Zion Ponderosa is located high in the pines at nearly 6,500 feet above sea level on the east plateau overlooking Zion Park. Surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine, Zion Ponderosa was once home to a pioneer logging camp. Many of the old pioneer trails and horseback riding roads remain and provide guests of the ranch a range of horseback rides through rugged, Rocky Mountain high country.
All horseback rides at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort are conducted by East Zion Adventures. Our horses are chosen and trained to match the wide variety of guests that visit the resort. It is important to let your wrangler know about your past riding experience so he can team you up with the best horse possible. Our horses are young enough to enjoy the ride, strong enough to make the climbs, and obedient for safety reasons.
Wagon Rides are available for those who would rather enjoy this type of guided western experience. These rides can be separate of our Dutch Oven Dinner experience and can be enjoyed by children and adults. Call for details on availability and minimum number of participants.
Kids Horseback Rides
Children under eight years old are too young for the regular horserides but they will love our horseback rides that are led by wranglers and are very safe. Each kids horseback ride lasts about 15 minutes.
Please Note: Most recreation activities are weather-dependant and, therefore, may not be available during wet time-frames and/or cold months. This includes ATV tours, horseback rides, Jeep tours, and paintball. Canyoneering is specifically available between May 15 and September 1.
Reservations / Cancellations: We do encourage you to make a reservation in order to guarantee space for you and your group on Zion Ponderosa recreation adventures. Please note that by reserving your space we have turned away other clients and this cancellation policy protects the resort from monetary loss. Cancellations of reservations within 48 hours of trip departure are non-refundable. We WILL refund or reschedule if weather conditions prohibit participation in your scheduled activity. Click the link to use our online recreation reservation request form.
Staff Lunch Break: Our recreation staff take a lunch break from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m. Guided activities are not available during this time frame.
* Activity passes are transferable and non-refundable
** Zion Ponderosa Resort is an exclusive outdoor recreational facility. Weather conditions are monitored daily. Due to inclement weather some adventure activities may be changed or canceled.