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Observation Point – Zion National Park

Monday, December 30th, 2013

A while back we posted some photos about Observation Point in Zion National Park.  The easiest way to get to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and this road access is open to the public anytime of year. Here’s a short video clip from that same hike that we did recently to Observation Point.

Remember that there can be some snow in the winter at this elevation, and it may be a good time to snowshoe or cross country ski to Observation Point.  Be aware that snow is not consistent at this elevation, in winter months, and you can expect either zero inches of snow on up to one or two feet, depending on the year.  Either way, this is a great overlook to experience even in winter months from the trail-head at Zion Ponderosa.

The other way to Observation Point in winter is from the bottom of the park, and the trail is not recommend during this time-frame.

Summer or winter, remember the best access to Observation Point is from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on the east side of the park.  Read more about it here.

 

 

Thanks All Around

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
View of Zion National Park main canyon

View of Zion National Park main canyon

Here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, we have many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. With Zion National Park as our neighbor, and Bryce Canyon National Park a short drive away, the beautiful scenery that surrounds us is at the top of that list.

Wild Turkeys at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Wild Turkeys near Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Bighorn Sheep - Ram - Feeding on brush in thicket - Zion National Park

Bighorn Sheep Ram feeding on brush in Zion National Park

We’re grateful for the wildlife that call this area home. Bighorn sheep, deer, and wild turkeys are just a few of the species that live in these parts.
We’re also thankful for hardworking employees. This weekend marks the end of our full service offerings for the year, and we’re grateful for the employees who make Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort what it  is. Our vacation rentals are available throughout the winter season, but you’ll have to wait until next year to see our wonderful staff in action.

View from the porch of a cabin suite near Zion National Park

View from the porch of a cabin suite near Zion National Park

But most of all we’re grateful to our guests. Thank you for returning year after year and sharing your vacation with us. The guests at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort are wonderful and we wouldn’t be here without you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winter at Zion Ponderosa

Friday, January 11th, 2013
Zion Winter Vacation Rental Homes

Vacations homes at Zion Ponderosa blanket by snow.

Zion Winter Vacation Rental Homes

It’s mid-January and now is the time to visit  for those who want a serene experience at ZionNational Park.  Zion Ponderosa sits at 6,500 feet and on top of the eastern plateau at Zion National Park.   We get some snow up here around our vacation homes which are open from December through February while the rest of the resort is quiet.

Vacation homes are open year-round and you can bring your own groceries, stay with us, and then venture into the park in a couple of different ways.  Our Zion winter vacation rental homes are large and luxurious cabins in a gated community at Zion Ponderosa.

Zion Park Winter

Zion National Park in Winter – Snow on peaks but clear in the canyon.

1- Walk across the plateau to the rim to gaze down.  You can do this any time of year, but in winter you can often snowshoe or cross country ski to the rim, depending on snow levels.

2- Drive to the east gate of the park (seven miles) and spend time on the east part of the park, or descend into the main canyon (through the tunnel) and enjoy the hikes and scenery at the 4,000 foot level.

Wild Turkeys Zion

Wild Turkeys traverse an open meadow on the plateau above Zion National Park

Wildlife viewing, is particularly good during the winter months at Zion National Park.  Eagles, wild turkeys, deer, bighorn sheep, and other large birds and animals are very prevalent at this time of year.   However you experience Zion National Park, you’ll enjoy winter’s quiet serenity among the Ponderosa pines at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Learn more here