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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

Corporate Escapes

Monday, June 13th, 2011

ATV Tour – click for larger image

Here at Zion Ponderosa, we take pride in the wide variety of interests and needs we cater to. One often overlooked option is corporate retreats or training camps. Our resort is an excellent location for employees to escape from the daily grind and reset their focus for the work ahead.

Corporate guests can stay in any of our accommodations  On-site, our many facilities are available for your use. The conference room can be rented for group meetings. If your party is too large for the conference room – which seats about 80 – the white tent can be rented for meals and more. Projectors, screens, speakers, and mics can also be rented.

Between training and team building, employees can relax by the pool, go on a horseback ride, or hike into Zion National Park. Our spa offers a wide variety of massages and treatments should even more relaxation be desired. Our staff are friendly and supportive: just what is needed to make a perfect change of pace.

All in all, Zion Ponderosa is an ideal place to refresh the minds and hearts of work teams.