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Where to Stay in Zion National Park

by | Jul 20, 2023

In 2019, Zion National Park celebrated its centennial. If you’ve ever had the chance to visit the park, you know that the town of Springdale, located at the park’s main entrance, as well as the nearby towns of St. George, Hurricane, La Verkin, and Virgin, are all full of hotels, resorts, tourist shops, restaurants, and more. But 100 years ago, when the national park was brand new, there was little around. Early visitors to the park primarily stayed in tourist camps and toured the park on horseback or on guided tours.

Today, you have endless options for where to stay in Zion National Park. This means that you can customize your stay based on your budget, needs, and interests. But it can make planning your visit a little more complicated.

Zion Wildflower Resort is located in Virgin, Utah, around 20 minutes from the entrance to the park. This means that you’re away from the hustle and bustle of Springdale. You get to enjoy the peace and quiet of Virgin, while still enjoying easy access to the park. Besides our location, our resort also provides a variety of lodging options and plenty of fun amenities. But don’t just take our word for it! 

If you’re starting your search for the best hotels Zion has to offer, keep reading. We’re breaking down what to consider when deciding where to stay in Zion National Park.

Consider Your Location

St George is the largest city located close to Zion National Park. But while this means that the city has a lot to offer tourists, one thing that it doesn’t have is easy access to the park. Depending on where you stay in St. George, you could be an hour or more away from the entrance to the park. If you plan to visit Zion for more than a day or two during your visit, that can add up to a lot of driving.

On the flip side, there are some drawbacks to staying in Springdale, Utah. The town is located directly at the mouth of Zion Canyon. This means that the town is often busy, especially during the summer and around the holidays. In turn, this means traffic and crowds. While you will need to pass through Springdale to get to Zion, staying outside of town can help you still enjoy a relaxing and peaceful vacation.

Virgin, Utah offers the perfect blend of the two. When you stay in hotels near Virgin Utah, you’ll still be just a short drive from the park. But in the evenings or on your rest days, you’ll get to enjoy the peace and quiet away from the tourist areas.

Check Out Reviews

Another great way to narrow down your search for the best hotels Zion has to offer is to read reviews. Guest reviews will help give you a better idea of what to expect from a property.

Wondering what former guests of Zion Wildflower Resort have to say? Take a look at a few recent reviews:

“We spent Memorial Day weekend at Wildflower Resort. From what I had heard about it, I expected it to be awesome. It was even more awesome than I expected. I enjoyed our tent far better than most hotel rooms I have ever stayed in, and definitely more than any tent I have ever stayed in. (Most tents I have stayed in do not include 2 queen-sized beds, a shower, a toilet, a bathroom sink, a mini-fridge, and, best of all, air conditioning.) I loved the pool, the hot tub, the view from our tent’s spacious front porch, the activities, the live music, the campfire. We can’t wait to go back. If you are visiting Zion’s and want a “camping” experience, without really camping, this is the place for you. If you do not want a camping experience, Wildflower is still the place for you. Five stars and two enthusiastic thumbs up.” -Andy Lager (Review via Google)

“Excellent everything, Accommodations, staff and amenities! We were a little nervous staying in a “tent” but the wonderful evening/nighttime temperatures were fantastic. No need for the a/c at night but it was great to have in the afternoon after a long day of hiking. Beds were crazy comfortable. Loved sitting around the fire at night enjoying the complementary s’mores. Great for families and couples, the Zion Wildflower Resort is OUTSTANDING!”– Ryan Booth (Review via Google)

Embrace the Experience

When you stay in a standard chain hotel or motel, your accommodation is little more than just a place to sleep and shower. But when you opt for a more creative lodging option, your accommodations can become a part of the experience.

At Zion Wildflower Resort, we believe in embracing the experience and making your overnight just as exciting as your daily activities and adventures. Whether you stay in one of our Canvas Glamping Tents, a Bungalow, or a Covered Wagon, our lodging options are almost as exciting as those stunning views you’ll be enjoying in Zion National Park. 

Choosing Where to Stay in Zion National Park

Choosing where to stay in Zion National Park doesn’t have to be complicated.  While there are many hotels near Virgin Utah to choose from, Zion Wildflower Resort offers plenty of perks. From our unique lodging options to our fun amenities like our resort-style pool, bike rentals, playground, and more, our resort is the perfect base camp for your family’s time in Zion National Park.

If you’re ready to see for yourself what makes our resort special, now is a great time to book your stay. Right now, when you book a stay of two or more nights before September 30, you’ll receive a 20 percent discount on your stay. Book today to take advantage of this deal.

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