People with Disabilities Enjoy Ponderosa

December 11th, 2014


Recently
we had the opportunity to provide some complimentary experiences for  a great group of folks from Logan, Utah.  In the words of one of their leaders, here’s what they had to say.

Ponderosa Ziplining

“Visiting the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort was the highlight of our trip to Southern Utah. Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, a non-profit in Logan, Utah that provides outdoor recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities took 16 people with disabilities zip-lining at Zion Ponderosa. Most of our clients never dreamed that they could zip-line, but the patience and support of the AMAZING staff at Zion Ponderosa has us screaming “LET’S DO IT AGAIN!!”. One of our participants said this of the experience “I’m 70 years young, and zip-lining is on my bucket list. I couldn’t imagine a better place to cross it off!”

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures sends a huge thank you to Michael, the general manager who made this trip possible for us, and two the WONDERFUL recreation staff that made all of our participants feel accepted and comfortable. Thank you everyone! See you again next year!”  Brynn Sebring

Learn more about Common Ground Outdoor Adventures here.

Canyoneering

July 28th, 2014
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Rappelling in Birch Canyon

Canyoneering is the ultimate way to explore the beauty of Zion National Park. National Park Services describes canyoneering as an outdoor activity combining route finding, rappelling, problem solving, swimming, and hiking. Some of the most beautiful sights in the region are those found deep inside a canyon, only reachable to the adventurous few who are willing to rappel down.

At Zion Ponderosa we both recognize and encourage this unique opportunity. Experienced canyoneering guides are available to take guests on either a full day or half day canyoneering adventure. Even if you have no experience rappelling, our guides are trained to assist you and ensure your safety.

Before even heading to the canyon, a guide will provide a complimentary rappelling lesson and allow you to practice down our outdoor climbing wall. Once everyone is comfortable, the group will be carpooled to their canyon. Half day canyoneering trips are at Orderville Canyon, and full day is at Birch.

Both are slot canyons and filled with beautiful sights, multiple rappels, down climbs, and hiking. Birch contains eight rappels and three down climbs, whereas Orderville has three rappels and two down climbs. Prices for canyoneering can be found here. 

When asked why he loves canyoneering so much, lead guide Eric Brown stated, “I love being deep in a canyon and feeling like I am somewhere where no one else has ever been before”. Canyoneering is something everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or experience.

Utah For Veterans

July 21st, 2014
Utah For Veterans Sign on our Recreation Barn

Utah For Veterans Sign on our Recreation Barn

Zion Ponderosa is proud to have hosted Utah For Veterans this past weekend. This nonprofit organization was founded by Utah native Mary Southerland. After returning from service in Iraq, she came to understand how hard of an adjustment it is for veterans. To read her incredible story, click here. 
Veterans with General Manager, Michael Kane, and Front Desk Manager, Erin Anderson.

Veterans with General Manager, Michael Kane, and Front Desk Manager, Erin Anderson.

Here’s the vision according to their website: bringing Veterans, Civilians, and Contractors that have served in war zones to Utah’s State and National Parks. Southerland wanted to provide an opportunity for Veterans to truly experience the beauty of the nation they were serving. In her own words, “[Veterans have] seen war zones but they haven’t seen the national parks that they’ve fought for.”

This vision inspired their first one-week trip, which began July 15th and concluded at Zion Ponderosa. Their trip was filled with tremendous support and adventure. The Veterans spent this week in Salt Lake City, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Zion National Park. It has provided an opportunity for Utah communities to show their gratitude for the service of so many, and given these Veterans one of the most beautiful places to decompress and heal.

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The Sunset from Zion Ponderosa Property

Indeed, Southern Utah is a very different kind of desert than Iraq. From ziplining and swimming to a sunset jeep tour, we hope Utah For Veterans had an enjoyable stay at Zion Ponderosa and we were grateful for the chance to host them.

To follow this organization and to hear about their future trips, find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Utah4Veterans.  They created the following video to document their time here, taken from their Facebook page: