Despite being one of the smallest parks in the United States, Zion National Park is certainly not short on sights. With its emerald lakes and stark desert landscapes, and its towering cliffs and magnificent monoliths, you’ll be amazed by what’s on offer.
But with so many towns in the surrounding areas, deciding where to stay in Zion National Park can be overwhelming. You’ll have ample choice, with each district offering something slightly different to travelers.
To help you figure it all out, we’ve created this guide on the very best places to stay in Zion National Park. We’ve included something for every travel style and budget, so you can easily find the one that’s best for you.
Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are on a strict budget, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our recommendations for where to stay in Zion National Park, Utah, USA.
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for accommodation in Zion National Park.
Best Airbnb in Zion National Park: Lone Ranger Suite
At this charming home, you’ll be right outside the canyons. You’ll feel like you’ve just walked into a western film staying here, there’s cowboy stuff everywhere! To get to the town and the park entrance, just step out and follow the sidewalk for about one mile – super convenient if you wanna start your hike early!
Best Hostel in Zion National Park: The Cowboy Bunkhouse
The Cowboy Bunkhouse is one of the few hostels located close to Zion, but it’s most certainly the best. This western-style hostel has rustic bunk beds and a relaxing parlour. It’s also home to the Sarsparilla Saloon, where guests can enjoy a drink and sing along to piano tunes.
Best Hotel in Zion National Park: Driftwood Lodge – Zion National Park – Springdale
Situated in Springdale, this three-star hotel is close to restaurants and shops and has easy access to Zion National Park. It also features an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, and a stylish bar and terrace. It’s a rustic retreat ideal for a relaxing getaway.
Zion National Park Neighborhood Guide
FIRST TIME IN ZION NATIONAL PARK
FIRST TIME IN ZION NATIONAL PARK
The gateway to Zion National Park, Springdale is perfect for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventures. This small Utah town is located outside of the park’s south entrance and provides easy access to the park and it’s most famous attractions and landmarks.
ON A BUDGET
ON A BUDGET
This small town is located in Utah’s Canyon Country region. It’s famous for its stark setting that was used as a backdrop to many 20th century Hollywood western films.
Less than 70 kilometres west of Zion National Park is the town of Saint George. Once a sleepy agricultural town, Saint George has undergone a bit of resurgence of late with its incredible natural surroundings attracting more permanent residents.
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Hurricane is a town known for its stunning natural scenery and spectacular sights. It is ideally located in southern Utah and borders the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.
Saint George is one of the most bustling cities near Zion National Park. Less than an hour drive from Zion, Saint George is also in close proximity to scenic Snow Canyon State Park, as well as Mesquite, Nevada and Las Vegas.
Located in southern Utah, Zion National Park is a playground for outdoor adventurers. Covering nearly 600 square kilometres, Zion is home to incredible rock formations and towering sandstone cliffs, as well as high plateaus, pristine pools, and magnificent mesas.
A haven for hikers, backpackers, climbers, and shutterbugs, Zion National Park attracts millions of visitors each year. Despite being one of the smaller national parks in the US National Park Service, it remains one of the most popular.
Zion National Park is surrounded by a number of small towns and cities that host a number of accommodation options. Since there’s only one lodge located within the park (which fills up pretty quickly), you’re better off securing a place to sleep in the following towns…
Springdale is located just outside of the park’s south entrance. A small town, Springdale is home to 1,000 people but is well prepared for tourists and travelers. Here you’ll find a variety of hotels, restaurants, and attractions – perfect for first-time visitors.
Heading southeast from there you’ll through Kanab, a charming western town famous for its striking landscapes and natural attractions. With cheaper accommodation on offer, it’s our top pick for budget backpackers.
Travel west and you’ll arrive in Hurricane. One of the coolest places to stay near Zion National Park, Hurricane is ideal for travelers looking to get back to nature and experience the best of the west.
And finally, continuing west from Hurricane, you’ll enter the bustling town of Saint George. A great base for city slickers, this town is packed with fun, adventure, and activities the whole family will love.
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Zion National Park’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in
Let’s take a closer look at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in and around Zion National Park. Each is a little different than the last so be sure to pick the one that’s the right fit for you!
1. Springdale – Where to Stay in Zion National Park for your First Visit
The gateway to Zion National Park, Springdale is perfect for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventures. This small Utah town is located outside of the park’s south entrance and provides easy access to its most famous attractions and landmarks. That’s why it’s our recommendation for where to stay in Zion if you’re visiting for the first time.
Home to just 1,000 permanent residents, Springdale is a town set up for tourists. Here you’ll find an awesome array of activities and shops that are designed to make your time in Zion amazing.
Springdale is also ideally situated for exploring other nearby incredible natural attractions. From any point in town, you won’t find yourself very far from breathtaking nature and amazing views.
Best Airbnb in Springdale: Lone Ranger Suite
This charming lodge in Zion will have you stepping right into a classic western! The studio is decorated in a cowboy theme throughout, with comfortable furnishings and amenities to make your stay as easy as possible. It’s conveniently situated just one mile from town and the entrance to Zion National Park, providing an ideal base for discovering the area.
Best Budget Option in Springdale: Quality Inn at Zion Park
With its great central location, this hotel is the perfect budget accommodation choice in Springdale. It’s close to the town’s top attractions and is a short walk from great restaurants and shops. It has clean rooms, a fitness centre and a fantastic outdoor swimming pool.
Best Hotel in Springdale: Driftwood Lodge – Zion National Park – Springdale
This hotel is our pick for where to stay in Springdale. Well situated in the city, this three-star hotel is close to restaurants and shops, and has easy access to Zion National Park. It provides a rustic retreat, with an onsite pool and bar to help you wind down after a day of exploring.
Best Hotel in Springdale: Red Rock Inn Bed and Breakfast Cottages
With its great location and wonderful staff, it’s no wonder we love this B&B. Set in charming Springdale, this property is close to the town’s top attractions. Guests can enjoy a lush garden, an outdoor terrace, and a spacious and private cottage.
Things to See and Do in Springdale:
- Cross Zion’s rugged landscape by following the Canyon Overlook Trail.
- Dine on fresh and delicious dishes at the Spotted Dog café.
- Eat incredible American fare at Kings Landing Bistro.
- Fuel up before a day in the park at Oscar’s Café.
- Hike The Narrows, a spectacular and popular trail that leads through the park.
- Rent bikes and explore Zion National Park on two wheels.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Springdale Candy Company.
- See incredible fine art photography at David J West Gallery.
- Spend a relaxing afternoon floating down the Virgin River.
- Trek the Temple of Sinawava Trail.
2. Kanab – Where to Stay in Zion National Park on a Budget
This small town is located in Utah’s Canyon Country region and is famous for its stark setting that was used as a backdrop to many 20th century Hollywood westerns. Wander through Kanab and be transported back in time thanks to the historic houses and heritage buildings that line the lanes.
Kanab is also where you’ll find a good concentration of in-expensive accommodation options. This makes it our top recommendation for anyone backpacking the USA on a budget.
Set within driving distance of Zion National Park, Kanab is also an ideal base for people looking to explore a little further. Both the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas can be easily reached by car from this small Utah town.
Best Airbnb in Kanab: Awesome Cottage in a Great Location
This cute cottage is perfect for couples but can sleep up to three people. Roast some marshmallows on the fire, cook in the full kitchen, and enjoy views of Red Mountain from the porch. The bed is so comfy you will feel well-rested for the trails…Heck, this place is so cozy you’ll just want to move in.
Best Hostel in Kanab: The Cowboy Bunkhouse
The Cowboy Bunkhouse is one of the few hostels located close to Zion – and it’s our favourite place to stay in Kanab. This Western hostel has rustic bunk beds, a relaxing parlour, and a fully equipped kitchen. It’s also home to the Sarsparilla Saloon, where guests can enjoy a drink and some piano tunes to relax.
Best Hotel in Kanab: Hampton Inn Kanab
Comprised of 81 well-equipped rooms, the Hampton Inn Kanab is a great base for your time in the city. Rooms are stylish and modern, equipped with all the essentials. This hotel has easy access to Zion National Park and Moqui Cave and is surrounded by delicious restaurants and charming cafes.
Best Hotel in Kanab: Comfort Suites Kanab
Thanks to its stunning pool, helpful staff, and delicious breakfast, this is our recommendation for the best hotel in Kanab. You’ll enjoy a range of modern amenities, including laundry service, in-room safes, and free wifi in common areas. The hotel is even pet-friendly, so you’re welcome to bring Fido along for the ride!
Things to See and Do in Kanab:
- Be amazed by the vibrant colours of the Paria River Canyon.
- Dig in at Big Al’s Burgers.
- Eat amazing Mexican food at Escobar’s.
- Explore Kanab’s Historic District.
- Make a new furry friend at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
- See dinosaur fossils and artefacts at the Moqui Cave.
- Snap a pic of the incredible South Coyote Buttes rock formations.
- Step back in time and explore the Heritage House.
- Stroll through Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
- Take a scenic drive along Cottonwood Canyon Road.
- Wander through Buckskin Gulch, where the rock walls shimmer various shades of pink and red.
3. Saint George – Best Area in Zion National Park for Nightlife
Less than 70 kilometers west of Zion National Park is the town of Saint George. Once a sleepy agricultural town, Saint George has undergone a bit of resurgence of late with its incredible natural surroundings attracting more permanent residents.
One of the largest and most vibrant cities near Zion, Saint George is also where you’ll find the best nightlife. Now, the nightlife in Saint George can, by no means, rival that of a big city, like Vegas, LA, or New York, but for this part of the world, it’s not too bad. This scenic country setting is home to a number of sports bars, charming pubs, and rustic restaurants, perfect for unwinding after a day in nature.
Best Airbnb in Saint George: Peaceful Guest Studio with In-Ground Pool
Sleeping two guests, this studio is perfect for couples or solo travellers deciding where to stay in Zion National Park. It’s got a comfortable bed and everything you’ll need for a convenient stay, including a kitchen, Wifi, and that all-important aircon. Saint George centre is just 5 minutes away, and the pool is the perfect place to recover the next morning.
Best Budget Option in Saint George: Clarion Suites
This charming three-star hotel is within walking distance of the area’s top attractions. It has an indoor swimming pool, a BBQ/picnic area, and a laundry service for guests. Each room comes with a refrigerator, microwave, and other modern amenities. There’s also a fantastic on-site restaurant.
Best Hotel in Saint George: Desert Garden Inn, A Trademark Collection Hotel
This hotel can accommodate groups of up to 5 guests in one room, perfect for a group of friends staying in Saint George. It comes complete with a pool, sun terrace, and BBQ area, and rooms are stylishly decorated. Situated close to town, this is a top-rated base for anyone wanting to be near the heart of the action.
Best Hotel in Saint George: Courtyard by Marriot St George
Located in central Saint George, this hotel is surrounded by the city’s most popular restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions. It has a number of wellness features, including a gym and an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet each morning to fuel up for the day (and night) ahead.
Things to See and Do in Saint George:
- Browse high-quality exhibits at the St George Art Museum.
- Eat delicious dishes at the Painted Pony.
- Enjoy unbelievable views as you dine on exceptional food at the Cliffside Restaurant.
- Grab a few drinks at the First & Last Shop & Bar.
- Put on your best hiking boots and head through Snow Canyon State Park.
- Satisfy your taste buds with amazing Italian dishes at Cappelletti’s.
- Savour fresh and exquisite sushi at Sakura Japanese Steak House.
- See incredible works of art at the Coyote Gulch Art Village.
- Sink your teeth into savoury and spicy snacks at Wing Nutz.
- Watch the game and enjoy a pint at Bout Time Pub and Grub.
4. Hurricane – Coolest Place to Stay in Zion National Park
Hurricane is a town known for its stunning natural scenery and spectacular sights, thanks to its location between southern Utah and the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. It’s the perfect base for travellers looking to maximize their time in nature and is our pick for the coolest neighbourhood near Zion National Park.
In addition to its amazing views, Hurricane is home to a number of popular restaurants. Dotted throughout this great little town is a great selection of independent and locally-owned eateries. Offering everything from classic American fare and homestyle BBQ to delicious treats and delectable sweets, your taste buds will be amazed by what’s on offer.
Best Airbnb in Hurricane: Gooseberry Casita
This stunning guest suite in Hurricane combines modern amenities with rustic charm for a convenient and comfortable stay. Shops and restaurants are right nearby, and Zion National Park is about 20 miles away. The location is perfect for adventure lovers, as activities such as biking, horse-riding, and cliff jumping are all just moments away.
Best Budget Option in Hurricane: Rodeway Inn Zion National Park Area
This hotel is your best bet for budget accommodation in Hurricane. Ideally located for exploring the region, this hotel is close to nature and nearby Saint George and Springdale. It boasts a range of amenities, including laundry facilities, free wifi, and a golf course.
Best Hotel in Hurricane: Econo Lodge Hurricane – Zion National Park Area
Large rooms and an attentive staff make this hotel an excellent choice for your stay in Hurricane. It has a range of relaxing facilities, like an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and an in-house spa. This hotel also provides a laundry service and has a golf course.
Best Hotel in Hurricane: Quality Inn Zion
This is the best place to stay in Hurricane thanks to its wonderful staff, its amazing views and its delicious food. This quaint hotel boasts a BBQ/picnic area, a relaxing terrace as well as laundry facilities for guests. The hotel’s location and free onsite parking also make it a popular choice for travelers on a road trip around Utah’s national parks.
Things to See and Do in Hurricane:
- Dine on amazing food any time of day at Main Street Café.
- Dive deep into local history at the Hurricane Valley Pioneer Museum.
- Enjoy spectacular views of Mollie’s Nipple, a lone peak standing out amongst the canyons, valleys, cliffs and mesas.
- Explore the beautiful Sand Hollow State Park.
- Hike the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System and enjoy the amazing natural scenery.
- Ride a horse through the scenic landscapes surrounding Jacob’s Ranch in Hurricane.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth at Muddy Bees Bakery.
- Savour succulent and sauces home-style dishes at Donny Boy BBQ.
- Take a walk around the lake in Quail Creek State Park.
5. Saint George – Best Area in Zion National Park for Families
Saint George is one of the most bustling cities near Zion National Park. Less than an hour’s drive from Zion, Saint George is also close to scenic Snow Canyon State Park, as well as Mesquite, Nevada, and Las Vegas. Thanks to its easy access to nature, Saint George is our top choice for where to stay in Zion for families.
You’ll find everything from interactive museums and interesting exhibits to dinosaur tracks and animal adventures. No matter your age or interests, there’s something for everyone in Saint George.
Best Airbnb in Saint George: Green Valley Getaway
With room to comfortably sleep 8 guests, this apartment is ideal for families. It’s got a peaceful hillside location, while being just moments away from the Sports Village and its many activities on offer. Downtown is also a short drive away, making this apartment an ideal base for an action-filled holiday. The apartment has all the comforts of home, plus a few extras (like a hot tub) to help you truly relax.
Best Budget Option in Saint George: St George Inn & Suites Saint George
A stunning pool and a central location make this hotel an excellent choice for budget travellers in Saint George. It has a variety of great features, including a Jacuzzi, an outdoor swimming pool and a playground for kids. Each room comes complete with a kitchenette, on-demand movies, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Best Hotel in Saint George: Best Western Plus Abbey Inn
Thanks to its fantastic location, this hotel is our recommendation for where to stay in Saint George. Located in the city’s popular shopping area, it is close to restaurants, cafes and other top attractions. This delightful Victorian hotel comes complete with a fitness centre, kids pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Best Hotel in Saint George: La Quinta Inn & Suites Saint George
With its great location and delicious breakfast, this is one of the best hotels in Saint George. An ideal base for families, this hotel boasts large and spacious rooms with comfortable beds and kitchenettes. A satisfying breakfast is also available.
Things to See and Do in Saint George:
- Browse the displays and learn about animals from around the world at Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum.
- Dig into a plate of delicious food at Angelica’s Mexican Grill.
- Eat fresh and delicious dishes at Hawaiian Poke Bowl.
- Enjoy a great meal at Viva Chicken.
- Explore the expansive and relaxing Tonquint Nature Centre.
- Go hiking in the spectacular Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.
- Meet dinosaurs and other animals at Saint George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm.
- Run, jump, laugh and play at Thunder Junction All Abilities Park.
- See interactive and engaging displays at the Saint George Children’s Museum.
- Trek through the red hills of Pioneer Park.
FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Zion National Park
Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Zion National Park and where to stay.
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a spectacular destination with so much to offer travelers. From scenic hiking trails with unbelievable views to charming towns and rustic retreats, it’s no wonder this is one of the best national parks in the USA.
In this article, we’ve highlighted the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Zion National Park. While there aren’t many hostels in the region, we’ve done our best to include inexpensive and affordable options.
If you’re still not sure where to stay, here’s a quick recap.
The Cowboy Bunkhouse is an excellent hostel with comfortable beds, a relaxing parlor and a vibrant on-site saloon.
Driftwood Lodge – Zion National Park – Springdale is a great hotel to stay in Zion. It has a great location as well as fantastic wellness amenities, including a pool, Jacuzzi and an on-site bar.
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