Where to Stay in Zion National Park for an Epic Outdoor Getaway

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Where to stay in Zion National Park - View of Zion National Park
Zion National Park. Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson

Utah draws visitors from around the world to witness the picturesque beauty of its national parks. Zion National Park, located near St. George, Utah, features world-famous hikes like Angels Landing and the Narrows. Zion is a three-hour drive from Las Vegas or a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Salt Lake City.

I grew up in Salt Lake City and have many fond memories of Zion as a child. Our family visited regularly and now that I’m a parent I love taking my kids there as well. A few years ago we all hiked the Narrows in the park and it is one of my family’s favorite experiences.

Where to stay in Zion National Park - group hiking the Narrows.
Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park. Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson

The natural beauty of Zion National Park and its proximity to two major cities – Las Vegas and Salt Lake City – make it a great place for a quick getaway. You have several vacation rental options when planning your trip. We recommend the following places to help you have the best trip possible.

1. Zion National Park Lodge

Want to stay close to the action? For the best hikes, this is a great location. Right inside of Zion National Park you will find Zion National Park Lodge. This is the only lodging you will find within the park itself – you can’t get any closer to the amazing views of Zion than this.

Highlights of Zion National Park Lodge:

  • Only lodging inside the park
  • Walking distance to Zion hiking trails
  • Options include hotel rooms, suites, and cabins
  • ADA-accessible options available
  • Air conditioning
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Easy access to all the trails in Zion
  • Gift shop
  • Horseback riding tours


2. LaFave Luxury Zion

Want to stay close to the park when visiting Zion? Stay in Springdale, Utah. Springdale is located right outside the south entrance to Zion National Park. There are several lodging and dining locations in Springdale, including LaFave.

LaFave is a luxury resort featuring a variety of houses and villas able to accommodate 2-16 people, making it great for large groups.

Highlights of LaFave:

  • Good for big groups – house and villa options
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Pool
  • In-unit washer and dryer
  • Large units with kitchens
  • Private outdoor areas with grill
  • Wifi
  • 1 mile from the entrance to Zion
  • Zion shuttle stops in front of the resort


Where to stay in Zion National Park - image of Zion Shuttle stop sign for Springdale Line.
Zion Shuttle Stop Sign. Photo credit: Melissa Mortenson

3. Springhill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion

Springhill Suites Springdale Zion is great for those wanting to stay close to the park and are accustomed to Marriott hotels. It is in a great location, not just to the park, but you will be within walking distance of several restaurants. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views and unwind from a day of hiking without going too far.

Highlights of Springhill Suites Springdale Zion:

  • Hot tub and pool
  • Bike rental
  • Free wifi
  • Fitness center
  • Laundry
  • EV charging station
  • ADA accessible
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • 2.7 miles from the Park entrance


4. Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton

Cliffrose Springdale is a modern resort that allows you to reconnect with nature. Only a short walk from the park’s south entrance, this resort is nestled along the Virgin River, allowing visitors to take in all the beauty of Zion from the ease and comfort of their own private patio or balcony.

Highlights of Cliffrose Springdale:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Free wifi
  • EV charging station
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Room service
  • ADA accessible
  • 5-minute drive to the park’s entrance


Holiday Inn Express Springdale, Utah
Outdoor areas at Holiday Inn Express Springdale are designed to take in the views. Photo credit: Yvonne Jasinski

5. Holiday Inn Express Springdale

The Holiday Inn Express Springdale is great for those travelers who are on a budget but still want to enjoy the comfort and convenience of a hotel close to the park. This has everything you would expect from a Holiday Inn Express, plus amazing mountain views that can only be found staying this close to Zion National Park.

Highlights of Holiday Inn Express Springdale:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Fitness center
  • Laundry facility
  • Free wifi
  • 3 miles from the park entrance


6. Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites

Looking for a budget-friendly option close to Zion? Best Western Plus Zion is a great option. With all the comforts of staying in a hotel, you can get out in nature knowing you will have a comfortable bed and warm shower to come home to.

Highlights of Best Western Plus Zion:

  • Pool
  • Fitness center
  • Wifi
  • ADA Accessible
  • EV charging
  • Budget-friendly
  • 2 miles from the park entrance


7. Majestic View Lodge

Majestic View Lodge allows visitors to take in the majestic mountain views of Zion’s famous red rocks from the comfort of their room. Enjoy rustic room decor that will really set the mood for your adventures in the west.

Highlights of Majestic View Lodge:

  • Swimming pool and hot tub
  • Free wifi
  • Laundry
  • Air conditioning
  • Onsite dining
  • Gift shop
  • ADA accessible
  • Free shuttle access to town and Zion
  • 10 min from the park entrance


Zion Mountain Ranch, at the east entrance of Zion National Park in Utah, delivers a superb blend of the Old Western Charm and modern conveniences.
Little House on the Prairie at Zion Mountain Ranch. Photo credit: Yvonne Jasinski

8. Zion Mountain Ranch

On the other side of Zion National Park from Springdale, you will find Zion Mountain Ranch. Close to the east entrance of Zion National Park and about two hours from the north rim of the Grand Canyon. This place is great if you want to be close to Bryce Canyon National Park or Lake Powell. Both are within an hour and a half drive from the resort.

Stay in mid-range accommodations that can fit any size party. Zion Mountain Ranch is made up of multiple cabins ranging from one-bedroom accommodations to three-story cabins, making it great for large groups.

Highlights of Zion Mountain Ranch:

  • 3 minutes from the eastern park entrance
  • Rustic private cabins
  • Cabins range from one bedroom to ones big enough for large groups
  • Private kitchen
  • Horseback tours
  • Bike tours and rentals
  • Jeep tours
  • Guided hikes
  • 1 hour from Bryce Canyon National Park
  • On-site restaurant focused on farm-to-table dining


9. Autocamp Zion

A 45-minute drive from Cedar City you will find Autocamp Zion, great for those who want to go glamping. There are three room types to choose from: luxury tents, cabins, and Airstream trailers. There is a central clubhouse featuring a bathroom for those staying in the tents. The cabins and Airstreams do feature private bathrooms. This property is full of great amenities to help you connect with nature.

Highlights of Autocamp Zion:

  • Glamping
  • Luxury tents, cabins, and Airstreams are available
  • Tents use the bathroom in the clubhouse
  • Air-conditioning in the Airstream units and cabins, fans  in the tents
  • Community firepits and lounge areas
  • On-site general store
  • Free bikes to use on the property
  • Accessible suites available
  • BBQ kits
  • Small kitchen areas
  • Pool
  • 20 min drive to Zion visitors center


10. Under Canvas Zion National Park

Near Kolob Canyon and a  27-minute drive from Hurricane Utah you will find Under Canvas Zion National Park. This is the place to go if you are looking to go glamping. This resort is made up of luxury tents each with its own private bathroom and wood-burning stove. It is all the fun of camping with the comforts of indoor plumbing. This resort also features plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy from morning yoga to nightly s’mores.

Highlights Under Canvas Zion:

  • Glamping
  • USB charging paks in tents
  • Fire pit and s’mores
  • Live music
  • Morning yoga
  • Kids activities
  • Solar powered
  • Experience coordinators available
  • Onsite dining
  • Tents sleep 2-6 people
  • Good for families
  • All tents include a private bathroom
  • Each tent has a wood-burning stove with firewood
  • 35 min drive to park entrance


Zion National Park is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the unique landscapes found in southern Utah. There are so many places to stay I am sure you will find the one that is best for you. Whether you want to connect with nature by glamping or relaxing in a rustic cabin, your next trip to Zion is sure to be an adventure.

Melissa Mortenson is the founder and primary content creator for the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 14th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. Its goal is to inspire makers and bring families closer together through craft and DIY projects. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love” from Stash Books. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” was released in January 2015 by Riley Blake Designs.It has been followed in subsequent years by 14 other designer fabric collections. Her work has been featured in 3 books, several magazines, and numerous DIY blogs and news sites. She is also a regular contributor to her local FOX news morning show. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.
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