Zion National Park


Zion National Park needs no introduction. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful national parks in all of America. It is a must-visit location for any van lifer. The amount of adventures you can have here is never ending. Some of the most popular activities include hiking Angeles Landing, camping amount the canyons, bird watching, and exploring the Narrows. 


There are not enough words that can describe the beauty of this National Park. Just driving into the park leaves you awestruck as the towering red cliffs rise over a thousand feet above you.


There are many wonderful hikes throughout the park for every skill level. Always check with the ranger station for conditions and if that hike requires a permit. A few of the most popular hikes include:

  • Angeles Landing: HARD and Scary
  • The Narrows: 9.4 miles, Moderate, Water hiking
  • The Wave: Hard, Permit required 
  • Wilderness trail: 3.3 miles, Easy
  • Upper Emerald Pool trail: Easy, 1-mile

Guide: Zion Information Hiking Guide FY22-Summer


There are a couple of camping options in and around the park. There are a few established campgrounds in the area that are located right outside the park entrance. Along with established campgrounds, there are wonderful BLM boondocking options a 10-minute drive from the park entrance. Below is a list of camping options in the local vicinity of the park.

  • Watchman Campground (Call 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov
  • South Campground
  •  The Lava Point Campground (1-hour drive from Zion Canyon)
  • Hurricane Cliffs BLM 

From mid-March through late November the campgrounds are full almost every night. All campsites are drive-up and allow a maximum of two vehicles. Only one RV or trailer is allowed.

It’s a privilege to have Zion National Park for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.9.4 miles

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Hurricane Cliffs BLM

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