We recently highlighted the first couple of days of the Women’s Getaway Retreat, and we’ve been asked to share more. Here’s a peak at days 3, 4 and 5 from the Fall 2015 Women’s Adventure Retreat.
Earlier in the week, we offered a rappelling lesson for anyone who wanted to tackle the real thing. And that’s what we did on day three. Since rappelling isn’t for everyone, a few of the Women’s Adventure Retreat guests took a field trip to Bryce Canyon National Park instead. (Remember, this is YOUR adventure.) For the ladies who opted to try rappelling for real, we headed to Birch Canyon.
There were eight rappels of varying heights—the longest was 100 feet! Only a few of the boldest souls attempted that rappel. One of the Women’s Adventure Retreat guests had rappelled before, and one guest was really scared. In the end, just about everyone said they were happy they tried rappelling (even though a couple of the ladies said they wouldn’t try it again) and everyone loved the experience of hiking in the slot canyons.
This was a day for on-property adventures and experiencing everything that Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has to offer. After breakfast, the Women’s Adventure Retreat group headed out to Observation Point, a 7-mile round-trip hike that follows a gentle, rolling trail across Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. (This sure beats the challenging 4-mile hike with a 2,148-foot ascent from inside Zion canyon).
After enjoying the “best view in Utah” (according to Backpacker magazine—and we wholeheartedly agree!), we refueled with lunch. Then, we headed out on ATVs, past the haunted Jolly home on the way to Jolly’s Gulch.
The rest of the afternoon was spent playing paintball or zip lining, according the women’s interests.
After dinner and a campfire (beats dinner and a movie when you’re on the adventure trip of a lifetime!), the group was dazzled by a shooting star. This inspired an evening hike out to the water tower where the group cozied up on sleeping bags for more stargazing.
Every day of the Women’s Retreat is an adventure, but we’d call this day an epic adventure—beginning with a helicopter tour over east Zion. The views were spectacular and just about the entire group went along for the ride.
After lunch, the group headed back to Zion for one last hiking adventure, choice of Angel’s Landing or Emerald Pools.After some souvenir shopping in Springdale, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the drive back to Zion Ponderosa.
Did we save the best for last? Join us for the next Women’s Getaway Retreat and decide for yourself!