It’s a three-hour drive from McCarran International Airport to Zion Lodge, where rocking chairs on porches and handmade Mission-style furniture in the rooms evoke summer-camp simplicity. Bonus: Guests get special permission to drive their cars into Zion Canyon. (Others need to use park shuttles between March and November.) During those months, you can rent a bicycle from the lodge and pedal along a paved road to ogle soaring sandstone walls and access Zion’s best hikes, such as the one to Angel’s Landing, a breath-snatching rock promontory offering bird’s-eye views down into Zion Canyon. After a day of exploring, retreat to the lodge’s Red Rock Grill for bison meat loaf and Navajo fry-bread tacos.
This appeared in the January/February 2016 issue.
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