We’re visiting one of our favorite places on Earth: Zion National Park. Zion was Peter’s very first national park, sparking a life-long love affair with the great outdoors… a big factor in our decision to become full-time RVers.
Although we’ve been to Zion many times, this is our first winter visit.
One big advantage of the off-season is that there’s almost nobody there. We weren’t sure what to expect in the 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 our three-day stay, except for a couple of other RVs and a few intrepid tent campers (“intrepid” because the forecast called for a nighttime low of 10° F during our stay).
Zion’s 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. Plus, there are two convenient dump stations.
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 (and fee) 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 possibly a little intimidating for novice RVers.
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 begin planning your trip to Zion, visit the National Park Service website.
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