Posts Tagged ‘utah national park’

You – Doing This!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

You could miss out on what you see in these pictures, or you could be here at Zion Ponderosa enjoying it all.   Zion National Park is beckoning, and we thought a few photos would provide some encouragement for you to make plans soon to stay with us.

Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park

Hiking the Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park

The leaves will be changing, the temperatures are cooling down, and Zion National Park is simply going to be exquisite over the next several months.

Evening Campfires, Zion Ponderosa

Evening Campfires

Gather with family and friends around one of our group fire areas, and tell all those stories you’ve been saving for just such an occasion.

Cabin Suite at Zion Ponderosa

Relax on your own front porch in a Cabin Suite or other lodging option.

Come enjoy the largest number of activities, on-property, of any operation we know of in this region.

Zip Lining in Zion Utah

Fly the length of two football fields on our Zip Line.

Get up close and personal with wild turkeys, mule deer, and other wildlife on our 4,000 acres that border Zion Park.

Wildlife at Zion

The wildlife are plentiful this time of year.

Outdoor Activities at Zion

Bring a book and relax in the great outdoors.

The canyons are calling and we’ve created some incentive for you to come soon.  Check out our deals here.

Angels Landing - Zion Park

Hikers complete the Angels Landing trail.

Relaxing at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

After a good active day, relax in our jacuzzi.

Check out our fall deals here.

Zion Park – Featured in 60 second video!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The Mighty 5
Utah National Parks.

This video that rates as one of the best we’ve seen about the The Mighty 5 national parks in Utah. This was recently created by the Utah Office of Tourism. Kudos to the state and the agency that created such a great campaign.

Utah National Parks are incredible. People just don’t appreciate what is here, until they come.

Contrasting Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Many people coming to stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic diversity of this region.   If you’ve spent time on our web-site you know that our ranch sits literally on the border of Zion National Park.   The good news is that Bryce Canyon National Park is just 75 minutes away and makes a perfect half-day or full-day excursion while staying with us.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos colored by oxidizing minerals in rock

Bryce Canyon is quite different from Zion in that most of Bryce sits between 8,000 and 9,000 feet in elevation, while the most accessible parts of Zion are within the 4,000 to 6,500 feet elevation range.   Anciently this entire region was part of the bottom of a great lake.   Zion represents layers of sediment that were deposited in the lake much earlier than Bryce Canyon.     The layers of sediment that comprise Bryce Canyon National Park are predominantly limestone while Zion is mostly sandstone.

The harder limestone in  Bryce Canyon is eroded by water entering the cracks of the stone and then freezing and breaking.   This creates hard chunks or small boulders that break and fall away.   Zion is eroded in a much smoother fashion by flowing water or by wind.    In both cases it is rare to ever see the erosion effects actually occurring.    Flash floods in Zion National Park offer one time when you can see erosion in full-swing.  This usually occurs when rain comes heavily in one area for several hours and the water gathers on Zion’s upper reaches and flows into narrow slot canyons.   Within a matter of minutes the quickly accumulating water can rise to levels of over 40 feet, insde a slot canyon.  This rare occurring event represents a time when you will not want to be nearby.    At Bryce Canyon you’ll find that melting snow and heavy rains have less of an immediate impact.

Bryce Canyon is actually a series of rock amphitheaters on the eastern edge of a large plateau.   You can drive along the rim and stop at many points along the 20 mile road that traverses the Bryce Canyon plateau area.   You may also walk down inside the amphitheaters among the rock formations called Hoodoos.     Willdlife such as deer, porcupines, coyotes, mountain lions (cougars), and many types of birds inhabit this region.   It is not uncommon to see mule deer on your visit to Bryce Canyon.

How to get to Bryce Canyon:     Leave Zion Ponderosa and go five miles southeast on the Northfork Road.   Turn left at Highway 9 and follow this 14 miles to Mt. Carmel Junction.    Turn left on highway 89 and go north approx. 35 miles to Scenic Highway 12.  Turn right and follow this through Red Canyon and onto the plateau (approx. 10 miles).  Turn left at highway 63 (watch for signs).   Go south two miles to the Bryce Canyon National Park entrance.