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Zion Mountain Ranch
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 19, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Quiet, peaceful get-away
We (two adults, one dog) stayed two nights in one of the dog-friendly cabins. It was a comfortable, quiet, peaceful and beautiful place to stay. Walking our dog was a pleasure as we strolled past herds of bison and deer in the daytime and under a blanket of stars in the nighttime. Our wireless connection was fine so we could make quick checks on the "real world" but I preferred to stay off-line and enjoy this peaceful get-away. I loved sitting on the porch swing and enjoying my morning coffee or evening wine!
The restaurant on site has delicious, locally-sourced food and very friendly staff. Because it is so small, if there is a large group staying at the ranch, you might want to go to dinner early - they ran out of some items by the time we went to dinner our first night there.
The ranch is close to the east entrance of Zion National Park so you can easily drive into the park and explore the trails.
- Rooms: 5
- Value: 5
- Service: 5
Larisa M from: Glendale, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
An amazing stay!
We stayed at Zion Mountain Ranch in early April. This place is excellent if you like the rustic cabins, yet with comfortable beds, kitchens, huge bathtubs. At night you can see a Milky Way, in the morning roosters wake you up. It’s just minutes away from Zion hiking trails. The reception area has a little convenience store where you can find everything for making s’mores to getting some relief for your headache. One precaution, WiFi is only good in the reception area and at the restaurant. Now days a lot of people have unlimited data so it shouldn’t be a problem. Also there is no reception to watch tv. For us it wasn’t a problem since we were out and about for the most days and enjoyed feeding the horses and looking at buffaloes in the evening. It was a nice digital detox. Even teenagers didn’t complain. Overall, we had a very memorable time and will definitely come back!
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Ivanelofanich from: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Apr, 13, 2019 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Beautiful surroundings but take some supplies with you
Zion Mountain Ranch is situated east of Zion Canyon and the drive from the Canyon to the ranch is magical. However, when we there in March, there was nothing open close by to buy any supplies such as bread and milk and after arriving there for a 4-night stay, my husband then set out on a 52 mile round trip to the nearest open shop which was not ideal!
The cabin itself was cosy and warm and just perfect for the two of us with a huge bath, and a gas fire. The bed was big and really comfy. There was open space directly in front of our cabin with fabulous views of the mountains in the distance and great sunsets. The restaurant was closed on our first night so we had dinner in one of the larger cabins just down the road from ours. The food was lovely and the service was great. We had breakfast there the next morning too and this was also very good. We enjoyed dinner so much that we decided to go the next night for the grand re-opening of the restaurant after renovations. We wished we hadn't bothered. It was very busy. There weren't enough waiting staff and we had to wait ages just to get some drinks. It was also very cold - we took off our coats and then put them back on. In addition, I ordered fish and it came with raw kale and raw chard which I wasn't expecting after the previous night. Also, there weren't any prices on the menu! We had limited catering facilities in the cabin but decided to cater in for the last two nights as it was so cosy in there. There was a swing seat on the porch so we could enjoy the views and watch the sun go down. Also, when I pulled open the curtains on our last morning, there was a herd of bison grazing in the huge paddock. This more than made up for the few negatives of the stay. We didn't want to leave.
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
maryamelia from: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 10, 2019 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
We really enjoyed our two night stay at ZMR! The cabin was clean and well equipped, and we came prepared to get off of screens and into nature, so the lack of cable/strong wifi etc. was exactly what we were looking for! We were happy with the bedding and loved the big soaker tubs. We had a reasonably nice view of the park mountains in the distance and really enjoyed walking around the ranch itself with our kids.
The ranch is on the east side of the park, and there is not much around it in the way of food or stores (compared to the offerings in Springdale at the other entrance to the park). We ate one meal at Cordwood. and otherwise, we happily drove back through the park to Springdale and parked on that side of the park so that, after our day exploring the national park, we could eat in Springdale and then return to Zion Mountain Ranch. We were happy to drive back and forth through the park during our 2.5 day stay because it is so beautiful and we saw something new every day, but that might not be for everyone.
A note about Cordwood:
First and foremost, it is DELICIOUS. My husband and I both loved our meal and appreciated the small-town vibe. If you are traveling with younger children though, just be aware that there is not a children's menu offering, so be prepared to pay for an adult portion for your kiddos. We were able to get two $9 grilled cheese sandwiches from the small plate menu, but it seemed like a little bit of a surprise to the server that we were asking for it without the pear that came along with it and there was some confusion about the order in general. My husband and I wondered if maybe we weren't supposed to bring our kids? Again, it is not the restaurant's fault that our children subsist on white carbs and air, but given the extremely limited offerings on this side of the park, going a little above and beyond on behalf of families traveling with kids would be a thoughtful touch. It would be great if the restaurant would consider offering 1-2 smaller portioned, simpler options for a kid's menu. All in all, we loved our dining experience and would heartily recommend it to others.
Fun to walk around the ranch and see the animals
Nicely appointed (we particularly appreciated that the bathroom and kitchen both had supplies available!)
Simplicity at its best!
MUCH quieter and more peaceful on this side of the park--we loved that after a long day with all the crowds in Zion!
It would be great if ZMR/Cordwood had a little bit more robust food offerings for the daytime or for people to be able to take back to their cabins with them. My husband and I both commented that it would be really cool if we could have purchased a picnic basket for our day in the park, or even grab-and-go sandwiches and bags of chips for an easy meal option.
Also, this is not a huge deal, but when we checked in, we were early and asked about some local exploration options. The person at the counter had a map ready and suggested that we check out Duck Creek Village, which she said was about 45 minutes away and had "stunning views". We had about two hours to kill so we went for it. It was COVERED in snow and the stunning view was a very high overlook of a snow-filled flat field. We basically spent 2 hours driving up a mountain, discovering a crazy amount of snow, and then drove back down the mountain. We were surprised that this was suggested without any warning of the condition changes (we are insufferable southerners from across the country, so it's not entirely the host's fault, but it sure was a surprise!) and both felt disappointed that we lost two hours to cruising in the car. I think the take home for me was that the check-in folks might want to provide a little more guidance to the out-of-towners, and that as travelers, we could have done more to craft a better plan for ourselves.
Janevm from: Vancouver
Published Date: Apr, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Unbelievable Beauty and Escape from Reality
There’s a palpable serenity here. Talk about escape from reality. Several hundred acres of the ranch-- with its peaceful meadows-- are back-dropped by mountains and canyons. After soaking in a bathtub the size of a smart car, we meander down to their restaurant. Most food on the small menu is locally sourced and everything is fresh, flavourful and expertly prepared with a great selection of wines by the glass.
Back at the cabin, the sky is a swath of stars and we’re plugged into the Milky Way rather than wi-fi. I can hardly wait to come back and unplug again