Visiting Utah’s Zion National Park is a bucket list item for park enthusiasts, road trippers and outdoor adventurers. Thanks to its convenient shuttle and services, the park is also quite accessible to various types of travelers. In 2020, 3.6 million people visited this scenic destination—most of whom booked hotels near Zion National Park.
As vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 regulations continue to evolve, travel becomes a closer reality for many. That makes it an ideal time to plan a getaway to one of the country’s best national parks while staying in a great hotel that will make your experience even more memorable.
What to know about finding hotels near Zion National Park
There is a breadth of Zion hotel options in Utah, all within an hour’s drive of the park’s main Visitor Center. Zion’s nearby cities include Springdale, Hurricane and St. George—all in Utah—to name a few. Because of the popularity of this area (connecting you to the Mighty Five), lodging demand is high and nightly rates follow suit. Use this hotel guide to help easily figure out the best lodging near Zion National Park.
- Where to stay in Zion National Park
- Lodging near Zion National Park: within 30 minutes
- Lodging near Zion National Park: within 1 hour
Best hotels in Zion National Park
Besides the three campgrounds within Zion (South, Watchman and Lava Point), your option for lodging inside Zion National Park is at the popular Zion Lodge. Here’s more information about the in-park accommodations if traditional camping is not your thing.
Accommodations at the Zion Lodge are open year round, and booking a room here guarantees you close proximity to amazing hikes and sights nearby. It’s the best location of all the Zion National Park hotels.
You can choose from historic cabins, hotel rooms that feature porches or balconies, and suites equipped with a wet bar. Nightly rates for 2021 range from $220-$288 before taxes and fees. Luckily, while this hotel offers a premier location, these are the current maximum set rates approved by the National Park Service, which means there are not seasonal price hikes.
- Travel distance: within the park
- What’s nearby: immediate access to hiking trails
- What to know: due to demand, they accept reservations up to 13 months in advance
Best hotels within 30 minutes of Zion National Park
If there isn’t availability in Zion at The Lodge, your best bet is staying at the gateway of Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. Springdale is only about a five-minute drive from Zion’s South Entrance Ranger Station and offers a convenient shuttle service into the park.
Springdale isn’t your only option, though. With three main entrances to Zion, there are various areas you can use as your base that are within a 30-minute drive to the park. So if proximity trumps budget, consider these great Zion-area hotels.
Cable Mountain Lodge
Surround yourself with picturesque scenery and modern suite amenities at the Cable Mountain Lodge, Springdale’s luxury lodging option immediately outside of Zion National Park. This iconic property is conveniently located in Zion Canyon Village and has one of the best hotel views of the park. An epic location comes with a matching price tag: nightly rates start at $409 during high season.
- Travel distance: less than 10 minutes walking to the South Entrance, 3 minutes to the Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: downtown Springdale, Zion Canyon Village and South Entrance
- What to know: access Zion from the lodge via an exclusive picnic trail along the Virgin River
The perks of staying at this Curio Collection, by Hilton hotel near Zion are endless: the park’s Visitor Center is a half mile away, there is a free shuttle and there’s an onsite spa with a view of Zion from every treatment room. If you have the cash to splurge for these lush benefits and more, you can expect accommodations at Cliffrose Springdale to cost an average $337-$500 per night (though high season’s more comfortable outdoor temperatures can causes prices to spike to $800 per night).
- Travel distance: 1 minute to the South Entrance, 3 minutes to the Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: downtown Springdale and South Entrance
- What to know: this spot is luxe indeed—suites and villas can run from $1,000-$3,000 per night
Zion Mountain Ranch
Indulge in the cabin lifestyle at Zion Mountain Ranch. This mid-range Zion lodging option is home to a roaming herd of buffalo and even offers views of the Buffalo Preserve from some of their properties. Cabin rates average $269-$369 per night during high season.
- Travel distance: 7 minutes to the East Entrance, 40 minutes to the Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: East Entrance Ranger Station
- What to know: for a more equipped lodge, expect to pay $500-$1,000 per night
SpringHill Suites, Marriott Springdale
Right off town shuttle stop #6, SpringHill Suites offers a happy medium of being near the park entrance while still close enough to everything you need outside of Zion. Just a short drive to the South Entrance and next to shops and restaurants, this hotel’s chic design and amenities live up to its Marriott name. Nightly rates average $309, but can vary depending on the room type and day of the week.
- Travel distance: 10 minutes walking to the South Entrance
- What’s nearby: South Entrance, downtown Springdale
- What to know: enjoy the public spaces here—the views are immaculate and there’s plenty of room to social distance
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
Find western-style relaxation when you book a cabin at this ranch resort, which borders east Zion for more than five miles. The 4,000-acre resort offers a range of accommodations, including cabins, vacation rentals, wagons and glamping options. Rates at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort are around $200 per night for standard cabin suites, but look out for other worthwhile room options too.
- Travel distance: 15 minutes to the East Entrance, 45 minutes to the Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: East Entrance Ranger Station
- What to know: book a minimum two nights if you want to experience a Zion tour here
Under Canvas Zion
Want to try something completely unique during your time in Zion? Consider a glamping experience for your lodging. Glamping at Under Canvas Zion combines the outdoors with many hotel perks (including bathroom facilities that guests say are “impressively clean”), so you can feel more in touch with nature and embrace a bit of solitude while still in comfort. Nightly rates range from $359-$599 depending on the day of the week, and include dining, onsite activities and more.
- Travel distance: 30 minutes from South Entrance
- What’s nearby: you’re surround by nature on North Kolob Road
- What to know: this lodging option is only available from March through November
Best hotels within 1 hour of Zion National Park
Naturally, the closest Zion National Park hotels either sell out fastest or cost more. Lucky for you, your journey to visit Zion doesn’t have to be by way of upscale or otherwise expensive hotels. There are still mid-range and budget-friendly Zion hotel options you can snag, especially if you are willing to drive to the park from a farther distance. To save $100 on most nightly room rates, try staying in Hurricane or St. George, Utah—which are just under an hour from Zion National Park.
Hurricane Wingate at Zion
This family-friendly hotel is both conveniently located near two park entrances and the St. George Regional Airport, which is great if you’d rather fly in and avoid the time and costs of road tripping. Part of the Wyndham hotel brand, families enjoy Hurricane Wingate’s pool and proximity to dining options, as well as a lower room rate than comparable hotels over in Springdale (approximately $115-$179 per night).
- Travel distance: 35 minutes to the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, 40 minutes from the main Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks, golf courses
- What to know: free breakfast included, which is great for travelers looking to save
The Advenire Autograph Collection
Experience luxury Zion lodging for a fraction of the price right in downtown St. George, Utah. The historic downtown setting offers plenty to do when you’re not exploring the massive National Park. You’ll stay in one of 60 uniquely designed guest rooms in this stunning boutique hotel and have access to golfing, nearby hiking and proximity to cultural sites and attractions. Average standard room rates for the Advenire are $189-$289 per night.
- Travel distance: 35 minutes to the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, 56 minutes to the main Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: St. George Airport and Snow Canyon
- What to know: if you love art galleries and museums, you’ll love a stay in St. George
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Located in Washington, Utah (St. George metropolitan area), you can find another one of Marriott’s beautiful SpringHill Suites situated on the award-winning Green Spring Golf Course. There’s also a heated pool, hot tub and deck, and epic outdoor patio with a fire pit overlooking a scenic green. Average room rates here are $149-$179 per night.
- Travel distance: 35 minutes to the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, 53 minutes to the main Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: St. George city and St. George Airport
- What to know: if you enjoy playing golf, look into the hotel’s package deals to include a daily round of golf
Holiday Inn Express, Washington-North St. George
If you find Hurricane’s Zion hotel options to be limited in comparison to St. George’s, but don’t want to drive an hour to Zion (and potentially be stuck in visitor traffic), another great Washington hotel to consider is the Holiday Inn Express in town. The hotel’s Frank Lloyd Wright-styled amenities include breakfast, a fitness center, pool and hot tub and more—and room rates can be as low as $105 per night.
- Travel distance: 40 minutes to the main Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
- What to know: it’s a newly solar-powered property
Hampton Inn & Suites St. George
This hotel is a great budget-friendly option for guests willing to make the hour drive to the park while staying in St. George. If you plan ahead with a flexible schedule, you can find rates as low as $85 per night at the Hampton Inn & Suites—which can help offset the expenses of the trip. This hotel doesn’t sacrifice quality for budget: you still get a fair amount of comfortable amenities, including pools, laundry machines and a fitness center.
- Travel distance: 56 minutes to the South Entrance
- What’s nearby: St. George Temple is minutes away
- What to know: indoor and outdoor pool available at this hotel
Hyatt Place St. George
Thinking of making your Zion adventure a dual work trip? The Hyatt Place St. George/Convention Center hotel is a great mid-range option for anyone looking to be within an hour’s drive of Zion National Park while still near downtown St. George and the convention center. Room rates start at about $119 per night and Hyatt Place’s trendier design and amenities will make it feel like a steal.
- Travel distance: 55 minutes to the main Visitor Center
- What’s nearby: downtown St. George, convention center and city parks
- What to know: pets are allowed at this hotel, but if you’re bringing your furry bestie to the National Park, be sure to review these pet rules first
Now that you’re equipped with a better idea of the best hotels near Zion National Park, as well as your options if nearby lodging is sold out or out of budget, you’re well on your way to kickstart your epic Zion adventure. Remember to double check federal and local government COVID guidelines before booking your trip, grab your U.S. National Parks pass and get ready to enjoy a stay at one of these amazing Zion National Park hotels.
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FAQs about booking lodging near Zion National Park
The park shuttles run from March through November, making it an ideal time to visit the park and easily get around. Spring and fall seasons offer relief from the summer heat, so they are the most comfortable times to visit for many. It’s important to note that if you want to experience a scenic drive in your own private vehicle, you can only do so outside of shuttle season.
Zion National Park is huge, so if you want to see a significant portion of the park you should book at least a week’s stay. That said, it is perfectly possible to enjoy a few short hikes or take the shuttle to popular overlooks for a shorter Zion visit.
Springdale, Utah, is the closest city and offers an in-town shuttle service to Zion National Park.
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About the author: Olivia Christine Perez is a travel content creator and outdoor adventure expert inspiring people to find wellness through exploration and nature.
This article was last updated July 13, 2021.