Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, will offer the “Zion in Winter” and holiday packages this year.

“Zion is a particularly appealing winter-season park because daytime temperatures are moderate enough for enjoying outdoor activities,” said Trina Smith, general manager of Zion Lodge. “The park is especially well-known for its world-class hiking which ranges in difficulty from ‘nice-and-easy’ to ‘as-tough-as-it-gets.’”

The Zion in Winter Package includes an overnight stay and features breakfast for two each morning. From Dec. 1, 2011 through March 15, 2012, this package rate for a Sunday-through-Thursday stay is $95 for a standard room, $105 for a Western Cabin and $125 for a suite. On Fridays and Saturdays, the rates are $10 higher. The rates are $119 for a standard room, $129 for a Western Cabin and $139 for a suite during the holiday periods of Dec. 23-30, 2011 and Feb. 17-19, 2012. Each additional person over the age of 16 in the room is $10 with breakfast available for purchase separately. The “Zion in Winter” package is based on double occupancy, does not include taxes or gratuities and is not available on Dec. 31, 2011. Guests should mention the promotion code “WNTR” when making reservations.

Zion Lodge also offers a New Year’s Eve Celebration Package featuring a deluxe New Year’s Eve dinner in the Red Rock Grill, followed by a special late-night reception and toast to welcome in the new year and a New Year’s Day brunch. The rates are $199 for a standard room, $209 for a Western Cabin and $219 for a suite plus taxes and gratuities for two people in a standard room. Guests should reference the promotion code “NYE” for the New Year’s Eve package.

The President’s Weekend Package features two nights of accommodations Feb. 17 and 18 or Feb. 18 and 19, 2012, a gift shop coupon good for 20 percent off products made in the United States, a president-themed dinner for two Feb. 18 and breakfast buffet for two each morning. The two-night package rates are $259 in a standard room, $279 in a cabin and $299 in a suite. Guest should reference the promotion code “PRES” for the President’s Weekend package.

The Zion in Winter, New Year’s Eve and President’s Weekend offers can be booked online with the applicable promotion code or by following the link to the promotions page at www.zionlodge.com or by calling 1-303-29-PARKS (1-303-297-2757) or toll-free at 1-888-29-PARKS (1-888-297-2757).

Zion National Park’s world-class hikes include The Narrows up the Virgin River and Emerald Pools not far from Zion Lodge. The climb up to Angels Landing features switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles, and the last half-mile portion of the hike is truly a white knuckler. In all, there are some 200 miles of picturesque trails in Zion National Park.

Other exciting activities at Zion include climbing, backpacking, canyoneering and bird watching. Zion Canyon and the rest of the park are also renowned for their texture and light that appeal to photographers of every level.

Zion Lodge offers 81 rooms, 40 cabins, a restaurant, café (seasonal) and gift shop. The park is renowned for its sightseeing and hiking and is open year round. Most hiking trails are open throughout the winter.