Zion National Park is known for its towering peaks, brilliant rock formations and spectacular canyons. But another draw of this popular park is the vibrant community of Springdale.
Surrounded by Zion's steep rock walls, Springdale charms visitors with its small town appeal, eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries, tasty dining options and cozy hotels.
What To Do
Strolling Springdale's tree lined streets is a great way to unwind from all the action Zion offers up. Poke into funky boutiques and stunning galleries like LaFave, which features sculptures, blown glass, pottery, paintings and jewelry by local artists or bring the kids to souvenir and rock shops so that they can take a piece of the park home. There's even Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater, where you can learn about the Park's history by watching the 40 minute IMAX film "Treasure of the Gods."
Unlike the original settlers, you won't have to partake in drab meals around the campfire. Eateries abound in Springdale, offering an array of culinary options. Tuck into Nuevo-Mexican food at Bit & Spur or enjoy a mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese fair at Thai Sapa. If American cuisine is more your thing, post up like a pioneer for juicy Prime Rib at Historic Pioneer Restaurant.
Spending the night? There are two hotels to choose from in Springdale. Pamper yourself at Flanigan's Inn, an eco-resort with a classic western lodge atmosphere, outdoor pool and labyrinth (yes, labyrinth) and luxury-appointed rooms replete with private decks or patios. Guests will love the hotel's Deep Canyon Adventure Spa, offering everything from soothing acupuncture to seaweed raps, not to mention salon treatments. There's also Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens, a boutique resort nestled beside the Virgin River. Truly a place to call home during your visit, the modern decor, outdoor fire pits and waterfall jacuzzi make it the perfect place to unwind after a long day of adventuring in Zion.