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Zion Mountain Ranch
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North Yorkshire
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect Honeymoon Destination”
Reviewed 21 December 2008

We chose to stay at Zion Mountain Resort after months of research as we wanted our honeymoon to be perfect. We were not disappointed with our choice of accommodation whilst visiting Zion.
We were there in January for 5 nights and it was very peaceful. The friendly staff informed us only a handful of the cabins were occupied. The whole area was covered in snow and it looked spectacular. The sunsets were amazing and it was lovely to sit and eat breakfast overlooking the buffalo in the fields of snow.

We were upgraded to the honeymoon suite and the cabin itself couldn't have been nicer. Decorated in a very traditional style in keeping with the whole experience of staying at a ranch, but very clean with wonderful toiletries and everything you needed by way of coffee making facilities, fridge, microwave.

The food in the restaurant was lovely, both breakfast and evening meals, the only down side was the evening menu was quite limited and because of the time of year we didn't have a huge choice of places to eat.

All in all, it was definately the best part of our honeymoon and an amazing place to stay. We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful, relaxing and inspiring holiday. We look forward to returning one day.

  • Liked — Location & views
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Barrington, IL
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Reviewed 18 October 2008

We stayed in a Buffalo Vista Honeymoon Suite for 4 nights in mid-October. All in all it was a wonderful trip.

I'd booked this vacation about 4 months ago after doing extensive research, and we were pleased with our choice. Is it a true "resort" - no. They'd likely manage expectations a little better by calling it Ranch vs. Resort. The cabins are great. We didn't have any problem at all with the cleanliness issues noted in previous reviews, although I should note that one of the registration staff made mention that they'd just let one of their maintenance staff go the night before we checked in. Perhaps that was related to some of the issues?

The cabin was clean, spacious and comfortable - except for the bed. A little too firm and low for our tastes. We prefer a fuller, softer mattress. But to each their own. The cabin was equipped with a coffee maker, microwave, and fridge. What would have been nice (but, we admit, not necessary) to have had real glasses for guests bringing wine (it *is* the honeymoon suite after all, :p) vs. plastic cups, and to have some paper plates/napkins/silverware on hand. We'd planned ahead and picked these up at a dollar store before arriving, just in case.

The view from our porch was lovely - we saw the buffalo herd come and go. We also witnessed a lovely sunset one evening. Our last night was a special treat, actually. After sunset we had no less than 20 deer run by our "back yard" on the way to a little pond set in the distance. It was quite an experience!

The Restaurant -- we give it a cautious thumbs-up. I know the reviews here have been mixed, and it gave us pause before going in there. We only went one night - our first night there - and it was after 8 hours of travel (4 hr flight to Vegas plus a 4 hr drive). By the time we got to the restaurant we were very tired and not that hungry. The dinner menu didn't have many lighter choices so we shared some appetizers - buffalo chili, chicken vegetable soup, sweet potato fries and chicken quesadillas. All but the fries were delicious. They don't sell wine by the glass here, which was a bit disappointing, but they will cork any bottle you buy so you can bring it back to your cabin. Worked for us.

Service - it was okay. We appreciated the opportunity to use a guest computer free of charge in the store area (request 15 minute maximum) as well as the house phone to make long distance calls (we had NO cell coverage at all, and there are no phones in the room). By and large we found the staff okay - not the most warm or welcoming, but also not what I'd call rude or unfriendly.

We'd stay here again. We liked that it was close to Zion but away from the tourist crowds in Springdale.

  • Liked — Privacy (no shared walls), porch, scenic views, wildlife, room amenities
  • Disliked — Bed too firm/low for us, room didn't have a couch/loveseat - only seating area in cabin was bed or dinette
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 October 2008

After reading wonderful reviews of the Zion Mountain Resort, I was expecting a perfect stay. We were a bit disappointed. The cabins are adorable with front porch swings that are relaxing in the evening and early morning. Cleanliness was our main issue. The floors were filthy, dusty, food crumbs all around the table area and black boot prints throughout. The wood floors looked as though they hadn't been cleaned in a week. My husband went to make coffee in the morning and found old coffee in the pot. Upon check out I informed the registration person on duty and said they would check it out. No apology. Upon leaving we observed three young men going into cabins to clean....there might lay the problem. Hopefully management will get these problems resolved...the "resort" is a unique experience for this beautiful area.

  • Liked — Unique setting
  • Disliked — Cleanliness
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2008

We were greeted by a cranky faced red head...All the things that make a resort were not available and a well hidden secret...

Horseback riding....the mean redhead told us to go to Ponderosa Pines...
Massage...Are you out of your mind...Maybe with porcupine quills...

The cabins are comfortable and cute...Food at the grill, very good...

Hospitality and helpfulness....absolutely NOT! I like a little love when I hand over my hard earned money, not a mean faced person with any color hair...MEAN! Bummed out for the buck...Kathy Tilley

  • Liked — Cabins were decent
  • Disliked — How they touted themselves to be something they are not..
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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East Northport, NY
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2008

Our stay ay Zion Mountain Lodge was terrific! The rooms and cabins were spotless, comfortable, and cheery. The staff went out of its way to accommodate us.
During the trip, I was called out of the country on a family emergency. The staff at Zion Mountain Resort was very helpful. Ronnie, the manager, was especially helpful. He provided computer resources and also suggested travel and transportation options for me.

This place is great!!!

  • Liked — location, staff, quality
  • Disliked — 0
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
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Tucson, Az
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

The Buffalo Vista Suite is wonderfully appointed and spacious. The views from the large windows and the huge porch are beautiful. The people are very friendly and helpful. The setting just a few miles from the amazing East entrance to Zion National Park is unequalled. We have travelled a great deat here and around the world and found this resort to be one of the best. All the rooms are separate cabins of different sizes. The privacy is wonderful. They have built this resort to blend in to the beautiful countryside and to enhance the entrance to this amazing park.
We would recommend to everyone.

  • Liked — Cabins are luxurious and the location
  • Disliked — inconsistant internet availability
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, VA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2008

After staying in Springdale for 4 nights on our trip to Zion and Bryce, we decided to stay someplace on the other side of the park that would be more convenient to Bryce Canyon etc so we chose Zion Mountain Resort because we love staying in cabins. The experience wasn't that great, however. There is nothing to do for miles around. The cabins are not private at all - they are basically plopped down in a big clearing right next to each other. We also had a terrible time with the wind coming off of the buffalo meadow. Every afternoon (3 days in a row so it can't be a freak occurrence) we would have howling winds that you could hear through the walls. The first night we were there a storm blew through and the wind noise was so loud that I couldn't fall asleep! The cabin was very well appointed but not worth dealing with the lack of privacy, activities, and places to eat.

  • Liked — The buffalo were pretty cool
  • Disliked — The lack of privacy - if I'm paying that much I don't want to be staring at the people next door
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Zion Mountain Ranch
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 4 Speciality Lodging in Zion National Park
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Hotel Class:3 star — Zion Mountain Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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