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Couple Start Tiny House Vacation Village Outside of Zion National Park in Utah

This is the story of a couple (Sam and Lily, of Zions Tiny Oasis) who decided to sell their regular house so that they could build their own tiny home on wheels to park on their own property to live a simpler life.

They never really intended for it to become what it is now, but as they started sharing what they were doing, people began to ask when they could come and stay in the tiny house they were building. And I suppose that was the moment that their tiny house vacation village was born. It’s a tiny house hotel called Zions Tiny Oasis just outside of Zion National Park in Utah. And it’s covered here thanks to Jenna over at Tiny House Giant Journey/YouTube. Check it out!

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How They Ended Up Starting A Tiny House Vacation Village

Originally, they started a tiny house build and bought land just so they could live in it themselves.

But as it turned out, they started to generate interest as far as people wanting to experience tiny living on the property with the beautiful views. You really can’t blame them. Cool tiny homes and epic views go together really well.

So now they have a total of three tiny houses on the property, each built on wheels, and each with its own theme. *Update: I think they may have four tiny houses now!

And guess what? They’re adding more tiny homes to the property! So stay tuned…

The Mother Even Tiny House… 230-sq.-ft. of Bliss!

VIDEO – Spectacular Tiny Houses Outside of Zion National Park – Utah


  • This is the story of Sam and Lily and their tiny house dreams…
  • After they got married, they fell for the “American Dream” of buying a house with lots of bills
  • After lots of stress, they decided to make a change.
  • They sold their house!
  • Sam found and bought this incredible property
  • And they started building tiny houses!
  • “The Ark” Tiny House – 300 sq.-ft.
  • The Ark was their first build and they thought they were going to live in it, but they ended up renting it out
  • It took them two years to build it, much longer than they expected, but it was so rewarding for them and very well-done, too
  • “The Guardian Angel” Tiny House – 260 sq.-ft.
  • Large windows with expansive views
  • “Mother Eve” Tiny House – 230 sq.-ft.
  • Tudor-style tiny home on wheels

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • jerry dycus
    June 23, 2020, 10:38 am

    It is a beautiful place and the park is the most impressive mountains with at least 7 different types I’ve seen. B ut it is in the middle of nowhere with no supplies, food, gas for 60 miles and 100s of miles to supplies at a reasonable price.
    And just why are they building a TH on a trailer which only adds costs?
    And beware of height restrictions going though the park as my small rental box truck, lower than many RVs only made it through the tunnels by driving in the center. I couldn’t go back around as NO gas available so had no choice but to hope I could make it through. Luckily I barely did.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 25, 2020, 1:45 pm

      Good warning!

    • James D.
      June 26, 2020, 2:03 am

      Well, cost of a foundation build can be a lot more than a trailer… Especially, as it will usually trigger needing building permits, impact fees, etc. on a long list of additional costs.

      While being near a national park can mean land use restrictions and it’s easier to get permission for non-permanent structures that will not make any permanent changes to the land or require permanent infrastructure that could also effect the land and environment…

      Building on a trailer also means it can be built somewhere more convenient and then easily transported to the location without the high cost of transporting building materials, equipment, etc. to the remote site, commuting costs, etc. Even if all still done on the property they can have a designated building area that they can have set up to more easily build the homes, especially as they’re doing multiple, and then place them as they please…

      While, if their situation ever changes, they can just move… Or just re-arrange the homes on the property as desired…

      But yeah, definitely watch out what route is taken, not every route can accommodate a THOW…

      • jerry dycus
        June 27, 2020, 5:42 am

        One can make non permanent building that doesn’t effect the land without a trailer. For instance my THs are legally pole barns which under 150sq’ in my county doesn’t require a permit.
        One can build it anywhere and put it on a trailer for transport and still have a trailer to use or sell, not just rotting under it.
        One can hire a flat bed tow truck to deliver it.
        They can still move it, just put it back on the trailer, tow truck.
        It’s not eco or economic to waste a trailer. One could even make the TH the trailer with a little thought by attaching the used axle to the TH and bolt a hitch on front.

        • James D.
          June 27, 2020, 7:31 am

          Sorry Jerry but it doesn’t work that way everywhere in the country. Many places, the minimum Sq Ft to build without permits only applies if it’s not made into a complete home with plumbing, etc. and anything larger will still need to prove it can be moved and thus must have wheels. Mind, as well, that not everyone is keeping their tiny house under 150 Sq Ft and rules by protected lands can be very restrictive…

          Though, it usually technically doesn’t actually have to be moveable that far, just around the property.

  • nora
    June 23, 2020, 4:54 pm

    practical endeavors, i’m a single person,
    prefer to sleep alone
    grrreat location!
    Natural Views!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      June 25, 2020, 1:39 pm

      It’s pretty awesome 🙂

  • Alison
    June 23, 2020, 11:37 pm

    It sounds like they rent out all the houses and don’t live there. Hmmm. I like how each house is very different, but none are freakishly “themed.” The three we saw seem pleasant and comfortable.

    • James D.
      June 26, 2020, 2:13 am

      They’re basically running a boarding house with multiple tiny houses. So they are living there, just not always in the same home and when traveling it lets them maximize the financial benefit from the property. Along with helping to never get board with their home as they can always just switch to another one or build a new one to add to their collection…

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