Happy New Year

January 4th, 2014

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is excited for 2014! Here’s what we have happening this year – we’d love to have you join us.

Full amenities open mid March. Come stay in one of our six lodging lodging options and enjoy our onsite activities and dining as part of your Zion National Park vacation.

Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

The Ragnar Trail Event is April 25-26, 2014. Teams of 8 or 4 run an average of twenty two hours through beautiful trails and tough terrain. Interested? Register here.

Zion Ponderosa is offering a NEW Wellness – Fitness Retreat May 4-10, 2014. Focus on your health as part of the new year and sign up for a week of outdoor exercise, nutrition classes, and healthy meals in a beautiful setting.

A woman performs yoga stretches on the rim of Zion National Park.

A woman performs yoga stretches on the rim of Zion National Park.

Summer Activities – From mid May to Mid September we offer evening activities for Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort guests that range from bonfires, games, crafts, even a rodeo and barn dance!

The second Wellness – Fitness Retreat  will be held September 28- October 4, 2014. 

Cabin Suite

Cabin Suite

Full amenities close in late November after Thanksgiving, but Zion Ridge Vacation Home rentals are available year round. We hope you join us in this coming year!

Susan Strayer is an outdoors blogger. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.

Observation Point – Zion National Park

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.



Blog Posts About Zion Ponderosa

December 26th, 2013

Recently we’ve hosted some blogging professionals at Zion Ponderosa.  At least one of those blogging experts, writing on behalf of Mom It Forward, has had some nice things to say about Zion Ponderosa, Zion National Park, and the rest of the region that surrounds us.  We thought you’d be interested in reading some of what Jamie Moesser has written.  Click on the topics below to read these blog posts:

Sightseeing in Southern Utah

Zion National Park – Making Memories with Kids

Family Vacations in Southern Utah

Zion Ponderosa – Vacation Dining

Zion Ponderosa – Lodging Options

Jamie Moesser has a degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration and has spent 10-plus years working with non-profit organizations.  Now she enjoys blogging, volunteering at her sons’ school, writing fiction, scrapbooking, dirt biking, waterskiing, and r/c car racing.