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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Zion did not disappoint. The entire region was breathtaking. Waited many many years to experience. The lodge is a warm and inviting place for couples and families. Having the views surrond you when you wake up or watch sunset cannot be beat. Enjoyed our dinner there later in the evening so we could spend the daylight time hiking, very much appreciated. Worth making the trip again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We were very impressed with Zion Lodge on a recent trip here with our family - remote, quiet and well run, we spent two nights here that we thoroughly enjoyed. The only lodging inside the park, only guests are allowed to drive into this part of the canyon drive, about 3 miles up from the main road. The lodge has both traditional motel units and cabins - we chose cabins despite them lacking more modern amenities like TV that the motel units had. The cabins did have AC which was a necessity during the day when highs reached above 100 deg though at night it is dry and cooled down nicely. Overall the units were neat, clean and well maintained with a nice rustic feel. While the beds weren't "Westin" quality, they were fairly comfortable and collectively we had little trouble sleeping. The rooms had two sinks, one in with the shower and toilet, and another in a large closet/storage space just across which was convenient for our group of 4. The only thing I did not like was that the toilets, mainly because of space I am guessing, where the smaller, more narrow seats that you don't often see - we saw the same thing at cabins at the Grand Canyon North Rim.

The convenience of being in the park gives you a great head start on the crowds as the traffic lines to get into the park can get quite long backing well into the neighboring town of Springdale. There is a stop for the park shuttle right there that goes in both directions (north up the canyon as well as south back towards the visitors center). While the info indicated the shuttle operates every 15 min at peak times, we found it to be far more often than that, usually every 6 - 8 min during our visit and never found ourselves waiting more than a few min to catch one. We also managed to find room every time one came by (though a couple of tight squeezes as the park is crowded this time of year).

The amenities at the lodge are very good - we found the main restaurant to be spot on and the cafeteria style restaurant by the bus stop to be great for breakfast or a quick snack - they also serve ice cream during the day and there is a portable draft beer stand on the porch area in the afternoon and at night (though I found the sign that said you can't take alcohol off of the porch area to be odd - didn't seem to be enforced but where would you go with it anyway?). Xanterra which runs this lodge and the facilities for the NPS (as well as Yellowstone and South Rim) we thought did a very good job. Employees across the board were polite, helpful and engaging. We were there the day of the World Cup final and they set up live viewing in the auditorium for those interested which I though was a great touch (but we were way too busy seeing the amazing sights to partake). At night plenty of wildlife gather on the spacious lawn in front of the Lodge - you need to be careful, however, with young children as most of the wildlife is clearly used to being around people - we walked several times within a few feet of deer grazing and they never looked up, something we could never do at home. We were told there have been incidents with people who try to get too close or touch these animals having been bitten - not worth the risk though I was amazed at how some people just ignored these warnings.

Really the best part of being in the park at the Lodge though were the non-stop breathtaking views. At the lodge you are about halfway along the canyon road by the Emerald Pool trails which were great fun exploring. The shuttle makes it very easy to explore other areas of the park all the way up to the northernmost shuttle stop at Temple of Sinewava, entrance to the famous Narrows - they even had real bathrooms there that were clean! The shuttle itself is about an 80 min roundtrip from the visitors center. One mistake we made was taking our car to the visitor's center - we should have left it as parking was scarce at the center (I had to wait to find a spot). I would recommend that if you are going back into Springdale, however, that you do take your car - it is about a five mile drive and while there is a separate shuttle into town it is much easier with your own vehicle and even in the middle of summer we did not find the parking situation to difficult.

The Lodge, while likely a little more expensive than you can find out in town, was amazing across the board - we would highly recommend a visit there

Room Tip: Skip the TV's and the motel - the cabins were reasonably sized, clean, comfortable and perfect f...
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We attempted to book a room while visiting Zion National Park. Unfortunately, they were sold out. We did get a chance to see the property and visit it's grounds while taking part in the Zion Scenic drive... it is one of the stops on the shuttle. Hop off and enjoy the grounds. The lodge has a huge green grass lawn with a stunning large, old tree in it's center. Beautiful. We stopped to go through the nearby gift shop and enjoyed a cool drink while sitting in the rocking chairs. Stop and enjoy the view!!!!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Rooms are a bit "rustic" but fitting the location, ample space for 4 and small porch with rocking chairs, where wildlife passes by within a couple of meters in the morning and evening.
The lodge itself is situated in the midst of towering cliffs, with a large tree and open space right in front which is an ideal spot to relax after hiking in the park - especially in the mornings and evenings when most tourists have already left (or not arrived yet). Breakfast is offered at the lodge at reasonable prices and sitting outside, inhaling the mountains and landscape before the all the buses arrive is simply incredible.Lots of small hikes within the vicinity and as a lodge guest one is also allowed to use one's car (using the red-card) to drive around the park (and also e.g. on to Springdale for dinner), so there is no dependence on the buses. Talking about hikes: we strongly recommend the Narrows, especially for kids - awesome and adventurous!

Room Tip: All room locations seemed just fine, but the further away you are from the lodge, the quieter it wil...
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

I haven't been to all of the National Park lodges, but this one gets the edge from me over Yosemite, Teton, Yellowstone (Lake & Old Faithful) and Crater Lake. All of them beautiful properties, but for the combination of location, view, and upkeep this lodge wins.

We stayed in a lodge room, which was (as several mentioned) well-air conditioned and also had a great porch with rocking chairs to sit and view the beauty of the canyon. Room of course was clean and beds and pillows better than the other lodges that I can recall.

It has to be the best launching point for the main attractions within the park (with the exception of Kolob Canyon) -- you get to drive your car to the lodge and from there only a few shuttle stops up to the Narrows or Angel's Landing. This is especially great for early-morning starts to beat the crowds in the high season (well worth it).

The only downside is the restaurant, the food was bland and service very hit and miss. It may actually rank at the bottom of the lodges for me on that, but the view and other helpful staff make up for it. Oh and free WiFi - so welcome considering most mobile phones will not work in the park.

Room Tip: Rooms seem to be quite similar - in the lodge an upper room has better views above the nearby cabins...
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The rooms at Zion Lodge are exactly what I had hoped for in a park lodge. Furnished in arts and crafts style with comfortable rockers on the balconies. Mule deer graze on the lawn. Convenient access to the shuttle buses and trail ride corral. The restaurant was great too. The staff friendly helpful and knowledgable about the park. Terrific.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Booked a room at Zion 5 months before our trip. I kept trying to switch from a room in the motel to a cabin but there were none available. That was fine. The motel room was nicely decorated, very clean and comfortable. The separate dressing area was perfect since I was traveling with my family of 4 (2 teenage girls!).

We had dessert in the dining room and it was so yummy!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back - facing the hillside not the parking lot.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Address: PO Box 925, Zion National Park, UT 84767-0925
Region: United States > Utah > Zion National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zion National Park
Price Range: £110 - £273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Zion Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 125
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