An August 2003 trip
to Zion National Park by Muchmor
Quote: We stayed near Zion and visited several national parks including Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon North Rim. It was a spectacular place to stay and more than lived up to expectations.
You need to take a sun hat, sun cream, camera, and binoculars are a good idea too.
You must walk some of the trails. Your park guide suggests how easy or difficult trails are, so take the ones you feel able to tackle. Don’t go mad--it is incredibly hot, so take it slowly.
Keep going back to the lodge, where you can get food, drinks and ice creams.
If you like wildlife, keep your eyes open. We saw lots of animals, including snakes.
Even when it doesn’t look far to walk from one point to another, I would suggest taking the shuttle and saving your energy for walking the trails.
The shuttles are very regular and you get a commentary as you go round. However, they are not air-conditioned (other than open windows), so are not a cool option.
Hotel | "Desert Pearl Inn"
We arrived late afternoon and were greeted pleasantly at reception and allocated our room ($115 prpm). I had paid a little extra for a king with river view. You can also choose a pool view or a queen room. The rooms are located in two storey blocks with parking outside, but don’t think this sounds like a motel, it is very much more than a motel.
Our room was very large with a king bed, kitchen area with microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker and plastic cutlery provided. There was a sofa, coffee table and dining table & chairs. Another huge bonus was the large wooden balcony. We overlooked a large lawn with a beautiful river, surrounded by trees, with squirrels running round. Beyond the river the mountains of Zion were stunning. Lower floor rooms have a patio area. This is definitely the most stunning view I have ever had from a hotel room.
The bathroom was also large, with a separate vanity area and then through to a room with bath, shower, toilet and bidet.
On the lower level rooms, the floor is wood laminate, but the second floor rooms have half carpets to cut down on noise. They are very clean and spacious, with a modern look. My only minor criticism would be the limited wardrobe & drawer space, but this flaw is more than compensated by everything else.
There is a TV and VCR in the room - you can borrow videos from reception, free of charge. There is a huge catalogue of titles to choose from.
Other hotel amenities included the swimming pool, which has allocated "adult only hours" at the start and end of each day. There is also a Jacuzzi near a waterfall next to the pool. Next to reception you can find the coffee shop, which adjoins the gift shop. The only thing the hotel lacks is a restaurant, but this is not a problem as there are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops within walking distance.
The complimentary shuttle bus to Zion National Park stops right outside the hotel, so you do not need to use your car.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, it definitely more than lived up to our expectations
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2003
Desert Pearl Inn Elements at
707 Zion Ldg
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
Restaurant | "Bumbleberry's Resturant"
They serve fish, meat and vegetarian dishes of many types. They have some very nice salads too such as chicken Caesar or mandarin salad. My husband and I ate here most days whilst here and never had a bad meal. All were cooked nicely, very tasty and the staff very friendly.
The restaurant offers a dessert speciality in the form of Bumbleberry Pie or Bumbleberrry ice cream. You must try one or both whilst here; they are delicious. If you ask what Bumbleberry is, you are given the menu, which goes into long descriptions of how Bumbleberrys are grown and harvested. Totally fictitious and very funny.
They offer a good variety of breakfasts of varying sizes and combinations. We sometimes mixed and matched them too, which the staff didn’t seem to mind.
We found this restaurant to be very friendly and all meals very nice. I would definitely recommend you try here if you are in the area.
Zion National Park, Utah
There are shuttle buses which run regularly throughout the park and stop off at all the main views and trails. The lodge is a good place to note, as it has a café where you can get drinks, food, ice cream, etc. There is also an adjoining gift shop.
There are many trails to walk, ranging from easy to very hard and from short to "will this ever end." Some of the shorter ones include Court of the Patriarchs, which is only 100 yards or so on a paved, steep trail that leads you to great views of the mountains. Another short and easy trail is Weeping Rock, which leads to a dainty waterfall where light water spray going over the trail is very refreshing.
Another good trail is the Emerald Pools Trail near Zion Lodge. You walk along a trail which encompasses lots of views and types such as trees, waterfalls, hanging gardens and water pools full of huge tadpoles. You can walk as far as the lower emerald pools, or carry on to the middle emerald pool, which is a bit steeper. If you are feeling really good, you can go on to the upper emerald pools, which is a bit of a hike, but well worth the effort due to the views and waterfalls you encounter. The full length of the trail is about 2 miles.
Near the Weeping Rock Trail is a diversion to Hidden Canyon Trail. This is described as moderate to strenuous; the latter is more accurate. This trail is 2 miles long (each way) and climbs nearly 900 feet in less than half a mile. A lot of the time, you are walking on very steep, rocky ground – we met a snake en route, which was a bit worrying. Once you get towards the top, you are walking on trails which are literally cut out of the mountain and are very narrow, so much so that many parts have chains secured to the rock to help you pull yourself up with. This can be very scary, and we came across many people who decided to turn back. We didn’t and carried on--why, I will never know! Once at the top of the trail, the views are great. The only problem is that you then have to go back down. This was extremely hard on the legs, and I could barely walk by the time we had finished. In fact, I suffered for several days after, as did my husband.
If you want something less strenuous, try the Riverside Walk. This is a lovely, easy walk which follows the river for about 2 miles each way on flat, paved ground. Very pretty views and lots of squirrels.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park, Utah 84767