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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