Zion Canyon South Campground

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Visitor use within and surrounding Zion National Park (ZION) has grown steadily for many years. Recently, the demand for public access within the Zion Region has increased exponentially, stressing existing infrastructure on public lands, trail systems, and the environmental resources therein. As a means to provide solutions to the needs associated with increasing visitation, the National Park Service (NPS) at ZION is proposing to rehabilitate the South Campground.

The South Campground was constructed in the 1930s and expanded in the 1960s with little to no improvements since, and the facilities are beyond their intended design life and in poor condition. As a result, many of the facilities do not meet current accessibility standards and are in need of renovation to meet modern expectations and the increasing visitor demand resulting in declining public services. NPS proposes to reconstruct the campground to improve visitor experience, accommodate more demand placed on campground infrastructure, improve drainage from the west side of the campground to the North Fork of the Virgin River, and increase efficiency of operations while protecting natural and cultural resources. Additionally, the proposal would address compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Campground improvements would include the following proposed elements:
(1) Construct new circulation patterns with a roundabout separating two distinct loops to simplify wayfinding
(2) Construct a new campground fee and wilderness permitting office with associated short-term parking
(3) Improve campsite infrastructure and accessibility
(4) Construct three new comfort stations in place of existing Mission 66 facilities
(5) Renovate the 1930 historic comfort station
(6) Establish a multifunction drainage system that also serves as a pedestrian route
(7) Expand and improve the existing dump station
(8) Construct a new day use picnic area and associated short-term parking
(9) Plant a representative orchard in the day use area to acknowledge the past agricultural use of the area
(10) Remove trees while retaining as much bird, bat, and insect habitat as possible, and revegetate impacted areas with native species
(11) Preserve natural rock outcroppings and sections of historic irrigation ditch systems
(12) Use new campsite delineation and formal paths to reduce encroachment of visitors onto planted areas
(13) Incorporate irrigation swales in coordination with historic ditch alignments that will help provide appropriate water to all remaining and new trees
(14) Install two new back-up irrigation lines to feed ditches to support vegetation in case of low water issues.

The NPS welcomes your comment on the Floodplain Statement of Findings for the regulatory floodplain of the North Fork of the Virgin River in ZION. This document can be found in 'Document List' on the left-hand column of this website.

Contact Information

Jonathan Shafer
(435) 772-0145