Zion Mountain Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsZion Mountain Resort Mount Carmel
We had to conceal our cabin at the Zion lodge because there were enough beds. This place popped up and other than being on the undeveloped entrance of the park- it is perfect!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zion Mountain Resort Mount Carmel
Immaculately Clean, Spacious Cabins
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...
The Zion Mountain Resort was an excellent one-night stay. Our cabin was huge, immaculately clean, two years new. It was quiet because the cabins are away from the road and are stand-alone, you don't share a wall with someone else. The porch swing is a nice touch and there's even a mown lawn out front each cabin for cartwheels and other kid activities.
As we went for breakfast, there was a 3-hour old foal with her mother! Quite moving and a real highlight for our two daughters.
The only negative was the poor service at the restaurant. The wait staff was nice enough but made several mistakes for what should've been a quick breakfast.
We highly recommend the east side of the park and the Zion Mountain Resort!
Great Place! Great Location!
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.
After I got over my initial disappointment - I thought the buffalo would be free roaming around the cabins (afterwards I saw that they can be mean and need to be fenced in) - we loved everything else. Our room was huge and nicely decorated. We were there for 2 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Our cabin was on the buffalo/restaurant side and we spent our evenings on our porch (no bugs!) admiring the stars and the meteor shower. (My daugther said it didn't look real, more like a planetarium.) We walked to the store in the mornings to watching the buffalo feedings and grab a coffee.
With this as our base, we spend one day in Zion NP and one in Bryce.
We hope we can return soon.
Cute Cabins, Nice Location
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.
Our experience in the restaurant was great - the buffalo burgers were excellent - everything else was fine. Nothing real upscale, the atmosphere was casual, comfortable, and friendly. Our wait time for food was about average.
Cabins were spacious and immaculate. Had our privacy - our own porch swing to sit back and look up at the stars - what a sky! While not luxurious, these were the nicest accommodations we had for the trip - had a "cowboy" feel, but very clean and well taken care of.
This resort is an excellent choice for families or wanna-be cowboys - I just hope heaven is this good...
Nature lover's paradise!
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 were pleasantly surprised at the whole layout, and especially the nice cabins! They are separated for privacy and brand new.
There are horses stabled right on the property (we walk by them every day) and, true to their advertising, there really is a wild buffalo herd on the 1000+ acre property which we saw several times.
We also saw mule deer in the meadow.
The highlight was the horseback riding, which takes you on a beautiful trail and, in our case, right along the buffalo herd!
There was a newborn colt and his mother which grazed about the property at will and we pet the friendly colt every day....a nice experience.
At night we heard coyotes howl, but then settled down to the quietest night's sleep in a long time...our cabin was a long way from the road.
The east side of Zion is perfect if you plan to travel to Bryce or Grand Canyon as well, as it is more convenient.
Staying in Springdale (the south end) seemed like it would have been too "commercial", as most rooms are located right on the highway in town.
The only down side was their restaurant....do not plan on eating here if you are looking for an elegant experience or a quick meal...you will get neither.
To be fair, they promote the grill as a down home, western experience, but the truth is they take forever to get anything done and seem highly disorganized. The food is good but be prepared to w-a-i-t......
I would stay here again, though, for sure!
Loved Zion Mountain Resort
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.
We definitely highly recommend the East Zion Mountain Resort. Even though it is on the east side, it takes very little time to drive back into the main part of the park. And a beautiful drive it is.
Nice cabins for people that love nature and western style
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.
Small wood cabins completely new, clean well heated, quilts and western details in the middle of the nature. My parents coming from Europe were marveled. The retaurant had very good food, nice cooking, if you can wait longer and accept some unforeseen changes. You see the horses and nature around and many customers are families with kids that are somewhat free to roam around. It's really nice not to get threatening looks just because we are a family with kids.
We took Buffalo view cabins and although you do not really see any buffalos from where we were, it was very quite. The other cabins seemed less well located, specially those on the side of the road.
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.
Beautiful, Peaceful, Home on the Range...
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!
TripAdvisor Reviews Zion Mountain Resort Mount Carmel
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