If you’ve never had the chance to visit, you might be surprised to learn how many amazing national and state parks, as well as other natural attractions, are located in Southern Utah. You could spend years in the area, and never see it all — but on a week or two visit, you can pack in plenty of adventure!
Cougar Ridge is the perfect basecamp for exploring Capitol Reef National Park and Torrey, Utah. If you have the time to extend your trip, it’s also just a three hour drive away from Springdale, Utah. Here, you’ll find not only popular Zion National Park, the third most-visited national park in the nation, but a number of other awesome state parks. Go off-roading in Sand Hollow State Park. Cool off with some water sports in Quail Creek State Park.
If you’ve already had a chance to experience Cougar Ridge, and are looking for the same level of luxury and another boutique property to book for your visit to Zion, you’re in luck. Vibrant Management, the management team behind Cougar Ridge, has several properties near the gates of the national park. One is Watchman Villas, a beautiful vacation rental property with one- and two-bedroom units. Thinking about adding a side trip to Zion to your next visit to Cougar Ridge? Keep reading to learn more about this unique lodging option.
Visiting Zion National Park
With more than 4 million people making their way to Zion National Park each year, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to finding lodging near the park. From luxury hotels to vacation rentals to campgrounds, there’s an option for every family, couple, and solo traveler. For those looking for comfortable, luxurious accommodations that include some of the comforts of home, like full kitchens and in-unit laundry, Watchman Villas is a great choice.
Located just over a mile from the South Entrance of Zion, it is conveniently located both for those looking to enjoy the park and for taking advantage of all that Springdale has to offer. Guests can walk to a number of restaurants, stores, and art galleries.
For much of the year, the lower canyon of Zion closed to traffic. To get to the lower canyon and the many popular trailheads and overlooks located there, guests will have to ride the Zion Canyon Shuttle. On weekends in the summer or around holidays, lines can sometimes form for the shuttle, and finding parking to get on the shuttle can be a challenge. But Watchman Villas actually has a shuttle stop on property. Guests can roll out of bed, hop on the Springdale Shuttle, and transfer the Zion Canyon Shuttle without having to worry about finding parking. Get to the park early to beat the crowds, then ride back to your private villa for an afternoon or evening of relaxing and unwinding.
A Luxury Vacation Rental Property
Watchman Villas is a vacation rental property that features 5 beautiful private villas. Three of the villas feature two-bedrooms and two-baths, while the remaining two each have one-bedroom and one-bathroom. In the two bedroom villas, the master suite has a king-sized bed, while the second bedroom features two queen beds.
Inside, each villa features luxurious touches like separate soaking tubs and showers, oversized bedrooms, plush beds, and more. The two-bedroom villas each feature a washer and dryer, making it easy to wash any dirty hiking clothes during your stay. Every villa has a full kitchen and dining area so guests can enjoy a home cooked meal or quick breakfast before heading into the park. There is also a sofa bed in the living room of each unit to sleep additional guests.
The Aspen is the largest villa, with 1,300 square feet of indoor living space and a large, 1,500 square foot outdoor patio as well, complete with a lounge area and outdoor dining table. Smaller families or couples will love The Willow, a one-bedroom, one-bath villa with 850 square feet of indoor living space as well as a private patio and grassy space.
Having a few of the comforts of home on hand in your vacation rental makes traveling with family a breeze. These private villas are also ideal for longer stays. Watchman Villas even offers discounts on extended stays of 5 nights or more.
Planning Your Next Visit to Southern Utah
Whether you’re looking to add a visit to Zion National Park and Watchman Villas to your next visit to Cougar Ridge or are planning a separate trip, now is a great time to book your 2022 stay.
Book your next weekend visit to our private Casitas or start planning a group stay in our luxurious Lodge today!