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Where is the most likely place to find BLM or Forest Service camping near Zion?
I understand the old location, outside Springdale near a river/wetlands, is now closed.
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doug haller
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jun 13, 2005
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Mar 17, 2014
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There is a great bandit camping area near the Smithsonian Butte. Drive to Rockville, take the bridge road, follow it around a bend to a BLM sign and head up the hill and find a spot.

There's also the actual campgrounds in the park, too, which are super convenient.
Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Joined Mar 14, 2010
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Mar 18, 2014
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Yes sadly the beloved Mosquito cove has been shutdown, as has Coalpit Wash, the two go-to's of zion free camping. +1 on the Rockville bridge camping.

lets all make sure to keep this one clean so it doesn't get shut down too!
Spencer Weiler
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Thanks! doug haller
From Boulder, Colorado
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for y'all camping at smithsonian butte, FYI!!! there has been BLM presence with citations being given. keep your camping on the DL and don't leave tents up during the day. It's illegal so tread lightly karl kvashay
From cedar city, utah
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karl kvashay wrote:
for y'all camping at smithsonian butte, FYI!!! there has been BLM presence with citations being given. keep your camping on the DL and don't leave tents up during the day. It's illegal so tread lightly


thanks for this info Karl. Are there posted "no camping" signs up at all? How long has the BLM been doing this? I'm very curious. Thanks.

Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
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That's super disheartening to hear....any more specifics as to what the individuals were ticketed for? The camping up there is great... Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Joined Mar 14, 2010
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Apr 5, 2014
The route in it's entirety.
there are no camping signs as soon as you turn past the blm sign, and start up the hill. probably has something to do with dipshits dumping loads of garbage into the drainages up there. Greg G
From SLC, UT
Joined Oct 3, 2008
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Apr 5, 2014
Whaaaat?
A group of us just camped above the bridge road last weekend. The pyromaniac in our group brought a local lady down from her house and gave us a talkin' to. Lesson learned: Camp away from homes and as inconspicuous as possible. BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
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Apr 6, 2014
When did these signs go up? As I recall, the sign only said no camping within 500 feet of the road... Sean C
From Flagstaff
Joined Apr 12, 2011
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Apr 6, 2014
Taken from the BLM website on Smithsonian Butte "Note: Camping is prohibited on federally managed lands within 1/2 mile of either side of the Back Country Byway." So camping isn't illegal out there, as long as you drive down one of the many side roads for a bit. Sean C
From Flagstaff
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Apr 6, 2014
For the campsites inside the park - it seems Watchman is pretty much reserved up. Is the South campground usually pretty full this time of year?

Thanks.
Raiden
From Royal Oak, MI
Joined May 14, 2011
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Apr 7, 2014
The route in it's entirety.
South is a walk in campground, and is usually pretty easy to find a site in. I've never been skunked. Greg G
From SLC, UT
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Apr 7, 2014
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Greg G wrote:
South is a walk in campground, and is usually pretty easy to find a site in. I've never been skunked.



Nope. The walk-in sites are in Watchman. South campground does not take reservations so it's easier to find a site there than at Watchman. However, South still fills up quickly on weekends during the peak season and I've been skunked several times.
Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
Joined May 14, 2007
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Apr 7, 2014
The route in it's entirety.
I mean 1st come 1st serve not actually the sites where you walk in a few hundred feet. I meant this in the same manner as you said "South campground does not take reservations so it's easier to find a site there than at Watchman". Your luck must be bad if you've been skunked a few times! Greg G
From SLC, UT
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Apr 7, 2014
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Greg G wrote:
I mean 1st come 1st serve not actually the sites where you walk in a few hundred feet. I meant this in the same manner as you said "South campground does not take reservations so it's easier to find a site there than at Watchman". Your luck must be bad if you've been skunked a few times!


Ahhh...sorry, just misunderstood.
Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
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Apr 7, 2014
Dow Williams, 2011
BackCountry wrote:
A group of us just camped above the bridge road last weekend. The pyromaniac in our group brought a local lady down from her house and gave us a talkin' to. Lesson learned: Camp away from homes and as inconspicuous as possible.


You had to learn that by doing it eh? The average IQ of that group must be impressive.
Dow Williams
From St. George, Utah; Canmore, AB
Joined Mar 13, 2006
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Apr 7, 2014
Whaaaat?
Dow Williams wrote:
You had to learn that by doing it eh?
Not myself, but it helped convince one in the group.

Dow Williams wrote:
The average IQ of that group must be impressive.
Assuming you know how "average" works, then I will acknowledge a slight down tick. Otherwise, and on behalf of the rest of us, thanks for the kind words.
BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Apr 7, 2014
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Just got back from Zion. We camped up Kolob terrace road.. or reservoir road. About a mile or so up, many dirt roads pull off right. Great camping all be yourself right along the creek. We stayed one night because we wanted to be closer. South campground was great, convenient and nice to talk with other climbers. Have Fun Chris G.
From Lakewood
Joined Feb 24, 2012
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Apr 7, 2014
Dow Williams, 2011
It is always the same whine to land owners/managers..."how about the rest of us....we are responsible campers"...but when a "group" can't control one idiot...land owners and managers don't want the hassle of dealing with the idiot either....this is why you find free camping hard to come by.....the lesson you should have learned is to grow a pair and stop idiots from ruining it for the rest of you...particularly when they are right there in front of you doing it Dow Williams
From St. George, Utah; Canmore, AB
Joined Mar 13, 2006
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Apr 7, 2014
Thanks for the feedback. I'll be arriving this Saturday pretty late so I guess I'll hope the South campground isn't filled up. Raiden
From Royal Oak, MI
Joined May 14, 2011
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