Zion Ponderosa is a family type resort in a beautiful setting. Your lodging price covers everything - a roof over your head, 3 meals/day, a wide range of activities like horseback riding, bicycling, archery, climbing wall, etc.
Friendly staff -- they will even shuttle you to and from Zion National Park
Warm homemade chocolate chip cookies at 4pm every day
Favorite dish at dinner: grilled rainbow trout
Message: what awaited us at the end of a long, hot ( but scenic ) drive from Los Angeles was nothing short of perfection.
The Desert Pearl Inn is adorable! We loved its location, perched in the mouth of Zion park itself, our room ( a pool view 312) looked at the valley of the park itself an amazing sight! my folks had a "river view" room and that looked at huge red cliffs and spires that back the Virgin river that runs right in front of your hotel room door. We all appreciated how the Inn was designed to blend in with the surroundings, accomplishing almost a Zen beauty with the red rocks and green trees. the use of wood and metal are ingenious and beautiful. no detail was left undone. someone loved this place and it shows.beds are so comfortable! the Desert pearl is located right off the main highway through town and does get some highway noise, if this sort of thing bothers you go for the River view rooms. we had a room that faced the pool and had some road noise, but WHO CARED, all you did was sit there with your mouth hanging open at the view anyway, it really didnt bother us at all, and inside the room you can hear nothing.
Desert Pearl rooms are so comfortable i forgot i was in a hotel. beautifully decorated ( see web site) and incredibly clean, they offer a weary hiker just so much comfort on his return . the bathroom is enormous with a bidet ( my 5 year old LOVED this). the verandas with juge wood deck chairs are gigantic, almost half the room size. gathering there in the evenngs to watch the gathering storm clouds scoot over those crags with a cocktail is just too much.
the pool area at the "Pearl" is exquisite, great jaquzzi that is backed by a waterfall!
they literally have thought of everything at this hotel to make you comfortable and it shows. although the most expensive hotel in the area ( by far) it is well worth it .There are free movies to rent every evening ( as if you could stay awake after all that hiking, but my kids adored it), coffee and fridge and paperplates in room.
they literally have thought of everything at this hotel to make you comfortable and it shows. although the most expensive hotel in the area ( by far) it is well worth it, by LA standards the price was nothing for the value we recieved. There are free movies to rent every evening ( as if you could stay awake after all that hiking, but my kids adored it), coffee and fridge and paperplates in room.
dont miss the "Pumpkin encrusted trout" at Flannigans ( to DIE for). have breakfast at "Oscars" in front of hundreds of little yellow sunflowers with dozens of hummingbirds flitting about your head. have pizza at the "noodle company" ( great crust). have a "Poligamy porter" yummy. see the "Fatali" photography studio next door to noodle co, unbelievably talented man takes exquisite pictures that defy description ( we met him and he gallently signed our purchases). have last dinner at the "View lodge" outside of town , big wood place with wildlife museum (kids loved), the steaks were amazing as was the view from the huge picture windows of the ride the horses at Zion ( for a dumb horse ride it was surprising how beautiful the country was that the trail went through, and a good value at $20 for an hour). hike EARLY, to avoid crowds and heat. we got up early every day and made the first bus ( 5:45) into the park, that way we saw some amazing things all by ourselves, in the exquisite cool of the morning, "you can sleep while your dead" ( as my dad says).
we are sad to be home. leaving was an ache that just wont go away. Zion is magical and infectious. it spoke to us and i hope it speaks to you to. i used this site to plan our trip to Zion and so many peoples trip details helped us that i wanted to share mine too, enjoy!
This place wasn't too bad- something was a bit moldy though. The rooms have a great view of the landscape. This room was about 50 yards away from a llama behind a fence. A rooster was crowing in the morning but he was far enough away not to be annoying.
We found some very reasonable lodging at Mt Carmel Junction, centrally located between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. After 14 years, I no longer remember the name of the motel in which we stayed.
The Zion Canyon Visitor’s Bureau is located in Springdale and has an excellent web site with an extensive list of motels, bed and breakfasts, and hotels including descriptions, addresses, phone, and web sites for the individual lodgings. Here is a list of 5 of the establishments as listed on the Bureau’s web site.
Amber Inn (formerly Handcart House) PO Box 630272, 244 W. Main Street, Rockville, Utah 84763, 435-772-0289, toll free 1-866-370-1515, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Unique house, four spacious beautifully decorated bedrooms with private baths and cable TV. Large comfortable beds, full breakfast and afternoon tea. European service and hospitality.
Canyon Vista B&B 2175 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3801, E-mail: email@example.com. Two beautifully appointed, very private Guest Suites. King Beds - Private Baths. Delicious High-Energy Breakfast served in-room. Garden Hot Tub. Children and Pets Welcome.
Dream Catcher Inn Bed & Breakfast PO Box 630312, 225 East Main, Rockville, UT 84763, 1-800-95DREAM, (435) 772-3600, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Four rooms romantically decorated for our four beautiful seasons, feature king or queen-size beds, with private baths. Full gourmet breakfast included. Well-behaved children welcome.
Bumbleberry Inn 897 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3224, Fax (435) 772-3947, E-mail: email@example.com. Set back off the highway. Spacious rooms with private balcony or patio. Cable TV, phones and pool. Scenic views. Conference room, racquetball court, indoor Jacuzzi.
Canyon Ranch Motel 668 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, UT 84767, (435) 772-3357, Fax (435) 772-3057, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-two cottage-style motel units, some with kitchens, around a quiet shady lawn with a panoramic view of Zion Canyon. Beautiful pool & Jacuzzi.
The Zion Resort is located just outside the East Entrance to Zion National Park and is another accommodation that you may register for directly from the Zion web site. The private lodges at Zion Resort are brand new and deluxe in quality. Each offers king size beds, marble floor bathrooms, private porches, refrigerator, and microwave. This lodge is decorated with real wood furnishings. You can call 866-646-0388 for reservations or 406-446-4900 if you are outside the USA. In 2002 the rates were $89 - $119 Per Night.
Note: The town of Springdale being a tourist community also has many other motels to choose from.
This lodge is decorated with real wood furnishings and each accommodation has a private porch.
Zion Lodge has the only accommodations inside Zion National Park. This lodge features historic rustic cabins with 2 double-size beds, full bath, gas log fireplace and private porch. Motel rooms are also available, all with queen size beds, full bath and private porch or balcony. All rooms have air conditioning, phones, radio alarm clocks and hairdryers. The Lodge is open year round, with special winter rates and packages December through mid-March, which is the “off season” in the park. Reservations may be made from the official park web site or by calling 888-297-2752 or USA 435-772-7700..
Note: The town of Springdale has many other motels to choose from. In 2007 the rates were $79 to $160 per night for one person, depending what time of the year you are visiting.
Located within beautiful Zion Park, you will also find a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner time can be very busy, so it is recommended that you make reservations for this meal. There is also a gift shop and a post office in the lodge.
Hurrican holds many possibilities, but (and strange enough VT didn't offer this town) in 'Virgin River' (as far as I can recall, though other names also go through my head) the best places to stay are to be found. This town, excisiting almost completely out of hotels, motels, inns, lodges etc. is situated at the borders of the National Park and house also a wide collection of restaurants and - not to forget - the IMAX-theatre. From here the centre of the Zion Valley is very fast reached.
Within the park there´s Zion Lodge, log-cabin type rooms. Lovely! BUT - as in all the parks, you´ll have to book well in advance. Also, there´s a campground. Outside the park, you´ll find accommodation in St George and in Hurricane as well as right before the west entrance.
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