New Glamping Resorts, Former Residence of an FBI Most Wanted Fugitive and Historic Homes Among Creative Lodging Options
Greater Zion, nestled in the southwest corner of Utah, offers creative lodging experiences for guests that are as unique as the destination’s landscape. From glamping experiences to the home of a former FBI Most Wanted fugitive, Greater Zion provides several unique ways to stay while adventuring in this world-class destination.
Greater Zion’s wide open spaces provide for natural social distancing. The region’s unique lodging experiences range from cabin-like experiences, tiny homes and wagons that are thoughtfully spaced for guest comfort and privacy.
Zion Wildflower allows guests to choose from several unique and memorable accommodations including covered wagons, canvas tents and cozy bungalows. Guests have full access to the resort’s amenities including games, yoga and more. The resort is located between St. George and Springdale in Virgin near the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.
(opening Fall 2020)
Luxury camping, aka glamping, is elevated even more at Open Sky. The safari-style glamping tents allow guests to indulge with bamboo linens, soaking tubs and private outdoor showers while enjoying the stunning backdrop of Greater Zion. Open Sky features an onsite spa tent and restaurant.
The former home of convicted polygamist Warren Jeffs, who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, has been transformed into Zion’s Most Wanted Hotel. Located almost 50 miles from St. George in remote Hildale, the large residence was home to Jeffs and his family for several years. Quirky, yet comfortable, the hotel is located near several outdoor activities including the popular Water Canyon Trail, which takes hikers through a slot canyon and up to an expansive plateau.
Near the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park lies 196-acres of safari-inspired glamping at Under Canvas Zion. Surrounded by sandstone cliffs and red rock, the property offers luxury tents and amenities including onsite dining, daily housekeeping, complimentary camp activities, an adventures concierge and more. Opening for the season June 4, Under Canvas Zion is currently offering a package that includes a tent, all meals and dining gratuity, choice of an adventure and an on-site guest experience coordinator.
Mountain bikers seeking to connect with nature will find Gooseberry Yurts the perfect place to rest after riding the popular Gooseberry Mesa or other iconic routes in the area. This is the only property located on Gooseberry Mesa, providing bikers easy and quick access to nearby trails. Three yurts with bunk beds, lanterns, cookstoves and wood stoves elevate the normal camping experience and connect guests with the surrounding area. Each yurt can sleep up to six adults comfortably and guests are responsible for their water, firewood and gas canisters.
The Dwellings offers a twist on the typical vacation rental with tiny homes situated on the rim of the Virgin River and Confluence Park, overlooking the expansive landscape of Greater Zion. The accommodations provide the comforts and necessities of home, and offer a balance of modern design, classic touches and technology features. The property is adjacent to the popular River Rock Roasting Company for fresh coffee and espresso drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also provides easy access to many of the region’s popular locations such as Sand Hollow State Park and Toquerville Falls, and is 30 minutes from Zion National Park.
Just north of St. George, Holmstead Ranch Resort is an oasis, a serene mountain setting. With a glamping village, as well as luxury cabins and cottages, and campsites, you’ll find a mix of adventure and relaxation. With space for retreats, business meetings and even weddings, you can come as a company or family. It’s a launching pad for ideas and inspiration or rest and relaxation. Onsite you can enjoy paddleboarding, swimming, pickleball, basketball, horseshoes, kids’ playground, skeet shooting, hiking and paintball, and yet they’re a short distance from further hiking, golf, fishing, kayaking and even theater. The resident alpacas, goats, mini fillies, and other cute creatures are perfect onsite pets.
Another haven for mountain bikers is Gooseberry Lodges, located in rural Apple Valley, and only a short drive (or bike) to the expansive trail system of Gooseberry Mesa. Each cabin was specially designed with mountain bikers in mind with wall mount bike work stands and a communal bike washing station. The lodges are comfortably furnished and cooking supplies are available for use at check-in. The main office also acts as a general store with various provisions including fire wood and limited food and drink selections. The friendly staff also is intimately familiar with the local biking trails and can provide a wealth of insights and information.
Located on the western side of Zion National Park, Zions Tiny Oasis offers comfortable tiny homes overlooking stunning mesas and North Creek. The property features several tiny home styles that each include an outdoor gazebo, fire pit, grill and hot tub. Each home is fully insulated with full utilities making it a year-round lodging option for guests.
This quaint 1931 historic home is located in Springdale, surrounded by Zion National Park on three sides and less than a mile from the park entrance. It was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places and is the first building in Springdale to receive this designation. The home is known for its steep gabled roof and bell cast eves that make it unique among other homes in Springdale. Hosts Mark Chambers and Joe Pitti fully embrace “Southwestern Hospitality” and are readily available to provide recommendations for activities, dining and more.
Book your unique (or not-so-unique) Greater Zion lodging now, and learn what other activities and events await you in this little corner of Utah!