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• Zion National Park (border of park)
• Bryce Canyon National Park (75 minutes)
• Grand Canyon National Park (120 minutes)
• Pipe Spring National Monument (45 minutes)
• Cedar Breaks National Monument (55 minutes)
• Grand Staircase National Monument (30 minutes)
• Lake Powell (105 minutes)
America's highest concentrations of natural scenic wonders.
Relax and bask in the solitude...
• A 4,000 acre ranch resort, literally bordering the east boundary of Zion National Park.
• Venture into the back-country of the park right from the ranch or you're just 10-minutes from the east gate entrance.
The National Park Vacation Experience you're looking for.
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Gravity Edge Swimming Pool...
• Water-slides and two Jacuzzis
Guided / Unguided Adventures and Activities...
|• Horseback Riding||• Zip Line|
|• Jeep Tours||• Climbing Wall|
|• ATV Riding||• Hiking Shuttles|
|• Rifle Range||• Trampoline Bungee|
|• Swimming||• Horseshoes|
|• Tennis||• Basketball|
|• Volleyball||• Massage|
Enjoy our quality cuisine at the Blue Belly Grill, Narrows Cafe, enjoy our catering for groups, or prepare your own meals in a fully equipped deluxe lodge.
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Zion National Park in Utah– Great for summer vacations (and year-round advantages)
More than just summer vacations.
Summertime at Zion National Park in Utah can be quite warm, even hot in the bottom of Zion Canyon. At 4,000 feet elevation the canyon floor catches much of the summer heat that is common in nearby areas such as St. George, Utah. Zion Ponderosa sits on top of Zion National Park at 6,500 feet in elevation and temperatures at this elevation are usually seven to ten degrees cooler. This makes Zion Ponderosa ideal for a summer visit, but spring and fall can be even more ideal. Active outdoor experiences in summer are best accomplished in the early morning or later in the day when summer temperatures are lower and the sun is not directly overhead. This is also the best time for photography, and wildlife will be more visible during these times as well.
Zion National Park in summer is a great destination for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, cycling, photography, and for floating on tubes in the Virgin River when water levels are adequate.
Advantages of Spring, Fall, & Winter
Spring and Fall bring different angles of the sun and this affects the way shadows are cast across the vast monoliths of the park. In springtime the grasses are verdant and flowers are at peak performance. Moisture from spring rains or snow run-off can exhibit itself in the form of large waterfalls in many locations within Zion. Young wildlife may be more visible in Spring and it is not uncommon to see wild turkeys, mule deer, and other animals roaming the grassland areas. Moisture helps to bring out the richness of the parks multi-colored formations and the plentiful flora.
In fall the scrub oak, and other flora put on a grand color change display, further enhancing the dramatic hues of Zion National Park in Utah, and greatly expanding the visitor experience, and photographic opportunities. Temperatures throughout the day are much more conducive for hiking and outdoor activities that require greater exertion. Weekday visitors are more likely to find smaller numbers of people visiting the park, and the availability for lodging and other services will also be much greater, not to mention the opportunity to find lower rates on accommodations.
Winter can be the absolute best time to visit Zion National Park in Utah for several reasons. The number of visitors to the park is lowest at this time of year, and mid-day temperatures are usually in the 50’s and 60’s. This makes for the best temperatures for hiking and adventure. The sun is also at its lowest point in the sky and this seems to soften the colors of the formations thus making for excellent photographs. The canyon floor is devoid of summer foliage, but this makes wildlife more visible and it is not uncommon to see bald eagles that have ventured south from Canada or Alaska within the park.