Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Family Forward Recap

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Our Family Forward Retreat in May brought a group of expert bloggers to our property.  The weekend was filled with adventure, interesting classes, and even a helicopter ride over Zion National Park. As we’ve followed these participants on social media, we’ve gained better insight into their impressions and experiences here at the Zion Ponderosa. Here are a few their comments (as seen on their blogs).

“I’d recommend the Zion Ponderosa to anyone – it was the perfect weekend of relaxing, nature, adventure, and good times. Sound like this if for you? Who wouldn’t want an awesome and AFFORDABLE family adventure retreat that includes your whole family (Yes! For kids of all ages!)? Then check out Family Forward: Mountain Adventure.”

-Kaylynn, Among the Young

 

“We had a wonderful time being taught all weekend long…, taking tons of pictures and videos, and of course, the epic excursions that we did every day. Mine included going horseback riding, flying in a helicopter, taking a tour in a jeep unimog, and skeet shooting.”

-Valeri, Keeping Up With Us Jones’

 

 ”There are so many awesome adventures you can take but I have to say my favorite was the canyoneering. I can’t describe how amazing it felt to accomplish something I had never done before. The support of our fabulous guides and the rest of the group made it an experience I will never forget. Sometimes the only way you can see the beauty of these areas of the park is to rappel off the edge of a cliff. Hanging from a rope in such a beautiful place is an amazing experience.”

-Leanne, Organize & Decorate Everything

 

Family Forward brought together a group of very different individuals who are all united in their desire to record life, their insights, and their experiences through blogging. They enjoyed the wide range of activities offered here, and we look forward to hosting this group again.

 

Thanks All Around

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
View of Zion National Park main canyon

View of Zion National Park main canyon

Here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, we have many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. With Zion National Park as our neighbor, and Bryce Canyon National Park a short drive away, the beautiful scenery that surrounds us is at the top of that list.

Wild Turkeys at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Wild Turkeys near Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Bighorn Sheep - Ram - Feeding on brush in thicket - Zion National Park

Bighorn Sheep Ram feeding on brush in Zion National Park

We’re grateful for the wildlife that call this area home. Bighorn sheep, deer, and wild turkeys are just a few of the species that live in these parts.
We’re also thankful for hardworking employees. This weekend marks the end of our full service offerings for the year, and we’re grateful for the employees who make Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort what it  is. Our vacation rentals are available throughout the winter season, but you’ll have to wait until next year to see our wonderful staff in action.

View from the porch of a cabin suite near Zion National Park

View from the porch of a cabin suite near Zion National Park

But most of all we’re grateful to our guests. Thank you for returning year after year and sharing your vacation with us. The guests at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort are wonderful and we wouldn’t be here without you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

So Much To Do, So Little Time

Monday, October 28th, 2013

At my recent family reunion at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, I knew I would spend time at Zion’s National Park. What I didn’t expect was to spend so much time away from it.

Big E on the Extreme Trampoline

Big E on the Extreme Trampoline

I love the natural beauty of the National Parks, but my feet and my young children can only handle so much hiking.

That’s what was great about Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort; it had a huge variety of activities right on site. Horseback riding, rock climbing, paint ball, miniature golf, UTVs, ATVs, skeet shooting, riding the zipline and extreme trampoline jumping for the kids were all available.

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

The forty two members of our family reunion group were occupied from morning until night for a full day.

My husband’s favorite activity was riding the trails on Zion Ponderosa’s UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) which has seating for six. We strapped our tots in the back and set off dodging scrub oak and pine boughs to find the most beautiful overlook areas.

UTV with the whole family

UTV with the whole family

It was so fun, we decided to take a guided tour from the recreation barn later the same day. Our guide led the way on his four wheeler to what felt like a secret access point to Zion National Park. There he told us the tragic story of how Jolley Gulch got its name from a settler man who jumped to his death after pushing his wife and kids over the edge. Although the story is quite sad, the views of Jolley Gulch were amazing.

Little g in the Swing

Little g in the Swing

At the end of the day, we relaxed in the pool, happy with the myriad of activities we had tried that day. We were so close to Zion and Bryce National Parks, but I was perfectly content staying where I was.

 

Susan Strayer is an outdoors woman with two kids, a garage full of gear and a house in the mountains. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.