Want to know where to stay when visiting Zion National Park? When visiting Zion National Park (nps.gov/zion) stay in Springdale!! What an adorable town! Springdale has no franchise restaurants, no street lights, and artists’ shops galore.
We loved staying at the Best Western in Springdale. Our room had a wonderful view and a small terrace with chairs for watching the stars. The hotel has two outdoor fire pits which capped off perfect days in the Park. There is a fitness room and a free hot breakfast to boot. All the shops and restaurants are within walking distance and the shuttle to the Park stops directly across the street and, when returning to town from the Park, stops right in front of the hotel.
There is no need to present passes to ride the shuttles in Springdale. The Park Service operates the Shuttles free-of-charge and they are accessible to anyone whether you are staying in town or not. Months when the Park Shuttles are not running, the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is accessible by car, but most months, access to the scenic drive is by Shuttle only.
Zion is magnificent!!! Even if you don’t hike or trek, make your way into the park and
find a spot to sit and watch the light play off the cliffs. The Zion Lodge Shuttle Stop has a wonderful cafeteria-style eatery with views and an outdoor terrace. A huge lawn shaded by ancient trees was covered with families sitting, napping, doing yoga and talking the day we were there. We stayed there until the sun set behind the cliffs-it was a perfect day.
Being oldies (not of good physique), we chose trails in Zion that were classified as “easy” or wheelchair accessible.
Back in town, if you are ready for lunch or dinner, don’t miss Blondie’s Diner (hours: M-Sat. 11-8 p.m.) in a 1930’s 2-bedroom house where six daughters were raised. Staff there are a delight and we giggled our way through inexpensive and tasty home cooking. Don’t forget the homemade pie! Yum!
Our favorite may have been Casa De Amigos where we had $2.99 soft tacos with seasoned pork that melted in our mouths! After dinner, cross the street to the Springdale Candy Company, the chocolate shop where you can pick up a hot chocolate made with Belgian chocolate if it is cool out. If hot, choose some ice cream. If neither, what the heck, choose some of the countless house-made chocolates for dessert!
Finish your hikes early if you want dinner in town-no one stays open much after 9 p.m. but Porter’s Smokehouse (M-Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (open til 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays) let us in late and the ribs/prime rib sandwiches hit the spot! Or, make your way to Pizza & Noodles (open 4 pm. til closing 7 days per week)-a tradition in Springdale that has homemade crust on their 12” pizza.The view from Pizza & Noodles (once an old church) is out of this world! There are views from everywhere in town-it is a stunning place.
Drive to Virgin, Ut just outside Springdale and outside of the Zion National Park boundaries. You will find an untraveled road called Kolob Terrace Road. The 24- mile road has inclines and switchbacks and rises to an elevation of 8,000 feet. You can also drive a 1.5 mile dirt road to ” lava point fire lookout.”
The colors at sunset were indescribable and the views majestic! The upper ends of the road are not plowed in winter but below 6,000 feet, winter driving should be snow-free.
Highway 9 is a scenic delight with Springdale and Zion National Park one of our new favorite spots in America.
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