Zion Mountain Resort
Travel Blogs from Mount Carmel
After the shutdown of the National Parks today, we decided to lay low and relax on the ranch. What a perfect place to wind down. We enjoyed watching the buffalo, the horses, the ducks, the chickens and the birds. Carol even tried her hand at lassoing a steel steer. We are looking forward to a nice dinner at the Buffalo Grill on the Ranch tonight.
We left the Bryce area and headed toward Zion National Park before the government shutdown. Once there we went all the way into Springdale to rent equipment for a hike of the Narrows. The equipment included special socks, boots, walking sticks, and for the Carol, dry pants. This is a hike of the Virgin River. We did the bottom up hike approximately …
... sensor replaced before the trip. Oh well, if that is the worst of our troubles I'll be thankful. And my wireless audio system you ask. Working great. Sure is nice to be able to hop off the bike without having to disconnect half a dozen cables and worry about someone helping themselves to the "base unit."
Miles today (total/super slab): ...
... We experienced the gamut of weather while at Bryce Canyon..it was hot at one point, cool, then cool and rainy then hailing! Thankfully we were aboard the park shuttle(watching other, not so lucky campers outside)for most of the bad weather! Our Campground, Ruby's, was the most "campy" one we've experienced to date...nice, private wooded sites with real fire pits for roasting marshmallows! This particular campground also offered Teepee's for rent so ...
... oasis, beautiful old cottonwoods, ash and box elder lining the winding Virgin River bottom. Zion is one of the most diverse eco systems in the nation, although it is all created from the water that flows through it, the range in elevation and location of these waters harbor 3 vastly different environments.
Today we are on a fact finding mission, so having gathered all of ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Zion Mountain Resort Mount Carmel
Just returned from a Western roadtrip which included Zion National Park. Loved staying on the east side of the park, away from the Springdale insanity...
I just found (8/2005) the TripAdvisor site and was curious about other reviews for this hotel. We stayed here in August 2004 and loved the experience.
We just returned week 1/2 ago from our stay at Zion Mtn Resort. We booked a buffalo view room and when we arrived they had us in a cabin that had an obstructed view(due to some trees). I spoke with them about it, because I wanted my kids to have the full view. They were very prompt in putting us in another cabin with a better view of the pasture. However, the buffalo were far from our view the whole time(just 1 1/2 days), so we really did not get to enjoy them. The buffalo rooms are extra, so if you are not staying long you may just want to book a meadow view room. However, our cabin was adorable! Brand new and decorated with a buffalo theme! The furniture was log-hewn, the tub was an old-fashioned claw-foot tub with jets, stainless steel mini-frig, radio/cd player(which my kids loved), nice tv, etc. There was no phone in our cabin though, so you may want to ask in advance. We ate 2 meals in their restaurant because of convenience. The dinner food was ok(they need to improve their salad bar), but our breakfast was very good! It was a good value, also! Overall, it was a nice stay and convenient to Zion. I probably would book a meadow view room next time, but as I said we did not stay long. This resort has great potential!
Just got back from trip to the southwest (Sequoia, Zion, Grand Canyon, etc) - Zion Mountain Resort was the highlight. We came across it by accident (driving by - the buffalo herd caught our eye). Wanted to do some horseback riding somewhere and thought this would be something different. My 4 boys (ages 5-14) and wife agreed it was the best day of the trip. Staff was great - horsetrail guides Guy (a postcard cowboy) and Jeff (an outgoing college student) were friendly, wonderful, and made us feel at home. May not be for everyone - but we enjoyed it immensely. Horseback riding was awesome - rode to the canyon edge, Indian Hill (site of an old Indian village), and within a couple hundred yards of the buffalo herd in a large prairie-like area. Even on a short 1 hr ride, we covered a variety of terrain. Longer rides are available. Friendly and accommodating owner went out of his way to make sure we were entertained.
I only found this place through the internet and read the other (4 or 5)reviews right here on TripAdvisor, so it was somewhat of an unknown.
We stayed for 4 nights early May, 2005 at Zion Mountain Resort. Very quiet and peaceful area. We had deer within 20 feet of our deck one evening. A highlight was our trail ride with our guide, Guy. He is so interesting and knows a great deal about the whole area. A nice person for sure. Our cabin (204) sits high up and the view is incredible! The cabin itself was clean, very large and comfortable. The deck out back is awesome. Very windy though, we found that wind all over so no real negative. The only thing about the cabin was that the whirlpool tub is right in the sleeping area and very difficult to get out of. The people working there are very friendly. The only thing we would not recommend is the restaurant--the Buffalo Grill. Husband got the buffalo steak--just so so. My barbeque chicken was terrible. But again, no biggy, there are plenty of other restaurants down the road towards Bryce.
As explained in another review, if you like accurate standard service, this place is not for you. But if you can get over the restaurant service being slow and inaccurate or the paths being muddy when it rains/snows and not completely finished, you will enjoy it very much.
Had a great stay.
We had a great stay at the Zion Mountain Resort. The cabins are spacious, clean, and nice. Two very large beds. Great for families. It's in a very quite, rural area. The cabins across the road face the Vermillion Cliff area and have a great view.
The staff is very friendly and impart real local flavor. Horseback riding was very fun. They had a mother and colt, which the kids loved, an entertaining mule, and a very cute puppy. And seeing Buffalo is always exciting.
It's not for people who are expecting a Las Vegas hotel...it's for people who enjoy animals and would like an authentic, western experience in a casual, friendly setting.
I wish the owners good luck.
Small cabins in the brush with buffalo
I'm amazed this is considered a top hotel. Although the east side of Zion is far superior to the south side, this property is a poor example.
I stayed at Zion Mountain Resort in July of 2004 with 45 teenagers....and it was STILL peaceful! This place is only a couple of years old and the nicely decorated, spacious cabins are beautiful. We especially liked the ones that are down their driveway on the same side as the restaurant/office/corral, although the ones across the street were nice too. They were nicely decorated and super clean. We had a fridge. Beds were comfy and had cotton quilts on them. They have a decent restaurant there--plain and simple atmosphere but great for a hearty breakfast, sandwiches, steak, chicken, and burgers. They did a great job accommodating the needs of a youth group and always were calm, helpful and flexible with us. It doesn't seem like your typical "resort". It's more like home--very casual and friendly. The buffalo roam their property and you can grab a carrot from the kitchen to feed them. They have a fire-ring outside for evening sitting and star-gazing. They offer trail rides out to the rim of Zion and also have an outdoor hot-tub. The resort is on the opposite side of the Main Entrance to Zion National Park so that you have to drive through the park in order to get to the parking area and shuttle buses. But it's only 10 minutes or so and who could ever get tired of driving through Zion National Park. This is a beautiful and secluded place. I'd like to move in!