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Zion Mountain Ranch
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

First time Zion traveler and long time dreamer. We did not know what we fell into by accidentally booking this property. So was it a surprise… on so many levels. We drove to Zion and the small tourist town of Springdale where I am guessing 90% of the people stay and then just kept going through the park to the other entrance which is about 25 minutes (Of probably the most beautiful creation you have ever seen). You exit the park and within a few minutes realize you are on this high desert plateau that is just serene. This is not tourist country this is adventurer… savvy traveller country. You just left the tourist trap for an amazing vacation. You pull into a a simple wood gift shop and adjoining vintage restaurant with a backyard of thousands of acres and bison roaming around. Up on the meadow are cabins and larger log houses. We stayed in one of the nicest spaces on the property overlooking the Malloy Canyon with the sun rising over our deck. It was so quiet and perfect. The staff is beyond accommodating and the want your stay to be perfect. We don't know what a working ranch is like so if this isn't upscale working ranch then you fooled this OC city slicker. Are there flies?… not as many as I would have thought. Are occasional whiffs of eau de stable? Yes.. but what it lacks in refinement, it makes up in quality. I struggle even saying that because it is refined ranching… in all honesty. It is a bit more expensive but the value is there… especially since we drove by the many motels and very converted B&B's in the hustle of the main tourist town and know what they were charging. I would pay more just to be away from that. Tim and Maria stood out as awesome staff, but they all are quite great. OK so that is good, the bad… it is not bad more of just be aware. Food is limited on this side of the park so you are in essence eating on property or planning ahead by packing food. Since we are not food packers we ate 4 meals at the Ranch. The food is excellent. Rib eyes are exceptional, Pork chop special, beat salad, breakfasts!...all on par with a fine establishment but in a very comfortable setting. Prices are high end but not outlandish. We found it to have perfect value to quality. The ugly… Service is relaxed… by that I mean, If you are in a hurry… you will not be happy. BUT that being said we were in a hurry for breakfast on our last day and they made it happen… so accommodating is key but come with a relaxed vision for your night. Beer and Wine only, but good selection. We will be back most definitely and we are already planning our next trip.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed here for two nights - we were glad we were forced to drive through to the east gate of Zion Park to this place as the east side of the park is stunning and under-utilised. However, thee was nowhere to get dinner but the restaurant, which was very expensive. We were glad we were travelling with extra food as there is nowhere close to even buy groceries and it wasn't clear on the website that this would be the case. We had to ask for the advertised toaster (as we then opted to have toast for dinner) and were told 'that cabin doesn't usually have a toaster'. There was also no kettle and while I understand tea isn't a big thing in this region, they are catering for international tourists. The cabin was filthy - from the front garden beds filled with knee-high weeds to the walls caked with dust and stains on the bedspread and pillows. For the money we paid, we were very disappointed.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for a long weekend in the middle of July 2014. We wanted a quiet, scenic location that was not crowded. Zion Mountain Ranch met our needs. We stayed in a single King bed cabin. The cabin was just like the pictures on their website. The Buffalo herd was amazing to look at and the chickens and geese completed the ambiance. Our cabin did not face the large open field where the Buffalo grazed, despite our reservation of a "Buffalo View" cabin. We want to return, but during our next visit will call a week ahead to ensure the assigned cabin actually has a view of the Buffalo.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We were disappointed in this ranch. The website said "farm to fork food" - we did not see any FARM - saw ducks and chickens but nothing growing. Now, in front of our cabin there was a garden bow full of nasty weeds.....
We checked out the dinner menu and after shooing away several flies while waiting for a menu and then seeing $130 for a Buffalo steak we opted out.
Buffalo did come close in when it was feeding time which was nice.....place was not well manicured or well kept at all- for the price I really expected more by way of manicuring.

Now for the cabin itself: TV was a VCR, YES, VCR/TV Combo. and Cable reception was HORRID - WENT TO THE DESK AND THEY SAID THEY WERE HOT BY A STORM - UMMMM- CALL THE COMPANY. THEY MENTIONED THEY HAD MOVIES TO BORROW----EVEN A BIGGER JOKE!!!

We had No internet even with the pass code they gave us - you can get internet sitting at the reception area---COME ON- FOR THE $$$ PRICE YOU COULD WORK OUT INTERNET IN THE CABINS...

Cabins were well appointed otherwise - stain on bedspread, curtains shabby- again- not OK at this price.
Not a big management presence or show of property pride.
Our advice- stay in Springdale and drive by to see the Buffalo---

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denis F, Manager at Zion Mountain Ranch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you so much for your review. We value your opinion and always take action to better ourselves. As stipulated in our advertising, we do indeed offer farm to table dining and favor featuring our 1200 acre buffalo conservation preserve as our view from the restaurant rather than our gardens. Included in our 5000+ acre ranch is an expansive organic farming operation that meets the needs of our restaurant and is often a favored tour experience for our guests. The inclusion of our Tomahawk Buffalo Steak on our menu is a guest favorite as it features the "Kobe" cut from the buffalo and can be enjoyed by 3 people in a trilogy dining style. Upon sharing this incredible cut of meat, our guests always make it a point to share with us the value and great experience they have had with such a rare offering.

We are pleased to announce that ZMR has spent the past 12 months installing all of the necessary conduit to install fiber this winter to all of our cabin locations that sits on 200 acres and therefore our guests Wi-Fi experience will no longer be limited to our Entry lodge come this winter.

Again we appreciate your feedback and hope you will give us another chance to show you in the future why Sunset Magazine named our cabins and accommodations last year one of the best 25 in the United States.

Thank you again!

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We stayed at ZMR for four nights while visiting national parks (the east entrance of Zion is three miles down the road, Bryce is less than 1 1/2 hours, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon is 2 hours away). We had a 2 bedroom lodge with plenty of space for our family, with a nice porch and balcony looking out over a canyon. This is an active ranch, so if a few bugs, cobwebs, or smells of wildlife are offensive to you, this might not be the place for you. In return for putting up with these minor annoyances, you get a wonderful experience of nature up close and personal. Buffalo, horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits.... All are on display.

We had breakfast each morning at the restaurant on property. Food quality was very good, and I thought the prices were reasonable given the portions. My wife and I had dinner there one night, and the food quality and presentation were both excellent. Eat outside on the porch for a very nice atmosphere. The only negative is the flies, which I suppose are unavoidable with this much wildlife on display.

ZMR is not cheap, but in the end I felt like we got what we signed up for - a spacious log cabin, awesome location, and abundant nature. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank ClevelandOhioTim
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Staying at Zion Mountain Ranch was an amazing experience. We came from Las Vegas drove thru Zion Park and on the other side (east side) of the park about 3 miles you'll finally arrive at Zion Buffalo Ranch. This is an excellent place for families big and small. We rented a spacious cabin (2 Kings - nice beds too) and it was around 230.00 per night. Very spacious, very clean, front porch swing and lots of space to run or explore. They have a restaurant onsite, delicious but $$$$$. You are better off upgrading to a larger cabin (they have 2+ rooms) with a kitchen and bringing food. Save date night for mom/dad at the restaurant (that is what we did)!! Amazing sunsets, horseback riding (thanks Boot), farm animals all around (say "Hi" to Elvis the chicken) and thousands of acres of prairie . . . seriously think Little House on the Prairie . . . this is that peaceful place. Would definitely go back again . . . awesome, awesome, awesome! You will get your monies worth here. :) Next stops -- Bryce & Grand Canyon.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We came from the "Scenic Route 12" side of the park, from I-70 via Goblin Valley and Capitol Reef Natl Park. There is really no nearby town on that side of the park when you come from that direction. We could have driven all the way through the park then out to the town on the other side, but we opted to stay here. We're glad we did! Be prepared...other than the Zion Mountain Ranch there are no nearby choices for breakfast lunch or dinner other than their on-premises "Buffalo Grill", which is just OK. But who goes to Zion for fine dining, anyway. Get the Buffalo Burger, it's fine. Their store offers virtually nothing but limited drinks and some souvenier items. Cabins have small kitchenettes with microwave, small refrigerator and coffee pot...if you have planned ahead and packed your own your own breakfast fixings. The ranch is located about 3 1/2 miles from the park entrance. They also own a "trading post" about a 1/2 mile from the entrance. The trading post offers very simple breakfast rolls, and sell some good pre-made sandwiches to take to the park with you. In the evening, they sell pizza. So....if you are prepared NOT to be in or near a town with lots of choices for meals, and lots of stores for supplies, this is the best place going! The cabins are great! We had a two bedroom for 3 nights. They were first class. Great air conditioning...great showers.... clean and well appointed. Although they told us on check-in that WiFi was free, but we'd have to come down to the main building to connect, that wasn't the case. We had WiFi with no problem (Cabin 123). This place is a joy for children. A real herd of wild buffalo comes over to graze right about dinnertime, right outside the restaurant. There are ducks, chickens, ponies, horses wandering around and you're welcome to go out and see them after dinner, but you can get a ringside seat at the restaurant and enjoy watching the animals as pre.post dinner entertainment. They brag about growing all their vegetables locally. They sure do grow a lot of lettuce! We had overwhelming piles of lettuce on everything we ordered, including breakfast! Way, way too much. Breakfast portions were way too large. If they had a better store on premises with some food items, and if their restaurant had a better menu and faster service, we'd give this 5 stars. But they fall short because of those omissions. Would we stay again? Absolutely! But we'd stop at the largest town before we got there and stock up on ice, drinks, chips, light breakfast items, sandwich fixings, and coffee, so that we could breakfast in for a faster start to the park, and make our sandwiches to take with us.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 9065 East Highway 9, Zion National Park, UT
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Region: United States > Utah > Zion National Park
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Zion National Park
Price Range: £109 - £200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Zion Mountain Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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