Zion Mountain Ranch is located approximately 1/2 hour drive east from the town of Springdale on 6000 acres, with a herd of 50 buffalo (we asked when we took our horseback riding trip. thank you cowboy Sid). We have stayed in Springdale at least 6 times in the past. This time, we decided to stay on this side of the park and absolutely loved our experience. We had a Meadow View (2 king beds) cabin. These cabins are located across the highway from the registration building, restaurant, horse corral and other cabins. Our cabin was adequate, one large room for my husband and son (15 years old) with a beautiful view of the ranch and surrounding hills/mountains. The cabin is not fancy, but clean (we had a few spiders) and a nice porch with swing that we could sit outside and enjoy the view. There is a small gas fireplace along with microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. There are other cabins on the ranch, with different views, sizes and rates. We drove through the loop where these cabins are located, and depending on cost, we may try a different cabin type next time. However, the views are not as nice and expansive as the meadow view cabins (except for maybe a few). The east side of the park is very different than staying in Springdale. Springdale has a line of hotel and restaurants and more people but you are in the heart of the Beautiful Zion scenery. On the east side of the park, at ZMR, we felt like we were really "away" from everything. We could see a million stars and the milky way at night, beautiful morning sunrises and evening sunsets.We were able to sit by the fire that they make every night (outside the registration building). We felt like this was a true Western experience versus being with the hoards of other tourists. We did not eat in the restaurant, as it was a little pricey for us. We brought our own food, and had a nice dinner in our room overlooking the whole ranch with the sun going down..We drank our morning coffee and ate our breakfast outside on our cabin's porch..We didn't use their wifi as I have internet on my phone and we had no problems getting TV stations during our visit. The pros to this property: Expansive Beautiful views, great Western experience, quiet, clean accomodations, horseback riding on property with beautiful and well taken care of horses, buffalo herd and other animals, gourmet restaurant offerings, large ranch setting, laid back experience. The cons: Meadow view cabins about 200 yards from the road (can hear some traffic), 1/2 drive (but beautiful) if you want to get back into Springdale, not many activities for those who are used to having lots of things to do; would be nice if each cabin had its own fire ring to make your own fire (but know there are dangers with that!!)
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