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Utah is home to five national parks, each unique in its landscape and topography and all worth a visit for avid hikers, stargazers, and scenic drive traversers. Finding comfortable and convenient lodging adjacent to national parks often proves to be challenging, so here we’ve identified the best places to stay near each of Utah’s national parks.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park Lodge
Where better to stay in Zion than inside the park itself? The historic Zion National Park Lodge lets you hike from right outside the door on the Emerald Pools Trail, and then relax on your balcony for a post-jaunt beer overlooking the park and maybe even the very trail you just trekked. The lodge is open year-round and offers special winter rates and packages for groups. Accommodations include historic cabins with two double beds, a full bath, a gas log fireplace, a private porch, and smaller hotel rooms with a private porch or balcony. A cafe is located onsite, though if you plan to stay for multiple days to explore the park, having food of your own will be important, as the nearby town of Springdale is about a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Price: From $267 per night
Yurt rental at East Zion Resort
East Zion Resort is located outside Glendale, about 25 minutes from Zion National Park. The yurts overlook the town and the park, a perfect location between outdoor activities and amenities including dining, groceries, gas, and light shopping. A stay here is Zion’s modern version of hilltop living. Several yurts are available through Airbnb. Each one sleeps five in three beds and has a bathroom, kitchenette, grill, and fire pit — there’s no better perch to enjoy a drink as the sun sets over southern Utah.
Price: $285 per night
Bryce Canyon National Park
One-bedroom cottages near the park
Of all places to stay near Utah’s national parks, these little studio cabins are perfect for the solo traveler. Located only 10 minutes away from the park, the studio is roomier than you would imagine, with kitchen basics and free parking next to each cabin. Each includes Wi-Fi, a TV, a microwave, a mini-fridge, and a bathroom with a shower. Casual and formal dining is available in nearby Tropic.
Price: $158 per night
Large home for groups and families one mile to Bryce Canyon
If you have 16 friends with whom you’re prepared to go on vacation with, this large Airbnb home is for you. Located only five minutes outside of Bryce Canyon, the property is designed for large groups and families, with entertainment options to pass the time when not exploring the park. The fenced-in yard has a basketball court, a playground for children, and a fire pit, while the interior offers ping pong and a pool table along with several cozy gathering spots. There are three parking spots, and the owners can connect you with a shuttle into the park.
Price: $529 per night
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Here’s the thing about Best Westerns. They’re everywhere, and regardless of the obvious lack of local ingenuity outside of the clever sub-names of individual properties, they’re consistent. Unlike a box of chocolates, you know what you’re going to get. The “Plus” brand steps up the experience to the point that finding better basic accommodation near Utah’s national parks is near impossible. Located only five minutes away from Bryce Canyon, the hotel even shuttles guests into the park and back within walking distance of the nearby Ebenezer’s Barn dinner theatre and other dining options.
Price: From $120 per night
Capitol Reef National Park
Dark Sky House
The Dark Sky House provides easy access to both the park and the wide-open skies and landscapes surrounding it. Just outside the town of Torrey, the home has two bedrooms and two baths, comfortable for up to four guests, and is a 15-minute drive from Capitol Reef National Park. Be sure to check out the stars through the telescope and floor-to-ceiling windows — on the right night, these views rival the experience of the park itself.
Price: $195 per night
Capitol Reef Resort
Capitol Reef Resort is located two miles from Capitol Reef National Park and offers numerous extravagant room options for couples, families, and digital nomads alike. Options include a hotel suite, a luxury cabin, a Conestoga wagon, or the hotel’s take on a traditional teepee. All include gorgeous views of the mountains and other scenery that surrounds the park. If you’re up for it, the hotel can also set you up with a llama or horseback tour, perhaps the best way to line your social channels with unique photos from the area. Panorama Point has been tagged over 8,000 times on Instagram — not that we want to encourage more of the same. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a heated outdoor pool and spa, and an on-site restaurant.
Price: From $276 per night
Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
The Gonzo Inn
For pet-friendly lodging near Arches National Park, the Gonzo Inn excels in terms of unique, outdoorsy charm. The condo-style suites make you feel as though you’re at home in your own apartment. Guests can choose from king rooms, one-bedroom suites, luxury suites that include whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, or the two-bedroom Gonzo suite, all with red cliff views and private patios. Amenities include an indoor lounge and patio lounge, outdoor lawn and barbecue space, and a saltwater pool.
Price: From $232 per night
This is the spot for indulgence while in Moab. Say you’re traveling on an anniversary or family reunion or just spent a few days backpacking in Canyonlands and want to refresh and pamper yourself. Hilton’s Hoodoo Moab is quite romantic, both in terms of views and ambiance, making it great for couples. There’s also a spa, a nice perk after a long day of exploring the parks. Moab’s hotel strip is lined with cookie cutters, and while the Hoodoo can’t escape its corporate roots, the experience of a stay here is at least charming enough to forget about them.
Price: From $421 per night
Under Canvas Moab
Under the Canvas Moab takes camping to the next level with a luxury glamping experience that actually doesn’t leave the camping part entirely out of the equation. Here, gather around the campfire and sleep in a tent while enjoying the niceties of a luxe hotel. The 40-acre encampment offers spectacular views of Arches National Park, being only three miles away, and is the perfect place for solo travelers who want a peaceful getaway or couples who want a relaxing experience. Pets are permitted as well.
Choose accommodation with a shared bathroom or stay in a luxury tent complete with a shower, sink, and lounge area with a sofa bed. The luxury tents include a private patio with deck lounger chairs, ceramic sinks, and spa products. All tents come equipped with a lantern, bedding, and towels. Other amenities also include bike rentals, free parking, horseback riding, and barbecue facilities on-site.
Price: $120 per night
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