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A friend and I took our 4 kids down to Zion for the Fall Break weekend. (2 kids aged 5, 2 kids aged 8) Big hint to anyone traveling anywhere during the school year--ALWAYS check the school schedules for areas within a 6 hour drive! There were a number of Eurpeans and retired folks who were not ready for the inundation of families with young kids flooding Zion.

We stayed at the Cable Mountain Lodge and loved it. We all stayed in one room that had a king bed in a separate bedroom, a murphy bed in the LR and the sofa bed. The pool was great and the kids liked the hot tub too. We got a first floor room which was awesome because we could leave the Living room doors open and the kids could run around on the lawn. We took them down to the Virgin River (just on the other side of the parking lot) and let them play on a beach there. (This was doable ONLY because it is fall and the river is very low. I would not let my kids NEAR it in the spring!) The lodge is righ in back of the Imax Theatre so we took them to see a movie one night. There is a convenience store right there so its easy to pick up something and an espresso place is within easy walking distance.

On the down side, the lodge is definitely not in the main part of town, so you have to drive to go out to dinner or hit the grocery store. But we just ate or cooked in so not a problem for us. And it was quieter than places in town.

The big plus is that you are right THERE at the entrance to the park. Seriously. Walk out your door, across the parking lot, cross the bridge, and there's the visitors center with shuttle etc. Very convenient when you have tired kids at the end of the day.

We did the entire Emerald pools trail. The kids had so much fun playing in the big pool at the end. Totally worth the hike for them. We saw a tarantula sunning itself and a gopher snake. Ended it with icecream at the Zion lodge--yum.

The next day was Saturday and the park was packed. So we went to the Kolob Canyon section. OMG--how beautiful!! I had never been there. I loved the ecosystem variety and the cliffs were gorgeous. The kids had fun stopping to play in the water. We made it to the first cabin. And it was so uncrowded!!!! This is now one of my favorite places to hike in southern Utah.

It was a nice, quick break. I would definitely recommend the Cable Mountain Lodge as a viable alternative to the Desert Pearl. (which was booked when we started planning our trip!)

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