Archive for the ‘Activities’ Category

Happy New Year

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is excited for 2014! Here’s what we have happening this year – we’d love to have you join us.

Full amenities open mid March. Come stay in one of our six lodging lodging options and enjoy our onsite activities and dining as part of your Zion National Park vacation.

Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

The Ragnar Trail Event is April 25-26, 2014. Teams of 8 or 4 run an average of twenty two hours through beautiful trails and tough terrain. Interested? Register here.

Zion Ponderosa is offering a NEW Wellness – Fitness Retreat May 4-10, 2014. Focus on your health as part of the new year and sign up for a week of outdoor exercise, nutrition classes, and healthy meals in a beautiful setting.

A woman performs yoga stretches on the rim of Zion National Park.

A woman performs yoga stretches on the rim of Zion National Park.

Summer Activities – From mid May to Mid September we offer evening activities for Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort guests that range from bonfires, games, crafts, even a rodeo and barn dance!

The second Wellness – Fitness Retreat  will be held September 28- October 4, 2014. 

Cabin Suite

Cabin Suite

Full amenities close in late November after Thanksgiving, but Zion Ridge Vacation Home rentals are available year round. We hope you join us in this coming year!

Susan Strayer is an outdoors blogger. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.

Observation Point – Zion National Park

Monday, December 30th, 2013

A while back we posted some photos about Observation Point in Zion National Park.  The easiest way to get to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and this road access is open to the public anytime of year. Here’s a short video clip from that same hike that we did recently to Observation Point.

Remember that there can be some snow in the winter at this elevation, and it may be a good time to snowshoe or cross country ski to Observation Point.  Be aware that snow is not consistent at this elevation, in winter months, and you can expect either zero inches of snow on up to one or two feet, depending on the year.  Either way, this is a great overlook to experience even in winter months from the trail-head at Zion Ponderosa.

The other way to Observation Point in winter is from the bottom of the park, and the trail is not recommend during this time-frame.

Summer or winter, remember the best access to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on the east side of the park.  Read more about it here.

 

 

Happy Holidays from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

This past year was the first time I had heard of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and now it’s one of our family’s favorite places. As 2013 comes to an end, it’s great to look back on all the fun from this last year.

Ragnar Trail Relay – April

The Ragnar Relay hosted by Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort this last April was an event never to be forgotten. And it’s coming back! Zion Ponderosa will be hosting another Ragnar Trail race April 24-26, 2014.

Ragnar Trail Relay

Ragnar Trail Relay is coming soon to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

 

 

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks – June

Summer is the busiest time of year at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and for good reason. The weather is warm, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park are close, and the activities offered on site are above and beyond anything else in the area. It’s a beautiful place to be.

View of Zion National Park main canyon

View of Zion National Park main canyon

 

 

Family Reunion – August

At our family reunion this August, all 52 of us had a blast at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. We hiked and biked in Zion National Park, rode UTVs, horses and climbed the rock wall and got massages. We even watched a Rodeo and danced the night away at a Barn Dance. It was a great vacation and tons of fun.

Hiking with tots at Zion National Park

Hiking with my kids at Zion National Park.

 

 

Couples Getaway – October

My husband and I enjoyed a quiet fall break by spending a weekend at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. The changing colors at Zion National Park were amazing as well as catching the sunset from the porch of our Cabin Suite.

We were lucky the US government shutdown of National Parks ended October 16, 2013 just a few days before we came, but even if we hadn’t been able to see Zion National ParkZion Ponderosa Ranch Resort had plenty of activities to keep us busy.

The sunset from the porch of a Cabin Suite.

The sunset from the porch of a Cabin Suite.

 

Thank you for sharing part of 2013 with us. We hope to see you all again soon. Happy Holidays from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Susan Strayer is an outdoors blogger who lives near Sundance, Utah. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.