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Fall Getaway

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Fall Getaway by Susan Strayer

Zion National Park in Autumn

Zion National Park in Autumn

 

My husband’s brithday is in October and this year we decided to celebrate with a two night stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. We’d been there earlier in the summer, but I was excited to see Zion National Park with fall colors. James was excited to ride the trails on the Ranch’s UTV.

Staying in a Comfortable Cabin Suite.

Fall Getaway at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

When we arrived at our cabin suite, I could already feel my muscles relax in anticipation of our vacation. The rustic style of the cabin suites, combined with the kitchenette and separate seating area made me feel right at home. We could’ve stayed in any of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort’s six lodging options, but the cabin suite was the perfect choice.

 

We started our stay with dinner at the Blue Belly Grill. James had “the tastiest Bleu Bacon Cheesburger he’s ever had” and I had delicious Spicy Vegetarian Pasta. We enjoyed the food so much, we made a point to eat there again the next night.

Dinner at the Blue Belly Grill was delicious.

Dinner at the Blue Belly Grill was delicious.

 

In the morning we played mini golf before heading out on the trail. The Utility Vehicle we rented could seat six and easily handled the bumps of the numerous off road trails surounding the Ranch. We made our way to Jolley Gulch and Pine Knoll Observation point where we could see Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and way in the distance the north rim of the Grand Canyon. James loved it so much, I’m sure owning a UTV will be in our future.

 

Riding the trails in a UTV at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Riding the trails in a UTV at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

We loved the UTV ride, but could’ve also gone horseback riding, ATVing or Rock Climbing thanks to all the activities Zion Ponderosa ranch offers. The weather in October was perfect, unlike the sweltering heat of the summer, the air was warm with a cool breeze.

Zion National Park in Autumn

Zion National Park in Autumn

 

The rest of our time was spent exploring the area’s National parks. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is located on the eastern border of Zion National Park, so of course we went there to see the fall colors. In October, the summer crowds have all disappeared so the park was relaxing and beautiful. The next day we decided to drive just over an hour to Bryce Canyon National Park to see the hoo doos there. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort’s unique location between the two made it a great place to stay, and the beautiful fall weather made it the perfect time to visit.

 

Wagon Rides and Dutch Oven Dinners

Monday, July 29th, 2013

In summer months, and presently on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, of each week,  guests have the opportunity of taking a wagon ride through the forest to a location where we serve up a wonderful dutch oven dinner.

This wagon ride and dutch oven dinner experience offers a greater feel of the old west and an opportunity to enjoy a traditional dutch oven meal.   This is a great experience for couples, families, corporate, or other groups.

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Wagon Ride and Dutch Oven Dinner

Guests take a wagon ride through the forest for this dutch oven dinner experience.

We encourage you to reserve this activity in advance.   Learn more here…

Exclusive Utah Video: Zion Ridge

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Utah.com is website/business that has one focus: increasing awareness of Utah.  It seeks to inform those who are traveling to Utah or those looking for new places to visit in Utah about the countless possibilities.  From lodging to transportation, from restaurants to events, and from stores to maps, Utah.com holds nothing back.  One of the best features of Utah.com its sister company, Exclusive Utah.

Entrance to Zion Ridge

The beautiful entrance to the gated community Zion Ridge

Exclusive Utah features Utah’s exclusive and unique properties and services.  They feature Ski/Mountain resorts, Dining/Nightlife, Exclusive Experiences, and Red Rock/Desert resorts.  Zion Ponderosa was lucky enough to be chosen by Exclusive Utah to be hosted on their website.  Zion Ridge is an important part of Zion Ponderosa and is the ultimate relaxation spot in the Zion National Park area.

Zion Ridge consists of our beautiful vacation homes.  Each home is unique and well-equipped for a splendid stay.  Whether your group consists of 3 people of 35 people, there is a home that will be perfect for your group.  Several homes overlook an expansive and breath-taking gulch with raising mesas and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in the distance.  Other homes are surrounded lush forests, perfect for adventure.  Each is different in architecture and décor, and there is an ideal home for each unique taste.

764 home at night

One of our beautiful vacation homes at night

Each guest in one of our beautiful mountain homes has open access to all of Zion Ponderosa’s amenities: recreation activities, two-tiered pool, volleyball and basketball courts, evening activities, exquisite massages at the Juniper Spa, and dining experiences, particularly the Blue Belly Grill.

Many of our exquisite amenities were featured in the video made by Exclusive Utah.  The fine dining at the Blue Belly Grill simply jumps off the screen and cries “Eat me”, the gravity-defying pool is ready for someone to make the first splash, and the hot tub beckons for someone to take a dip.  The homes each look splendid with gorgeous entry-ways, aerial views of the rooftops and deep gulch, personal hot tubs bubbling, kitchens stocked with supplies from our grocery shopping service, and elegant master bedrooms and bathrooms with lighted candles.

Exclusive Utah did a spectacular job with the video and we are truly honored to be featured on by them.  Learn more about Exclusive Utah by visiting their website.

If you’d like to know more call us toll free at (800) 293-5444 or visit our website Zion Ponderosa.

Guests eating at the Blue Belly Grill

Guests dining at the Blue Belly Grill