Zion National Park Winter RV Camping

Zion National Park Winter RV Camping

We’re visiting one of our favorite places on the planet: Zion National Park in Southern Utah. Zion was my very first national park, and the love affair it sparked for the great outdoors was a big factor in our decision to RV in the first place.

Although we’ve been to Zion many times, this is our first winter visit. One advantage of coming during the off-season is that there’s almost nobody there. We weren’t sure what to expect when we arrived in Watchman Campground, so we employed our usual full-timers’ strategy of arriving early on a weekday. It turns out we had nothing to worry about, as we were virtually alone for three days, except for a couple of other RVs and a few intrepid tent campers (“intrepid” because the forecast called for a nighttime low of 10ยบ F during our stay).

Watchman Campground has a decided advantage over many National Parks, as there are a decent number of big-rig-friendly sites, including some with 30-amp hook-ups, and even a few 50-amp sites.

We’ve driven both of our RVs through the Zion – Mount Carmel Tunnel during previous visits. If you’re planning to take your RV through the tunnel, be sure to check in with the ranger station first. Hours for oversize vehicles are limited, and a special permit is required.

When you arrive at the tunnel, they’ll shut it down to oncoming traffic, and you’ll drive your RV right down the middle of the road all the way through. It’s a pretty cool experience, although likely a little intimidating for a novice RVer.

We’ve always loved Zion, and think it’s one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been. But the snow is like the icing on the cake, adding stark white to the palette of red rock, green trees and vivid blue sky.

We couldn’t have imagined Zion being any more beautiful than every other time we’ve visited… but it actually was.

Check out the video for a tour and overview of this magnificent, magical wonder of nature.

To plan your trip to Zion, visit the NPS website:
http://nps.gov/zion

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50 Comments

  1. Gabriel Aquino Junior on December 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    It’s my number one park! I went there in 2014 by my own and hiked to Scout Lookout. And at the end of this month I’ll be in Zion again, now along my family! Thanks for sharing these breathtaking views and your experience during the winter time! I’m really looking forward to get there!

  2. Kitchguy on December 4, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    That’s amazing

  3. Mike Anderson on December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    What are the other two in your top 3? Great video!

  4. phillip cyr on December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Good job guys! Stephen and I always enjoy your vids ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Liz Souza on December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful park, i was there last year. Thanks for the winter view. I am not a fan of your fast forward technique. Makes me dizzy, so i miss that part.

  6. The Blind Rider on December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    GREAT VIDEO

  7. Jim Breitinger on December 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I was winter camping there a month ago. It’s a great time to go. Loved meeting you two, though too brief. -Jim/SLC

  8. Colleen Mcdermott on December 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    beautifully filmed. thank you

  9. Stacy Heath on December 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    You mentioned its in your top five, what are the other four?

  10. Jeff Allen on December 4, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Great Video! We have always wanted to go…

  11. Cynthia Hrdz-Fristo on December 4, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    We went there 2 summers ago. We made a day trip from taking vacation in Las Vegas. It was amazing and so beautiful. I’m so glad my friend that lives in Las Vegas told me about it. My kids said they loved this more than Vegas (I say kids, they’re 25 & 29). I highly recommend this for anyone that is in Vegas.. take a day from the drinking and gambling and enjoy nature!

  12. prontsc on December 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    While it is very pretty, how many places on Earth have you been to in your opinion?

  13. Dusty Katz on December 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Awesome video, thanks.

  14. David Good on December 4, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Another amazing video, as usual. So… I guess I hate you guys — now I feel like I need to change my plans and head over there ASAP!!! HA! (just kidding — love you guys). Excellent video, excellent production… love the camera work and editing. We fell in love with you for your "help" videos, but now you’re turning into our "tour guides." Keep it up!!!

  15. Jerry Tillison on December 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    What an amazing place and wonderful job on the video. I just told my wife we need to go here. I will certainly tow the motorcycle on this trip. Looks like great roads for riding. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ‘

  16. A Needlepoint In Time on December 4, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    WOW

  17. Lance Harris on December 4, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Wonderful video. We have never been there but have it on our list for late September of 2017. Thanks for putting this together.

  18. Ronald Rippen on December 4, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I have been to Zion several times in the summer, but never in the winter. This video may start the buses running again in winter.

  19. cheyenne2 on December 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    beautiful place! going there this year!

  20. Eduardo Almeida on December 4, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Fantastic video! Thank you for that!

  21. LetsRV on December 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Great video! We’ve never been to Zion in the winter. Now it a must do. Thanks.

  22. Tim Monroe on December 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Hey, I own a 2004 Newmar Kountry Star diesel pusher and I was wondering how you keep your tanks and our water lines from freezing when it gets that cold.. Yes I do have a basement heater or fan but I never been anywhere when it is 10 degrees.. Do you have heat tape or something on the tanks etc?

  23. Ed Mitiu on December 4, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Excellent video. Winter in Zion awesome presentation.

  24. Geoffrey Panek on December 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Wow… what an amazing video. I am going! But I thought the icy roads looked daunting.

  25. Hun.tress.308 on December 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    very nice video. I’ve been there, but in the summer, last year. It looks gorgeous with the snow. You said it’s in your top 3 of favorite places. What are the other 2?

  26. Travels with Yoly on December 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    We’ve been to 35 National Parks and we made the mistake of being there in peak season (early July). The place was "slammed" ! It really takes much away from the experience so try to plan to avoid the enormous crowds if possible.

  27. D LG on December 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Just, wow! I’m looking forward to beginning to visit the national parks as soon as possible. A class b RV is definitely in my future. What an incredible video guys. Thanks!

  28. Ray Sater on December 4, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    beautiful.

  29. Hydy 2017 on December 4, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    great show, thank you!

  30. DWDinAtlanta on December 4, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks so much for showing this! National Parks are on our Bucket List. You hear so much about larger rigs not fitting. So glad to see this one does. It will be one of the first on our list to see. We don’t get out west much, so I doubt we will make much of a dent to the National Park list.

  31. John Foster on December 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    You gentlemen do such a great job. Thanks

  32. ZMariaJZ on December 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Awesome Video!!! thank you so much for sharing it!!

  33. Anthony N on December 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    What an incredible video. Thank you!

  34. Prima Donna Going Off Grid on December 4, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Wow! That’s beautiful.

  35. Ron H on December 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I have been to Zion but winter camping there is a whole new perspective. Thanks!

  36. Kathy S. on December 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Jaw dropping gorgeous! Have you guys ever made your way to Alaska? I live in Anchorage, so if you ever do, I’d be happy to provide you with tips. Denali National Park is amazing as well.

  37. John Kraemer on December 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Great video! Thank you for sharing! I love Zion National Park! I need to visit sometime during the winter months!

  38. Sam C on December 4, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    WOW!! Zion will be added to our bucket list! Thanks for t he awesome video!!

  39. The Nielson Tribe on December 4, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Zion’s is super gorgeous. We are lucky to live 30 min away!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. John Kreick on December 4, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Looks great. Which park did you stay at and which entrance do you use. The east entrance looked a little tight for my 40′ rig. We are towing a car so just need a convent place to park a few days. Will be there late April.

  41. Walter Razzaboni on December 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful video, Zion is on out list for sure.

  42. Susan Sost on December 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Beautiful! So what are your top 3-5 favorite places??

  43. Joe Brennan on December 4, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Thank for the timely information. Great & informational video as usual. I’ve seen most if not all of your video’s, and thanks again.
    I’m a full time rv’er for 2 yrs. from the Northeast. I have a 35′ class w/ tow vehicle. I’ll be visiting No. AZ & So UT for 39 day for the first time starting 3/6/17.
    I’ll be going the following areas starting at Cottonwood, AZ, Lake Powell, The Wave, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, Painted Forest. & maybe Mesa Verde and probably more.
    How long did you spend in Zion this visit? Do you have have suggestions on places to visit and how to visit to achieve the most. I’m trying to park the RV in a central location and site see as much as possible w/ the car.
    I’ve been to a -lot of the NP from So. Dakota, Montana & Calif.. From Glacier National to the WA coast, down the coast mostly on RT1 to San Diego, AZ now UT. Last yr I did Maine to Florida to Texas then diagonally back the Northeast..

    Great videos, Thanks
    Dolphin35

  44. John Bruce on December 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    You make great videos. When I visited Zion for the first time it was 1963. I was 11 with my family on a 3 month cross country camping trip. We were able to stop at the vista overlooks in the tunnel. I was there a year ago in the Fall, I certainly understand why that isn’t done today, it is a very popular park.

  45. Mike & Cathi Stark on December 4, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    You mentioned that during the winter the trams don’t run. What months are considered winter or off season?

  46. Donald Carey on December 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you for posting this it is awesome….When were you there, I mean what month???

  47. David Killmer on December 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Wow guys, thank you for taking the time to make such a beautiful and inspiring video. It’s quite a break from your usual (and excellent) how-to stuff. As a soon-to-be first time motorhome owner who is just recently retired, but still blessed to have kids around, you have certainly inspired a must-do trip!

    I would love to see more "trippy" type videos that can inspire RV newbies like me…

  48. Mark Caudill on December 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Awesome video of an place, will definitely have to go there.

  49. Philip Sipe on December 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Great job filming this beautiful park guys !! Now I must plan a trip there myself!

  50. SKPjoe Coursegold on December 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    top #3……………………I agree.

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