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Are you planning to camp in an RV near Springdale, Utah and Zion National Park? Then take a look at Zion/South Campground. When you park an RV rental in this campground, you’ll be sleeping right next to the south entrance of the national park and waking up amid breathtaking views each morning. From here, you have access to many of the park's trails as well as the Zion Canyon Shuttle Service. Plus, getting to Zion/South Campground is just as easy. The campground is located in the heart of Washington County, only a short drive from Interstate 15 and State Highway 89.
The campground is open from March to October and reservations are permitted up to 14 days in advance. The shaded sites are suitable for vehicles up to 13 feet tall. Long vehicles are permitted; however, RVs over 50 feet in length must use the south entrance. On-site, there are basic facilities available, making it ideal for campers who want to get offline and immerse themselves in nature. There are no hookups, but this RV park provides guests with drinking water and dump stations. Plus, if you like to dine in the open air or meet other campers, you can make use of the campground’s picnic tables and fire pits.
The first place you’ll want to explore with RV rentals in Washington County is Zion National Park. You’ll have direct access to trails and activities when you’re camping at Zion/South Campground. The landscape of this stunning national park is known for its unique geological formations as well as its dramatic canyons, cliffs, and challenging trails. If you're looking for a strenuous hiking trail, then follow Angels Landing to a lookout point above Zion Canyon. Or, you can bring a bike and hop onto the Pa’rus Trail. Horseback riding, white water paddling, canyoning, and rock-climbing are also available in Zion National Park.
Adrenaline seekers aren’t the only ones who love Zion National Park. Its viewpoints and colorful rocks also make it a prime location for photography. The best way to cover a vast distance in the park is to drive along one of its scenic byways. You can choose from a five-mile route through crimson walls on the Kolob Canyon Road, best in the winter season, or wind along the cliffside on the Mount Carmon-Zion Scenic Highway.
The next place you can go with a campervan rental is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, famous for its pink-tinged sand. These rolling dunes provide fantastic opportunities for fat-tire bikes or ATV driving. There are designated trails to keep the motorists and pedestrians apart. Those who prefer to explore on foot can hike a 5.5-mile loop trail of the dunes. During the fall, this state park is a hotspot for sandboarding and visitors can test their skills of slopes of over 300 feet. Whichever way you choose to discover Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, remember to take a minute to search for fresh coyote tracks and photograph the brightly colored cactus flowers.
If you still have some vacation days left, you can drive through the epic scenery to Gunlock State Park. The park is more rugged than others in the region, and here you’ll have the chance to spot foxes and coyotes on the ground or birds of prey in the sky. There are several hiking routes ranging from easy to medium difficulty, these are threaded around the banks of Gunlock Lake. The lake itself is suitable for swimming and boating. You can paddle a canoe, kayak, and SUP, or launch a vessel from the park’s boat ramp. It’s the perfect spot to visit while you're renting an RV in the springtime.
Another key feature within the boundaries of Zion National Park is the Zion Human History Museum. It’s within easy walking distance when you’re RV camping at Zion/South Campground. The museum showcases the rich human heritage of the lands which are now part of Zion National Park, from Native American tribes to the first pioneers, and the development of the national park. The exhibitions include paleontological artifacts, photographs, and pressed plant specimens. The museum also shows an informative introductory video about Zion National Park.
For a more modern display of local culture, you can visit the neighboring town of Springdale. This tiny town is located just outside the southern boundary of Zion National Park. It provides visitors with art galleries, locally made crafts, and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. If you want a bite to eat while you’re camping with an RV, just take a drive to downtown Springdale. Here you can find Mexican favorites, classic American diners, and organic dishes served with live music.
While you’re in town, you can check out what’s going on at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater. Built into the magical southern Utah landscape in 1976, a show at this open-air theater is one you’ll never forget. This venue regularly hosts plays and concerts ranging from classical music to rock and roll. The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater also hosts the annual Zion Canyon Music Festival in September. During the two-day event, you can hear some of the region’s best artists and bands, taste local foods, or purchase souvenirs to take home at the end of your vacation with an RV rental near Zion/South Campground.