When you enter the park and pay your park entrance fee ($25) be sure to tell the ranger you are staying at Zion Lodge. You are then given a special Red Permit that allows you to drive into the valley of the park where only shuttle buses and guests are permitted to drive. This made us all feel like VIPs at the offset. (do have all your hotel paperwork handy as the ranger wants to see your reservation documents when you enter the park.)
We arrived at dusk to find the field in front of the hotel filled with deer including many cute little fawns. Great photo opportunity.
The hotel is nestled in the park and you can easily hop the shuttles or take hikes directly from the hotel grounds.
The hotel grounds are dimly lit, to be environmentally friendly so, should you need to be out after dark, you might want to load that flashlight app on your smart phone or carry a flashlight with you. I saw several people walking around looking rather silly trying to use their iPad screens as flashlights.
There is free wifi for 2 devices per room.
If you want a town feeling you can stay in nearby Springdale for a little less money but we really enjoyed being in the park environment and loved all of the above.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking