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Zion Mountain Ranch
islanderbob from: Las Vegas, Nevada
Published Date: Jul, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
We stay at the new Gateway cabin,and really enjoyed our time there.
There is around 10 all wood cabins outside of the ranch next to each other on a dirt road ,only few minutes drive from the ranch. This is a big property so there is many cabins all over the Ranch.Very quiet area facing some hills and horse ranch.
We did enjoy the area ,new accomodations, comfortable ,could sleep 4.( two in the bed and there is a small loft with a ladder to sleep 2 more person )
The bathroom was spacious with a nice shower.
Nightime was peaceful ,can't hear traffic from the main road.
The A/C was working great .
The Ranch had a nice restaurant and great view of the bison running in the preserve.
Enjoy your stay:)
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Spartan conditions for $240 per night
we stay in a cabin suite for $240. The decor is rustic. There is a TV but no cable and there is no way to play pics or movies from a thumb drive. The bed is comfortable but only has throw pillows. There is no cleaning the room during your stay.
The restaurant offers pretty good food from a limited menu, but a single waitress for the entire restaurant cannot keep up. It takes over an hour to have a simple breakfast.
The access to the park is very convenient.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
The Perfect Experience
Everything about ZMR is thought through and perfectly executed. We had an individual cottage overlooking the ridge with a stunning view. The restaurant uses locally grown ingredients on the ranch and there are tons of activities on site. Great for couples or families.
nhc314 from: New Mexico
Published Date: Jun, 30, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Great place to stay!
The Ranch is wonderful. The cabins were clean and well appointed. The animals on site are amazing -- the miniature horses, chickens, dogs and of course the buffaloes. The staff was a delight to work with and very helpful. Loved the outdoor fire pit and gardens. The food at the cafe was delicious and the wait staff very professional. We stayed in one of the less expensive cabins and I was very impressed (there was even a Jacuzzi bathtub!)
Additionally, my daughter went on a one hour trail ride and had a great time. Liz was a wonderful guide, and explained all the horse safety to my daughter beforehand (even though she is an experienced rider). I would recommend any of their rides.
- Rooms: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
raymondkim817 from: Los Angeles, California
Published Date: Jun, 24, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Mt Carmel > Springdale
My family recently stayed here for two nights to kick off our summer and escape the monotony of the stay-at-home order. While planning this trip through Southern Utah, we wanted to avoid the crowded hotels of Springdale, Hurricane, and St George so we opted for the sparsely visited east side of ZNP and it was BY FAR the best accommodation on our road trip. Nothing against the other places, but during this COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is very difficult when you're staying in national-brand chain hotels. Here at ZMR, they've always been social distancing as that's the way of life on a working ranch.
We stayed in one of the Meadow Cabins and there were some issues with it: windows didn't stay up so we had to prop them with bottles, we ran out of toilet paper one night, and there was no WIFI in the Meadow Cabins, but available at the front office (not as advertised). None of these minor issues will prevent us from returning though. It is a bit pricey, but we took advantage of the lower prices due to the outbreak and booked in early May. The price difference may or may not matter to you, but to us we felt it was justified to experience what life is like in a quiet corner of a world-famous National Park. We didn't dine in their farm-to-table restaurant, Cordwood, due to concerns about COVID-19, but from what I read it is worth the price. Your only other options are Subway, Thunderbird Restaurant, and whatever is in the fridge at the gas stations 10 minutes east on Highway 9.
Our cabin had everything that made our stay comfortable: Two king beds, a comfy sofa in front of a large window, fridge, microwave, lots of electrical outlets to charge our devices, and a shower with hot water. We didn't spend too much time in the cabin, but after all the time we spent outdoors these features made such a difference as we recuperated. My wife loved the soap/shampoo/lotion samples so she bought a large bar of the soap (Beekman's) at the gift shop and now it reminds us of the wonderful time we had while on vacation at ZMR every time we lather up. Plus there's a wood stove, so maybe we'll come back in the winter to enjoy that.
On the ranch, we saw a herd of bison, a rafter of turkeys (yup, I looked that up on Google), and enjoyed waking up to crowing roosters. At night, my wife and I counted rabbits, owls, and robins while swinging from a wooden chair on the patio. Stargazing was phenomenal as well so bring some picnic blankets to lay on the ground and take advantage of the clear night skies. All this wildlife was in addition to the farm animals my children loved - horses, ducks, and chickens.
ZMR is about 10 minutes from the eastern entrance to Zion NP, but we didn't bother trying to grab a parking spot along Scenic Route during the phased re-opening of Zion (heard from several people and NP rangers that it was full by 6am most mornings and if you did it was most likely NOT where you wanted it to be at). With our Zion recreation options limited, we didn't suffer from a lack of other quality hikes nearby. I highly recommend hiking to Observation Pt via the East Mesa trail, Hidden Lake on the Best Friend's Animal Sanctuary, and some other attractions near Kanab which is about 20 minutes from Zion Mt Ranch (pm me if you need suggestions). This property is an ideal base location if you want to see Bryce Canyon, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (AZ wildfires closed 89A while we were there), the Pink Coral Sand Dunes, or other geological features along Highway 89.
The last thing I will say is that the people on this ranch are fine people. They didn't hesitate to help me and I never felt judged by them. Being a colored, minority American citizen, I was afraid my family was going to be subjected to racial discrimination on this trip since our fears were made real on a previous trip through rural Utah. Everyone behind the desk was courteous and genuine. After getting to know each other through several conversations, we were even offered the chance to pick a dozen eggs from their chicken coop! It was so generous and cool of them to do that. I'm sure they can't offer that to every family that stays on their property, but it was such a memorable way to end our stay and begin our trip back home. We will never forget that part of our trip, and hope we can return to make more memories at Zion Mountain Ranch.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5