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Zion Canyon Restaurants Guide: Every Springdale Restaurant By Address

Zion Canyon Restaurants

Zion Canyon Restaurants: Zion National Park best food
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Looking for the best Zion Canyon restaurants? Look no further than this guide to all the best Springdale, Utah, and Zion National Park cafes, restaurants and gastropubs. This list offers restaurants with the best quality of food, the best service and the relaxing vibe you are looking for when visiting Springdale and Zion Canyon.

Springdale Utah Restaurant Winter Hours

Zion Canyon Restaurants: Best Restaurants in SpringdaleDue to the winter season, certain restaurants have changed hours and may be closed for part of the season. If you want the best, you will get the best with these Zion Canyon restaurants.

Check out menus for some of the best restaurants by visiting Springdale.co.

Springdale Restaurant (by closest to ZNP entrance) Address Phone Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Espresso Hours Menu WIFI
Red Rock Grill 1 Zion Lodge 435-772-7760 W, B, M, E 6:30-10:30am, 11:30am-3pm, 5-10pm daily Yes Yes
Zion Canyon Brew Pub 95 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0336 W, B, V Noon-10pm daily Yes
Happy Camper Market 95 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-7805 B 8am-8pm daily Yes
Thai Sapa 145 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0510 W, B, E, V 11:30am-9:30pm daily Yes Yes
Perks Coffee Shop 147 Zion Park Blvd 435-668-0446 E 7am-4pm daily No
Café Soleil 205 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0505 W, B, M, E, V 7am-9pm daily Yes No
Bistro | H 281 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3234 W, B, M, E, V 5-11pm daily Yes Yes
Spotted Dog Cafe Restaurant 428 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0700 W, B, M, E 7-11am, 5pm-9pm daily Yes Yes
Whiptail Grill 445 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0283 W, B, V Noon-9:30pm daily Yes Yes
9 East 709 Zion Park Blvd 435-619-8200 W, B, M, E 7am-11:30am, 5pm-10:30 daily Yes
Blondie’s Diner 736 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0595 V 11am-8:30pm Mon-Sat Yes Yes
Baby Sumo 792 Zion Park Blvd 435-233-2103 W, B, M 4:30-8:45pm Mon-Sat No
Casa de Amigo’s 805 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0422 W, B, M, V 11:30am-10pm daily Yes
Pioneer Restaurant 838 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3009 None 7:30am-3pm Yes
Zion Park Gift & Deli 866 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3843 E, V 10am-5:30pm Mon-Sat Yes
Zion Pizza Noodle 868 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3815 W, B 4pm-10pm daily Yes No
Wildcat Willie’s 897 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0115 W, B, M, E, V 7am-10pm Mon-Thurs, 7am-11pm Fri-Sun Yes
Deep Creek Coffee 932 Zion Park Blvd 435-767-0272 E, V 6:30am-2pm daily Yes
Oscar’s Cafe 948 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3232 W, B, E, V 7am-9pm daily No
Flying Monkey 961 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3333 W, B, V 11:30am-8pm daily Yes Yes
Meme’s Cafe 975 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0114 W, B, E 7am-9pm daily No
Sol Foods Deli & Market 995 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3100 B, V 7am-11pm daily Yes
Switchback Grille Restaurant 1149 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3700 W, B, M, E 5-8pm daily No
Jack’s Sports Grill Restaurant 1149 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3700 W, B, M Noon-9pm daily No
Bit & Spur Restaurant 1212 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-3498 W, B, M, E, V 5-11pm daily Yes
King’s Landing Bistro 1515 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-7422 None 3-5pm (Appetizers/Drinks), 5-11pm (Full Menu) daily Yes
Park House Café 1880 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0100 W, B 8am-2pm daily Yes Yes
Arkansas Al’s Restaurant 2400 Zion Park Blvd 435-772-0665 W, B Noon-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm Sat-Sun Yes

Check out these great Springdale restaurant websites:

Zion Canyon Restaurants: Whiptail Grill

Thai Sapa

Cafe Soleil

Zion National Park’s best hikes for spring

Zion National Park Best HikesZion National Park’s best hikes

The Zion National Park Guide has hand-selected Zion National Park’s best hikes for spring, ranging from strenuous and extremely difficult to easy and enjoyable. There is sure to be something for all levels of hikers here.

Many Pools

Zion National Park's best hikes: Many Pools

Trekking above the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel is the Many Pools trail. A short distance off the road, filled pools carved into the rocks start to appear, most of them frozen solid depending on the time of year. Ponderosa pines and juniper trees twisted by the wind are a good backdrop to the reds and whites ribboned through the rocks. Read the full hiking guide here.

Chinle Trail

Zion National Park's best hikes: Chinle Trail

Located outside of the main tourist areas of Zion Nation Park, the Chinle Trail is one of those great, backcountry winter hikes. Chinle Trail is an off-the-beaten-path trail located in the lower elevated, west desert wilderness area, offering wide-open vistas, unique desert landscapes, and a reprieve from the more touristy trails in the park. Read the full hiking guide here.

The Narrows

Zion National Park's best hikes: Narrows

Located at the end of the shuttle line at the Temple of Sinawava, this popular hike can be a short, dry trip to the Narrows entrance. Or, you can continue in the water as far as your schedule allows. If you continue, bring good shoes, and trek carefully, as river rocks can be quite slick. However, even just a fifteen-minute jaunt into the river will present amazing sights, including Mystery Falls—where one can often see adventurers rappelling. Make sure to check weather reports before going, as this is a narrow slot canyon where flash flooding occurs regularly. Read the full hiking guide here.

Hidden Canyon

Zion National Park's best hikes: Hidden Canyon

This classic Zion Canyon trail was developed in 1928, a year after what is now Hidden Canyon was discovered. In 1927, William Evans attempted climbing the Great White Throne but fell during the attempt. While searching for Evans—who miraculously survived—rescuers discovered a secluded oasis. Today, a well-traveled path takes trekkers between sheer sandstone walls rising up hundreds of feet, made up by some of Zion’s most famous landmarks: Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne. Read the full hiking guide here.

Zion Canyon Overlook

Zion National Park's best hikes: Zion Canyon Overlook

This delightful adventure is located immediately east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. It begins with steps carved into sandstone that rise above the long tunnel, allowing hikers to mosey along the easy half-mile path to a spectacular view of lower Zion Canyon. If your timing is right, you may even see some bighorn sheep, which are characteristically fond of this slickrock side of Zion. Read the full hiking guide here.

While temperatures are still comfortable for hiking in spring, remember to pack plenty of water and snacks to keep hydration and energy up. It is always good to check the weather before going on any hike, especially narrow canyon hikes where flash flooding is likely. With a little preparation and enough time, you will have many amazing adventures on any one of Zion National Park’s best hikes.

Public voting open for Zion Tunnel Preservation Project

Public voting open for Zion Tunnel Preservation Project

By Lyman Hafen
The historic and iconic Zion Tunnel is dear to the hearts of people across the country and around the world. During the month of June, everyone can vote online to support a substantial grant that, if won, will provide funding to preserve and maintain the Zion Tunnel into the future through the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project.
The grant is funded by American Express through the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of their Partners in Preservation initiative. Twenty projects, including the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project, have been named finalists for a total of $2 million in funding. National Geographic is hosting the online voting, which began May 25 and continues through July 5. You can vote once a day. The winning projects will be announced soon after July 5. To vote, go to VoteYourPark.org.
It has always been easier to travel north and south than east and west in this region. It has to do with geological forces deep in the earth. And the result is that most of the mountains, faults, fissures, and fractures in red rock country run north and south, leaving openings for north-south travel through the valleys while rugged ridges, canyons, and plateaus hamper movement east and west.
In the early 1920s, as the nation started to realize the amazing beauty of this area, voices began to be heard in Washington demanding better access. It took a lot of time, money, and ingenuity, but when the task was accomplished, three magnificent national parks — Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon — were created. Centuries ago, Native Americans built the first trail out the east side of Zion Canyon, some 20 steps chiseled into the sheer rock near today’s Weeping Rock parking.
In the late 1800s, a local stockman named John Winder built the first pioneer livestock trail up and over the same rock face. In the years following the designation of Zion Canyon as a national monument in 1909, local park employees did extensive work in remodeling Winder’s trail and building others. But the idea of an actual road out the canyon’s east walls seemed beyond the reach of everyone.
Then, in 1923 Howard Means, chief engineer of the State of Utah, and B.J. Finch, a district engineer for the federal government, were sent to Zion Canyon to determine once and for all if a road could be built out the east side. Their initial determination was that it was impossible. Then someone introduced them to John Winder who showed them where the road should go up Pine Creek Canyon. They surveyed the route and determined it was feasible.
Their biggest hurdles would be engineering a mile-long tunnel through the stone towers and convincing Congress to appropriate money for such a project. By the summer of 1927, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel had been approved and funded. Area promoters and politicians — along with the National Park Service under its first director, Stephen Mather — had convinced a reluctant Congress that the project would work. On September 27, 1927, the first six men hired by the Nevada Contracting Company started clearing a right-of-way up Pine Creek Canyon.
Over the next two years, the number of workers would reach more than 200, and what they accomplished in those two years with limited technology and primitive equipment is still hailed as a wonder today. It took just 11 months and 12 days to blast the tunnel through the mountain. By the end of 1929, the road was complete enough that a car could be driven over the entire route. But it wasn’t until July 4, 1930, that all the work was finished, and that’s the day dignitaries from across the country gathered near the tunnel entrance to dedicate the engineering marvel and open it to the public.
Now we all have the opportunity to play a part in the tunnel’s future by voting for a grant that will help preserve it for decades to come. Between May 25 and July 5, you can vote once a day for this important grant by going to VoteYourPark.org. For detailed information on the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project and how you can support it, go to the Zion National Park Foundation website.

Zion National Park Condor Pair may be incubating egg

Zion National Park Condor pair
Photo: Michael Woodbridge / CC BY 2.0 – Zion National Park Condor pair

Zion National Park Condor pair may be incubating an egg

A Zion National Park condor pair appear to be nesting again inside the park. Park staff first observed the California condor pair entering a cavity on February 26. Since then, the pair has been regularly observed in the cavity and the surrounding area. Biologists from The Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit organization that releases and monitors condors, has confirmed that GPS locations and daily behavior of both parents indicate regular incubation.
Condor courtship and nest site selection usually occur during the winter months, culminating with the production of a single egg between late January and early April. Both condor parents incubate the egg with exchanges occurring every three to four days on average. If all goes well, a chick will hatch after approximately 56 days of incubation, and both parents will feed and care for the young condor. The chick will remain in the nest for up to seven months before fledging. Even after the chick fledges, it will depend on its parents until the following year.
The Zion National Park condor pair has attempted to nest each of the last two years in remote areas of Zion. The pair produced a chick in 2014, but it failed to successfully fledge. Last year, GPS locations indicated the pair was nesting again, but this was never confirmed due to the remote location of the nest site. It is not unusual for a pair to fail in the first few attempts.

The southwest experimental population of condors

The southwest experimental population of condors was initiated in 1996 with releases occurring on an annual basis in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Condors have successfully nested in northern Arizona with the first wild-hatched young fledging from a nest in the Grand Canyon in 2003. Over 20 young have been produced since, and wild-hatched condors have produced young — a major milestone on the way to recovery.
Lead poisoning is currently the greatest obstacle for this endangered bird, with 53 percent of diagnosed deaths attributed to lead poisoning. Condors are scavengers that feed primarily on the carcasses of mammals. They unintentionally consume lead when feeding on carcasses of animals shot with lead ammunition or lead-contaminated gut piles left in the field. Both Utah and Arizona currently have voluntary non-lead ammunition programs within the condor’s range to reduce the amount of lead in the environment.
Zion National Park will soon launch a nest watch program at the Zion Human History Museum wherein park rangers and volunteers will use spotting scopes to monitor the nest cavity. Visitors are welcome to join them and learn more about California condors. Those interested should inquire at the visitor center for specific dates and times.

Dixie State University brings “Sanctuary: The Story of Zion”

Dixie State University brings “Sanctuary: The Story of Zion”

by Steve Lemmon

This summer, Dixie State University brings to the OC Tanner stage at the gates of Zion National Park, “Sanctuary: The Story of Zion”,  a musical celebration of the people, projects, and passions that made Zion National Park the sanctuary that it is today. As the producer, I have assembled an extraordinarily creative group to present the journey of Zion through theatrical storytelling, original music and song, archival photos from the National Park collection, and multimedia video elements.
“Sanctuary: The Story of Zion” is a neo-variety show written by award-winning storyteller and songwriter Sam Payne. Musical director Ryan Tilby not only uses original compositions to help Payne tell the story of Zion but also incorporates old standards reflective of the eras through which the musical journey travels. Payne and Suzanne Christensen, both well-traveled professional storytellers, narrate “Sanctuary” as musical prodigy Tilby leads the musical accompaniment. They are joined onstage by acclaimed Nashville musicians Drew and Lacey Williams and high-energy vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nic Chamberlain. This all-star cast may be the most talented group of musicians ever assembled on a single stage in Southern Utah.
The production is aptly named “Sanctuary” as it captures the unique meaning that the beloved national park has held for its visitors and residents throughout history. “It’s our sanctuary,” the chorus of the title song proclaims, “The canyon is our shelter from the storm / And it holds the memories / Of the people who knew Zion was their home.”
The show features cameo appearances from world-renowned rock climbers, search and rescue personnel, park rangers, and more — all of whom explain their love affair with Zion National Park and what the unique canyon environment means to them.
“Sanctuary” is a great family show and appeals to outdoor enthusiasts, students of local history, descendants of first peoples and pioneers, and anyone who loves to hear a compelling story told with humor and music. The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, which will host the production, is owned and operated by Dixie State University.
Built in 1978, the venue itself is worth the price of admission. The amphitheater sits in a quiet side canyon off the main road running through Springdale. Directly behind the stage, the audience
gazes at the towering red cliffs of Zion National Park, which serve as the perfect backdrop against which to unfold the story of Zion National Park.
“Sanctuary: The Story of Zion” opens at the OC Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale on July 1 and 2 with subsequent shows on July 22 and 23, August 19 and 20, and September 3 and 5. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for youth, and the entire family can attend the show for $38. Purchase tickets at dsutix.com or thestoryofzion.com or at the door on the day of performance.

Utah State Liquor Laws: A Guide For Visitors to Zion National Park, Springdale & Kanab Utah

Utah State Liquor laws

Utah State Liquor Laws

If you order an alcoholic drink at the restaurant bar, don’t be surprised when the bartender asks you to order some food with your drink. The Utah State Liquor laws require restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages only when food is ordered at the same time. Customers don’t have to order food each time they buy another drink.

The beer sold in grocery stores and gas stations, and tap beer is a bit weaker in Utah, limited to 3.2% alcohol content by weight (4.0% by volume), about 0.5% less than a typical American domestic beer. You can buy full-strength beer, along with liquor and wine, in a state-operated liquor store.

Please remember to tip your servers and drink responsibly! The Utah State Liquor Store in Springdale is located inside the Switchback Bar & Grille.

DSU Summer Concerts in Zion: Trailblazers in Zion National Park

DSU Summer Concerts in Zion: Trailblazers in Zion National ParkZion Events | Summer Concerts in Zion Series at O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah

Dixie State University just unveiled its new branding, the Trailblazers. Not only does this branding apply to the athletic programs at Dixie, but it is also now the title for the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater’s summer concert series in Springdale: introducing the newly titled “Trailblazers O.C. Tanner Summer Concert Series.”

During his introduction of the new identity, President “Biff” Williams spoke of the courageous and forward thinking trailblazers who settled the St. George area. He explained that the Trailblazer would naturally fit as a title for our university. He also said the title is also a perfect fit for a concert series that will embrace local and regional musicians and feature groups who have spent a lifetime blazing a trail in their art.

In recent years, the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater has held weekly concerts in Zion throughout the summer. While this has allowed an opportunity for a high number of shows, the ability to effectively market these shows has suffered. The goal for this season is to decrease the number of shows but raise the bar on quality and advertising in hopes of enticing not only the large number of tourists visiting Zion National Park to attend but also the residents of Washington County. The new Trailblazers Concert Series will feature world-class entertainment amidst the visually stunning backdrop that the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater provides. Playing off the hugely successful “First Friday” events held in St. George, we will be hosting our events on every second Saturday starting in June and extending through September.

So what kind of shows can you expect? We hope to provide something for everyone during the inaugural season.

The series will kick off with Country Jam on June 11. Local musician Eric Dodge will co-headline the event along with Vegas favorite the Randy Anderson Band. This high-energy combination, along with line-dancing instruction between sets, will guarantee a boot-scooting, knee-slapping good time.

On July 9, Rockfest will be headlined by local favorites Wirelefant and Houston Rocket with a few surprise guests to be announced.

Hippiestock comes next on Aug. 13 and will feature a Grateful Dead tribute band: Catfish John. Joining Catfish John will be Soul What?! and Whisky Tooth Revival, both of whom play a funky brand of ‘70s-inspired groove tunes. Between sets, Hippiestock will play host to what we hope to be the largest drum circle ever assembled in Southern Utah.

Rounding out the series on Sept. 10 will be our ode to Bluegrass and Americana music, which will aptly be titled “Roots Revival.” Marty Warburton and the Home Girls will host the event, which will also feature local multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tilby and friends as well as some of the region’s best bluegrassers. All four shows will feature food trucks and other family activities to keep kids and adults alike entertained from start to finish.

The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater will also play host this summer to an original production titled “Sanctuary, The Story of Zion.” Written by beloved storyteller and singer/songwriter Sam Payne, the show will tell the multi-layered story of Zion National Park through pictures, story, and song. From the First Nations peoples to the settlers who founded the town, to the present day tourists and residents, Payne will chronicle the evolution of the canyon in a way that entertains and educates and leaves the audience with a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs that are part of the history of one of the nation’s most popular national parks.

Details for “Sanctuary, the Story of Zion” as well as the Trailblazers O.C. Tanner Summer Concerts in Zion  Series will be available at octannershows.com as well as on Facebook. Tickets for all Tanner productions are $15 for adults, $6 for students, or $38 for a family and will be available at the door the night of the events, or at dsutix.com. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (435) 652-7800.

Overcrowding in Zion National Park is a Growing Concern

overcrowding in Zion National Park is a growing concern - traveling to zion national park, visiting zionOvercrowding in Zion National Park is a growing concern.

Zion National Park is in the process of holding a series of local public meetings to discuss overcrowding and what to do about it.

I am here to say that overcrowding in Zion and other National Park sites will never be meaningfully addressed.

Ever.

Inherently psychotic with its dual missions of preservation and visitor use, the National Park Service constantly complains of being “loved to death” while at the same time plaintively blathers for money to consistently increase the footprint of services to accommodate more, using outdated and masturbatory programs like the Frankenstein biological/social science-based Visitor Experience and Resources Protection model as justification.

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Zion National Park Travel Poster, 1938

Politically, the national, state, and local politicians always squeal like stuck pigs on behalf of their tourism councils and Chambers of Commerce. One just need look at how the BLM is dealing with permitting for the overcrowded Wave on the Arizona Strip, whereby local businesses oppose both online registration and printing of permits, complaining that they depend on duped lottery hopefuls who must show up in person in Kanab on the day it is held, most of whom never get a permit and must then find something else to do. How stupid is that?

How can you address overcrowding when even current ethically and Equal Opportunity (diversity and sexual harassment) embattled NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis doesn’t think overcrowding is an issue? From Travel & Leisure:

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National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the only real significant impact brought on by public use is an experiential one. In other words, concerns about crowds. I do think that there needs to be a range of quality experiences and that public use needs to be managed. But to be blunt, I worry a lot more about apathy than overuse.”

As a former NPS manager who sat alongside many like Director Jarvis and jerked in the same delusional circles, I have some suggestions that Zion National Park can implement to deal with park overuse:

—Do not look for money you don’t need by selling the naming rights to park buildings to corporate interests. Not only does Zion not need Zion’s Bank or Deseret Management Corporation identified with it, but as with recreation fees you will have an insatiable appetite for continued destruction.

—Although you cannot legally say as much, the number of parking lots for cars will largely determine the number of people traveling to Zion National Park. Build only bathrooms, and invest in sewage treatment facilities. Do not increase the size of visitor centers or the number of people visiting Zion. Do not increase your infrastructure footprint.

—Join the rest of the civilized world and require backcountry users, climbers, canyoneers, day hikers, anyone hiking in Zion National Park, or anyone outside of designated high-use “Class 1 and 2” zones to have Search and Rescue (SAR) insurance. The cost is minimal and can be purchased for the length of time a guest is visiting Zion.

—Create a day-use permitting system for “Class 3” zones complete with entry quotas during the high-use season when overcrowding in Zion becomes a problem. These could be obtained online, include the option for SAR insurance, and be presented upon request.

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Zion National Park Visitor Shuttle

If by “overcrowding” the NPS refers to overuse that has and continues to cause resource destruction, it needs to get real about carrying capacity and develop meaningful quotas based on biological science instead of cowering under political assault and using shoddy social science to justify doing the wrong thing. Do not encourage a neverending supply of corporate funding to develop a larger infrastructure footprint to “serve” the people visiting Zion.

If by “overcrowding” the NPS refers to the high cost of SAR — which is significant to both the NPS and local sheriff departments — it needs to get real, start requiring insurance, and recoup the costs. Having known two winners of the Harry Yount Award (the highest award offered to park rangers) and countless chief rangers responsible for SAR and law enforcement services, depressingly none are in favor of SAR insurance, believing that somehow people will be reluctant to call them if they know if there will be a cost. My retort has always been that we instead end up with freeloaders and constant SAR complaints for money.

So, Zion and the NPS, you can complain as much as you like about the tragedy of the commons, but until your agency and its leaders stop being beholden to stuck pigs and institute what biological and social science tells you — which is to stop freeloaders, set quotas, and shut the gates — you are only wasting taxpayer monies as well as your time, breath, and credibility.

Zion National Park is holding public meetings to discuss increasing park visitation and its effects. All meetings run from 5 to 7 p.m.:

—May 23, Canyon Community Center, Springdale.

—May 24, SUU Sharwan Smith Student Center, Cedar City.

—May 25, Dixie Center, St. George.

—May 26, Kanab City Library, Kanab.