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Family Forward Recap

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Our Family Forward Retreat in May brought a group of expert bloggers to our property.  The weekend was filled with adventure, interesting classes, and even a helicopter ride over Zion National Park. As we’ve followed these participants on social media, we’ve gained better insight into their impressions and experiences here at the Zion Ponderosa. Here are a few their comments (as seen on their blogs).

“I’d recommend the Zion Ponderosa to anyone – it was the perfect weekend of relaxing, nature, adventure, and good times. Sound like this if for you? Who wouldn’t want an awesome and AFFORDABLE family adventure retreat that includes your whole family (Yes! For kids of all ages!)? Then check out Family Forward: Mountain Adventure.”

-Kaylynn, Among the Young


“We had a wonderful time being taught all weekend long…, taking tons of pictures and videos, and of course, the epic excursions that we did every day. Mine included going horseback riding, flying in a helicopter, taking a tour in a jeep unimog, and skeet shooting.”

-Valeri, Keeping Up With Us Jones’


 ”There are so many awesome adventures you can take but I have to say my favorite was the canyoneering. I can’t describe how amazing it felt to accomplish something I had never done before. The support of our fabulous guides and the rest of the group made it an experience I will never forget. Sometimes the only way you can see the beauty of these areas of the park is to rappel off the edge of a cliff. Hanging from a rope in such a beautiful place is an amazing experience.”

-Leanne, Organize & Decorate Everything


Family Forward brought together a group of very different individuals who are all united in their desire to record life, their insights, and their experiences through blogging. They enjoyed the wide range of activities offered here, and we look forward to hosting this group again.


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