The small town of Springdale sits at the park's south entrance—the perfect spot for renting canyoneering gear or indulging in the facilities at the Spa at Cable Mountain to revive tired muscles. The massages incorporate desert botanicals, and their Pah Tempe mineral soaks focus on rejuvenating sore feet and worn out explorers. Later, fuel up at King's Landing Bistro on locally sourced, seasonal dishes such as the mushroom and butternut squash puff pastry tart and the pork porterhouse served with cauliflower puree, bacon lardons, brussels sprouts, and pesto. If it's something sweet you're after, the Bumbleberry Inn* dishes out everything from ice cream to homemade pies, all of which incorporate their unique mix of sweet, tart berries. *Editor's note: the Bumbleberry gift shop and restaurant is under construction and expected to reopen in 2022.
St. George is the region's cultural hub—a growing city with a modest airport (serving flights from several major cities including Phoenix and Denver), natural history museum, and historic downtown that's being revived with an influx of new shopping and dining areas, a hotel, and hundreds of housing units. Silver Reef, the city's first microbrewery, opened in 2019, and St. George's first stand-alone bar—Zion Brewery’s Station 2, which occupies a former fire station—opened in 2020. Then there's Wood Ash Rye, an open-concept restaurant serving up regionally sourced and shareable American eats such as crispy fries, biscuits and jam, and pork belly, which sits just off the lobby of St. George's boutique hotel, The Advenire.
But the city is also a jumping off point for outdoor activities. Paragon Adventures runs everything from half-day canyoneering expeditions to guided mountain bike rides through the Mojave desert and across slick rocks with incredible Zion views on the Bureau of Land Management's Bear Claw Poppy Trail and Gooseberry Mesa.