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Ragnar at Zion – April 26-27, 2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Ragnar is coming again to Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort this April 26-27.   For those of you who know what Ragnar is, then you’ll be excited to participate at such a grand location.  For those who don’t know what a Ragnar Trail Relay is, here’s a brief synopsis.

 

Ragnar Trail Relay

Teams of either four or eight people will run relay style on dirt trails through the woods and past scenic canyons on the property of Zion Ponderosa.  This  race covers 120 miles and the average race time is 20 hours.  This particular Ragnar Trail Relay will begin in staggered starts between 2 pm and 7 pm on Friday evening.  Competitors will run throughout the night under a canopy of stars as brilliant as you might see anywhere.

 

Ragnar Trail

As other team members are running their portion of the relay, the rest of the crowd will be cheering them on, enjoying the night around bonfires, and participating in the festive atmosphere.  Teams will finish their races sometime between  mid-morning and mid-afternoon on Saturday.

 

Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion

Most participants will bring tents and will spread out across the vast meadows and open spaces at Zion Ponderosa.  With over 4,000 acres of land, there is plenty of space.   Learn more about The Ragnar Trail Relay at Zion in 2013.

About Zion Ponderosa services.

- Six different lodging types
- A vast array of activities
- Excellent dining services

Photos in this blog provided by photographer – Jason Lanier.

The Weather is Changing on us

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Being on top of a plateau isn’t easy – especially when summer ends and autumn can’t decide how long it will be.  Utah weather is so unpredictable, and in southern Utah and on top of a mountain doesn’t help much.  One weekend the sun was shining, kids were splashing in the pool, and ATV were zipping around the resort; the next day the wind was nippy and campers were scarce.  However, the guests who still come in the cold weather of autumn really prove their stuff.

Zion National Park in Autumn

Zion National Park in the Autumn

Cabin Suite Fireplace

Fireplace in a Cabin Suite

As the clouds descend lower and lower upon the neighboring mountain, we cant help but stop and stare at the mystical beauty.  Although the summer is amazing in its daily hustle and bustle, autumn is magic in its own sense.  The leaves change to a bouquet of reds and yellows, while the recent rain leaves a smell of freshness in the air.

But as beautiful as autumn is, it quickly changes on us.  Flakes of snow fall lightly upon the ground as a warning of what’s to come.  The air is turning frigid and the fire is crackling in the fireplace.  Hot chocolate and coffee sales grow, as do the jacket sales.  The foreshadowing of winter brings excitement for something new.

While October is just beginning, and there yet to be more weeks of warm days, filled with hiking and play, we look forward to the new season and the new adventures we will take, like opening a Bed and Breakfast and starting education seminars.  The weather is changing, and so are we.

Winter at Zion Ponderosa

Winter at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Summer in Zion

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Zion Park Cactus - Flora

Cactus in the Zion Park area

The rain has finally rolled away and left a freshly cleaned plateau behind. Here, above Zion National Park, the grass is bright green and the Ponderosa Pines brace against the wind that pushed the clouds away. Even that wind, warm and rich with the smell of summer, is now calming to a gentle breeze as it settles in for the hot, dry months ahead.

Summer in Zion reveals a world of beauty and adventure. Driving through the park, I saw blooming cacti and grazing bighorn sheep. Even as the streams dry up, the local wildlife is easily visible. Just yesterday I saw a big wild turkey strutting coolly across the road up near our vacation homes. These moments of connection with nature are a cherished memory anyone can make here at Zion Ponderosa. Even the least adventurous guests will feel closer to nature as they wander the paths of the ranch and soak up the summer.

The ranch is perfectly positioned to get the very best of Zion’s summer. From our high elevation, guests can walk into the park through several backcountry trails. Right now, the path from Jolly’s Gulch down to Canyon Overlook is marked by a stream. At one point, you can look out from the top of a waterfall. Later in the summer, the water dries up and leaves a stunning cliff-top view for hikers into the park.

Views of the Zion National Park region

Views from Zion Ponderosa

Another joy that summer in Zion brings is the clear night sky. This week, on a warm evening, I walked out to our paintball field, less than five minutes from the lodge. Even that near the lodge and cabins, the sky was clear and the stars were bright. Visible with the naked eye were the bears Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, Draco the Dragon, and Cassiopia. I even saw a shooting star.

Everywhere you turn here at Zion Ponderosa there is a new wonder to be found. A new smell on the air or a new view to gaze upon can surprise you even after days of walking the property. Take a moment each day you spend with us to look around you. Breathe deeply and slow down. In this place of beauty, find the sight, smell, or sound that most touches you. That memory can be cherished for years to come. Keep it and hold it.

Welcome to summer in Zion.