We continue with our tour to places that you have never heard of. This stop is our location from which to explore a few places you have heard of – Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and the north rim of Grand Canyon NP (and a few other lesser known ones as well). There really isn’t a town of Mt Carmel Junction it is just an area south of another unincorporated area, Mt Carmel. We are literally at the junction of Highway 89 and Highway 9. The latter goes west into Zion NP. There isn’t a whole lot here – a couple motels, a couple gas stations and our campground.
Our small 12-site campground is owned and operated by the Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge. We found this place through our favorite campground locating tool – rvparkreviews.com. So what amenities did we get here? We got a 50 amp full-hookup site. The park said most of their sites were 30 amp but when we got here they had a 50 amp available and we grabbed it – at no additional cost. The reviews said the small park could be quite dusty but it seems to us they must have recently laid down a nice layer of rocks and it is not dirty nor dusty at all. The reviews also said we would not be able to get a satellite signal because of the line of trees behind us, but Gary tweaked us forward in our spot and you can see it the picture the dish is up and it is pulling in signal just fine.
And being owned by the Best Western we are allowed to use their swimming pool and hot tub, at no extra charge. And the Lodge also has a nine-hole executive-length golf course and for who knows exactly why, campground guests who stay for a week for more are allowed to play without paying greens fees, just a small cart fee.
We had been reading that we would pay more for campgrounds this year as we would be in highly traveled, major attraction areas. On the whole, we have done pretty well in trying to hold down campground costs. We have had many a night in the low $20s, but then did have to bite the bullet in Jackson.Wyoming and pay $60 a night. So how did we do here in Mt Carmel, an area of national parks, staying at a Best Western Lodge, with full 50 amp hookups, pool and hot tub, golf course with no greens fees. How does $16 a night sound.