Archive for the ‘Dining’ Category

Blog Posts About Zion Ponderosa

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Recently we’ve hosted some blogging professionals at Zion Ponderosa.  At least one of those blogging experts, writing on behalf of Mom It Forward, has had some nice things to say about Zion Ponderosa, Zion National Park, and the rest of the region that surrounds us.  We thought you’d be interested in reading some of what Jamie Moesser has written.  Click on the topics below to read these blog posts:

Sightseeing in Southern Utah

Zion National Park – Making Memories with Kids

Family Vacations in Southern Utah

Zion Ponderosa – Vacation Dining

Zion Ponderosa – Lodging Options

Jamie Moesser has a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration and has spent 10-plus years working with non-profit organizations.  Now she enjoys blogging, volunteering at her sons’ school, writing fiction, scrapbooking, dirt biking, waterskiing, and r/c car racing.

NEW Wellness – Fitness Retreats

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Utah Wellness Retreat

Wellness Retreat at Utah’s Zion National Park

It’s time to strengthen your whole body wellness and Zion Ponderosa is the place to do that in 2014.  We have just launched a new program that is slated for two specific weeks where you, your friends, associates, and family can experience the physical activity and relaxation that can truly bring rejuvenation.

Utah Wellness Retreat

Enjoy the seclusion of our 4,000 acre resort on the border of Zion National Park.

Join us this coming May 4-10 or September 28 – October 4 for a week that will help you to be physically active, and provide the atmosphere where your mind and soul can gain the strength and wellness that you’ve been hoping for.

Wellness Retreat Coordinator

Mandy Woodhouse

Directed by our in-house Wellness expert Mandy Woodhouse, you’ll have the opportunity to experience fitness classes, guided hikes, guided scenic tours, and outdoor adventure.  See a  sample itinerary here.

This retreat includes excellent healthy dining options, access to our 4,000 acre forested ranch, plus the amazing surroundings of Zion National Park.  While this is not specifically a weight loss experience, you are likely to firm up your muscles, and gain greater physical tone, and potentially lose weight as you enjoy our delectable meals, and wellness activities.  We invite you to share this experience with your friends, family, and associates on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

Learn more about our Wellness Fitness Retreats at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.


The Blue Belly Grill

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Blue Belly Grill Restaurant – On Site Dining for Breakfast and Dinner


Nothing adds to a vacation like good food, and as a recent visitor to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, I can tell you, their food was good. After our first day of  hiking and playing in the great outdoors, my family was ravenous, so we hit the Blue Belly Grill for dinner.

Blue Belly Grill Restaurant

Zion Ponderosa’s Blue Belly Grill.

I ordered the Spicy Vegetarian Pasta, on the mild side. I’m not a spicy lover, but this dish was filling and delicious, so much so, I saved some for lunch the next day. My husband ordered their Bleu Bacon Cheeseburger served on a whole wheat bun. After a few bites he said, “This may be the best Bleu Bacon Cheeseburger I’ve ever had.” Pretty high praise from my burger loving man.

The Blue Belly Grill Restaurant

The Blue Belly Grill Restaurant

Now, I know I’m the lady every waiter hates, because when it comes to food for my four-year-old son, I’m very picky.  His severe allergies to wheat, eggs and nuts make most restaurants visits stressful. Wait staff often have to double check  ingredient lists and recipes, but at Blue Belly Grill, Chef Frances P. Van der Stappen’s commitment to providing gluten free and allergy free foods made it easy. In addition to using no peanut oil, all meals are made fresh and grown locally. Ethan was pleased and so was I.

When I asked Chef Frances about her menu she said, “It’s designed after the welcoming mentality of the Neeleman family [Owners of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort]. We try for true western hospitality – honest cooking made from scratch.”

Chef Francesca P. van der Stappen

I think she nailed it. Everything from the Bleu Bacon Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Top Sirloin, Spicy Vegetarian Pasta and Margerita Pizza was tasty and done well. We enjoyed our food so much, we made a point to come back the next night.

In addition to a great dinner menu, their breakfast offerings of french toast, biscuits and gravy, omelettes and fruit and yogurt are sure to start anybody’s day of adventure off right. Also this year, their annual Thanksgiving dinner is sure to tempt everyone’s tastebuds.

Bon Appetit!