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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

Family Reunions are Strong at Zion Ponderosa

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

In the summer of 2011 we hosted several family reunions in Zion. However, we love to host all kinds of groups. Business or religious groups can escape from their busy lives and land here for a retreat; our conference room, catering, and private bonfires make for excellent conventions. Couples of all ages can make an unforgettable retreat here and get cozy in one of our exquisite cabin suites, receive a couple’s massage, and take a horse ride together, while witnessing some of the world’s most beautiful terrain.  However, some of our favorite groups are the family reunions. These reunions consist anywhere from just a few people up to almost 200! With our tenting, RV sites, cabins, and luxurious vacation homes each group can have a different experience.  Click to learn more about our family reunions.

Utah Family Reunion Location

Family reunion enjoy spending time together on our Sunset Jeep Tour

Family reunions that come to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort always have a blast at our regular amenities; from the two-tiered pool to magnificent hikes, from the ping-pong and pool tables to the volleyball and basketball courts, each family makes their own fun.  However, there’s much more to do! The best days were when one small child was too scared to take the leap and shoot down the zipline and the parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and grandparents shouted words of encouragement from below – with enough support the child always jumped and raced back to go down again. These moments brought the families closer together and made memories that last forever.

Family Reunion at Zion Ponderosa

Family reunions thoroughly enjoy themselves at Zion Ponderosa!

Besides the zipline, family reunion participants enjoyed horseback riding, ATV tours, several types of jeep tours, mini-golfing, canyoneering, and the best – paintball games! All of these excellent recreation activities were perfect for families to spend time together and even battle each other! At the end of each long, exciting day many families piled into our large, white-canvas tent to enjoy a special meal prepared for just their family. Then, each member could mix and mingle while enjoying a savory meal.

We’re located next to Zion National Park and one of our best activities that let family reunions spend more time together and experience something new were our Dutch Oven Dinners + Wagon Rides. After an authentic Western wagon ride, families were met with the barbeque aroma and got to eat next to a beautiful ravine. So many enjoyed the slow-cooked meal they came back for seconds or even thirds. After their bellies were full and a good time was had by everyone, our General Manager, Michael Kane, would tell his thrilling story of seeing a mountain lion and our Customer Service Intern, Clarissa Thatcher, would tell exciting stories about Butch Cassidy. Each person left satisfied and in high spirits.

Dutch Oven Dinner and Family Reunion

Family reunions love to bond at the Dutch Oven Dinner + Wagon Ride!

Many family reunions enjoyed our evening activities, planned by our Event Planning Intern, Megan Bird. With activities ranging from bonfires to barn dances, from night games to stargazing parties, and from rodeos to night hikes, there was always and activity that added a little extra adventure to the family reunion.  Adventure awaited each family reunion and each group made their own memories – we were glad to be there to help make them!

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

Evening Activities

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Memorial Day weekend was super busy up on the resort. Tents were everywhere, all the cabins and homes were full, and the recreation barn was constantly moving. But the busyness only made the ranch more enjoyable. Throughout the day, happy shouts and screams from children echoed over the grass. There was never a slow moment. We even started our evening activities, which will continue throughout the summer.

Soon to be running several times a week, we gave our outdoor movies a test run this Friday. How to Train Your Dragon was a huge hit. The littlest kids can appreciate the story, but the adventure and character development of Hiccup and his friends entertains adults as well. We even have a popcorn machine that will be set up nearby! I really can’t think of anything more fun for the whole family than an outdoor movie with popcorn and soda pop on a warm summer evening.

Watching the families this Friday reminded me of my own family’s outdoor movie parties. Sitting in the warm evening with the chill of night just barely hinted at, we would gather on the back porch with blankets and select one of our favorites. Our outdoor movies give that opportunity to everyone staying at the resort. Bring your blankets and breathe the summer night in deeply as you sit back for some great entertainment.

Fireside activity at Zion Ponderosa

Guests gather around a fire for stories and poetry. Click image to for larger view.

This weekend also marked the beginning of our weekly rodeos. Not only do we have a great group of wranglers to demonstrate the poles and barrels, experienced riders in the audience can participate. Several times through the evening the announcer introduced guests from Las Vegas, Salt Lake, and elsewhere as our newest riders. Dreams of being a cowboy can come true at our rodeo. And if you have no such aspirations, it’s at least worth coming to see the Dolly Parton Race – which rather defies description and therefore must be experienced.

We even started my favorite evening activity – stargazing. Just after ten, our group left the lodge. We had timed our maiden hike perfectly. The moon was gone, the air was just a touch chilly, and the sky was clear and dark. Up at the water tower, we lay on the ground and looked up at the show above us. Cygnus, Ursa Major, Hercules, Draco, and more were beautifully clear. Our greatest challenge was not seeing too few stars – rather it was seeing too many. Identifying a single image in the sky coated with sparkling gems was a well-loved challenge.

Gazing at that wide expanse gives a new perspective on life. Out here in the desert, it is easy to feel like we have so much space. We are so spread out and involved in the world we live on. That may be true, but seeing the stars from billions of light years away and realizing that some of them are whole galaxies reminds me that we really aren’t that big. We are so lucky to live on this world and be able to look out at worlds without number that lie far beyond our reach. Every once in a while you can see something from that distant elsewhere touch our world as meteors fall through the atmosphere. The night sky truly shows another world.