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Location and Access

Lava Point Campground is a small, remote campground within Zion National Park, Utah. It is located approximately 1-hour drive from Zion Canyon, on the Kolob Terrace Road. The location offers a much less crowded experience compared to the main campgrounds in the park.

Campground Features

The campground is situated at roughly 7,890 feet elevation, providing spectacular views of the park and a cooler climate, especially during the hot summer months. Facilities are basic, including:

  • Pit toilets
  • Trash cans
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits

There are no water sources available, so visitors must bring all the water they will need for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

Campsites Description

The campground offers six primitive campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations, and the sites often fill up early in the day during peak seasons.

Cost and Stay Limits

Staying at Lava Point Campground is free of charge. However, the National Park Service typically imposes a stay limit to allow as many visitors as possible to enjoy the area. This limit is generally around 14 days within a 30-day period, however, during peak season or in the case of high demand, it is subject to change.

Activities

Lava Point serves as an excellent base for those looking to:

  • Hike remote trails, such as the West Rim Trail
  • Enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing
  • Experience stargazing away from light pollution
  • Explore the backcountry areas of Zion National Park

Weather and Best Time to Visit

Weather at Lava Point can be quite different from the main canyon due to its elevation. Summers are cooler, and it can get very cold in late fall, winter, and early spring, with snow likely. The campground usually opens from May to September, depending on weather conditions.

Respect Wildlife and Leave No Trace

Visitors should always be wary of the wildlife and maintain a safe distance. Additionally, it is vital to practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the park. Pack out all trash, food waste, and belongings.

Preparation and Safety

Due to its remote location:

  • Bring sufficient food, water, and camping supplies.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergencies.
  • Check for any park alerts or conditions that may affect camping or hiking plans.
  • Inform someone about your travel plans and expected return.

Access Issues

The Kolob Terrace Road, leading to Lava Point Campground, can be closed due to snow and ice in the winter or after heavy rains. Always check current road conditions before planning your trip.

Cell Service

Cell service can be sporadic or nonexistent at Lava Point, so plan accordingly and do not rely on cell phones for navigation or emergencies.

Conclusion

Lava Point Campground offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Zion National Park's more secluded and tranquil side. It's ideal for those seeking solitude and a deeper connection with nature without the crowds found in the main areas of the park.

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