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The Best Places to Stay at Zion National Park

Front view of Zion National Park Lodge
Zion National Park Lodge

If you’re looking for a place to stay at Zion National Park, this article is for you. We’ll simplify the options for you and give you our recommendations based on our own experiences and reading hundreds of online reviews.

Quick Recommendations

Map showing cities to stay near Zion National Park
  • In the park: Zion Lodge. This is the only lodging in the park.
  • The most upscale areas are in the park or in Springdale, UT. Hotels here will cost a lot (~$200-500), but there are some very nice hotels, and there is no travel time to the park.
  • The best city to stay in is St. George. Here you will have the most options for hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s about an hour away. It’s close to Kolob (the west side of Zion NP) and Snow Canyon – both red rock canyons with incredible scenery and hiking.
  • The most remote towns (for those who like to get away from the city) are Hildale, UT, Orderville, UT, and Kanab, UT. They are affordable, and they are still within an hour of the park.
  • The best value areas are Hurricane/LaVerkin and Orderville/Mt Carmel Junction. These are the best combination of affordability and proximity to Zion.

We will explain each one of these areas and give some specific recommendations for hotels in each city.

15 places to stay when visiting Zion National Park

Zion Lodge

There is literally only ONE choice here: The Zion National Park Lodge. It is the only hotel in Zion National Park. It was originally built in 1924, but a fire destroyed it in 1966. It was hastily rebuilt to accommodate visitors, but in 1990 it was restored to its original look.

It has three kinds of accommodations you can book: Hotel rooms, suites, and cabins. Prices are over ~$200 per night.

Here are a few things to know about the Lodge:

  • Each additional person is $10/night
  • It does not have WiFi (the website says it sometimes works), and the TVs are small.
  • Reservations open up 12-13 months in advance (for example, on May 1, 2024, you can book lodging for May 1-31, 2025).
  • Pets are not allowed
  • It has a restaurant and a cafe

The Zion Lodge is located right in Zion Canyon and is actually one of the shuttle stops. If you stay here, you’ll be surrounded by the high red-rock canyon walls.

It has a big grassy area in front with a massive shade tree, perfect for picnics or naps. Just watch out for the deer scat; deer graze on the grass every morning and evening.

Springdale, Utah

Springdale is a very cute little town that literally sits right next to the entrance to Zion. The population is under 1,000, but they know how to handle the crowds.

There are over 25 hotels and B&Bs in Springdale. No matter where you stay, you’ll either be next to tall red cliffs or next to the Virgin River. You really can’t go wrong.

Here are three that stood out to us:

  1. Zion Canyon Bed and Breakfast. The reviews for this place are insanely high. The prices are competitive (about $165-269/night). Their rooms are named after the formations in Zion, which we like. Obviously, they serve breakfast.
  2. Desert Pearl Inn. Many people commented how nice it was that their rooms were located right along the Virgin River. We believe you have to book early and request a river room. It has a pool as well.
  3. Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites (book here). This is a new hotel and although it’s a chain, it gets great reviews. Their management is really responsive to negative reviews. It has a big pool.

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Hurricane & LaVerkin

These two cities are right next to each other and they are about 30-40 minutes away from Zion. They are on the west side, so access to Kolob isn’t far away either.

Most places here are budget hotels. It’s not upscale, it’s just an affordable option to use as a jumping-off point to Zion. It’s really common to stay here.

We’ve driven around this area quite a bit. Considering the reviews and my own eye test, here are the two I recommend. They are both in LaVerkin.

  1. Best Western Plus Zion West (book here)
  2. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham (book here)

These two places are right next to each other. There is a nearby gas station named Maverik that you can stop at to get breakfast in the morning. Don’t laugh, this isn’t your ordinary gas station. It’s big, and it has a lot of food options for a quick breakfast before hitting the park!

St. George/Washington

Southern Utah is remote, and the towns are very small. St. George is the exception. It’s a full-sized city and is growing rapidly due to the nice year-round weather. It’s like Florida for northern Utah — it’s where people go to vacation or retire.

It’s about an hour away from Zion. There are a TON of hotels, condos, Airbnbs, VRBOs, etc. Here are two suggestions that stood out to us as we researched this:

  1. The Inn on the Cliff (book here). This sits on a cliff that overlooks St. George. It has a pool and nice views.
  2. Best Western Abbey Inn (book here). We don’t mean to sound like Best Western salesmen, but it had amazing reviews. And honestly, we have had great experiences with Best Westerns, so it came as no surprise to us that they get really good reviews.

We also have an article on The Best Unique Hotels & Resorts in St. George, Utah to help you find somewhere to stay as well.

St George has soooo many other fun things to do, so take that into consideration as well. Here are a few ideas:

23 great things to do in St George, Utah!

Hildale

This little gem seems out of the way, but it’s about the same distance to Zion as St. George or Kanab. It’s located right on the border of Utah and Arizona.

There are many hotels in Hildale with the name Zion in them! They really don’t want you to forget that you can stay here when visiting Zion, LOL.

Reviewers commented that they loved this place because it was removed from the crowds. It’s much more remote and hidden. And the views are beautiful. It sits right by red-rock formations.

This is a place worth looking into more, but here are two to get you started:

  1. Zion Glamping Adventures (book here). You stay in tents near the red-rock walls. They have a community fire where you can gather to meet other people if you like.
  2. Zion’s Most Wanted Hotel (book here). This got surprisingly good reviews. It is the former home of Warren Jeffs, who is a polygamist leader of the FLDS church (not to be confused with the LDS church — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or “Mormons.”). He was wanted by the law until they caught him and now he’s in prison.

We hope this helps you plan your trip to Zion. If you’re going to Zion, you need to know that the park is very busy! The visitors have doubled over the last 7 years, so you really need to have a solid game plan.

Places to Stay in Between Zion & Bryce Canyon

Many people visit Bryce and Zion National Park on the same trip. To get the most out of each park, we recommend staying close to each park and changing hotels.

But if you want to stay in one hotel and use it to see both parks, here are some options:

Cedar City

image of bed and breakfast
Big Yellow Inn Bed and Breakfast (from website)

Cedar City is 1.5 hours from Bryce and 1 hour from Zion. It’s a mid-sized city that has many hotels.

It’s a little college town and puts on the yearly Utah Shakespeare Festival, with a gorgeous outdoor Old English-style theatre.

Also, Cedar Breaks National Monument is nearby.

There are too many chain hotels to choose from, so I won’t cover them here. What stands out about Cedar City is it has so many cute little B&Bs with Shakespeare and English cottage garden themes. The homes are gorgeous and the ratings are awesome. Here is one:

  • Big Yellow Inn Bed and Breakfast (book here). This is a huge, gorgeous home with glowing reviews.
  • Bard’s Inn (book here). Rooms are decorated with vintage furniture and artwork and it includes a gourmet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a private parking lot.

Check out The Best Unique Hotels & Resorts in Cedar City for more ideas of where to stay.

Orderville/Mt Carmel Junction

small cabins on side of hill
East Zion Resort has some interesting cabins and yurts

This is on the east side of the park. Mt Carmel is only about 15 minutes away from the East Entrance to the park. However, once you enter the East Entrance, it takes about 30 minutes to get to the visitor center, where you park and catch the shuttle for Zion Canyon.

The east side is much less populated but could be a great place to stay if you’re coming from or going to Bryce Canyon or the Grand Canyon. A lot of people will use this as a home base for both Zion and Bryce.

Here are three places that stood out to us:

  1. Zion Ponderosa (book here). This is a big resort area with cabins, RV spots, tents, etc. They have many activities, such as mini-golfing, rock climbing, wagon rides, zip lines, and virtual reality.
  2. East Zion Resort. You can stay in various rooms here, such as treehouses, yurts, tiny houses, and tents. Reviewers raved about this place.
  3. Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Lodge (book here). The reviews here weren’t as impressive as some of the other Best Westerns, but we included it here as more of a budget option vs the resorts. It’s only 12 miles from the park.

Kanab

If you’re into hiking, Kanab could be a vacation destination on its own. Kanab itself is a little town but there are many hiking areas within 30-60 minutes of the city, including the famous wave formation.

Kanab is about 35 minutes from the East Entrance of Zion (but 1 hour from the shuttles), and 1.5 hours to Bryce. It’s quite affordable to stay. Here are two that stood out to us:

  1. Canyons Boutique Hotel (book here). This is a little more upscale; each room is a different design. It was recently remodeled.
  2. Quail Park Lodge. This is a cute, colorful 1950s-style motel. Many reviewers commented about how they liked the retro feel of this place.

Check out our article The Best Unique Hotels & Resorts In Kanab, Utah for more options.

One more benefit to Kanab: It’s possible to hit the Grand Canyon North Rim from here (although we recommend staying closer to the park).

Need a Game Plan for Visiting Zion?

We’ve designed plans to help you get the most out of your trip. We want you to LOVE your trip to Zion!

Zion National Park can be crowded with visitors, especially during peak season! Planning and navigating a trip can be frustrating because of its popularity. The crowds and shuttle system can be confusing to navigate.

Most travelers want to visit the most popular sites and still avoid crowds. We have a detailed itinerary that gives you a step-by-step game plan so you can get to the best places at the right times.

But that’s not all! Our itinerary includes a free audio guide to listen to while driving with over 2-hours of stories about the park!

MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO
ZION

ZION TRIP PLANNER: To read or watch all of our content about Zion National Park, check out our  Zion Homepage

THINGS TO DO: Don’t miss all that Zion has to offer including Emerald Pools, Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, and Kolob Canyons

WHERE TO EAT: Check out the best places to eat in and near Zion National Park

GREAT CITIES TO STAY OR CHECK OUT: Learn where to stay or camp when visiting Zion and explore some amazing cities nearby including St. George, Kanab, and Cedar City

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Find out if you need a reservation and how to use the shuttle system as well as if you can drive in Zion, which entrance to use, and how to avoid crowds

WATCH: Enjoy videos of gorgeous Zion National Park while learning our best tips for visiting by watching our Zion YouTube Playlist

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