Quiz: What Hike Should You do Today?

May 29th, 2014

Zion has hikes for everyone, from families with young children to experienced hikers. It’s no wonder that people from all over the world flock to Zion to take advantage of the hiking opportunities.

So with all of the hikes to choose from, which one is best for you right now? Answer these 10 questions, and we will suggest a hike that matches up with what you’re looking for.

Where Is Zion National Park and Best Ways to Get There

May 27th, 2014

Zion National Park is one of Utah’s state treasures. It features steep cliffs and beautiful canyons that work together to form an outdoor adventurer’s paradise.

Angel's Landing

But the first step to enjoying Zion is getting there. And since Zion isn’t on the outskirts of any major cities, it takes a small amount of planning to figure out how to get to it.

Where is Zion National Park?

The park is located in Springdale, Utah which is in the southwest corner of the state. It encompasses parts of Washington, Iron and Kane counties.

Utah Map

Zion is designated as Utah’s oldest national park and is home to 69 species of mammals, 208 different types of birds, 29 reptiles, six amphibians and 9 types of fish. It covers 145,598 acres with a low elevation of 3,666 ft at Coalpit Wash and a high elevation of 8,726 ft at Horse Ranch Mountain.

Situated at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert, the park is known for its diverse terrain which includes mountains, canyons, mesas, rivers, monoliths and natural arches.

Easiest Ways to Get to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is just 2.5 hours from Las Vegas, 4 hours from Salt Lake City and 6 to 7 hours from Los Angeles. You can drive to the park, but during the park’s busy season (from April to November), the main canyon is accessible only by shuttle.

Flight Map

Air travel. When traveling to Zion National Park by plane, you have the option to land in two major cities: Las Vegas which is 170 miles from the park, and Salt Lake City which is 311 miles from the park.

If you fly into Salt Lake City you can take a connecting flight into Saint George, Utah or Cedar City, Utah. Saint George is just 49 miles from the park, and Cedar City is 60 miles from the park.

By car. If you plan to travel by car from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Saint George or Cedar City, there are some easy and direct routes you can take to get to the park quickly.

From Las Vegas (163 miles from Zion) or Saint George (40 miles from Zion):

  • Jump on Interstate 15 north
  • Take exit 16 and stay right on State Route 9 East for 33 miles
  • Stay right to continue on State Route 9 East in La Verkin, Utah for 20 miles
  • Stay on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park

From Salt Lake City (307 miles from Zion) or Cedar City (57 miles from Zion):

  • Jump on Interstate 15 south
  • Take exit 27 and stay left on State Route 17 South for 26 miles
  • Stay left on State Route 9 East in La Verkin for 20 miles
  • Continue on State Route 9 East into Zion National Park

For additional directions to the park, please visit our maps page.

Zion National Park Visitor Centers

Once you arrive at the park, you can stop at one of the two visitor centers to obtain all of your necessary permits, learn about park activities, receive restaurant recommendations and view transportation schedules. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is located at the south entrance of the park near Springdale.

The Kolob Canyon Visitor Center is located off of Interstate 15 at the west entrance of the park.

Both Visitor Centers are open from 8AM to 5PM during the spring and summer, and from 8AM to 4PM during the fall and winter. The centers are closed on December 25th.

If you would like to talk to someone that can help you plan the best way to get to Zion, we’d love to help. Please contact our concierge or give us a call at 1-435-261-4260.

Memorial Day Weekend: Kicking Off Summer Events

May 27th, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start to our much anticipated nightly events at Zion Ponderosa. In addition to our wide range of recreational activities offered, a full-time Event Coordinator plans special nightly events for all guests to enjoy. These events range from a weekly rodeo every Saturday to a movie under the stars. A complete schedule can be found here.

This year’s event coordinator, Amanda, is excited about changes in summer events due to new equipment. A new projector will greatly enhance the Monday night movie under the stars. New machines have also been purchased to make cotton candy and ice cream.

A new nightly event was introduced this past Memorial Day weekend called Sunday Ice Cream Sundae night. Guests sat on the lit patio of the Blue Belly Grill and each table was filled with interesting facts about the history of ice cream sundaes. Homemade ice cream was available to purchase for $2 with unlimited toppings. Everyone seemed to enjoy a scoop of homemade ice cream at the close of an 80 degree day in Southern Utah!

This past weekend also marked the first of 14 rodeos this summer. The night began with the National Anthem being sung by a local musician, involved three different competitions, and concluded with audience involvement of barrel racing and pole weaving.

The Start of the Rodeo

The start of the rodeo.

"Santa", the winner of our first rodeo this season

“Santa” won our first rodeo of the season.


With over 600 guests each night over Memorial Day Weekend, these activities were well attended. We are looking forward to a very eventful summer!