Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Memorial Day Weekend: Kicking Off Summer Events

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start to our much anticipated nightly events at Zion Ponderosa. In addition to our wide range of recreational activities offered, a full-time Event Coordinator plans special nightly events for all guests to enjoy. These events range from a weekly rodeo every Saturday to a movie under the stars. A complete schedule can be found here.

This year’s event coordinator, Amanda, is excited about changes in summer events due to new equipment. A new projector will greatly enhance the Monday night movie under the stars. New machines have also been purchased to make cotton candy and ice cream.

A new nightly event was introduced this past Memorial Day weekend called Sunday Ice Cream Sundae night. Guests sat on the lit patio of the Blue Belly Grill and each table was filled with interesting facts about the history of ice cream sundaes. Homemade ice cream was available to purchase for $2 with unlimited toppings. Everyone seemed to enjoy a scoop of homemade ice cream at the close of an 80 degree day in Southern Utah!

This past weekend also marked the first of 14 rodeos this summer. The night began with the National Anthem being sung by a local musician, involved three different competitions, and concluded with audience involvement of barrel racing and pole weaving.

The Start of the Rodeo

The start of the rodeo.

"Santa", the winner of our first rodeo this season

“Santa” won our first rodeo of the season.


With over 600 guests each night over Memorial Day Weekend, these activities were well attended. We are looking forward to a very eventful summer!

Blogger Retreat – Zion Ponderosa

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Zion Park Helicopter

An aerial view from the helicopter looking into Zion National Park.

This past weekend we hosted a large group of blog experts for a retreat at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.   Family Forward was the host organization and Zion Ponderosa simply provided the backdrop, lodging, and extracurricular activities.

Zion National Park Helicopter

Family Forward retreat participants treated to a scenic flight east of Zion National Park.

General Manager Michael Kane did have one big surprise up his sleeve, as he brought in some helicopters from Upper Limit Aviation out of Cedar City to provide some short helicopter rides for the Family Forward guests.

Watch this video and enjoy some of the photographs posted on our Facebook page – here.

This is the retreat provided by the Family Forward organization, and this is the big event they’ll be hosting this fall with us.

#familyforward, #familyforwardzion


Competition Winner

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Our Zion Ragnar Photo Competition winner has been selected! Jonathan, a Ragnar participant from Utah,  will enjoy two complimentary nights in one of our cabin suites for up to six people. His picture was selected out of many submitted pictures based on how well it captured the Zion Ragnar trail relay experience held this year at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Jonathan's Instagram Photo

Jonathan’s Instagram Photo

To view all photo submissions, search for the hashtag #zionponderosa on Instagram. Thank you to all who participated in our competition.

After having great weather on Friday, a light snow came in on Saturday morning (4:00 am.).   Follow this link –> to view Ragnar photos – video from Friday’s activities.