Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Where to Stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Hello fellow visitors to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort! Allow me to introduce myself.  I’m Susan Strayer – an outdoors woman with two kids, a garage full of gear and a house in the mountains. I love Utah’s National Parks, so I was thrilled to discover Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort during a recent family reunion.

Hiking with tots at Zion National Park

Hiking with tots at Zion National Park

For us, a family reunion is no small feat – there are forty two of us total. We try to get together every year, but it’s getting harder and harder to find places that can accommodate such a crowd. But at Zion Ponderosa Resort, my parents, all my siblings (there are nine of us), our spouses and kids, all fit easily. We convened for one long weekend to visit, sight see and try to relax amid the mass of playing children.

The Moose Lodge, where we stayed, had eight separate bedrooms, a bunk area for the kids and an amazing industrial kitchen. It was easy access to the amenities of Zion Ponderosa Resort and surprisingly comfortable for forty two guests. It’s rare to find a place that can fit us all without feeling like we’re living on top of each other.

Moose Lodge

Moose Lodge

Apparently Moose Lodge isn’t the only vacation home rental either. The options at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort include everything from a small two bedroom Overlook cabin to the 6,000 square foot Zion Ridge Family Lodge. There’s a huge range of sizes and amenities that would fit any crowd.  We were so impressed with Moose Lodge, my husband and I are coming back to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort to try out some of their other housing options.

Cabin Suite

Cabin Suite

As an outdoors family, our normal accommodations are sleeping bags and our trusty dome tent. Tent and RV camping sites are options at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, but this time around I think I’d rather sleep on a bed – in one of the resort’s log cabins. The Cowboy Cabins are like having a private bedroom complete with a porch overlooking the beautiful surroundings. The larger Cabin Suites each have a private bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room with sleeping space for up to six. And right now there’s a 20 – 40% discount on lodging if you book a two night stay!

 

I’m excited to try out the more intimate space and spend some time in the beauty of that area with my husband. Zion Ponderosa Resort seems like the perfect place for a fun filled weekend getaway. Can’t wait!

 

Susan Strayer spends a lot of time hiking, camping, and loving the outdoors with two kids in tow. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.

 

What our guests say!

Monday, February 25th, 2013

From time to time we receive photos and comments from our guests about their experience at Zion Ponderosa.  This photo is of a group that stayed recently at Zion Ponderosa and took a minute to have their photo taken in front of the fireplace in our main lodge.   They also took a nice photo of our two-tierred swimming pool at night.

Guests at Zion Park - Zion Ponderosa

Happy guests pose for a photo with our General Manager – Michael Kane

“Just wanted to tell you again thank you for the use of your wonderful place. We all had a great time!” - Angie.

Pool at Zion

The pool at Zion Ponderosa looks great just after dusk. This photo taken by one of our guests.

We welcome guests who wish to send us photos and a testimonials.  Thanks to all who visit Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on the border of Zion National Park.  We’re looking forward to a great season in 2013.  Read more testimonials 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