The Best Luxury Hotels Near Zion National Park, Utah

The luxury accommodation at LaFave is perfect for small and large groups
The luxury accommodation at LaFave is perfect for small and large groups | Courtesy of LaFave Luxury Resort / Expedia

With its steep red cliffs, waterfalls, hanging gardens and Emerald Pools, Utah’s Zion National Park seems like a desert Shangri-La. Making it even more swoon-worthy is Springdale – the gateway town to the national park – which doubles as a bona fide luxury-travel destination, chock-full of upscale places to stay, including boutique-style lodges and glamping retreats. Here’s our pick – bookable with Culture Trip.

Under Canvas Zion

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Surrounded by 196 acres (79ha) of desert terrain, 20mi (32km) from the Zion National Park entrance, Under Canvas Zion offers a chance to connect with the outdoors in supreme comfort. Views from the safari-style tents – kitted out with king-size beds, wood-burning stoves and private patios – include sandstone cliffs and red rock for miles. The Under Canvas brand, which has glamping retreats near national parks all over the United States, specializes in a summer-camp vibe. You can sit by the firepit and roast s’mores or participate in various activities, including sunrise yoga and arts and crafts.

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Desert Pearl Inn

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The Desert Pearl Inn, on the banks of the tree-lined Virgin River, is a relaxing stay made for pampering yourself after days spent hiking and canyoneering in Zion National Park. The poolside and riverside guest rooms all have balconies and patios with views of the copper-hued canyon and the West Temple, the highest peak in Zion Canyon. Like an oasis in the desert, the inn’s green grounds have native plants, lawns, butterfly gardens, a swimming pool and riverside benches.

Zion Mountain Ranch

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At this Western ranch with a herd of roaming buffalo, secluded lodgings include authentic log cabins with gourmet kitchens. In the mountains above the national park, the Zion Mountain Ranch offers horseback rides with a side serving of Meadow Creek Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument views. The staff can arrange other activities, such as canyoneering into remote slot canyons and high-adrenaline jeep tours. It’s a working ranch at heart, and the hotel’s Cordwood restaurant harvests many of its ingredients from its on-site gardens.

Flanigan’s Inn

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With its rustic architecture, Flanigan’s Inn masquerades as a typical lodge, but it’s actually an upscale eco-resort. In the Deep Canyon Spa, massage therapists offer various treatments, including pain-relieving CBD massages and energy healing. The hotel has “holistic” canyoneering adventures, and the Spotted Dog Café serves locally sourced produce and sustainable seafood. Even the Canyon Ritual coffee served, locally roasted by the River Rock Roasting Company, has a conscience – a blend of organic and Fairtrade beans. Guest rooms include deluxe terrace rooms, suites and even villas.

Cable Mountain Lodge

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After a hot day of hiking the Narrows or canyoneering in one of Zion’s slot canyons, Cable Mountain Lodge’s clear, clean swimming pool with a panoramic view of sandstone cliffs is a welcome escape. Studios and suites have kitchenettes, granite countertops and hardwood floors, while the Judy Ann suites have the added perks of fireplaces and jetted soaking tubs. While you may want to avoid the hassle of camping, the hotel’s riverside picnic area, with cottonwood trees and free-to-use gas barbecue grills, offers a dignified dose of glamping instead.

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  • Red Mountain Resort

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    The Red Mountain Resort in St George specializes in customized adventures to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Families can follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs and visit a real ghost town, exploring Zion’s lesser-known corners with an expert guide. Afterward, you can relax at this desert sanctuary, where rooms and villas have ecofriendly sheets, pops of Zion-esque orange color and impressive mountain views. Treatments at the resort’s award-winning spa focus on whole-body wellness, with intuitive cranial sacral therapy and insomnia-fighting warm Himalayan salt-stone massages.
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    LaFave Luxury Resort

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    Large groups and travelers who like to sprawl out are taken care of in Springdale. Just 1mi (1.6km) from Zion National Park’s entrance, it has large modern suites, homes and villas named after the area’s natural attractions. The three-bedroom Angels Landing villa has a gleaming kitchen with quartzite countertops, Bosch stainless-steel appliances, a covered patio and even a game room downstairs. LaFave has also preserved a stone corral, built by early pioneers, on the property. The resort’s manager, a long-time Zion resident, has heaps of knowledge about the area.

    Estancia Resort

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    For a more traditional resort experience, look no further than the Estancia in St George. It has basketball and pickleball courts and a lagoon-like heated pool with a water feature. Five St George-based golf courses regularly make the list of the top 100 fairways in the US, and just 5mi (8km) from the resort, the brilliant greens of the 18-hole Ledges course provide a striking contrast to the area’s red-and-white sandstone peaks. The rooms at this all-suite hotel have full kitchens and balconies with barbecues.

    These recommendations were updated on June 9, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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