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Zion Ragnar Trail Relay – A Successful 2013 Event!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Over 1,600 runners just completed competition in the Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort (April 26-27).   The event was a great success as the weather cooperated completely and provided cool nights and moderate day-time temperatures for the runners.   Participants were in great spirits throughout the night and next day as they ran each of their three legs, and then patiently waited in-between.

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Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

A runner celebrates as he crosses the finish on one of his relay legs.

Pam Weileemann from Heber, Utah volunteered at Ragnar because her sons were running in the trail relay. “For guys like my boys who are fathers of families this is a great experience. They brought their young children to this event and are having a wonderful time,” said Weileemann.

Groups of runners came from as far away as Atlanta, Georgia and from all around the U.S.

Ragnar Trail Relay

A view across the pool at the tent city that was part of the Ragnar Trail Relay event.

Zion Ponderosa and Ragnar management also cooperated with the local student members of the Future Farmers of America to provide an opportunity to raise funds for the FFA.   Members and advisers from Valley and Kanab High Schools in Kane County assisted with meal service at an evening dinner and provided a pancake breakfast in the morning.   Houston’s Catering provided a mobile kitchen to assist with the event.
Ragnar Relay At Zion Ponderosa

Clear skies brought brilliant stars over the Ragnar tent city at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

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Fire Group at Zion

A group gathers around one of the several campfires that burned through the night.

Zion Park – Featured in 60 second video!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The Mighty 5
Utah National Parks.

This video that rates as one of the best we’ve seen about the The Mighty 5 national parks in Utah. This was recently created by the Utah Office of Tourism. Kudos to the state and the agency that created such a great campaign.

Utah National Parks are incredible. People just don’t appreciate what is here, until they come.

Zion National Park – Top Ten Things To Do!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

This list of the Top Ten things to do in Zion National Park will give you some ideas for what will be best for you and your traveling companions.

Top Ten Things to Do at Zion National Park

1- Scenic Drive: The drive between the east and west gates of Zion National Park on highway 9 is a great drive, but the drive up into the main canyon at Zion, the so-called scenic drive, is quite spectacular.   Access this drive by going down into the park and turning right after you have passed the tunnel and descended to the canyon floor:

2- Overlook & Zion Tunnel: From the east gate, just before you get to the Zion tunnel you will find two areas where you can park your car.   From here you can climb a short set of stairs and walk to the west toward an overlook of part of the main canyon.  This is the easiest hike in the park that allows you to see from the top-down.

3- Narrows Trail: At the top of the main canyon there is a mile-long paved path that is called the Riverside Walk.  This trail leads deeper into what is called The Narrows section of the park.  At the end of the paved trail you have the option of walking in the river as far up The Narrows as you wish.   Check for details on water levels at the park information center.

4- Zion Narrows: The Zion Narrows is a 16 mile long section of the Virgin River that varies in width but is where steep rock faces form the sides of the river.   This area is quite surreal and is one of the most unique hiking experiences in America.   You can start at the bottom on the Narrows Trail and go up, but some intrepid hikers will start at the top and hike down.  The upper trail-head for this hike is most easily accessible from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

10 Things To Do At Zion National Park

Standing under the overhang where water exits the sandstone at Weeping Rock

5- Weeping Rock: During the main season, you can ride the shuttle to various points of interest.  One of the best is Weeping Rock where the water seeps down from the upper plateau, through the sandstone, and exits in a rock alcove.   In the spring or during a rain storm you’ll also see a waterfall here.

6- Emerald Pools: This is one of the most popular hikes in the park and leads from the Virgin River (mid-canyon) to two different pools of water up against the cliff faces.  This is a mildly strenuous ascent that leads to a point where waterfalls may also be visible at certain times of year or after a rain.

Angels Landing

From Angels Landing hikers can see the road for the scenic drive in the valley below.

7- Angels Landing: Perhaps one of the most dramatic and exciting hikes in America.  Visitors ascend mid-canyon along the face of a rock cliff, and then enter a narrow upper canyon before ascending on a back-and-forth section of trail called Walter’s Wiggles.  Beyond this you will traverse a narrow fin with a drop-off on both sides (1,000+ feet) and then ascend the last section of the hike along a spine that leads to the top of Angels Landing.

8- Observation Point: From Zion Ponderosa you can walk across the plateau to Observation Point, or you may begin a much more strenuous four-mile hike from the bottom of the park near Weeping Rock.  This hike takes you to one of the highest views of the main canyon.

Bighorn Sheep Zion

Bighorn Sheep are prevalent in Zion National Park and commonly seen.

9- Wildlife Viewing: Year-round you may be able to view deer, wild turkeys, and large birds such as eagles, condors, hawks, and ravens.  Bighorn sheep also inhabit the park’s upper east side (above the tunnel) and it is quite common to see these large animals near the road.

10- Court of the Patriarchs: One of the more remarkable views is found just after you enter the main canyon (on your right).  Here you’ll find a stopping point with a short walk (100 yards) to a view point for three large formations referred to as the Court of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).

We hope you enjoyed reading about the Top Ten Things to Do at Zion National Park.  Read more about Zion National Park – here!