Travel Cheap in Zion this Summer
In the last few months, gas prices in Southern Utah have dropped from $2.89/gallon to $1.95/gallon and lower. It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a major shift in the economy and perhaps the industry hit the hardest will be tourism.
Because of this economic impact, flights, gas, rooms, restaurants and more will all likely be cheaper this summer than previous years and years to come.
Keeping your health in mind
Of course, many will not be able to travel this summer due to certain circumstances. For many, who are at a lower health risk, this will be the chance of lifetime to visit one of the most spectacular places on earth.
For those who are fortunate enough to make the trip to Zion will be happy to know that local businesses have taken extra health and safety precautions.
Staying in Zion
There’s plenty of options for lodging in Zion. Whether you’re glamping, staying in luxury, camping out, parking the RV – no matter where or how you stay, you’ll be saving money this summer! Check out lodging at Zion National Park.
One of the newest hotels in Springdale is the Zion Canyon Lodge. Other than brand new, comfy rooms, they boast tremendous views of the Park, free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast and much, much more. Even with this summer’s great rates, some hotels may be out of the budget for some visitors. Fortunately, Southern Utah has many quality lodging options to fit all budgets.
Bumbleberry Inn is one of Zion’s classic stays. It’s the longest family owned and operated business in Springdale, and it’s been in business all these years for good reason! With a shuttle stop right outside the door, Bumbleberry Inn makes for a great basecamp for your Zion adventure. Here’s what Ryan A. had to say about Bumbleberry, “Fantastic place to stay, very close to the park and lots of food options.”
Another great option is Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort in East Zion. Zion Ponderosa is located on Zion’s East side, just a few miles from the East Entrance. You’ll stay in a secluded resort in the mountains above Zion National Park. Besides being truly memorable, you’re guaranteed to experience a mix of adventure and relaxation at Zion Ponderosa.
Eating in Zion
For locals and visitors alike, Springdale is a hidden gem for delicious and cultural cuisine. Take a walk down Zion Park Boulevard in the evening and you’ll experience tempting aromas and alluring scents dancing all through the warm air. It all comes together for a magical experience.
Oscar’s Cafe is a long time favorite in the canyon. Oscar’s is the epitome of Southwest cuisine, truly unique to this area. They have options for all tastes and needs and boast friendly service in an open air environment.
Activities in Zion
From horseback riding to climbing, ATVing to hiking, painting and pottery – Southern Utah is the adventure destination! Oh, and so much fun has never been so cheap! Here’s just some of the things to do in Southern Utah.
One of the great things about Zion National Park is that it’s not just the Park that offers awesome adventures, but literally all around Zion there’s something new and exciting. There are over 8 State Parks, Recreation Areas and Wilderness Areas within an hour and a half from Zion.
Canyoneering is a favorite activity among Zion’s visitors. Zion Rock & Mountain Guides has long been trusted for safe and exhilarating canyoneering in the Park. Usually canyoneering is a sport for the young-at-heart, thrill-seeking kinds of visitors, but Zion Rock & Mountain Guides also offers a guided trip for families.
Canyon Trail Rides is the only horseback ride inside Zion National Park. This is one of the funnest and most relaxing ways to experience the Park. It’s an incredible experience for people of all ages!
For views like none other, take to the skies with Zion Helicopters! Zion Helicopters offers several different tours to fit your schedule. Soar over Zion’s colorful cliffs, land on a butte and enjoy a picnic, venture over beautiful Southern Utah to Lake Powell or Bryce Canyon. The possibilities are endless!
Less crowded than ever before
Even with great prices and deals in and around the Park, visitation is still expected to be much lower than average. Over the past few years Zion has become more and more popular (understandably) and the Park has adjusted well to all the demands of increased popularity and it hasn’t been much of an issue. But for some visitors, having the Park all to themselves is a huge plus.
Getting to Zion National Park
There are many ways to travel to Zion National Park and this depends mostly on where your’e coming from. The closest airport to Zion National Park is a municipal airport, so many people choose to fly into Las Vegas and then commute 2 1/2 hours to the Park. Both gas and flights will be cheaper this summer due to the economic impacts of the virus. Visitors can save time and fly or explore America’s southwest by pavement on a summer road trip.