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Solitude in Southwest Utah

Written by
Thomas Murphy
January 4, 2021

Solitude is the opposite of being alone, or lonely. Solitude connects us to something larger than ourselves. There’s nothing that says solitude quite like a cozy home nestled in its own valley surrounded by the red rock of Southwest Utah. And no one knows solitude better than someone who once took a 72-day solo canoe journey in the Canadian Arctic, documentarian and owner of the Lazalu Zion, Robert Perkins.


Robert has spent his life traveling and writing about remote places throughout the world and many times he did this alone. So when he decided to start an artist retreat that was completely off the grid, he did so in an area located on the edge of Zion National Park. Situated next to 146,000 acres of wilderness, this secluded property makes for the perfect getaway in an age of noise and distraction. It’s here where guests can soothe their soul with a unique outdoor experience that is close to nature in a space that blends in seamlessly with the environment. Guests are completely immersed in the breathtaking landscape as they rest, relax and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of city life.


Made from ancient adobe and designed with a modern twist, Lazalu Zion consists of two quaint rental properties which can handle up to 8 guests, each with its own charisma and personality while both providing panoramic views of Zion Park in the most relaxing setting. While each house has their own bathroom and shower, additionally there is an outdoor shower, outhouse and common area to gather and prepare meals. The owner Robert lives on the property as well to answer questions and connect guests to the experiences that will make their stay memorable.


After exploring the cliffs and canyons of the park, guests can return to soak in the large marble tub or cuddle up next to the fireplace with one of the 2,000 books on art and poetry. There’s also an outdoor shower for washing the desert off your feet. The highlight of this property are the giant glass doors in the bedroom of the Adobe House that swing open onto a river stone patio to reveal stunning views of Cave Valley. At night far from any city lights, the sky comes alive with stars that seem close enough to touch.


Lazalu Zion (book it here) is a two-hour drive from Las Vegas but if you’d prefer to see spectacular views from the sky, guests can alternately reach this private and remote property via a 40-minute helicopter ride. It’s almost as if this property doesn’t want to be found. And once guests are here they don’t want to be found either.