 

Bonus: Los Angeles to Utah Road Trip

Road tripping from Los Angeles to Zion National Park? This breathtaking 450-mile route covers forests, mountains, and even passes through canyons.

 

Taking the I-15 isn’t just the quickest way to the Zion National park from Los Angeles. It also offers incredible views of the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests on the way.

 

The trip can be made in one day – taking less than 7 hours to complete. However, the Valley of Fire State Park is a great overnight location.

 

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