Aerial view of Springdale the Zion National Park entrance
We have been cooped up for longer than anyone could imagine and your attendees are going to want to stretch their legs and spread their wings. No destination is better equipped for this new world than Greater Zion.
Located in southwest Utah, Greater Zion is home to one of the country’s premier national parks; Zion National Park, but the region is so much more than its namesake attraction. After a few days here exploring our vast spaces and original venues and activities, your group will leave feeling as if they can move mountains.
Meeting in Greater Zion is a momentous experience for any group. No other place in the world has the rich combination of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, history and culture.
Your attendees will relish the experience as they hike iconic trails in Zion such as Angels Landing and The Narrows. Over the course of your event, they will also discover pristine golf courses, arts and theater, and eclectic dining.
The best part is that members of your group will always feel safe and comfortable in Greater Zion. No planner can use all of the space Mother Nature provided—however, we invite you to try! Imagine a once-in-a-lifetime event without a backdrop riddled with skyscrapers, but rather picturesque mountain peaks and red rock plateaus , trails as far as the eye can see and a sky unharmed by big-city lights and pollution.
Explore the many reasons this region will rejuvenate your group and position it to conquer the new frontier of doing business.
Rock climbing in Snow Canyon State Park
More Than Just One Park
Zion National Park, the third most visited national park in the United States, is the premier attraction, but Zion is only the beginning. Four state parks including Sand Hollow, Gunlock, Quail Creek, and Snow Canyon, as well as a multitude of year-round recreational lands set the stage for a burgeoning mountain biking scene, scenic and challenging play at 13 top-rated golf courses and more.
Snow Canyon State Park may sometimes fly under the radar but you don’t want to overlook this gem. Towering sandstone cliffs make you feel small, and rolling petrified sandstone dunes make you feel like you may have gone to a whole new planet. One of the most intriguing hikes in Snow Canyon is the Pioneer Names Trail, where you can observe the names etched into the rock by early Mormon pioneers. Groups will gain a new perspective here and discover their inner creativity to do their jobs better when returning home. Consider a walking meeting at the park, complete with a landscape drawing session. Feel free to throw in a related movie night featuring “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Hondo” or “Jeremiah Johnson”—all filmed in Snow Canyon.
Tuacahn Center for the Arts, which is set amid a stunning red rock backdrop deep in Padre Canyon, features a 90-foot stage with a 2,000-seat amphitheater. Tuacahn is home to Broadway-style musicals with elaborate sets and costumes, seasonal concerts and other special performances. Where else could you see Belle dance with the Beast in such dramatic fashion? When looking for a wow factor for an opening or closing reception, there are few better options.
Tuacahn Center for the Arts
A hike in Zion National Park is a great way to explore Greater Zion, but it is hardly the only method. Planners are encouraged to take advantage of the many unusual excursions unique to our destination to gain a true sense of place and appreciation of what Mother Nature bestowed upon us.
Ditch the spa and go au naturel with a red sand facial courtesy of a UTV ride at Sand Mountain, an open riding area for ATVs, UTVs, Jeeps and dirt bikes. Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes for your group to explore. The red sand is a truly memorable backdrop for Sand Hollow Reservoir. This local favorite and nearby Quail Creek offer boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.
Off roading at Sand Hollow State Park
Is your organization trying to navigate a challenging path? (Whose isn’t?) Help your attendees overcome any tough road by having them maneuver iron-rung ladders and safety cables of the via ferrata, home of the famed Angels Leading Ledgewalk and Eye of the Needle. Translated from the Italian phrase meaning “iron road,” it dates back to World War I, when soldiers needed a safe way to navigate the rough mountain ranges of Europe. Guides and outfitters ensure the experience is one in which you will live to tell the tale—adding bragging rights to anyone not fortunate to be at your event.
A View of the Venues
While planners will surely want to take advantage of the open spaces and famed outdoor adventures, groups will be wowed by the surprising number of hotels, outfitters, restaurants and other unexpected venues. A planner’s chance for creativity hardly ends with the many excursion and teambuilding activities available. Even the meetings, when your groups get down to business, will have a unique feel.
The Dixie Convention Center in St. George is the region’s premier convention facility. With more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, it can host up to 5,000 attendees—and with a list of amenities as tall as Angels Landing. The convenience factor includes six hotels within a five to 10-minute walk of the facility. Nineteen meeting rooms allow for events to be broken into small groups for productive intimate gatherings and to easily maintain social distancing. Top-of-the-line audiovisual equipment and internet capabilities dial up the options for hybrid events and the on-site catering company, Heritage Catering, is ready and capable to tackle your unique request
Dixie Center meeting and venue space
Attendees can mix business and pleasure with on-site activities like skeet shooting, pickleball, paddleboarding and more at Holmstead Ranch Resort, home to many stellar training facilities. Boardrooms with views of Dixie National Forest inspire big thinking and dreams that, when combined, lead to innovation to thrive as the world evolves. The Pavilion hosts up to 180 for dinner and 200 classroom-style at this venue, which can serve as a home base for corporate retreats and/or off-site meeting space for business groups.
Under Canvas Zion is an opportune destination for a retreat. This safari-inspired glamping destination is a haven of solitude in the American Southwest, surrounded by views of soaring sandstone cliffs and majestic red rock. It is available as a total buyout (80 to 250 people) or for smaller groups of about 30 attendees.
Entrada Country Club features iconic views of the natural black lava flows, the limestone mountain of Snow Canyon State Park and the magnificent red rock cliffs that make St. George so ideal for your next group gathering. Planners can schedule a round of golf at the David McLay Kidd Course, which recently underwent a major renovation. The event lawn hosts up to 300 guests—an ideal way to hold an outdoor reception. There are also ballroom facilities and several meeting rooms complete with views hard to compete with.
Outdoor meeting space at the Entrada Country Club
Greater Zion also has six conference hotels, each with approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space for trade shows, banquets, conventions and retreats. Another 20-plus properties provide unique on-site meeting space. For smaller meetings and off-site events that offer a wow factor, Cable Mountain Lodge and SpringHill Suites in Springdale are particularly notable with 360-degree views of Zion National Park and their flexible and unexpected meeting spaces.
Outdoor meeting space at Springhill Suites
The culinary scene in Greater Zion is as eclectic as it is delicious. Local breweries like Station II Bar by Zion Brewery and Silver Reef Brewery are recommended to quench a taste for the southern Utah experience.
With temperatures averaging about 90 degrees from June to September, and 61 degrees November through February, Greater Zion is a year-round destination. Almost as hard to believe as the out-of-this-world agendas planners can build is the convenience factor.
Greater Zion is easily accessible with major access points along the Interstate 15 corridor. The region is located approximately 100 miles north of Las Vegas and a 90-minute drive from McCarran International Airport. St. George Regional Airport is located six miles southeast of St. George with nonstop flights to and from key hubs such as Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth. Greater Zion is the best of all worlds. A meeting here will truly feel like a breath of fresh air for your attendees, who will leave here recharged and ready to lift mountains for your organization. And best of all, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime event that no attendee will ever forget.