- Reviews: 1305
Watchman and South Campgrounds: Camping in the Park
No tent for us but because we walked in and out of the park so much instead of using the shuttles, we got to observe them a lot at different times of the day. The park’s website - plus reviews out there from campers recent and not-so - will pretty much tell you what you need to know but here are a couple of pointers:
• There are two within the Zion Canyon boundaries (there’s a third an hour away at Lava Point): Watchman and South. Watchman sites are available by reservation from March through November, otherwise they’re first-come, first-served. South campground is take-your-chances all year. Both are very busy during high season so I’ll recommend making a reservation well in advance for Watchman, and getting to the park early in the morning to scout out departing campers at South. Also at South, you won’t be the only one looking for an open spot: you’ll be in hot competition with campers looking to move from less desirable sites on the grounds.
•Both campgrounds have restrooms, drinking water and dump stations but no showers or laundry: those are available in Springdale for a fee. There are sites for both tents and RVs but only Watchman has electrical hookups. Generator use is not allowed at that one so book a hookup site if you need that? Generator use is allowed at South but only during restricted hours.
• Sites are equipped with fire rings (no wood gathering allowed) and picnic tables.
• Both are reasonably close to the Visitor Center and the market at Zion Canyon Village (just outside the park entrance).
SPECIAL NOTE: see my “Entry Pass Hairball” info if you’re camping with a group, and will be going in and out of the park to the market or amenities in Springdale!
• Sites may or may not have shade, and there’s little vegetation to provide privacy. There are more sites very near the Virgin at South than at Watchman so if horsing around in the river is high on the summer itinerary, try to snag one of those!
• All food items must be stored in your car/RV or in a hard-sided, lockable container, and please don’t feed the critters. Rock squirrels, BTW, are relentless thieves that can chew into a backpack in seconds so if you’re carrying goodies, be careful about setting it down. The little devils can also take a chunk out of your hand if you try to share your lunch with ‘em (big fine for that besides so I wouldn’t advise it in any case).
Reviews are generally positive: everyone (including myself) seems to agree that the scenery at either is slap-your-mama gorgeous, and far outweighs any little shortcomings!
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- Reviews: 434
Novel House Inn: A Novel Idea
Located in quaint Springdale, the "gateway town" to Zion National Park, each of the 10 rooms at the Novel House Inn is decorated in the style of a famous writer, i.e., Rudyard Kipling, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy, among others.
As the only room available at the time of booking, we took the "Bronte room" (which incidentally was fitting since one of my favorite novels of all time is "Jane Eyre"). Though the décor and furnishings were a little too old fashioned for both our tastes, and as Hal put it, "girly", the room was nonetheless clean, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was big.
When we arrived at the Inn, we were greeted by Kieran, a nice, youngish Irish transplant and son-in-law to the proprietors. He checked us in and showed us to our "Bronte room". And since the Inn does not actually serve meals at its establishment, Kieran handed us complementary breakfast vouchers to Wildcat Willies Ranch Grill and Saloon and Oscar's Cafe and Deli, both of which we discovered to be ideal breakfast options.
Basics: Our room cost $159 a night excluding taxes. Other rooms at the Inn price between $139 and $149. Check in time is between 3pm-6pm and check out is at 11am. Children over 12 are allowed, but pets are not. The Doggy Dude Ranch at 435-772-3105 can house your pet(s) during your stay. All rooms are smoke-free, except for designated areas outside of the Inn. A two-day minimum stay is required on the weekends.
Aside from the usual, our room contained a regular tube TV, a DVD/VCR, and a small round-table with chairs. The inn itself offers a library/lounge area, a patio in which to relax and possibly star-gaze at night, and a dining room (though no meals are actually served in it except for welcomed afternoon refreshments).
Pros: After a day of outdoor activities, it's nice to come back to a cold glass of lemonade and homemade cookies, served between the hours of 3pm-5pm. Clean rooms and friendly and helpful staff.
Cons: Lack of modern amenities, but I suppose that's to be expected with this kind of accommodation.
- Reviews: 8666
Zion Lodge: Lodging in the Park
You can rent rooms, suites or cabins at Zion Lodge. Zion Lodge is located at right about the middle of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. There is ample parking for guests and the lodge is serviced by the shuttle system. The area surrounding the lodge has spectacular scenery, and this is where you can access the Emerald Pools, Grotto and Sand Beach Hiking Trails. I did not spend the night here just grabbed a little chow and hiked the Emerald Pools Trail.
Inside the park with a beautiful location.
- Reviews: 1
South Zion Bed & Breakfast Hostel: Zions Backyard, Water Canyon & The Polygamy Tour!
I found this lovely Bed & Breakfast hostel via a Google search for: 'hostel 84737'
Our hosts were accommodating with our schedule & my two daugthers 8-13 yrs old. His home has 4 bedrooms on a fenced 1 acre property, 1 shared hostel room & 2 private rooms.
A huge breakfast was included in the price of our room. We loved his potatoes & eggs!!! In fact my daughters wouldn't stop talking about how great the breakfast was. The 2nd morning we ate waffles like the 'rich people' eat, with fruit & whipped cream on top.
On our 2nd day our host & tour guide, took us on a 1 hour long hike up to 'Water Canyon' it's a lovely hike & until now, relatively unknown to tourists. This hike was the most impressive I've ever been on. Your tour of Zion's in NOT complete without going on this hike.
On the day of our arrival, after hearing that my daughters, were hungry, he cooked them some organic waffles with fruit & whipped cream. "Breakfast for dinner today! right girls" They instantly loved the entire 4 day stay. They won't ever forget it.
We took the a personal tour of the polygamy town Colorado City, AZ. Our host, Host is a photographer and invited us for a tour. My friends from Nevada had arrived by then & our entire group came along, 12 people.
The host/tour guide took a lot of photos & video of us and our friends.
The tour which was almost 4 hrs long included a stops at
* the Dairy store (don't miss the ice cream cones & 'squeaky cheese')
* the park- which we all rode the worlds biggest slide. Children & adults had a blast.
* the hike to Big Rock= we were amazed by the sandstone formation & climbed to the top of Big Rock
After our wonderful tour, our host/guide put the photos/videos of our tour onto a DVD for us and presented us with a cherished vacation keepsake that the kids are still showing to their friends.
(Well I admit that I get a real kick from showing it to my friends as well)
- Reviews: 9
Pioneer Lodge in Springdale: Enjoyable Stay
We stayed here with my mother & aunt (in their 80's) in a 3 bedroom suite. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. It had a rustic feel with pine closets and furniture, a TV in every room and central AC ducted to each room. The kitchen was very spacious and aside from missing hot hands and cleaning towels had everything we needed. The counters were a little dirty and the oven could use a decent clean but nothing too serious. Everything else was fine and the unit was right next to the hot-tub so we didn't even need shoes to walk over. They have a restaurant which we didn't use and a separate lounge/coffee shop where you could relax for a while. Very friendly and helpful staff and we were less than 5 mins from the park entrance. Would definitely stay here again.
Location, location, location.
- Reviews: 8666
Various: Outside the Park
You can stay in one of the many fine motels in Springdale or you can drive about 30 miles to Hurricane and save money. I stayed in Hurricane during my first visit and Springdale my second. There is at least one good deal in Springdale. The Zion Park Inn is inexpensive, run by nice people, and in a great location.
- Reviews: 5956
Potato Hallow: backcountry camping
Zion hold 25% of all backcountry permits for walk-ins so if you go early you're bound to get one especially if you are flexible on where you want to hike. The permits vary in price with group size. It was $10 for the two of us to camp both nights and we could have stayed out there longer for the same amount.
The weather was great but one problem with hiking on the West Rim trail is lack of drinking water. We found a small spring, but small was a generous description for this small gurgle. It was more like a puddle and would have been better suited to a pump water filter. Unfortunately, we were using chemical treatment at that time. You won't see many people on this trail so if seeking solitude, this is a good place to find it.
- Reviews: 949
Pioneer Lodge: A Historic Hotel with Great Views of Zion
I decided to stay at the Pioneer Lodge because it is considered a historic part of Zion, located at the west entrance. Also, it is close to Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Kolob Canyon, and Pipe Springs National Monument. It is the perfect station for seeing these sites.
The rooms are comfortable and well-maintained and the porches are nice to relax in during the morning - for you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Zion. It has a nostalgic western cowboy feel, bringing you to the days of the wild wild west. John Wayne was actually sleeping in the room next to ours, hehehe…
Check in and check out were easy and we had no problems with the staff at all. The only problem I had was I had a nightmare during the night, but it was probably because of the day’s driving through all those treacherous road cliffs. But my nightmare was about a lady coming out of the ceiling to seduce me --- I do have a wild imagination, lol…
The hotel also has the Pioneer Lodge Restaurant onsite and an internet cafe (wireless connection available) and relaxing outdoor seasonal pool and hot tub. But we will also tried the other restaurants around the area.
Truly a memorable experience to stay in this historic hotel…
great views of Zion from hotel porch
- Reviews: 1
Best Western Zion Park Inn: Best Hotel Zion National Park / Sprindale, UT
I have stayed at the Zion Park Inn three times now for multiple days. I love the hiking at Zion NP! The rooms are extremely clean and well kept. The people at the front desk are generally friendly, and I only say that because one man working there looks like Billy Bob Thornton. I seriously couldn't tell if it was him or not, same behaviour and everything. One evening I walked up and asked if he could make change for a dollar. He immediately said, in Billy Bob style and character, "IT's Too Late To Do Laundry." I stood there staring at his blank face and almost asked for his autograph right then and there. That is exactly why I needed change. I swear, if it's not him, it's his twin brother. My wife and I then decided to wash our dirty shoes, from hiking, in the tub. She had a hair dryer and there was also one in the room, so we decided to speed things up and dry two at once. After about ten minutes the lights went out in the entire wing of our hotel. Pretty embarrassing, however, what made it worse was Billy Bob going room to room looking for the culprit. We put our Do Not Disturb sign on the door and prayed I wouldn't be ripped by him again. I'll never forget him going door to door yelling in Billy Bob's voice, "Maintenance." We were actually nervous.
Anyways, it's a great place to stay. There is a bus that runs through town that will take you to the Park. There is also a bus within the Park that takes you everywhere you need to go. No car necessary once in Springdale.
Views all around this hotel are amazing. Sits in a red rock canyon, with cliffs and peaks at least 2,000 feet tall. The Sears tower, with its antenna, is only 1,730 ft tall. Talk about dwarfed in comparison and magnitude, because the canyon extends for miles and is 1-2 miles wide in Springdale (estimated).
- Reviews: 233
Desert Pearl Inn: A Pearl in the Desert
Our stay at the Desert Pearl Inn was very nice. We had a riverside room, so we could sit out on the patio and listen to the river rushing by. It was just a few short steps to the river, so the view and surroundings were quite peaceful. My only complaint is that the air freshener or cleaner that they use was quite strong. I am very sensitive to smells, so it was giving me a bit of a headache. Other than that, our stay was perfect.
It is an eclectic place, with modern furnishings.
- Reviews: 1426
Zion: Zion Campground
i stayed in the first campground getting off from Zion to the right.. 400 meters after the visitors center. There's no other and its good located, average fares and nice restrooms
water is regulated by tokens.. you can take a shower once per day.. just checked in the owners give you a token that its your shower ticket.. for aprox 8-10 min time! I guess its a good idea in a dry area like Zion
my experience there.. quite satisfied.. there is also a small supermarket at reception with enough stuff to make your stay more comfortable !!
- Reviews: 618
Zion Lodge: Only lodging in the park
Zion Lodge has been around awhile. It was completely rebuilt in the '80's after burning down. We were able to take advantage of a weekend special that included breakfast. I wouldn't call this upscale accomodation, and yet it seemed just perfect for a National Park setting. I especially loved the big fireplace in the lobby of our building. The room was big and had a balcony, so I could enjoy the sunrise on the cliffs without too much effort. There are no TV's in the rooms. The lodge is dedicated to being "green" and has quite an extensive plan to accomplish that. We also enjoyed the breakfast. Nothing especially great, but not bad either and I loved being in the park in the morning. The restaurant is in the main building (there are several) and so does require a walk outside to get there. They have a gift shop of course and a small meeting room. The lodge is located in a nice alcove in the canyon. From the Lodge you can head across the street to Emerald Pools Trail, or the Grotto.
- Reviews: 857
Pioneer Lodge: Close and comfortable
In researching accommodations for Zion, I found that most places to stay are located in the cute "gateway" town of Springdale. Just outside of the South entrance to the park, this picturesque little town in a perfect jumping point for adventures in Zion.
The newly renovated Pioneer Lodge boasted Super Comfy beds and Cute Pine paneled rooms, so I couldn't pass it up. The room we stayed in had a nice big king sized bed, a small kitchenette (microwave and fridge) a nice bathroom with a tub and a TV which we never turned on :)
Hairdryers are provided if you were wondering.
Though we stayed but one short night, it was enough to know we could definitely return.
Cafe, restaurant and gift shop on premises. When you stay here you get a coupon for 10% off the cafe and gift shop.
All rooms have outside doors with a walkway going past. Could possibly get loud, but when we were there no late night ruckus went on. I guess most people turn in early to make the most of the daylight hours in the park.
- Reviews: 21
The Quality Inn: We Enjoyed Staying Here
This was the first stop in our holiday. We stayed in one of the hotel rooms for four nights. The room was clean with en-suite bathroom. Our room was on the ground floor adjacent to the ice machine. The hotel also had an RV park and the ice machine was like a honey pot for all to fill their boots. We never spent much time in the room due to the impressive Zion Gorge. The hotel provided a free breakfast in a pleasent room. The breakfast was biscuits and gravy, waffles, toast, juice, tea and coffee. The staff were very pleasent. The hotel also has a shop were you can buy provisions and gifts. There is a shuttle bus stop outside the entrance.
Footnote for Brits - Biscuits and gravy is scones and peppery white sauce. We tried it but didn't enjoy it. As for tea . . . the Americans don't appreciate how to make it, they never seem to use boiling water.
When we return to Zion we will stay here again.
- Reviews: 2
Best Western East Zion Thunderbird: Utah National Parks best hotel location
I stayed at this hotel in Mount Carmel Jct, Utah for 3 nights and the front desk staff was courteous and friendly and helped me find my way around the area. The location was perfect, as we were doing day trips to Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon. We had a room on the end of the building and it was quiet and good-sized. There are 2 convenience stores on the corner, plus a gas station so we were able to take advantage of their proximity. Overall a very good experience staying here.
The location is what sets apart this hotel from others. It is 12 miles from the east gate of Zion National Park, a scenic 60 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park and 100 miles from the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
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