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Utah’s Zion National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States, welcoming over four million visitors annually. It’s not hard to see why — the dramatic buttes, canyons, mountains, and rivers form a stunning landscape that’s perfect for outdoor activities from hiking to mountain biking to horseback riding. When you’re considering a place to stay, your options typically range from campsites to RV parks to hotels, and we’re here to help with that last category. There’s only one hotel within the park itself (more on that later), and the majority of accommodations are located just outside the park in Springdale, a bustling town with plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to round out your natural experience within the park. Plus, there are a number of ranches, lodges, and glamping options a bit farther away — good choices for those who want to avoid the crowds in Springdale. Wherever you choose to stay, you can be sure your trip to Zion National Park will be a memorable one.
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With just 52 studios and suites — and a locale less than a five-minute walk from the entrance to Zion National Park — this lodge is an ideal place to stay. It is, pretty unsurprisingly, decorated in the same rustic-chic manner as most other lodges in the area, but it does skew toward the more upscale end of the spectrum. Room types vary from king, queen, and double studios with kitchenettes to larger suites with full kitchens that have varied amenities from jetted tubs and private patios to balconies and fireplaces. There’s a pool on property, and within a three-minute walk is the Zion Canyon Village with restaurants, a brew pub, shops, and even a movie theater. Cable Mountain Lodge also operates a free shuttle which takes guests into downtown Springdale (about a mile away), where there’s even more entertainment to be found. For those looking to be close to both the park and the amenities outside it, you can’t beat this option.
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When it comes to Zion National Park hotels, this is the only one that’s actually within the park's borders. Naturally, if you want to be close to nature, it doesn’t get better than the Zion Lodge — which also happens to be one of the best hotels in the region. The historic main lodge was originally built in 1925, destroyed by fire in 1966, then rebuilt within four months in the same low-slung, rustic style, and a number of cabins were constructed across the property for more private accommodations. Today, there are 125 hotel rooms, suites with kitchenettes, and cabins with gas fireplaces, decorated in classic National Park–style decor (think: woods and earthen hues) with modern features like air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. Amenities are slightly limited at this property, with onsite dining options restricted to the year-round Red Rock Grill and the seasonal Rock Dome Café. While there’s no pool, you’re within walking distance of hiking and horseback-riding trails, making this ideal for the nature lover who wants to maximize time in the park.
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If you’re interested in a camping-esque experience but aren’t quite willing to rough it, consider “glamping” at Under Canvas Zion. The seasonal camp, which is open from March to November, sits on 196 acres adjacent to Zion National Park’s eastern border, making for easy park access. It is, however, a bit of a remote location — it’s about 30-minutes to downtown Springdale’s entertainment — but that’s definitely part of the property’s allure.
Accommodations are all tent-style, and they range from units with private bathrooms with running water to safari-style tents with communal (but luxurious) facilities that fit up to seven guests. There’s an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, and it also offers picnic lunches for your adventures in the park or on the property. Under Canvas Zion can organize a range of activities from safari tours to stand-up paddleboarding to yoga classes and massages. While you’ll still be as close to nature as one can get, you’ll also be surrounded by plush creature comforts.
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While most lodging near Zion National Park is in Springdale, located just outside the park's main gates, prices can run a little high there. For the budget-minded, it’s best to head a little farther out, like to the town of La Verkin, about a 30-minute drive from Springdale.
La Quinta Inn & Suites La Verkin offers a great stay for the price — it has an outdoor pool and fitness center, as well as free breakfast. Plus, it’s pet-friendly! Unlike the lodges closer to the park, this hotel features modern decor with purple and teal accents, and rooms have added touches like microwaves, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs. While the town of La Venkin doesn’t have quite as many activities as Springdale, there are a number of restaurants and shops in town to keep you occupied when you’re not hiking the trails in Zion.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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The Zion Mountain Ranch isn’t just a hotel — it’s actually a functioning 8,000-acre ranch that gives guests a true Western experience. There are 53 rustic cabins and lodges across the property, each with kitchenettes or full kitchens, plus individual features that change per unit like saunas and private massage rooms. As the ranch is a bit out of the way of some of the main attractions — it’s just over a 30-minute drive to Springdale and the shuttle to Zion National Park’s main entrance (though the east entrance is only a six-minute drive away) — there is a farm-to-table restaurant that features ingredients grown or raised on-site, from vegetables from the organic gardens and aquaponic greenhouses to bison from the herd that resides on the ranch. Activities revolve around exploring the ranch via horseback, but the property also provides guides to take guests canyoneering, mountain biking, fly fishing, and hiking. It’s not only Zion that’s nearby, but also Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, which is definitely worth its own visit.
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Set on 4,000 sprawling acres, the Zion Ponderosa Resort is a mecca for on-site entertainment; though it does, of course, have hiking trails that lead straight into the eastern side of the national park, should you want to leave the property and explore what is arguably the most popular attraction in the area. The resort offers an incredible number of activities to try for kids and adults alike, from more classic Western fun like horseback riding to adrenaline-pumping zip-lining and bungee trampolines. There’s also a mini-golf course, shooting range, and indoor-outdoor climbing wall, as well as all sorts of sports courts. For more wellness-minded guests, there are spa and yoga classes, too. As for accommodations, Zion Ponderosa has all sorts of styles, from RV hookups and summer-camp-style shared cabin facilities to private mountain homes, meaning each group of guests can choose the type of stay that suits their style.
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Seeing as the closest major airport is in Las Vegas — more than a three-hour drive away — the Zion National Park area might not be a popular choice for business meetings. That said, if you are in town on work, this hotel has 3,300-square-feet of meeting space to accommodate corporate events and retreats. If you’re on a family vacation but still need to squeeze some work in, the hotel also offers (strong) free Wi-Fi and work desks in every room.
As suggested by the hotel's name, accommodations are suite-style. Each features contemporary decor with subtle nods to the stay's western location, communicated via wooden accent walls, but the aesthetic is decidedly more modern than rustic. As for amenities, there’s a pool and hot tub, a convenience store, and free breakfast to make your stay more comfortable. The hotel is also near all the restaurants and bars of Springdale, should you be looking for a bit more entertainment. Of course, Zion National Park is still the main attraction here — and it's just one mile from the hotel.
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Quite a number of Springdale houses have been converted into charming inns and B&Bs, providing cozy accommodations for those looking to move away from the more typical lodges of the area. One of the best is the Red Rock Inn, which has eight individually decorated suites and cottages named after famous features or trails in Zion National Park, which is less than a mile away. A recent renovation has seen the updating of some of the rooms, which feature a modern Western look with patterned rugs and faux-fur throws, and range in size from king beds to duplexes with full kitchens and sofa beds. Like some of the other inns in Springdale, Red Rock has partnered with Oscar’s Cafe for complimentary breakfast (it’s just a few houses down). In the evenings, guests can have a cup of tea and watch the sun set on the inn’s hilltop patio.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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If lodge-style accommodations aren’t your idea of the best spot for a romantic getaway, don’t worry — Under the Eaves is the perfect getaway for couples looking for something a little different. The formerly private home was built in 1931 and today has seven different rooms which range from suites in the main house to a cozy garden cabin outside. Each has its own style, but all fall under the broad category of country-chic with floral fabrics, iron bed frames, and exposed wood beams throughout. Breakfast is free and served daily at nearby Oscar’s Cafe, but the inn is also within walking distance of downtown Springdale’s restaurants. Under the Eaves is located less than a mile away from the main gates of Zion National Park and after a long day of hiking and exploring, guests can retreat to relaxing hammocks in the yard, enjoy reading a book in their room, or try their hand at a game of chess in the sitting room or dining room.