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Why Visiting Zion National Park In the Off Season Is a Great Idea

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The busy season at Zion National Park, one of Utah’s iconic "Mighty 5" national parks, is full of visitors. Mostly from March through October, more than 4.5 million tourists made the trek to Zion in 2017 alone and the park anticipates continued growth. Over the past decade, there’s been a 70 percent jump in annual visitation, leading the Park Service Continue Reading →


The Story of Springdale: One of the Most Hospitable Towns in America

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Springdale, Utah, sits at the mouth of Zion Canyon, sandwiched between The Watchman, a pointed stone mountain, and Mount Kinesava on the southern edge of Zion National Park. The small town (with a population of 529) has long been the gateway to Zion and its soaring ramparts sculpted by the twisting Virgin River. While Springdale is surrounded by startling colors Continue Reading →

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Why One Day Isn’t Nearly Enough Time to Experience Zion National Park

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With its soaring red sandstone cliffs, signature buttes, towering monoliths, gravity-defying natural arches, and narrow slot canyons, Zion National Park offers visitors spectacular sights to explore in all directions. Utah’s first national park marks the geographic intersection of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert regions, which creates a unique environment that’s known for its diversity of Continue Reading →

Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens Spring Highlights | Zion National Park and Springdale, Utah

Spring Highlights | Zion National Park & Springdale

Spring Highlights | Zion National Park & Springdale We realize it is still the middle of winter in many places but cheer up as spring is right around the corner! Springtime in Springdale and Zion National Park is always a great time to visit but it can be a little more unpredictable weather-wise. It’s always a good idea to follow Continue Reading →

Gift Certificates

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The Gift of Travel So it is that time of year again and you really want to get that special someone more than just a typical present. Well guess what, we have the perfect idea! The gift of a getaway to Springdale and Zion National Park is a great idea and our Cliffrose Lodge Gift Certificates are sure to bring Continue Reading →

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2017 Free Entrance Days

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in Continue Reading →

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December Highlights

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December Highlights for Springdale & Zion National Park While many people still think that because we are located in Utah the winter months in Springdale and Zion Canyon are filled with bitter cold weather and snow. Here is the real perspective, if you do get to experience snow here it’s a real treat as the already awe-inspiring cliffs of Zion Continue Reading →

October Featured Hike

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The Chinle Trail While there are many hiking possibilities in the “desert section” of Zion National Park, the Chinle Trail is the one official trail of the area. Starting at a small parking area in the “Anasazi Plateau” residential development, the trail heads northwest up onto the Rockville Bench and into national park lands. The trail continues for roughly seven Continue Reading →

September Featured Hike

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PA’RUS TRAIL Here is another great trail recommendation from Joe’s Guide to Zion National Park and this one happens to be just walking distance up the Virgin River from the Cliffrose. With summer still in full swing this great trail is suited for just about anyone and is also bike and dog friendly. Named after the Paiute word for “bubbling Continue Reading →

August Featured Hike

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Observation Point The hike from the Weeping Rock Trailhead to Observation Point is a Zion classic and the viewpoint at the end of the trail is an iconic image of Zion National Park. The Observation Point Trail is a strenuous 8-mile (round trip) hike that could take between 4 to 6 hours and involves a lot of unrelenting uphill on Continue Reading →