When most people think of visiting Southern Utah, Zion National Park tends to come to mind. Zion is the third most-visited national park in the country, drawing more than 4 million visitors each year. And for good reason — this stunning national park features towering red rock cliffs, sweeping canyons, and unique plant and animal life you won’t find anywhere else. However, it’s far from the only reason to book a stay in a Southern Utah resort.

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the region, you might not realize just how much it has to offer. From other famous national parks to equally stunning state parks, unique restaurants and shopping, and so much more, there’s something for everyone in Southern Utah. 

While you’re busy filling an itinerary up with bucket-list-worthy hikes and sightseeing, you also need to decide where you’ll stay. The area offers a number of campgrounds, hotels, motels, resorts, and vacation rentals for visitors to choose from. If you’re looking for space to unwind, comfort, and affordability, nothing beats Utah vacation resorts with private rentals.

Ready to start planning your next visit, but still on the fence about whether a Utah resort is right for you? Keep reading to learn a few of the reasons why Southern Utah Vacation rentals beat a hotel every time.

Comforts of Home and Space to Relax 

One of the top reasons why Southern Utah vacation rentals beat a hotel every time is the comforts of home you’ll enjoy during your stay. Many hotel rooms lack many basic comforts that can help to make your stay more enjoyable. While this might be okay for a short stay or for couples traveling on their own, longer stays and families will quickly miss things like a microwave, a dining table, a workspace, and some privacy and quiet at the end of a long day.

Utah vacation resorts provide a unique compromise. Guests enjoy the luxuries of a hotel room, with more of the comforts and conveniences of home. At Water Canyon Resort, our private vacation rental units feature a separate living space with an efficient kitchen, dining table, workspace, and a couch and TV great for relaxing after a long day of hiking. A pull-out couch provides additional space for guests. Each luxury studio features a private entrance, and is detached from the other units, offering the peace and quiet you won’t find in most hotels. 

Love to travel with your four-legged family members, and can’t bear to leave them behind? Unfortunately, it can often be tough to find pet-friendly hotels.  But Water Canyon Resort welcomes dogs in our dog-friendly studios. 

While the staff is available in the office when guests have questions or concerns, you’ll receive a unique door code via email before you arrive, eliminating the need for a time-consuming check-in process. This means that you can get straight to relaxing or exploring as soon as you arrive!


With so many hotels, campgrounds, and resorts near Zion to choose from, picking the right one for your next getaway will often come down to the details. And for many families, one of the most important details to consider is the cost.

One downside to the rise in popularity of Zion and Southern Utah is the climbing costs of stays in many of the resorts near Zion. But if you want to ensure that you have space for your family and a comfortable place to rest at the end of a long day, without sacrificing some luxurious touches or your budget, you’re in luck.

As one of the most affordable options for a luxury resort Utah has to offer, Water Canyon Resort’s one-bed studios start at just $103 per night. Need more space for your family or friends? Our two-bed studios also start at $103 per night. Those bringing along their furry family members will need to book one of our dog-friendly studios, which starts at $119 a night. 

Unique Amenities

Unless you enjoy taking a dip in a small, often crowded pool, the amenities of most hotels likely aren’t much of a benefit for you. But Water Canyon Resort’s unique amenities are worth setting aside time during your stay to enjoy.

One must-see is The Vineyard at Water Canyon. Coming in the Spring of 2022, this beautiful Utah vineyard will offer tours, wine tastings, and more. It will even feature what will no doubt become one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues Southern Utah has to offer.

For those looking to mix in some relaxation and exercise with their next getaway, this next amenity is for you. Water Canyon Resort is excited to welcome a series of yoga retreats, designed to take full advantage of the resort’s stunning natural surroundings.

In addition to the unique amenities available at Water Canyon Resort, guests also enjoy the resort’s close proximity to some of the region’s best national and state parks. Whether you’ve already explored this popular park or not, Zion is a must-see during your next visit. Brave the steep climb to the top of Angels Landing. Or, pack a picnic lunch and ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle into the Lower Canyon for a relaxing afternoon.

Located to the Southeast of Zion is Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. True to its name, this hidden gem features stunning sand dunes popular for off-roading, hiking, and even sand sledding. Other nearby parks and hiking trails include Gooseberry Mesa, Squirrel Canyon Trail, and Water Canyon Trail.

Choosing the Right Southern Utah Vacation Rentals

From enjoying the comforts of home and space to stretching out to the unique amenities, these are just a few of the reasons why Southern Utah vacation rentals beat a hotel every time. Whether you’re traveling alone, with a friend or spouse, or with your family, the private rentals at Water Canyon Resort are the perfect basecamp for your next — or first — Utah adventure.

Choosing the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer means waking up to stunning views, enjoying plenty of space and some of the comforts of home in your private studio, and easy access to the region’s top natural attractions. Book your one or two-bedroom studio today to start planning your next Utah adventure.