Lodging in Zion is unique in that there is only one lodge and two campgrounds situated inside the national park boundary. As a result, most opt to base themselves in nearby Springdale, taking one of the complimentary shuttles in and out each day. Known as the gateway to Zion, Springdale is charming, scenic, and packed full of restaurants, shops, and boutique river-front lodges. Located just a mile outside the park’s southern entrance, it’s also wildly convenient.
With a wide variety of lodging options available, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best places to stay in and near Zion National Park, from boutique hotels to home rentals, glamping, and camping. An unmissable stop on any Utah National Parks Road Trip, we’re confident you’ll love this outdoor paradise as much as we do.
Zion National Park Lodging Guide
Table of Contents
- Best Time to Visit Zion
- Days Needed for Zion
- Zion Lodge or Springdale?
- Zion Lodging Map
- Where to Stay in Zion
Best Time to Visit Zion National Park?
Zion National Park is open 365 days per year and there are pros (and cons) to visiting during each season. Spring and Fall are the best time to visit for moderate temperatures, and winter is ideal if you’re hoping to skip the crowds. Winter is also the only time private vehicles are permitted inside the park without a reservation at Zion National Park Lodge. However, snow is common during winter and certain trails and attractions may be inaccessible.
During all other seasons, visitors are required to park at the Visitor Center and make use of a complimentary shuttle. Summer is generally hot and crowded, with daytime temps often exceeding 100°F. However, Summer and Fall are the best time to visit if you’re planning to hike The Narrows.
How Many Days Are Needed For Zion?
3 days / 4 nights is the perfect amount of time to experience the best that Zion National Park has to offer. That being said, if you only have a weekend available, prioritize what you want to see and go for it! 1 or 2 days exploring Zion is certainly better than no days exploring Zion.
Zion National Park Lodge or Springdale?
If being inside the national park is important to you, Zion National Park Lodge is the way to go since it’s the only formal lodging option inside the park. The lodge features hotel rooms, cabins, and suites, as well as two restaurants and a gift shop. Lodge guests are also permitted to drive their private vehicles into the park, while others are required to make use of a shuttle.
On the other hand, Springdale is located on the edge of the national park and is home to a host of restaurants, shops, outfitters, and boutique river-front lodges. Voted one of the prettiest towns in America, many actually prefer to base themselves in Springdale as opposed to inside the national park. It really comes down to preference. Personally, we tend to favor Springdale.
Zion National Park Lodging Map
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Where to Stay in Zion National Park
This guide is what we consider to be the most comprehensive lodging in Zion resource available. Zion lodging options are categorized according to type, including hotels, airbnbs, glamping, and camping both inside and outside the park. We have tried our very best to find high-value options catering to all budgets. If you aren’t staying inside the park at Zion Lodge, your next best option is Springdale, which has complimentary shuttles running to the Visitor Center every 10 to 15 minutes.
Zion Lodges and Hotels
Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor
The only lodge situated within the park borders, Zion National Park Lodge was built in 1925 and retains its historic charm. Guests can opt to stay in a hotel room or a cabin, and the lodge also has two on-site restaurants and a gift shop. Early in the morning, it’s possible to spot deer grazing on the lawn directly from your private porch or balcony. Still, the largest perk of staying at Zion Lodge arguably lies in the fact that guests are privy to unparalleled access to the park’s hiking trails. While most visitors are at the mercy of daily shuttle schedules, early rising guests can expect to have popular trails like Angel’s Landing all to themselves.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Reservations may be changed or canceled free of charge within 2 days of the scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 9.3 out of 10 on Booking.com
Located just 8 miles from Zion National Park and 0.5 miles from the Visitor Center, Cliffrose by Hilton is a new property situated along the Virgin River. The perfect option for families with kids, the hotel has two heated outdoor pools and jacuzzis, a beautiful on-site restaurant and bar, and multiple other restaurant and dining options within close walking distance. Certain suite options also come equipped with a kitchenette.
Rooms average $442 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Cancellation policy varies by room type and season. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 9.4 out of 10 on Booking.com
A great value Zion lodging option lying adjacent to Zion National Park Visitor Center, this log-cabin-style property features modern rooms, canyon views, and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Rooms come standard with a microwave and bar fridge, and the lodge offers suites equipped with full kitchens for those wanting to self-cater. Cable Mountain Lodge also has an on-site convenience store and riverfront picnic area with a beach. All factors combined, it’s a difficult property to top.
Rooms average $368 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 4 days of the scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 9.2 out of 10 on Booking.com
The perfect pet-friendly option for those still wanting the perks and comforts of a hotel, SpringHill Suites is located just one mile from Zion National Park’s South Entrance. All suites include a bar fridge, microwave, and coffee machine, and the lodge also has a pool, hot tub, and splash pad. Add in a restaurant with stunning floor-to-ceiling canyon views, a Billiards Lounge, and a fitness center, and we think this property makes for an ideal weekend retreat.
Rooms average $359 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be canceled free of charge within 24 hours of check-in. Pet friendly on request, but additional charges may be applicable.
Rated 9.6 out of 10 on Booking.com
One of the top-rated properties in the Zion National Park area, Red Rock Inn Cottages are a fantastic mid-range option. Each cottage comes equipped with a fridge, microwave, and coffee machine, and certain units include sitting areas and full kitchens. The property also has a hot tub with remarkable canyon views, and the national park entrance is just a mile away.
Cottages start at around $250 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 7 days of scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 9.3 out of 10 on Booking.com
Just 0.5 miles from Zion National Park, Flanigan’s Inn combines comfort and affordability in an incredible location. Units range from standard rooms to private villas, and certain options include terraces or balconies with canyon views. This eco property also features an on-site cafe, day spa, and salon, and is just a short walk away from a classic Hilltop Labyrinth. The park entrance is within 5 minutes of walking distance, or guests can make use of the free shuttle stop located on the property.
Rooms average $339 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 3 days of scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 9.2 out of 10 on Booking.com
Highly rated by visitors, Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn is within walking distance of the national park entrance and offers guests a host of amenities. Featuring a small convenience store, heated pool, hot tub, laundry facilities, a gym, complimentary continental breakfast, and free parking, this Zion lodging option is perfect for those in search of guaranteed value. Given that sofa beds and adjoining rooms are also available, it’s also great for those traveling with children.
Rooms average $309 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 24 hours of scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 8.6 out of 10 on Booking.com
Zion Canyon Lodge is hands-down one of the best mid-range options when it comes to lodging in Zion. A new property located in Springdale, the hotel is just 3-minute’s from the South Entrance of Zion National Park and features free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and on-site parking. Guests can opt for standard rooms or family suites with sofa beds and kitchenettes.
Rates average $258 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 48 hours of scheduled arrival date.
Rated 9.2 out of 10 on Booking.com
Don’t be off-put by the franchise – this has to be one of the nicest Holiday Inn Express locations in the country. It’s also quite possibly the best value-for-money option when it comes to Zion National Park lodging, and it’s not uncommon to find room rates under $200. The property features a seasonal pool and hot tub, outdoor firepit, minimarket, laundry facilities, and fitness center, and all rooms come with A/C, free WiFi, a microwave, and a coffee-maker. Complimentary daily breakfast and a stellar location are the cherries on top.
Rooms average $227 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 7 days of scheduled arrival. Pet-friendly, but additional charges apply.
Zion Airbnbs and Rentals
Rated 9.5 out of 10 on Booking.com
Home to five beautifully appointed villas, this property is part of the newly constructed Canyonland Village and lies just 1.5 miles from the entrance of Zion National Park. Guests can choose between one and two-bedroom units, and each villa comes equipped with a mountain-view balcony, full kitchen, sitting area, and high-speed WiFi. As an added bonus, pets are also welcome on request.
Rates average $467 per night per unit.
Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 7 days of scheduled arrival date. Pet friendly at an additional fee.
Rated 8.9 out of 10 on Booking.com
Named “Best Luxury Vacation Rental in Zion” by Conde Nast, LaFave allows guests to choose between 9 different villas sleeping from 4 to 16 people. Each unit includes a living room, full kitchen, outdoor grill, and private cliff-view patio or deck. Situated just one mile from the South Entrance, guests can either walk to Zion or make use of the shuttle stop directly in front of the property.
Rates average $395 per night per unit.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 14 days of scheduled arrival date. Pets are not allowed.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 on Vrbo
This spacious studio sleeps up to 6 and is located less than 0.1 miles from the national park entrance. Skip the hassle of parking your car at the visitor center and simply walk across the street to the nearest shuttle stop! The apartment features a king bed, queen bunk bed set, and a fold-out sofa bed, as well as a kitchen, washer and dryer, and communal patio with outdoor seating.
Rates average $330 per night for the studio. Check availability on Vrbo.
Fine Print: 2-night minimum stay requirement. Free cancellation up to 60 days before check-in. Pets are not allowed, though local boarding is available.
Zion National Park Glamping
Rated 8.9 out of 10 on Booking.com
Open between mid-March and early November, Under Canvas Zion ticks all the boxes for a romantic break away and was declared a top US resort by Condé Nast Traveler. Located a 30-minute drive from Zion National Park’s South Entrance, each luxury tent comes equipped with king or twin beds, a private bathroom and deck, and a wood-burning stove. Certain units also include a night sky viewing window, and the property offers on-site dining and a fire pit for s’mores. Pets are allowed on request.
Rates start average $414 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. 95% refund for cancellations made at least 30 days before check-in. Pet friendly at an additional fee.
Rated 9.3 out of 10 on Booking.com
Luxury tent, covered wagon or bungalow? The choice is your’s since Zion Wildflower offers all three forms of tiny living! Situated just 10 miles away from the national park, this Zion lodging option offers guests feathertop bedding, heating, A/C, and communal fire pits and BBQs. Glamping tents also include a private deck with rocking chairs and bungalows come with a microwave and bar fridge.
Luxury tents start around $368 per night.
Fine Print: No minimum stay requirement. Most reservations can be changed or canceled free of charge within 3 days of scheduled arrival date. Pet friendly at an additional fee.
Rated 5 out of 5 on Vrbo
Rustic meets moderns in these tiny cabins that come complete with a fireplace and cliffside views. Each unit can sleep up to 4 (but 2 comfortably), and features a kitchen, free WiFi, and A/C. Set between Zion and Bryce Canyon, this lodging in Zion option is ideal for those wanting to hop between national parks.
Zion National Park Campgrounds
Watchman Campground (Tent & RV)
One of two campgrounds located on the Virgin River near Zion National Park’s South Entrance, Watchman Campground boasts 190 standard campsites, 7 wheelchair-accessible sites, and 6 group sites. Electric hook-ups are available for RVs. Reservations are released on a six-month rolling basis and campers are strongly encouraged to secure their spot on the day that campsites are released. Restrooms and potable water are available, and each site has a fire ring and picnic table.
Reservations: Reservations are strongly recommended year-round. Make a reservation.
Rates: $20 per tent-only site per night; $30 per electric site per night.
Download: Watchman Campground Map
Photo Credit: Sam P. on HipCamp
South Campground (Tent & RV)
Situated just a 1/2 mile from the park’s main entrance, South Campground offers 117 campsites, 3 of which are wheelchair-accessible. Group sites are currently closed. While South Campground used to operate on a first-come, first-served basis, it changed to a reservation-only system in 2018. Reservations can be made online up to 14 days in advance and the campground is often full during high season. Restrooms and water are available, and each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. The campground is located within walking distance of both the visitor center and shuttle stop.
Reservations: Reservations are required between mid-March and October. South Campground is closed the remainder of the year. Make a reservation now.
Rates: $20+ per site per night.
Download: South Campground Map
Lava Point Campground (Tent & Small RVs)
Located a 1.5-hour drive from Zion’s South Entrance, when open, Lava Point is comprised of 6 first-come, first-served primitive campsites. Pit toilets and garbage facilities are available, but potable water is not. Typically operational between May and September, this is the perfect off-the-grid option for those looking for a more secluded experience.
Reservations: Between May and September, Lava Point is first-come, first-served. The campground is closed throughout the remainder of the year. Learn more here.
Rates: During season camping is free.
Zion Canyon Campground (Tent & RV)
Situated just 0.5 miles from the park’s South Entrance, Zion Canyon is a pet-friendly private campground in Springdale that sits adjacent to a Quality Inn. All sites include picnic tables, fire rings, and access to toilets, showers, and laundry facilities. Campers are also welcome to make use of the on-site swimming pool. All RV sites feature full hook-ups and the park is within easy walking distance or guests can opt to take the complimentary shuttle.
Reservations: Reservations are required between March and November. Zion Canyon Campground is closed the remainder of the year. Make a reservation now.
Rates: Sites start at $79 per night.
Zion Crest Campground (Tent & RV)
Sitting on a plateau outside Zion National Park’s East Entrance, Zion Crest Campground awards campers with stunning panoramic views. Home to 51 standard campsites and 10 group sites, Zion Crest is pet-friendly and offers clean showers, laundry facilities, WiFi, and full RV hook-ups. Owned by Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, camping guests are also welcome to make use of the resort’s numerous dining options.
Reservations: Reservations Required; Open Year-Round
Rates: Sites start at $29 per night. Learn more here.
Photo Credit: Maddie R. on The Dyrt
Smithsonian Butte Camping (Tent & RV)
Just a 30-minute drive from Zion’s South Entrance lies one of the area’s best-kept secrets. Smithsonian Butte Dispersed Campground offers free off-the-grid camping and boondocking on federally-managed BLM land. The area is gorgeous, quiet, and serene, but offers zero amenities so arrive prepared. All access is via dirt roads that may be rutted following wet weather, and if entering from the north, 4WD may be preferable. As always, be sure to apply Leave No Trace principles. This guide covers everything you need to know about dispersed camping on BLM land.
Reservations: First-Come, First-Served; Open Year-Round
Rates: Camping is free. Learn more here.
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