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So Much To Do, So Little Time

Monday, October 28th, 2013

At my recent family reunion at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, I knew I would spend time at Zion’s National Park. What I didn’t expect was to spend so much time away from it.

Big E on the Extreme Trampoline

Big E on the Extreme Trampoline

I love the natural beauty of the National Parks, but my feet and my young children can only handle so much hiking.

That’s what was great about Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort; it had a huge variety of activities right on site. Horseback riding, rock climbing, paint ball, miniature golf, UTVs, ATVs, skeet shooting, riding the zipline and extreme trampoline jumping for the kids were all available.

Mini Golf

Mini Golf

The forty two members of our family reunion group were occupied from morning until night for a full day.

My husband’s favorite activity was riding the trails on Zion Ponderosa’s UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) which has seating for six. We strapped our tots in the back and set off dodging scrub oak and pine boughs to find the most beautiful overlook areas.

UTV with the whole family

UTV with the whole family

It was so fun, we decided to take a guided tour from the recreation barn later the same day. Our guide led the way on his four wheeler to what felt like a secret access point to Zion National Park. There he told us the tragic story of how Jolley Gulch got its name from a settler man who jumped to his death after pushing his wife and kids over the edge. Although the story is quite sad, the views of Jolley Gulch were amazing.

Little g in the Swing

Little g in the Swing

At the end of the day, we relaxed in the pool, happy with the myriad of activities we had tried that day. We were so close to Zion and Bryce National Parks, but I was perfectly content staying where I was.


Susan Strayer is an outdoors woman with two kids, a garage full of gear and a house in the mountains. Read more at


Golfing is in full swing!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Last weekend the weather cooperated with us as we were able to complete the golf course, which opened for guests on Saturday.  By the afternoon we had quite a few groups of children, families, and adults playing 18 holes.  Our course has it all – a creek, bridges, inclines, a waterfall, and lots of twists and turns.  You’ll also see both smiles and serious faces.

The girls are cousins and here on a kick-off to summer vacation.  Part of a larger group playing, they kept their own pace, enjoying the game, yet were still competitive with the rest of the group.  The young man crouched on the green was serious about his game.  Concentrating on the integrity of his score, he was double checking his numbers by adding with his fingers, all to make sure that he was the winner in his group of three.

Come and tee off with us this summer – membership not required!  It’s a great way to end a day after hiking in Zion National Park, an ATV ride, or canyoneering.

NEW – Miniature Golf Course

Friday, April 9th, 2010
Miniature Golf Course - New at Zion Ponderosa 2010

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort - New Miniature Golf Course - 2010

Wondering about a little golf while staying at Zion National Park.   Well Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has just announced the opening of a new and unique miniature golf course for summer 2010.  See more info. here.

This miniature golf course will feature faux rock formations of a Zion National Park style slot canyon and a Bryce Canyon National Park style hoodoo.     Hoodoos are the unique rock formations that fill Bryce Canyon National Park and slot canyons are the deep and narrow canyons carved by flash floods into the soft sandstone of the Zion National Park region.

These two rock formations will highlight the miniature golf course which will also offer two main water features.   Each water feature will have a pond at the north end of the course and connected by a small stream that flows to a pond on the southern end of the course.  Small bridges will cross the stream features at various points in the 18 hole miniature golf course.

The beautifully landscaped miniature golf course will play through the center island of the area just north of the main lodge and between the Cabin Suites on the west and east.      The golf course will be open for much of the day, and even into the evening during summer months.

As with all Zion Ponderosa activities, the course is open to all visitors even if they are not staying at the resort.   Golf enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to practice their putting game and to keep some friendly competition going amongst friends and family.   This is the type of thing that brings young and old together for an activity that really can be enjoyed together by people of all ages (1 to 100).

See more info. here.