Happy Holidays from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

December 24th, 2013

This past year was the first time I had heard of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and now it’s one of our family’s favorite places. As 2013 comes to an end, it’s great to look back on all the fun from this last year.

Ragnar Trail Relay – April

The Ragnar Relay hosted by Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort this last April was an event never to be forgotten. And it’s coming back! Zion Ponderosa will be hosting another Ragnar Trail race April 24-26, 2014.

Ragnar Trail Relay

Ragnar Trail Relay is coming soon to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

 

 

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks – June

Summer is the busiest time of year at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, and for good reason. The weather is warm, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park are close, and the activities offered on site are above and beyond anything else in the area. It’s a beautiful place to be.

View of Zion National Park main canyon

View of Zion National Park main canyon

 

 

Family Reunion – August

At our family reunion this August, all 52 of us had a blast at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. We hiked and biked in Zion National Park, rode UTVs, horses and climbed the rock wall and got massages. We even watched a Rodeo and danced the night away at a Barn Dance. It was a great vacation and tons of fun.

Hiking with tots at Zion National Park

Hiking with my kids at Zion National Park.

 

 

Couples Getaway – October

My husband and I enjoyed a quiet fall break by spending a weekend at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. The changing colors at Zion National Park were amazing as well as catching the sunset from the porch of our Cabin Suite.

We were lucky the US government shutdown of National Parks ended October 16, 2013 just a few days before we came, but even if we hadn’t been able to see Zion National ParkZion Ponderosa Ranch Resort had plenty of activities to keep us busy.

The sunset from the porch of a Cabin Suite.

The sunset from the porch of a Cabin Suite.

 

Thank you for sharing part of 2013 with us. We hope to see you all again soon. Happy Holidays from Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Susan Strayer is an outdoors blogger who lives near Sundance, Utah. Read more at www.mountainmomandtots.com.

Trails, Trails, Trails

December 13th, 2013

As an early Christmas present, my husband bought our very own Utility Vehicle, a Polaris RZR 4 1000, thanks to our recent stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.  Now, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort didn’t buy us a UTV (although we would’ve appreciated it) but it was there that James first fell in love.

My husband's early Christmas gift.

My husband’s early Christmas gift.

On a vacation in August we rented a UTV to explore some of Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort’s amazing trails. We liked it so much we came back in the fall to ride some more. 

 

A UTV differs from an ATV in several technical ways, but the one that is most important to me is the number of people who can ride. A typical ATV or 4 wheeler can only hold one or two people, but in a UTV up to six people can ride safely. It was big enough we brought our kids in the back. They didn’t love it as much as their daddy, asking to play on our phones and go back to the mini golf course, but I’m sure with time they will enjoy it more.

UTV with the whole family

UTV with the whole family.

The Recreation Barn offers guided ATV and UTV tours in addition to hourly or daily rentals. If an all terrain vehicle isn’t your transportation of choice, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort also offers Jeep and Wagon Tours.

 

The resort has an extensive system of trails with access to vistas of Checkerboard Mesa, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Jolley Gulch. With over 200 miles of ATV and UTV trails, there’s sure to be something interesting to see.

View of Jolley Gulch in Zion National Park arrived at after an hour UTV ride and a fifteen minute walk.

View of Jolley Gulch in Zion National Park arrived at after an hour UTV ride and a fifteen minute walk.

 

If you’re interested in access to a new side of Zion National Park, try it from the seat of an ATV or UTV. Off road vehicles are not allowed in park boundaries, but the views from the surrounding areas are amazing.

 

Read more of Susan Strayer’s mountain mom adventures at www.mountainmomandtots.com.

Ragnar Trail Relay – Coming April 2014

December 10th, 2013


Ragnar is bringing another trail relay to Zion Ponderosa on April 25-26, 2014.   Last year’s event attracted a great crowd and the weather was perfect for the experience.  Watch this Ragnar Trail Relay video from last year’s event.

View some of the great images from last fall’s event below, and visit this link to register for your next great Ragnar Trail Relay experience.

Ragnar Runner

A runner celebrates as he crosses the finish on one of his relay legs.

Ragnar Trail Relay

A view across the pool at the tent city that was part of the Ragnar Trail Relay event.