The staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean and quite large. there was a very nice heated pool as well as a hot tub that was able to hold about 15 -18 people at any given time. The view from the porch was simply great as well! all in all the cliffrose lodge was a great place to stay.
Lots of freebies like the internet, movie rentals and breakfast inthe morning. plus the view and the proximaty to the park entrance all made for a perfect stay.
We didn't stay here , but next visit we will probably look into it..
Six suites, 40 cabins and 75 motel-style rooms are available. The lodge is open year-round.
Accommodations are in heavy demand May through October. Visitors should make their reservations several months in advance, if possible. Contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 14001 East Iliff Avenue, Suite 600, Aurora, CO 80014; or call (303) 29PARKS. Please visit www.Xanterra.com. The reservations office is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST), seven days a week.
It is chainy, that is to say that staying at a chain hotel presents some certainties: It is likely it will be clean, comfortable, and not at all fashionable. You may prefer to camp when at a National Park, but hot running water, a warm, and comfy bed is the perfect remedy for sore, achy muscles after an entire day of hiking.
It has a pool, restaurant, and close proximity to the park's entrance.
Located outside Zion National Park, the Ponderosa is set up as a family resort. It feels like camp and for me I wanted to leave camp right away. The folks who work there are very nice but it was not my cup of tea. The dinning room was not inviting,more like a school cafeteria or a camp and not a great camp either. Would have preferred to stay at one of the motels that line the entrance of the park, there you can walk to restaurants and stores. Zion is exquisite but if you are looking for commodious lodgings the Ponderosa is not for you.
The only place to stay (if not camping) inside the park is at Zion Lodge. You have a choice of hotel rooms in the lodge itself or a cabin on the surrounding property. Our cabin had a porch, two double beds, a gas fireplace, air conditioning, phone, radio, desk, chair, separate dressing area and lots of room. No TV (common for National Park facilities). They are pricey during high season but the park quiets down when the shuttles stop running at night and it was nice to be close to the trailheads in the morning. Very comfortable and very nice!
MUST reserve well in advance!!!!
Less expensive accommodations can be found in nearby Springdale.
Price noted below is per room - not per person.
Loved the porch: great for hanging out in the evening and coffee in the morning. Very peaceful at night and close-in to shuttle services, visitor center and some of the trailheads. Park-like surrounds: youngsters have room for outdoor play during downtime.
We stayed at Pioneer Lodge for 3 nights on our trip to Zion National Park. The lodge is located in Springdale just a mile from the park's south entrance and visitor's centre. The free Zion shuttle bus runs through Springdale as well and there is a bus stop just outside the motel so you could leave the car at the lodge as cars are only allowed in Zion NP as far as the visitor's centre. The lodge is motel-style and we had a first-floor room which was clean and comfortable. All essentials were present. I found the staff to be nice and helpful. There is a large common balcony which offers some great views of the mountains. The lodge is AAA rated. My only regret is that we couldn't make use of the pool since there was a storm every evening (bound to happen if you're visiting in August). They also have their own restaurant; we had breakfast there and we were satisfied. There are plenty of places to eat and buy souvenirs and essentials within walking distance, including a small grocery store right across the street. We were happy with our stay and the price we payed. Recommended!
There are many hotels in Springdale, but most of them look quite expensive. We stayed at the Terrace Brook Lodge which cost $65/night. It was very convenient staying in Springdale and I highly recommend staying overnight so that you can have more than one day to explore Zion NP.
Make reservations ahead of time, especially on weekends.
The rooms were clean and comfortable with two beds and satellite tv. The free Zion Shuttle bus stops nearby and will deliver you to and from the park.
In the park, you can either stay at Zion Lodge or in one of the two campgrounds at the South Entrance. Just south from the Park is the town of Springdale where there are more campgrounds and several motels and bed and breakfasts. One fo the best choices is the Harvest House B&B. A great location - near the South Entrance - and comfortable rooms combine with very knowledgable hosts. They direct you in any direction depending upon which activity you are interested in. Or they can direct you in interests you didn't know you had. A super base for Zion and Southern Utah.
The 30 or so "cabins" look rustic from the outside, but inside they are very nice hotel rooms with log furniture. They have everything from normal size rooms to honeymoon suites to family lodges that sleep 15 to a private 3-bedroom resort lodge. When was the last time you saw buffalo grazing outside your room? Great giftshop and restaurant. You have to walk or drive a lot, though, because everything is spread out.
It's at the east entrance, where there is very little development. If you want the "gateway city" feel, go to Springdale, but if you want some peace and quiet it's the best. And it's a lot better than some of the seedy places you'll find in the small towns of south-central Utah. Good location if you're doing Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon (North Rim).
There are 3 campgrounds in the park. South and Watchman campgrounds are located in the southern portion of the park and Lava Point is located near Kolob Terrace. The south campground does not accept reservations but watchman does. Both have toilet facilities but no showers.
Zion Lodge is the only hotel available in the park. There are cabins as well as regular rooms. I didn't stay here and heard that its as plain as expected and that you're paying for the location, which, in my opinion, is probably not worth it. The lodge is one of the shuttle stops and has a cafeteria and restaurant. Guests at the lodge receive a permit allowing them to drive on Zion Canyon road up to the lodge.
The lobby has a nice view of the park. There's also a restaurant, cafeteria and gift shop.
Clean, comfortable rooms. Friendly service. Decent price!
The view is spectacular. There is no restaurant, but there are plenty nearby. Outdoor pool.
When I visited Zion National Park in 2001, I stayed in the Dixie Hostel in Hurricane, Utah. Hurricanes hardly happen, and a good hostel is hard to come by -- last time I checked the hostel was already closed in the end of 2003 ;-(
About 25 miles outside Zion, Dixie was the closest hostel to the park that I can find. And it was a pleasant surprise. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Inside it was clean and quiet. The night I stayed, there were only 2 guests (no wonder it's quiet). The manager (also the owner) of the hostel lived in the building too. Me and the other guest wound up having a great conversation with him in the back porch, while smoking and drinking under the "no smoking/drinking" sign he posted himself.
Unless you camp, Zion Lodge is the only place to spend a night inside the park. It's located at the center of Zion Canyon, sheltered by the soaring cliffs as seen in photo. It's also a great hub for hiking; the Emerald Pools trail is right at the doorstep. In the summer, there are evening programs held by park rangers. There's only one little problem -- I didn't stay here so I can't rate it. In the summer it's often booked to full capacity so act early.
Zion Ponderosa is perfect for a family reunion, and that's exactly what brought me here. This is the newest addition to our extended family, as of our 2002 family reunion at Zion.
Like I said, perfect for families. If you are honeymooners, or otherwise looking for more romantic accomodations, you will want to stay at the lodge right in the park.
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