Explore Zion National Park (and vicinity)
Zion National Park HotelsWith 229-square miles of geological grandeur, Zion National Park has been millions of years in the making. Here, unfathomably vast sandstone rock formations, cliffs, and monoliths contrast against Utah’s ever blue skies, in shades of red, orange, and tan. The park’s premier attraction, the 15-mile long Zion Canyon, cuts through like a giant’s alleyway, reminding those who glance up of nature’s unwavering power when given ample time. Amidst the sunbaked splendor an endless itinerary of outdoor adventure awaits, from hiking and biking to climbing and camping.Things to seeBlessed with a warm water reservoir fringed by red sandy beaches, the rocky landscape of Sand Hollow State Park exists just a 45 minute drive from Zion. The rugged scenery lends itself to a volley of recreational pursuits, from boating on the water and hiking along trails, to camping, fishing and white knuckle ATV rides through the dunes. The Dixie Convention Center is the city of St. George’s most happening venue. With a buzzing calendar of concerts and major events, it’s most popular draws include the What Women Want expo. If you fancy some post adventure retail therapy, get your spend on at Outlets at Zion. Here you’ll find trendy fashion favorites alongside a buffet of eateries, from BBQ restaurants to gourmet chocolate boutiques. The elegant gothic architecture of the St. George Utah Temple is a must-see. Surrounded by lush gardens, the dazzling white church stands at 175 ft. high.Hotels in
Zion National ParkFrom convenient city digs to lodgings that sit beside the National Park itself, there’s a superb choice of accommodation here. Full service chain hotels provide comfort and amenities, bed and breakfasts offer a homely retreat, whilst mountain inns and lodges boast the most breathtaking views. The larger hotels in the area offer an array of features, from onsite restaurants and gymnasiums, to spa tubs and outdoor swimming pools to cool off in. There’s some surprisingly cheap hotels in the Zion National Park area too. From bare necessities lodges to reliable budget chains, many provide value for money alongside a 5-star backdrop.Where to stayWhilst you’ll only find one hotel in Zion National Park, there’s plenty of accommodation dotted around the entrances and in nearby cities. Buzzing with life, St. George is just one of these. In and around its heritage hewn downtown district you’ll find a wealth of conveniences, including top shopping, tantalizing restaurants, and some lively artsy haunts. With 12 scenic golf courses and famously indulgent spas, rest and relaxation come in great style. Springdale sits just outside the park’s southwest entrance. A small comfortable town with everything from souvenir shops to an IMAX theater, Zion’s free seasonal shuttle can connect you to Zion Canyon.How to get to Zion National ParkJust under 6 miles southeast of the bustling center of St. George, St. George Municipal Airport is the gateway of choice for many visitors. There are direct services to Salt Lake City and Denver International Airports, should you need a connecting flight. Alternatively, Cedar City Regional Airport is situated 30 miles from the park and also serves Salt Lake City. The nearest major air hub however is Las Vegas’ McCarron International Airport, a 3 hour drive from the park on Interstate 15. The Greyhound bus serves nearby city’s including St. George, whilst if you’re driving in, Zion National Park can be accessed via the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.