We stayed in early May, and arrived a bit before sunset. Since we came from California, we arrived after hiking in Zion (the hotel is east of Zion), and went to Bryce the next day.
We had a difficult time finding a place where we could stay with our Labrador. Some other hotels in the area would only take a smaller dog, and others were full.
The Zion Mountain Resort will take dogs in some of its cabins, but only one is regularly meant for dogs. The others will have a $50 canine cleaning fee. We lucked out and got the cabin which takes dogs. Management was very nice while making reservations. They asked about our dog's breed, and how we found out about the hotel. They are actually looking for more people with good dogs to stay there.
Our Lab loved the place. The Resort is quite large, and the buffalo are often visible from the cabins. Judging by a pile of buffalo dung maybe 100 feet from our cabin outside of the fence, they sometimes get out and wander between the cabins. He played on a long lead on the yard in front of the cabin, and slept pretty comfortably there. You can get takeout from their restaurant and have it in the comfort of your cabin or lawn.
Our room was quite nice, 350 square feet, with a porch facing the moonrise and a nice lawn. It's quite dark in the area, and you can see tons of stars.
The owners' kids were making smores over a campfire when we arrived. The manager gave us some pretty good advice about Zion and the area. The next morning there was a guide for their horseback riding who told us we should try the Dixie National Forest on our way to Bryce. Great place. Like most national forests, it allows dogs on more liberal terms than the national parks. Our dog got to play in the snow near Navajo Lake and go swimming at lower altitude.
While trying to make reservations at various places, we were almost uniformly directed to the Doggy Dude Ranch if we needed to leave our puppy in good hands while hiking. The rangers at Zion have varying opinions about where dogs are allowed. When we first phoned, we were told they could be on the roads on a leash. In person, a not-very-reliable woman at the Kolob (west) entrance told us the dogs couldn't even hike on the roads, or be outside of a car anywhere in the park. She was clearly wrong, see http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/pets.htm. Still, going during the heat of summer could be a pain for your dog. Consider taking them somewhere higher altitude, or leaving them at the Dude Ranch, where they can play and swim.
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