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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.

 

Overlooking Zion

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

As those that have visited Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort will know that we are located at the top of Zion National Park.  The beautiful mountains and valleys surrounding the resort are absolutely breathtaking.

The pictures below were taken above the resort overlooking not only Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, but the beautiful sites of Southern Utah and Zion National Park.

Southern Utah Views

Can you spot Checkerboard Mesa and Zion Ponderosa?  Click on the images to see larger views.

Checkerboard Mesa & Zion Views

Interestingly enough this view point is about 100 yards from where the new cell phone tower is located which now provides cell phone use throughout the area for most providers.

Come enjoy this beautiful scenery with us!

Overlook of Zion National Park

View from ZPRR of cell tower mountain

The Weather is Changing on us

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Being on top of a plateau isn’t easy – especially when summer ends and autumn can’t decide how long it will be.  Utah weather is so unpredictable, and in southern Utah and on top of a mountain doesn’t help much.  One weekend the sun was shining, kids were splashing in the pool, and ATV were zipping around the resort; the next day the wind was nippy and campers were scarce.  However, the guests who still come in the cold weather of autumn really prove their stuff.

Zion National Park in Autumn

Zion National Park in the Autumn

Cabin Suite Fireplace

Fireplace in a Cabin Suite

As the clouds descend lower and lower upon the neighboring mountain, we cant help but stop and stare at the mystical beauty.  Although the summer is amazing in its daily hustle and bustle, autumn is magic in its own sense.  The leaves change to a bouquet of reds and yellows, while the recent rain leaves a smell of freshness in the air.

But as beautiful as autumn is, it quickly changes on us.  Flakes of snow fall lightly upon the ground as a warning of what’s to come.  The air is turning frigid and the fire is crackling in the fireplace.  Hot chocolate and coffee sales grow, as do the jacket sales.  The foreshadowing of winter brings excitement for something new.

While October is just beginning, and there yet to be more weeks of warm days, filled with hiking and play, we look forward to the new season and the new adventures we will take, like opening a Bed and Breakfast and starting education seminars.  The weather is changing, and so are we.

Winter at Zion Ponderosa

Winter at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort