for all your
Zion Canyon explorations
four distinctive bedrooms, each with their own keyed entry, en suite private bathrooms and window vistas. All upstairs rooms have private desk spaces - Work from Zion!
Now open again! Fully equipped, allowing you to plan and prepare your meals in any way that suits your own travel style. Additionally, all guestrooms provide private hot kettle with beverage set-ups.
Lots of outdoor spaces, including wrap-around porch, fire pit, hammocks, fruit trees, covered back porch with bbq grill & hand-built riverstone walking labyrinth
Just 5 miles from Zion's south gate, 3 miles from Springdale restaurants, & centrally located for several other parks including Bryce, Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks...MAP and MORE...
Low-impact local and global approaches, fully solar powered! Fine-tuning and improving all the time...
Trailhead shuttles, guiding, massage, bike & ebike rentals, even horse stabling??... many local partners and world-class events to deepen your experience!More about PARTNERS & EVENTS...
We are located on Utah State Hwy 9 in quiet, tree-lined Rockville, Utah at the mouth of Zion Canyon, just around the corner from lively Springdale and only 5 miles from the south gate of stunning Zion National Park.
2 Cranes Inn is also just a 2 hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, 90 minutes to Cedar Breaks National Monument and Brian Head ski resort, less than 3 hours to Glen Canyon/Lake Powell, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We are less than an hour from several other colorful recreation areas, including Snow Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Quail Creek, Kolob and Sand Hollow Reservoirs, and several world class mountain biking trail networks, including Gooseberry Mesa and Guacamole. There are also several nearby golf options (including disc golf!)
We are a 2.5 hour drive from Las Vegas airport, where there are convenient and affordable shuttle services right to the area: (St George Shuttle and St George Express.) The Inn is also less than an hour’s drive from either Saint George (SGU) or Cedar City (CDC) airports.
You will never run out of things to do here!
Holistic outfitting, Narrows equipment rentals and guided tours in and around Zion National Park, Utah.
We help you with the What, Where, and How so you can explore the "Why."
A full service bike shop and guided trip operator. Rent bikes for your next great Zion adventure, get out of your car, avoid parking! An authorized Trek reseller, they rent quality bikes for every age, skill level, and interest. To reserve and arrange rental of bikes and ebikes, contact Zion Cycles directly, or visit them in Springdale, just behind Zion Pizza Noodle. They’ll set you up right!
A personal hybrid trailhead shuttle service, here to help you make the most of your hiking miles. Many trailhead options starting from east to west rims and beyond, with most hikes ending conveniently at Zion Canyon's natl park shuttle, and/or your own waiting car. To reserve for any shuttle within Zion Park, contact Zion Guru directly and ask for us, or for many other destinations outside the park, contact 2 Cranes directly.
A professional human development cooperative
The close sibling communities of Rockville and Springdale host a variety of holiday and arts events throughout the year, including the Butch Cassidy 10K/5K run, Earth Day, Zion Canyon Music Festival, and several festive small-town parades for St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, and the winter holiday Zion Joy to the World Light Parade competition. All are warmly welcomed. Please see the above links to confirm dates and times.
Zion Natl Park Forever Project hosts the ongoing Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series, combining the scientific, photographic, literary and historic.
Several other events are sponsored by Z-Arts, our local Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council.
Roaming slightly further, DOCUTAH is the International Documentary Film Festival held annually in nearby St. George, Utah. Just a bit north is the annual and reknowned Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.
If larger outdoor competitions are more your speed, there are several running races, including the Zion Half Marathon, Zion Ultra Marathons and Trail Half Marathon. The infamous Red Bull Rampage is an extreme, invitation-only freeride mountain bike competition held just minutes away, in Virgin, UT. Not-to-be-missed for MTB enthusiasts!
Zion National Park's official website has ongoing information happening within the park itself, for both the planned and the naturally occurring but far less planned! To that point, often Zion Natl Park's most up-to-the-hour updates may be found via the park’s official social media pages. For road and trail conditions, etc. you may want to check Twitter: @ZionNPS, Instagram: zionnps, and Facebook: @zionnps
Cozy, roomy, peaceful, playful, comfortable...
Set back from the main road, there are four comfortable bedrooms to offer, each with their own full private bathroom. Three rooms are queen-sized, one king, with extra bed options if needed. All upstairs rooms have simple private work space. One room is on the ground floor with easy access. Each interior guestroom has its own secure lock and key.
2 Cranes Inn invites guests to relax in our many common areas. At this time we emphasize our spacious and always lovely outdoor grounds, including for take-out dining.
Our beloved communal kitchen and indoor dining areas are now available again! (Masks still required for all guests not yet fully vacinated. Please, and thank you!) By popular demand, and to help us back ease into a communal kitchen (and those early mornings...) we will continue to provide within each private guestroom kettle and hot beverage set-ups, including fresh-ground coffee and a small assortment of teas to get you started.
Outdoors, guests are welcome to relax on the wrap-around porch and use the large gas grill on the covered back patio. There is a large sandstone-lined fire pit and extensive garden with fruit trees in which to meditate, or swing in a hammock. There is also a large river-stone and grass walking labyrinth in which to wind, and unwind.
Learning from our time working at a local outfitting/guiding shop, and mindful of the many different food preferences and allergies, we offer a different model than a typical B&B prepared breakfast, so you can better plan your meals in any way befitting your adventure schedule and eating routines. In our large and fully equipped communal kitchen you will hopefully find all you need, including complimentary fresh-ground coffee, an assortment of teas, a room-specific cupboard for all your shelf-stable items, and a shared refrigerator. There are some convenient food items available (oat meals, juices, non-dairy milks, trail bars, late snacks) especially helpful if you happen to arrive late. There are also excellent grocery and restaurant options in the nearby town of Springdale, just up the road at the entrance to the national park.
To support and enhance your canyon retreat experience there are no televisions. Our free high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the property should you need to dip back into the digital world during your stay. There is also a digital printer available for guest use.
The Kolob Elk Room is our spacious and colorful upstairs suite with a queen-sized bed, full attached private bathroom with shower/tub combo, and a dining table for 2 and another full-sized bed to comfortably sleep up to four. It offers a warm and cozy atmosphere. Perfect for stretching out on longer stays.
The Red Fox Room is our peaceful upstairs northern den with a roomy King bed, full attached private bathroom with shower/tub combo, and views of the red rock bluffs. Great for sleeping late.
The Dragonfly Room is our sunny upstairs room with queen-sized bed, full attached private bathroom with walk-in shower, personal writing desk, and southern views. It overlooks the front lawn with river-stone labyrinth and many fruit trees, and offers a peek of spiring Eagle Crags. Great for early risers.
The Desert Tortoise Room, our smallest, is downstairs and sunny with queen-sized bed, easy access, and full attached private bathroom with walk-in shower. The windows face our spacious front lawn and enormous pecan trees.
Most upstairs rooms can accommodate an additional single roll-away or air bed upgrade if needed.
All rooms may be reserved at once for larger gatherings, retreats, weddings, holidays, corporate off-sites, or other special events.
You might even be able to stable your horses right over the fence from us if they travel with you! (Just call ahead to arrange.)
Formerly operated as the quaint Rockville Rose Inn, this beautiful property changed ownership in 2016 and soon thereafter took flight with new vision as 2 Cranes Inn - Zion.
The 2 Cranes Inn proprietors, Lisa Benham and Lizette Byer, are originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and between them bring a broad range of professional, academic, and life experiences to the venue. These include tech development and design, fine arts, music, parenthood, environmental and sustainability education, meditation instruction, mindful running, and professional Integral Coaching. Their additional work with the local business Zion Guru as canyoneering outfitters, guides, and as operators of their custom hybrid trailhead shuttle service, 2 Cranes Shuttle, all provide guests with a broad package of adventure information and options.
2 Cranes Inn has a hand-constructed river-stone walking labyrinth and continuing plans to gently expand the function of our property to accommodate yoga, massage, meditation, and other engaging and restorative offerings.
May this broad arc of joys, passions and intentions inform the inn's ambiance and your experiences during your stay here in the canyon.
In no particular order (because that's so mutually exclusive and linear...)
semi-random facts about where we live