- Reviews: 3592
HARVEST HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST: Base for Adventures
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.
- 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: 1375
Zion Ponderosa: One stop lodging
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
- 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: 1375
Zion Ponderosa: Great for a family gathering
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.
- Reviews: 382
Terrace Brook Lodge: 2 minutes to Zion
Clean, comfortable rooms. Friendly service. Decent price!
The view is spectacular. There is no restaurant, but there are plenty nearby. Outdoor pool.
- 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: 753
Terrace Brook Lodge: Closest Accomodations are in Springdale
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.
- 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: 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: 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: 1119
Zion Lodge: The only lodge inside the park.
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.
- Reviews: 1119
Zion Resort: Lodge Outside Park Suggested on Zion's Web Site.
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.
- Reviews: 1119
Zion Canyon Campground: Zion Canyon Campground and Cabins
Open all year this campground is only one half mile from the south gate to Zion National Park. There is 50 amps electricity available, dump station, and weekly rates. If you are in a tent pets are not allowed. The campground has 14 acres, some back-in sites on the Virgin River and many pull-through sites. A seasonal swimming pool, playground, and recreation room are within the campground. 11 cabins are also available for $40 - $60 in 2001.
Camping were $16-$24 for 2 in 2001.
- 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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