Posts Tagged ‘rappel’

Best Recreational Activities

Saturday, June 16th, 2012
Zion Park Canyoneering

Rappelling in a slot canyon near Zion Park

 

No other resort or ranch has more recreational activities than we do here in the region.  We have Zip Line, Horseback Rides, ATV Tours, Jeep Tours, Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Walls, Mini Golf, Children’s Horse Rides, Skeet Shooting, Paintball, and last but not least of all Canyoneering.

Our premier activity is Canyoneering. The term canyoneering was invented in this region due to the large number of slot canyons.  Our trips take you to some secret but nearby slot canyons.

Our ATV Tours are exhilarating ways to experience the east side of Zion National Park. We have a variety of trails with a variety of difficulties. Our guides will only take you on the trails that you feel comfortable on and you will views to places such as Checkerboard Mesa and Jolley’s Gulch on these amazing tours.

If you have little ones, you don’t have to worry about missing out on these great opportunities. We have a Kid’s Camp that allows you to leave your kids with our camp counselors where they will be able to go down the Zip Line, Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Walls, and Children’s Horse Rides all within a very reasonable cost. This way you can take part in the adventures that await you here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Zion ATV Tour

ATV riding at Zion Ponderosa

 

Aside from our guided tours and other activities that you cost money, we have many free-to-use activities like pool tables, ping pong, foosball, horse shoes, and many others. Our two tier swimming pool is one of the crown jewels of the resort. You can easily see the sunset over Zion from the top tier and hot tub. The pool also has two water slides and plenty of space to soak up a tan.

Zion Ponderosa Pool

Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi at Night

As was stated before, no other place in the region has as many recreational activities as we do. Our prices are very reasonable when you compare them to other places as well, so this is the best place to have an adventure and enjoy this beautiful area.  We invite all to come here and share the love of Zion with us.

Zion is the Place for Canyoneering

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The canyons in the Zion National Park area are screaming to for some rappelling action, and Isaac is ready to take you on an adventure you’ll never forget!  This is his third season with us as our guide.  Not only is he a T.A. for the canyoneering class at Brigham Young University, but he recently returned from New Zealand where he spent time canyoning there.

Saturday the weather was hot, the sky clear, and our group was ready by 8 a.m. for a canyoneering trip in a slot canyon  on the east rim of Zion National Park.  A contributary to the Orderville Canyon, it feeds into the Narrows in Zion, another spot famous for canyoneering.  The far left photo is an impressive shot of  the black choke stone.

Over 85% of our clients started here as beginners in the sport, with an age range of 11 – 65 years.  Whether beginner or intermediate, you’ll want to book an adventure at Zion Ponderosa Resort and let Isaac and his team guide, teach, and impress you!

Canyoneering at Zion National Park

Friday, October 16th, 2009
Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Canyoneering:

Most people have never heard the term canyoneering.    In fact the dictionary doesn’t even recognize the name.   So what does it mean?   Essentially canyoneering is the art or experience of exploring and traveling through canyons.   The similar term of canyoning is used outside the United States to describe this experience.

Wading through pools of water in slot canyon

Wading through pools of water in slot canyon

Canyoneering participants are most often walking, down-climbing (sometimes with ropes) and negotiating technical obstacles in canyons that often contain flowing water or in some cases, remnant pools of rainwater.    With these pools and/or waterfalls, there is often also the need to swim.

There are few places in the world that offer a more magnificent canyoneering opportunity than Zion National Park.  If fact, look-up canyoneering in Wikipedia and the first photo you’ll see (10-16-09) is one of Mystery Canyon in Zion National Park.

Why is canyoneering in Zion National Park so unique? The answer is that the canyons in Zion are comprised of sandstone that has been stained by oxidizing iron.   The many hues of white, ochre and red sandstone provide a colorful experience not found, in such abundance, anywhere else in the world.   Mix in the pine trees, scrub-oak and cottonwood trees that cling to the rock crevices and line the canyons, the blue-sky far overhead, and you have an remarkable color palette.

Some canyoneering experiences require many rappels (with ropes), and therefore also necessitate that at least one or two people in the group have strong skills with rappelling.   The good news is that Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort offers skilled guides to take you on a canyoneering adventure, so that you won’t need to acquire rappelling knowledge.    There are canyons to explore that require just the ability to scramble over or down obstacles or rocks that are 10 to 20 feet high.   In these cases, a simple strong rope and some basic skills and agility will suffice.

Gazing up at the sot canyon walls that rise vertically to great heights

Gazing up at the sot canyon walls that rise vertically to great heights

Zion National Park offers some of the world’s best slot canyons for canyoneering exploration.   Places such as The Narrows, The Subway, Orderville Canyon, Mystery Canyon, Englestead Canyon and others offer various levels of adventure and challenge.

In Zion National Park it is often best to start at the top of the canyon and hike down.   Zion Ponderosa offers shuttles to pick you up at the end of your canyoneering adventure.   You may also choose to enter the Narrows from the bottom and walk up-river as far as you choose and then turn around and come back down.   With this method you can leave a car outside the park and return via Zion National Park shuttle (during main season).

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Visit our canyoneering page by clicking here to learn more about the special slot canyon adventures that we offer.