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Blogger Retreat – Zion Ponderosa

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Zion Park Helicopter

An aerial view from the helicopter looking into Zion National Park.

This past weekend we hosted a large group of blog experts for a retreat at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.   Family Forward was the host organization and Zion Ponderosa simply provided the backdrop, lodging, and extracurricular activities.

Zion National Park Helicopter

Family Forward retreat participants treated to a scenic flight east of Zion National Park.

General Manager Michael Kane did have one big surprise up his sleeve, as he brought in some helicopters from Upper Limit Aviation out of Cedar City to provide some short helicopter rides for the Family Forward guests.

Watch this video and enjoy some of the photographs posted on our Facebook page – here.

This is the retreat provided by the Family Forward organization, and this is the big event they’ll be hosting this fall with us.

#familyforward, #familyforwardzion


Utah Office of Tourism – Retreat – Board Meeting

Monday, May 12th, 2014

This past weekend we hosted the Board of Directors and various staff members for the Utah Office of Tourism.   Much of their time was spent in planning meetings, but they did get a little time to experience Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. The UOT is headed by Vicki Varela and the board is chaired by Joel Racker.

Utah Tourism

The Utah Office of Tourism Board of Directors and members of the staff at Zion Ponderosa

While visiting Zion Ponderosa the group had the opportunity to ride our Polaris Rangers on Zion Ponderosa’s 4,000 acress that border Zion National Park.  From Pine Knoll, one of the high points on the property, visitors were able to see grand views in all directions.   Watch this video of this group’s visit to Jolley Gulch.

Zion Ponderosa offers a wide range of activities including jeep tours, horseback riding, guided canyoneering adventures, ATV tours, shotgun shooting, paintball, climbing wall, zip line, and more.  With six lodging types, a restaurant, and all these activities, Zion Ponderosa is also a great location for a corporate retreat or group event.

ATV Tour Zion

Vicki Varela and David Wiliams peer back at our camera as they enjoy a guided ATV experience.

 Access to Jolley Gulch is quite easy from Zion Ponderosa, and many people will walk, mountain bike, or even drive to an access point where this view can be seen.

Jolley Gulch - Zion National Park

A view down Jolley Gulch

5 Essential Items to Prepare for Zion Weather

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Zion National Park ranges in elevation from just under 4,000′ to over 8,700′, and temperatures can be quite different at varying elevations. Zion Ponderosa sits at 6,500′ and is therefore cooler than the bottom of the park, and that is a great thing during hot summer months. The upper areas of the park are part of large plateaus and are less shielded from breezes so during winter, spring, and fall, wind-chill is something to take into consideration.

Zion Hiking

Hiking to upper elevations in Zion National Park.

Layered Clothing:
With exposure to wind, sun, and the rare chance of rain or snow, it is always good to bring along some layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed. Light long sleeve shirts, and zippered leg-pants that turn long pants into shorts, or vice-versa, can be handy. If you intend to be in the water (slot canyons) it is wise to put some articles of clothing in water-proof or zip-lock bags so you’ll have some dry clothing.

Foil blanket and rain pancho

Take these items along every time you hike. They are small, light, and inexpensive.

Rain / Wind Protection: It is wise to include an inexpensive rain poncho, and an emergency reflective foil blanket, as these items are small, light, and always easy to include in a small backpack or waist pack.  These items can be converted into a crude shelter if needed.

Sun hat

Broad brimmed hats give better coverage from sun exposure.

Broad Brimmed Hat: No matter the time of year a hat is always a good item to have along since the skies over Zion are mostly clear, and sun exposure should be anticipated. It’s always wise to include sunscreen for any other parts of your body that will get too much sun exposure.

water bottles

Bring water on every walk or hike.

Water: No matter the time of year, if you are outdoors and walking for any lengthy period of time, you’ll need water. In summer months it is wise to plan on approximately ½ a liter of water for each hour, and depending on your level of exertion you may wish to have more. Water filtration bottles are easy to carry and not a bad idea for emergency situations.

Insulation: If you intend to go into one of the Zion area slot canyons where you’ll be in and out of water, then you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for water temperatures and sun-shaded canyons. In non-summer months water and air temperatures can be quite cool and you’ll need insulation for your feet, and/or your whole body (wet or dry-suit).

Other items for emergencies: It’s always good to bring a portable first aid kit and some matches or some way to start a fire to keep warm.