8 Unusual Places to Stay Near Zion National Park

Don’t let your trip sound just like your neighbors’ vacation. Set it apart by staying at some of the fantastic and unusual lodging options along the way.
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You can stay at a pet refuge, sleep in a polygamist's wife cottage, or bunk in a yurt. Here are our top five places to stay in Southwest Utah, if you are seeking unforgettable, adventurous experiences.

1. Lie Down Among Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah

Stay at a cottage, cabin, or RV site on the grounds of an animal sanctuary. You'll have views of horse pastures, juniper forests, and walking trails, and maybe even make some new animal friends.

Or you can stay at Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a modern motel in downtown Kanab. Choose from rooms with a kitchenette and two-stories or a single room. Rooms feature stunning artwork of animals, trundle beds and water and food bowls for your pets and hip, spacious bathrooms. A large cafe and store provides complimentary breakfast. 

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is on 33,000 acres near Kanab, Utah. It runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for about 1,600 companion animals such as dogs, horses, cats and domesticated birds. Guests are welcome to have lunch with the sanctuary's volunteers at the Angel Village Cafe for an additional cost.

For more information:
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741

2. Snooze in a Native Dream Catcher

Tipi at Ruby's Inn. Courtesy photo

Tipi at Ruby's Inn

Have a large group or family? Stay in a tipi at Ruby's Inn Campground with room for up to eight adults. It's a rustic adventure with no electricity or plumbing, but you are welcome to use the campground restrooms and showers. There aren't any beds either. Bring your own sleeping bags, camp chairs, camp stove, and cooler. Or maybe throw some woven blankets in the tipi for an old-fashioned cultural experience that you will long remember. Go full on Western by adding a guided horseback ride near Bryce Canyon and some old-time photos at Ruby's portrait studio.

For more information:
Ruby's Inn Campground
300 So. Main Hwy 63, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764

3. Bunk in a Backcountry Yurt

A cozy fire outside the yurt at sunset.

A cozy fire outside the yurt at sunset. 

If you crave the quiet wilderness with expansive views of Zion National Park, then here's the yurt for you. It will be just sheep and cows grazing in the meadows, you, plus 8 of your closest friends. (Okay, that may not be so quiet!) You won't be roughing it. The yurt has hot water, a flushing toilet, hammocks, beds, a BBQ, and a wood-burning stove.

Located just over 3 miles from Zion, the yurt sits on the side of a mountain overlooking the entrance to the world-famous Narrows hike. In the evening, the lack of light pollution makes for the darkest of skies and brilliant stars. The perfect place for viewing is one of the two private fire pit in front of the yurt.

For more information:
Zion Backcountry Yurts
4605 S Yurt Rd, Orderville, UT 84758

4. Sleep in a Wife's Room

Woolley-Foster Home in St. George, Utah, now the Seven Wives Inn.

Woolley-Foster Home in St. George, Utah, previous called the Seven Wives Inn.

The U.S. outlawed polygamy in 1882 but that didn't stop some multi-wife families. At the Mulberry Inn, there is a secret door to the attic where some polygamists were hidden after the law was passed. One such hidden family's patriarch was Benjamin F. Johnson who did have seven wives, hence the recent name of Seven Wives Inn. Today the B&B, renamed the Mulberry Inn, is just 40 miles from Zion National Park. Each of 13 guest spaces is named after a woman. 

Once part of Seven Wives Inn, you can separately book the Ada Cottage with a king bed, fireplace, and jetted tub for privacy from the main houses. 

For more information:
The Mulberry Inn
217 North 100 West, St. George, UT 84770

The Cottage at 241 North (Ada Cottage)

5. Stay at a Ski Resort in Summer

Mini Zipline at Brian Head Resort

Mini Zipline at Brian Head Resort

Are ski resorts even open in summer? You betcha. Enjoy the mountain trails, scenic chair lifts and activities such as disc golf, mountain biking, ATVing and archery without the snow. At Brian Head Resort north of Zion National Park, there are two lodges plus condo rentals. Their Cedar Breaks Lodge offers several restaurants, a tavern, game room and a spa. You won't have time to miss the skis.

For more information:
Brian Head Resort
329 South Highway 143, Brian Head, UT 84719 

6. Stay in a Movie-Star Room

Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah.

Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah. 

The Parry Lodge is where movie stars like Anne Bancroft, Clint Eastwood, and John Wayne stayed when they acted in films on location. So many movies were filmed in the Kanab area that they call it Little Hollywood. Most recently Disney’s 2012 film John Carter and the 2001 Planet of the Apes were set among Kanab's dramatic landscape. Plaques above each hotel room door note which Hollywood star spent the night. John Wayne not only requested that Parry Lodge build a pool, he paid for its construction and always stayed in a poolside room.

For more information:
Parry Lodge
89 E. Center St, Kanab, UT 84741

7. Relax in a Kids-Free Zone

Red Mountain Resort near St. George, Utah. Courtesy photo

Red Mountain Resort near St. George, Utah. 

Stressed out moms and dads can gain back their sanity at a resort dedicated to health and relaxation. And no kids under 12 are allowed. At Red Mountain Lodge, you can enjoy your adult time getting a massage, attending healthy-life classes, doing personal-discovery activities, hiking, biking, or practicing yoga. Packages include three healthy meals each day. Still stressed? Participate in their Pound Puppy Program where you can borrow a dog from the local animal shelter and take them on a hike. Or go for the works with Red Mountain's Wellness Package that adds physician and nutritionist evaluations from the Intermountain Healthcare's LiVe Well Center.

For more information:

8. Glamp near Zion

Glamping near Zion National Park with Under Canvas

Sleep in a glamorous tent near Zion

Stay at Under Canvas for an unforgettably hip glamping experience. Set on 196 acres bordering Zion National Park, you can choose from a variety of tents, including ones with flush toilets and showers in your private tent. 

Open March through early November, Under Canvas Zion offers on-site dining, an outdoor fire pit with complimentary s'mores fixings, in-tent luxury bedding and an adventure concierge to help you plan your days. 

For more information:
Under Canvas Zion 
3955 Kolob Terrace Road
Virgin, Utah 84779


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