Smithsonian Retreat | Enjoy Zion Skyline Views


Apple Valley, UT, United States

Short Description

Zion National Park Skyline Views at the Smithsonian Retreat


An unbelievable launch pad or just-stay-around-home pad for your exploration of Southern Utah, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon. Amazing views of Zion National Park from the south, Smithsonian Butte and Gooseberry Mesa from the west. Take day trips to some of earth's most majestic sites or stay home and enjoy the giant playroom, private tennis court, or gorgeous views. There is easy access to vast federal lands from this unparalleled property.


Amenities and Food: Apple Valley boasts no supermarket, no red light and no business other
than the Chevron. The café in the chevron is great for burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, but it is not
the place to stock up. Just ten miles west in Hurricane there is a Lin’s Marketplace on Highway 9.
Further toward St. George on Highway 9 is a Walmart Superstore, close to the turn to Sand Hollow
State Park and Resort. I recommend stopping at these options before heading up the 2,000 in
elevation to Apple Valley.

Dining Out: Visit Hurricane for a vast selection of Mexican food and fast food, but not real big on
diversity. Springdale, the small tourist town at the gate of Zion has a lot of local and ethnic options
as well as fine food. St. George and Washington are full of the national chains, but also, as the
largest town in the region have ethnic and a variety of more local American options.

Offroad and ATV: While there are heaps of trails within 15 miles for ATVs, the Smithsonian Butte
Federal preserve is just east of the home and offers great dirt road access to trails on federal land.
If you have a 4WD vehicle, Main Street as it’s called which cuts from the highway through some
farmland to federal land is the most direct, most scenic and most entertaining route to Zion. Zion
is only about seven miles as the crow flies and less than 12 when you take Main Street. However,
there are steep parts of this dirt road that make it unsuitable for your average sedan. We
recommend going back to HW 9 in Hurricane to access Zion in your average sedan. You are
welcome to bring your ATVs or Motorbikes, however, please do not ride around our property with
them. You may even park them under the carport, but please do not use the smaller third garage.
You do however have access to the two primary garages.


You will have the entire 2.5 acres, fenced and gated, to yourself during your stay. This includes the home, detached playroom, tennis courts, covered space and two car garage with a third detached garage for overflow. There is space to park a trailer, RV, or boat on the property as well.

Apple Valley is a small town, a nice, safe and quiet town, and town ordinance requires that outdoor activity be quieted to talking voices after 10 PM in respect for the town and neighbors. The location of the home on a Cul-de-sac atop the town also make the home unsuitable for large events.


The Smithsonian Retreat is owned by Timberroot, a small, family business that specializes in creating rustic spaces that allow you to relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature.

This house is eccentric and absolutely remarkable, and the views are breathtaking! The red adobe style gives it the perfect desert feel, but the solid log beams, wood room and ceilings give it a warm and rustic feeling on the inside. With four bathrooms, four dedicated bedrooms, and one semi-bedroom with a pull-out sofa, you can bring a few families or just a large group of friends. And even though some of earth's most exotic geological features are a short drive away, you may not want to leave this memorable vista.

The house offers a massive gameroom, complete with pool table, shuffleboard, foosball, and air hockey. Attached to this space is a carpeted TV room complete with a pull-out sofa for extra bedding. But that's just the start of what makes this home an ideal western retreat.

Enjoy the well-lit private tennis court just above the house looking right at Smithsonian Butte which also has a two hoop basketball court. Enjoy the mesa top breezes from the covered front porch or patio area just outside the front entrance on our comfortable outdoor gathering furniture. Also, take the group or family out for a round of beach volleyball on the regulation size sand court.

We have made some significant enhancements this past year starting with the addition of a massive front Trex deck off the front porch. We just had Fiber Optic brought to the house for wifi speeds of over 100M up and down constantly covering the house with a (Hidden by Airbnb) Mesh wifi system. Stream your favorite Netflix shows or watch Live TV (50 Live Channels) with HULU. The kitchen has also seen some new additions such as a crock pot and blender.

But the location and the views may be the stand-out feature. From the front, you are looking at the south of Zion and the entrance to Zion Canyon, arguably the prettiest place on earth. Straight ahead is the majestic Smithsonian Butte, across a bit of ranch land and virtually unlimited federal land, dirt roads, campsites and trails. As the home sits on a rock mesa in the middle of the small community of Apple Valley, you can walk to any edge and see the valley and town below.

It's hard to imagine a more ideal hub for your exploration of southern Utah and northern Arizona, including a short jaunt to Zion National Park, and within 2 hours of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Anetlope Canyon, Bryce Canyon and just a bit further to Capital Reef National Park. Jacob's lake, just above Grand Canyon's North Rim is under an hour away, while the exotic waves of Snow Canyon Park is roughly a thirty minute drive. Pine Valley, Brian Head, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are just east of Kanab, an easy hour's drive. Hurricane and St. George are your closest full-service towns. This house is a real western retreat, comfortable yet rustic, with panoramic views and a central location to natural wonders.


Our Smithsonian Retreat has 4 smart TV's with high speed 1G fiber optic internet in the following locations:

Living Room (Chromecast and Roku)
Master Bedroom (Roku)
Queen Bedroom (Roku)
Playroom carpet area (Roku)

House Rules

–No Smoking / Vaping in Vacation Rental–

Smoking, vaping, and the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted inside of any Timberroot property. Smoking is permitted outside or on uncovered decks. Guests must ensure that windows and doors are closed so that the smoke/vapor does not enter the building. Smoking/Vaping is not permitted in community spaces. Cigarette butts should be fully extinguished and disposed of properly in exterior trash receptacles. Any evidence of smoking/vaping or smoke/vapor damage or odor inside the property or cigarette damage/debris on the exterior of the property during your stay will result in a minimum $150 fine.

–Pool, Spa, & Hot Tub Rules–

Pools, spas, and hot tubs are used at your own risk. Children and any adults requiring supervision must be supervised by a responsible and able-bodied adult at all times. Guests should ensure that the spa is covered when not in use. Complete Hot tub, Pool, and Spa rules are posted at each facility. Guests are responsible for abiding by all posted rules and regulations.

–Fires, Fireplaces, Fire Pits, and Grills–

Fire pits, fire table, fireplaces, stoves, and other combustibles at their own risk. All grills, fire pits, and fires should be kept contained. Guests are responsible for ensuring that all fires are completely extinguished after use.

–No Parties or Events–

This rental may only be used for overnight lodging accommodations and may not be used for weddings, parties, bachelor/bachelorette gatherings, conferences, corporate events, business dinners, cocktail parties, unless specifically permitted by Timberroot management. Only Guests associated with the reservation are allowed on premises at any time. Failure to abide by this policy may result in additional fines and/or eviction from the property.

–Media/Event Use Restriction–

Timberroot accommodations may not be used or reproduced for, or as part of, any online listing, photographic production, television production, movie/film production, wedding event, party, or in any other way in which our property becomes a setting for amateur or professional use of producing, staging, or otherwise, without Timberroot’s express written consent.

–Good Neighbor Policy–

Timberroot Vacation Rentals are designed for families and friends to peacefully enjoy their stay. Timberroot does not tolerate any partying, loud noise, excessive occupancy limits, illegal parking, etc. that violate policy or interfere with our neighbor's peaceful enjoyment of their community

–Pet Policy–

Pets are not allowed at this property. If you want to travel with a pet please ask about our pet-friendly properties. Any evidence of a pet being on this property during your stay will result in a minimum $100 fine.

Cancellation Policy

Your reservation may be canceled with a full refund up to 14 days prior to arrival. A 50% refund is available for bookings cancelled up to 7 days prior to arrival. No-shows and cancellations within 7 days of your check-in date will be billed the entire reservation total. Our property is bordered on all sides by forest, so there is a chance of wildlife wandering onto the property. The creatures include and are not limited to: frogs, mice, raccoons, squirrels, possums, spiders, cicadas, etc... While we make every effort to keep wildlife outside of our lodgings, occasional incursions do occur. No refunds will be issued due to the appearance of wildlife.


Cable TV
Air Conditioning
Air Filter
Indoor Fireplace
Smoke Detector
Fire Extinguisher
Baby Travel Bed
Baby High Chair
CD/DVD Player
Board Games
Towels Provided
Ceiling Fan
Hair Dryer
Crockery Cutlery
Pots Pans
Microwave / Oven
Water Kettle
Coffee Maker
Alarm System
Internet Wifi
Ipod Station
Steam Room
Safe Box
Smart Home
Ironing Facilities
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Has Buzzer
Has Cat
Has Dog
Has Other Pet
Hot Water
Cooking Basics
Has Surveillance
Linens Provided


Hot Tub
Free Parking
Balcony Terrasse
Sea View
Gated Property
Private Entrance
Deck / Patio


Basketball Court
Cinema Room
Is Wheelchair Accessible
Massage Room
Pool Table
Soccer Field
Has Tennis
Wine Cellar
Lock On Bedroom
Family Friendly
24 Checkin
Water Front
Lake Access
Beach Front
Ski-In Ski-Out
Carbon Monoxide Detector
White Noise Machine


Baby Bath
Baby Monitor
Window Guards
Changing Table
Children Books & Toys
Children Dinnerware
Fireplace Guards
Game Console
Outlet Covers
Pack & Play TravelCrib
Room Darkening Shades
Stair Gates
Table Corner Guards
Babysitter Recommendations

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