Lodging Inside Zion National Park

The U.S. state of Utah is home to several national parks which Zion National Park is the first to be established. Similar to its neighbors, Bryce Canyon, and Arches, Zion is well­known for the beautiful red and white sandstone rocks that encompass it. The park is 229 square miles and houses 75 different mammals, 289 different species of birds, and numerous reptiles. The park provides visitors with a glimpse at four different life zones including coniferous, riparian, desert and woodland.

Though Zion Canyon is the most prominent feature of the park, Zion also includes mesas, slot canyons, arches, rivers, and buttes. With its various different features, the park offers an endless array of activities. Ranging from backpacking and hiking to canyoneering, bird watching, rock climbing and horseback riding, the park provides visitors of all ages and interests a chance to explore. Visitors can also drive through the national park via the Zion­Mount Carmel Highway.

The park also includes the Kolob Plateau to the north, which gives visitors a different view of the park. With one of the largest free­standing arches in the world, Kolob Arch and Kolob Canyons are another great way to see the beauty of the park.

Zion National Park is also a great place to learn about the history of Mormon pioneers that settled the area. There are several ranger­led activities and the park has different museums where teachers can bring their classes to learn.

With millions of visitors a year, the park has become a big attraction to people all over the world. Zion National Park lodging in Springdale gives visitors not only a close stay to the park, but also provides several different places to dine and explore even within the town.

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Zion Lodge

Location: Inside of Park
Starting Rate: $139.69

Zion Lodge is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts.  The Zion Lodge is the only lodging facility located inside beautiful Zion National Park. Zion Lodge's ideal in-park location puts you close to all of the park's features and attractions. The lodge itself is quite unique with its historic design featuring knotty pine woodwork and furnished in a beautiful log and wicker furnishings.

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Lodging in Zion's Gateway Communities


Location: West of Park
Starting Rate: $179.00

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Location: East of Park
Starting Rate: $133.00

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Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $99.00

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Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $79.00

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Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $99.00

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Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $181.00

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Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $199.00

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Location: East of Park
Starting Rate: $107.10

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Additional information and resources on the park:


Q. Where is Zion National Park?
A. Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah, in between the larger cities of St. George and Cedar City. The closest town to the park is Springdale, Utah.


Q. What is the history of Zion National Park?
A.  Zion became established as a national park in the year 1919. Before that, it existed as Mukuntuweap National Monument, which was established in 1909. It's name, Zion, literally means “place of refuge,” and was given to the canyon by early Mormon settlers. 


Q. What is the weather like in Zion National Park?
A. Zion is a fairly mild park with a yearly average temperature of 75 degrees. The seasons present large variations in temperature however, with about 52 degrees in January to about 100 degrees in July. It's desert climate makes for a great year-round park, just make sure you are careful when driving there during the winter! 


Q. What is the best time of year to visit Zion National Park?
A. Typically people venture to Zion National Park starting in the spring to view the incredible display of wildflowers. Summer and fall remain popular times to visit, while the winter season sees far less visitation but still offers beautiful scenery.


Q. How much does it cost to visit Zion National Park?
A . There are different prices based on the mode of transportation, the length of visit and the age of the individual visiting the park:

  • Zion National Park: $35 per vehicle for 7 day pass
  • Zion Motorcycle Entry PAss: $30 valid for 7 days
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle: $20 per person, (valid for 7 days youth 15 and under are free)
  • Zion Annual Pass: $50 (valid for 12 months from purchase date)
  • National Parks Annual Pass: $80 (valid for 12 months from purchase date)