Zion Lodge (Zion National Park; tel. 435/772-7700)
The handsome Zion Lodge was built by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1925. Tragedy struck in 1966, when it was destroyed by fire. However, it was rebuilt the following year in its original style, and continues to offer the best lodging and location in Zion. Situated in a forest with spectacular views of the park's rock cliffs, it offers both cabins and motel rooms. Each of the charming cabins has a private porch, stone (gas-burning) fireplace, two double beds, and log beams.
Flanigan's Inn (near Zion National Park; tel. 800/765-7787 or 435/772-3244)
Made of natural wood and rock, and set among trees, lawns, and flowers just outside the entrance to Zion National Park, this very attractive complex has a mountain-lodge atmosphere. It's a place where you actually want to spend some time -- unlike some other area options, which are just good places to crash at the end of a busy day.
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