Zion Lodge Virtual Tour
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- Short Tour of Zion Lodge. A very short version of this tour. Includes a few photos of the lodge and cabins, and also photos of the interiors of typical guest rooms.
- References/ Bibliography. Sources for additional information on the lodge for those who want to research even deeper than what is offered here.
The Historic Deluxe Western Cabins!
The original Deluxe Cabins, now called the Western Cabins. The cabins are just south of the lodge building.
The Western Cabins are historic cabins, and were formerly called the Deluxe Cabins. There are two basic cabin layouts. The duplex cabins were built in 1927; the fourplex cabins were added in 1929. All of the historic cabins were designed by the famous architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. Like the other Zion buildings designed by Underwood, they have open walls with exposed exterior framing. The cabins have been both updated, and to some degree restored. They had been modernized at one time leaving little of the original interior appearance. Those "improvements" have been removed and the interiors now are much more like the original design. The cabins have log fireplaces with gas logs, plus individual heat pumps for heating/cooling. The ceilings are open-beam, stained wood. Standard commercial carpet covers the floors, with linoleum in the bathroom.
The cabins have 2 double beds each. Baths have been updated. The original walk-in closets have been converted into dressing rooms with a second sink, which is very convenient. The furniture in the cabins is rustic and fits in well with the cabin style. Each cabin has a porch with a nice wood bench. The cabins have been remodeled after these photos were taken, they now have new paint colors, new funiture, and new fabrics.
Exterior of one of the fourplex cabins. The original flagstone walkways have been replaced with plain gray concrete. While conccrete is likely smoother and safer, it is not nearly as pretty as the original flagstone.
Another view of a fourplex cabin.
Exterior of a duplex cabin.
Another look at a Duplex cabin, note the heat pump that has been added on the left side.
View looking down at the cabins from the adjacent hillside.
Close-up view of the exposed framing on the cabins.
Each cabin has a native Navajo Sandstone chimney. The sandstone came from a local quarry.
This is the interior of one of the Western (Deluxe) Cabins.
The interior viewed from the other direction.
The original open beam ceilings, which a previous remodel had covered over, have been restored.
Rustic furniture completes the effect.
The original closets have been converted to a small dressing room, with built-in drawers and a second sink.
Typical bathroom in the Western Cabins.
Each cabin has a wood framed screen door to allow the fresh mountain air in.
If you would rather be outside, a rustic bench is found on each of the cabin porches.
Pioneer Family Cabins
Originally there were a group of standard, or family, cabins. These cabins were smaller and did not have private baths. All of these standard cabins were removed in 1984. The Lodge complex also originally had a swimming pool and bathhouses designed by Underwood. Both have been removed.
This is a photo of the Pioneer Family Unit cabins. Photo credit: Clayton B. Fraser (1984), Library of Congress, prints and photographs division, HABS, Reproduction number UT-112-C-1.
Another photo of the Pioneer Family Unit cabins. Photo credit: Clayton B. Fraser (1984), Library of Congress, prints and photographs division, HABS, Reproduction number UT-112-4.
Some Zion National Park Scenery:
Just a short walk from the Zion Lodge is Emerald pools where you will find this spray/waterfall.
The trail to Emerald Pools crosses the scenic Virgin River.
Next, the hotel units and historic employee dorms. Plus more Zion scenery.
More... next page of the tour!
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Unless noted, all photos above were taken on approximately April 16-18, 2007. Click on photo for a better quality image. Photos may have been digitally altered to enhance details and blur faces.
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