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Best Places to Stay in Zion National Park

Zion National Park’s incredible hikes and views will leave you awestruck no matter where you stay, but finding the right sleeping accommodations can transform a wonderful trip into a once in a lifetime experience. From RV hookups to hotels, below is a short list of some of the best places to stay in and around Zion.

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Located just 7 miles from the east entrance of Zion National Park, the secluded Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort offers a wide variety of sleeping options and plenty of amenities. It boasts large vacation homes, cabin suites, simple tent camping sites, full RV hookups, glamping tents, and even converted covered wagons. Its amenities include a pool, a café, a diner with a delicious menu, and a number of conference rooms. When booking your arrangements, check out the various adventure options they host, such as horseback rides, guided hikes, canyoneering trips, and Jeep tours. 

National Park Campgrounds

Zion National Park provides three campgrounds with different levels of amenities. But be warned: these campsites fill quickly, especially Watchman Campground, which can be booked 6 months in advance starting in February. Besides its location within the park, Watchman’s amenities include bathroom facilities, RV loops, and shaded campsites.

South Campground, on the other hand, can be booked only 14 days in advance. While its location inside the Park is likewise extremely convenient, it lacks the amenities found at Watchman.

The third location, Lava Point Campground, is first-come-first-serve. Though driving from Lava Point to the entrance of Zion National Park takes over an hour, it is located in a beautiful forested area away from the hustle and bustle of all the other visitors.

Zion Lodge

Apart from camping, Zion Lodge is the only sleeping option available within the Park. Just a stone’s throw from the Virgin River and surrounded by incredible cliffs on either side, it has its own shops and dining options. Unfortunately, reservations are often made a year in advance and Zion Lodge does not keep a waitlist.

Luckily, Springdale, one of the prettiest towns in America, is located immediately outside of the Zion National Park with numerous sleeping options. The hotels in the area are conveniently surrounded by unique shops, diners, and adventure options.

Zion Canyon Bed and Breakfast

If you are hoping to get away from the crowds and are looking for a more quaint way to spend your Zion vacation, check out the well-reviewed Zion Canyon Bed and Breakfast. Apart from experiencing spectacular views from your bedroom window, you’ll be treated to a cozy room and a delicious breakfast to start the day. While it has only four rooms available at a given time, it doesn’t hurt to check its vacancy before browsing through Springdale’s other hotel options.

Zion River Resort

Outside of Zion National Park, on the banks of the Virgin River, lies Zion River Resort RV Park & Campground. It has everything you need for your next RV adventure: hookups, a fully functioning laundromat, a playground, a swimming pool, and showers. For those not planning to visit Zion in an RV, the resort also has limited camping and cabin options. The resort’s location on the west side of the park makes it a convenient place to stay for those also hoping to explore Sand Hollow or Kolob Reservoir.

With the various lodging options in and around Zion, you’ll be sure to find one that meets your needs and matches your personality. And wherever you stay, be prepared to be impressed by Zion’s scenery!

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