Zion National Park Area Hotels

by Meg Jernigan

Zion, Utah’s first national park, is an area of narrow, twisting canyons and steep red cliffs, rock towers and mesas. Zion National Park area hotels, served by free shuttles that negate the need for visitors to drive in the park, charge seasonal rates that provide discounts during the winter months.

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Zion National Park Lodge

The first Zion Lodge, built in the 1920s, burned down in 1966. It was quickly rebuilt, and restored in 1990 to its original exterior design. Historic cabins have two beds, a bathroom, fireplace and porch. Standard rooms and suites at the motel have satellite television. Red Rock Grill, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves a large selection of meals created from sustainable ingredients. Park rangers make presentations at the amphitheatre during the summer and the lodge provides easy access to some of Zion’s hiking and biking trails. The lodge, located inside the park, is open year round, and offers discounted rates and specials from December through March.

Driftwood Lodge

Located outside park and served by the free shuttle, Driftwood Lodge is a large ranch with rooms in four different motel-style buildings. Family rooms with contemporary décor have two queen-sized beds and a king-sized bed in a separate bedroom. Many of the rooms have private patios. Executive chef Jeff Crossland, trained at Cordon Bleu, oversees Parallel Eighty-Eight, an upscale restaurant with an extensive wine and cheese list. Guests may choose to eat at the Watchman table under a eucalyptus tree shadowed by Watchman Mountain.

Desert Pearl Inn

Desert Pearl Inn, constructed from timbers reclaimed from the Lucin Cutoff train trestle that crossed the north end of the Great Salt Lake, is on the banks of the Virgin River near the park entrance. Large rooms have balconies or patios with views of Zion’s red cliffs, kitchenettes and comfortable seating areas. Rooms face either the river or the outdoor swimming pool. Bathrooms are outfitted with bidets and have separate sink areas. An onsite gift shop sells local arts and crafts and an assortment of drinks and snacks.

Cable Mountain Lodge

Cable Mountain Lodge, located within walking distance of Zion National Park’s visitors center and park shuttle, has 50 luxury rooms and suites. Pillow top beds, high thread-count cotton bedding and granite surfaces are features of each room. Suites have full-sized kitchens and dining areas, and jetted tubs in the bathroom. Accommodations at Cable Mountain Lodge include discount admission tickets to Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre and free admission to screenings of Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods. A deli and Asian restaurant are nearby.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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