Take your Utah adventures to the next level at these epic new places to stay.

A Leaf Suite at Spirit resort in Zion
A rendering of a Leaf Suite at Spirit resort in Zion. Courtesy of Zion Spirit Group
A rendering of a Leaf Suite at Spirit resort in Zion

A sweeping, 1,000-acre retreat perched on the Clear Creek Mountain range. Chic, canvas glamping tents situated near the iconic orange hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park. A glass A-frame that opens up to epic views of Zion’s red rocks.

These are just a few of the new spots to rest your head in Utah’s Canyon Country as you plan upcoming trips in and around Zion National Park. Some are fairly new, others are expanding, and still others will open for the first time during this summer’s upcoming season—or very soon in the distant future.

The beloved national park welcomed more than 5 million visitors last year, a record-breaking number that comes as visitation has nearly doubled over the last decade.

“Clearly our visitors value their parks and public lands. At the same time, intense visitation presents challenges to achieve our mission to conserve the park’s resources and provide engaging visitor experiences—experiences that lift and renew our spirits,” said Zion National Park superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh in a release.

To that end, the park’s shuttle system has resumed on weekends, meaning you can no longer take a spin down Zion Scenic Drive in your own vehicle. Weekday access will end March 18.

Luckily, there are plenty of otherworldly gems all worth a visit in their own right outside of the park. We put together a list of the top spots to camp where you won’t run into unruly crowds. Or, book a more glamping-style stay at one of the basecamps below.

AutoCamp Zion

AutoCamp opened its latest location in Joshua Tree this year. The Zion destination is planned for 2023.

Josh Franer

Alright, alright, this one’s not open for a year but it’s worth noting: AutoCamp, the brand behind sweeping Airstream destinations across the West, plans to open another location near Zion National Park in 2023. In the meantime, you can check out our exclusive look at their latest glamping getaway in Joshua Tree.

Open Sky

Booking a “camp” at this luxury oasis gets you all the amenities of a five-star hotel: bathrooms, towels, and bed linens (did we mention it’s a king?); heating and air-conditioning; an indoor fireplace and refrigerator; and, if you upgrade, an outdoor shower and clawfoot copper soaking tub. We’ll be at the barbecue grilling up some burgers after a long hike in the national park.

Spirit

A Wellness Studio at Spirit resort in Zion
A rendering of a Wellness Studio at Spirit resort in Zion

Courtesy of Zion Spirit Group

You’ve got your choice of one- to five-bedroom suites with leaf-shaped roofs and glass walls at this ultra-luxe retreat slated to open this summer. Perched about 1 mile from Zion National Park, the resort will offer access to miles of biking and hiking trails, plus an aquaponic greenhouse for dining.

Under Canvas Bryce Canyon

Under Canvas Moab
Under Canvas Bryce Canyon will take inspiration from the brand’s Moab location, shown here.

Bailey Made

This is the fourth location for the popular brand that pops up safari-style tents in scenic locations across the region. With views of the Escalante Mountains, the camp will feature furnishings from West Elm plus a central lounge with snacks and booze.

Zion Eco-Cabins

The entire front side of this glass A-frame lifts up for epic views from your bed of the red rock mountains, not to mention an outdoor patio with a barbecue, hot tub, and swinging chairs. Follow on Instagram @zionecocabins.


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