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Zion Wellness Retreat – Interest Growing

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Recently we announced that Zion Ponderosa would be offering two week-long Wellness Retreats in 2014.

This new press release provides more details that are suitable for re-posting and publication.  WellnessRetreat-May2014-ZionPonderosa.  <—Press here for PDF.

Utah Wellness Retreat

Enjoy the seclusion of our 4,000 acre ranch resort on the border of Zion National Park.

For Immediate Release (also see PDF file above)

Get Away To Get Well

Zion National Park, Utah – January 2014 – In 2014 Utah’s Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is offering two exclusive week-long opportunities to build whole-body wellness. The first wellness retreat is slated for May 4 – 10, and offers a daily physical schedule that includes options for hiking, zumba, aquatics, yoga, and pilates. Informative seminars and outdoor adventures will round out this unique experience.

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The “getaway” is often touted as a method for stepping aside from personal issues and cares, and in essence walking away from your current environment, to distance yourself from everyday challenges. This act of physically moving to a new locale is step one, and step two is to move yourself mentally and emotionally.

A natural setting is perhaps the best possible place to get away when seeking greater personal wellness, and few places are more natural than a National Park. With 4,000 acres of private property Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort sits on a forested plateau at the top of Utah’s Zion National Park, literally bordering the park boundary. This private location is definitely high on the natural setting list and offers a prime foundation from which to build personal wellness.

“Wellness is greatly enhanced when the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of life can each be effectively addressed,” says Wellness Retreat Director Mandy Woodhouse. “Our week-long itinerary provides a well-rounded approach offering clean fresh air in a wonderful mountain setting, excellent instruction, physical activities, and a serene environment for personal introspection.”

These week-long experiences are limited to a small groups so that wellness retreat leaders and instructors can focus on specific needs of each individual. Participants will have time to explore Zion National Park and other nearby attractions, plus enjoy evening campfires, star-gazing, and other entertaining opportunities. “Our guest will have the opportunity for active participation in activities or processes that will build greater physical and inner strength and provide the foundation to better manage life,” says Woodhouse.

This all-inclusive experience comes with fine lodging, healthy dining, and days full of activities.

Contact: Mandy Woodhouse – See her contact information on the PDF file (link at top of page).
Web: www.ZionWellnessRetreat.com

Scouts Put Out Fire Near Zion National Park

Friday, November 8th, 2013
Scouts Put Out Fire Near Zion National Park

Conner with his award

Conner Weller, a 15 year-old scout from Oregon, has a received a national scouting award for his efforts in helping to put out an emerging forest fire near Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort this past summer. While camping in the area with his troop Conner noticed the fire that had engulfed a tree and some area around it. He immediately went for help and to find water, and the fire was successfully extinguished.

Michael Kane the general manager of Zion Ponderosa Resort credits Conner with saving the forest on the east side of Zion National Park, and on Zion Ponderosa property, from severe fire damage.

Conner was awarded the National Certificate of Merit, an award that is given for unusual heroism, bravery or skill. View a television news story about Conner here.

All Utah National Parks – OPEN!

Monday, October 14th, 2013
Utah National Parks Open

A view of Zion Canyon and the valley floor from the trail that leads to Angels Landing

By now the word should be becoming more wide-spread that Utah government officials negotiated a deal with the federal government to pay the bill to re-open the national parks.  The agreement is to fund parks and monuments for at least 10 days, and it seems clear that Utah won’t let the parks close again while the federal government wrestles with their financial issues.

Zion National Park Reopened

Formations on the east side of Zion National Park reflected in a natural pond.

For visitors from around the United States, and from all over the world, that had been planning for months and years to visit the region, the word that the parks were open came as very welcome news.  Here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort we saw a few cancellations but also picked up reservations from people who couldn’t get into the park.

Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon Utah

Zion Ponderosa is a destination ranch resort with six lodging types, a restaurant on-property, and with 20+ activities for guests.  The aforementioned amenities along with the fact that we border Zion National Park with 4, 000+ private acres still makes us an attractive vacation experience, despite the government shut-down of the national parks.  Even with the park closures visitors were able to venture out to experience the myriad other attractions in the region.

Zion Park Utah

A view from the saddle of the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park

Utah is home Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and a host of national monuments, and visitation to these attractions has never been higher.  The strong numbers of visitors has been due in large part to the excellent marketing work, by public and private tourism operations, to spread the word about Utah’s great scenic attractions.   Approximately 70% of the lands in Utah are under federal control and so when the federal government has a shut-down, a rare occurrence, then it does change the dynamics of visitation to Utah, and this did have a serious economic impact on the state.

Zion Park Open

Looking back toward formations in Zion National Park from the road that leads through the tunnel.

We’re glad to see the parks open again, and invite you to continue to enjoy all the serenity and adventure that is offered at Zion Ponderosa, and to experience the magnificence of Utah’s national parks and monuments.

Read more about Zion National Park.