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Cable Mountain

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets, Cable Mountain is a hike within Zion National Park that offers one of the most spectacular views into Zion Canyon.

Named after the Cable Mountain Draw Works built at the top of this trail, this historic structure can still be found for those willing to make the hike. The Cable Mountain Draw Works was even listed in 1978 in the National Register of Historic Places.

The history of this famous structure is as interesting as the view from the top of the trail. In 1863 Mormon leader Brigham Young prophesied that one day lumber would be transported “as the hawk flies” from that canyon rim. Years later David Flanigan saw his vision of the Draw Works as a fulfilment of that very prophesy. He envisioned and constructed this aerial tramway, which transported lumber over 2,000 feet into the canyon beginning in the year 1901.

Although this hasn’t been used since 1927, the Draw Works still remains in its historic location. Unfortunately Cable Mountain attracts very few people due to its long and strenuous nature. The hike is 15 miles round trip from the Weeping Rock Trailhead or 18 miles round trip from East Rim Trailhead.

However, what many guests do not know is that there is a much less strenuous way to hike Cable Mountain and still experience the great view. From Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort you can also access this trail and avoid most of the elevation gain. Beginning on our property, you can enter Zion National Park from the East and enjoy this fairly moderate hike, just under 8 miles round trip.

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With signs on our property directing you to the trailhead, and a well maintained trail within the park, it is a beautiful and straightforward hike worth checking out.

Improving Grounds

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Great  appearance isn’t everything, but it doesn’t hurt! At Zion Ponderosa we have been working diligently to improve our grounds over the past few months. With an additional full-time employee on grounds and maintenance, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has a new and improved look about the property.

Roads have been smoothed, weeds whacked, gardens watered, but that’s not all. We have also had the pleasure of hosting a few youth groups who volunteered to help with some projects on site. We were very grateful for the help of 40+ girls from Alpine, Utah, who assisted in fixing up our Organic Garden.

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Our Newly Planted Garden

We planted tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables that have already begun to grow. These girls even painted a bench right behind the garden with an excellent view of our mini ATV track.

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Girls From Alpine Repainting the Bench

This year also seemed like an excellent time to purchase a new playground. The new playground is not only nicer and safer, but also much larger.

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Our Recreation Staff Disassembling the Old Playground

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Boy Scout Troop 7715

We were very appreciative of the boys from Troop 7715 in South Jordan, UT, for their assistance in assembling our new playground. It has gotten quite a bit of use already!

The Insider’s Guide to Zion National Park – Free Ebook!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Whether you’ve been to Zion National Park before or not, there are so many incredible things to do that it’s difficult to know where to start. Is it better to climb Angels Landing in the morning or afternoon? Should you start with an easier hike or go for something more technical? Luckily, you can download all the answers in our new ebook, The Insider’s Guide to Zion National Park. It has everything you need to know to have the time of your life – and make sure you look for the “insider tips” from the experts scattered throughout the guide.

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Getting here

Be confident that you won’t get lost on your way here by using the maps and driving directions included in the beginning of the guide. Find out which airport to fly into and exactly how long it will take you to get to Zion from Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. If you want your drive to be part of your experience, there’s even directions for the scenic route.

In addition, the guide can ease your mind about how to navigate the national park itself. Information about where to park, where to get on the shuttle, and how much it costs to enter are all included.

What to do

There’s so much to do in Zion that it’s almost impossible to do it all. Our guide breaks your options down into two simple sections: family friendly activities and more strenuous ventures.

If you’re planning a family trip to Zion, there are plenty of options for visitors with young kids or the less experienced hikers. Family friendly hikes include the Emerald Pools Trail, the Pa’rus Trail, and the Canyon Overlook Trail, and we even give you some special insider tips such as when and where to see the best sunsets on your trip. The guide has a couple other suggestions for family adventures, such as the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, shows at the Tanner Amphitheater, and a secret ghost town just outside the park.

For the experienced hikers and those looking for something a bit daring, we have included a whole section of more strenuous activities in Zion. Climb to the top of Angels Landing or Observation Point, trek through the water of the Narrows, or rappel into the Subway. This guide is where you’ll find everything you need to know to stay safe and be prepared, along with a few exclusive clues for your journey, like when to see the best waterfalls in the Narrows.

When to come

There’s almost no bad time to visit Zion, but each season has different pros and cons. Our guide outlines each time of year in detail so you can choose the one that will work best for you. You’ll know everything you need to navigate the park during your chosen season. Learn what to bring with you and when to come to beat the crowds or take part in a concert or youth program.

All this information and more is at your fingertips. Find out all that’s available to experience in Zion by downloading the Insider’s Guide to Zion National Park.