Driftwood Lodge, Springdale, UT (Zion National Park)

img_4334I look forward to the day when all ADA accommodations are this well thought out. With ample space, appropriate bathroom fittings and easy access parking to a relatively new, ground-floor unit, Driftwood Lodge is the place to stay for accessible travel accommodations when visiting Zion National Park.

But wait, there’s more!

Driftwood Lodge, #502
Plenty of clearance between entry and bathroom door

 Upon arrival to our ADA unit (#502, which I highly recommend!), it was such a refreshing change to have ample space to wheel in without having to negotiate a front door swinging into a bathroom door.

 Again, there was plenty of space to spin a wheelchair on attractive, non-slip tile flooring. The shower area was beautifully tiled and outfitted with a curved shower rod, grab bars, shower wand, and quality toiletries and towels. I also appreciated that the sink and mirror were lowered for easier use from a seated position. A shower chair is available from the front desk upon request.

 Super comfortable and easy to transfer getting in and out of as they were at an appropriate level.

 OMG! Just glorious. You feel like you’re in the park without having to leave your bed.

Back deck:
 Our first night, we ate dinner outside just to enjoy the fantastic view from the privacy of our deck. It was also a suitable place to recharge my red mobility scooter under cover.

 We visited in early May, when the daytime temperatures reached the high 80s.

Driftwood Lodge
Mobility lift recently installed poolside

After a hot day in the park and a little rest, the lodge pool refreshed us before dinner time. The pool has two gates, one of which facilitates ADA access but requires the front desk to open it with a key. There are two sets of stairs into the pool water but no chairlift at the moment.

(Update: a poolside chairlift has been recently installed. Nice!)

We felt that everyone working at Driftwood Lodge genuinely enjoyed hosting our visit, including the owner, Hans Dunzinger. My husband and I enjoyed hearing how he came to acquire the lodge and everything he’s doing to make it a special place for everyone now and for generations to come.

Driftwood Lodge
1515 Zion Park Boulevard,
Springdale, Utah 84767, United States

King’s Landing Bistro
King’s Landing Bistro

Favorite eats: Go no further than the lodge’s associated restaurant, King’s Landing Bistro (I’m telling you, this is a great place all around!). Husband and wife chefs, Thomas King and Phu Nguyen, bring their expertise from the big name Las Vegas kitchens and renowned French Laundry to produce fabulous dining in a casual setting. Everything is made in-house, from the bison carpaccio to lamb ragu to the strawberry rhubarb crisp dolloped with homemade ice cream.

King’s landing bistro
Goat cheese mousse with beets and orange segments

On our first visit – yes, we went again the next night!— we enjoyed an amazing appetizer of a goat cheese mousse filled pastry layered high with sliced beets and orange segments.

When the weather is nice, be sure to sit on the outdoor patio with a view of the sun setting on the sandstone canyon walls and birdsong in surround stereo.

Accessibility to the restaurant is pretty good. It’s all on the ground floor level; and chairs were readily moved to accommodate wheelchair entry.

European-sized portions. Wonderful service. $$-$$$

King’s Landing Bistro

1515 Zion Park Boulevard, Suite 50-A
Springdale, Utah 84767, United States
+1 (435) 772-7422


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