National parks are a most excellent holiday getaway. Beauty, serenity, few crowds, and a totally different experience for most families. Local hotels and B&Bs often cater to such holiday guests, and restaurants often have special menus.
If this Christmas (winter solstice, holiday season, whatever it may be to you) finds you in Zion National Park, I’ve got a few ideas for you to kick around as you plan your seasonal celebration.
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Magical Places to Stay
It’s the only lodging inside Zion National Park itself. Can’t get much more magical than that.
This is an indulgent, relaxing, uber-soothing place for the holidays. Or, frankly, any time of year. They offer a special Christmas buffet that looks positively mouth-watering.
Although most of the resort’s amenities are shut down over the winter, they have vacation home rentals up for grabs. Imagine a cozy mountain cabin, just for you and your family, with the silent, snowy splendor (yes, that’s a lot of esses) of Zion nearby for exploring.
Simple, clean, efficient. Allows you to explore the festive shops of Springdale as well as immediate access to the Park itself.
[photo courtesy of Seokzzang Yun]
Magical Places to Eat
Located inside the Zion Lodge, they serve dinner on Christmas Day, by reservation.
-Red Mountain Spa‘s Canyon Breeze Restaurant.
They’re offering a Christmas dinner special this year.
Magical Hikes to Take
Winds lazily through the main Zion Canyon along the Virgin River. Easy stroll to take post-Christmas dinner.
A really lovely winter hike because probably no one will be on it. And did I mention the views are, of course, stunning?
It can be slick in the winter, so be careful. But wow, what a way to spend Christmas, taking in the awesome views from up there.
Bonus Things to Check Out
see these guides chock full o’ helpful info for your visit:
Golf in Zion (local courses stay open year-round, for that gotta-golf member of your fmaily)
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