Zion National Park

Experience Gifts To Be Thankful For

Well, we made it through Thanksgiving. As you finished up your feast, it’s inevitable that someone turned to you to ask, “What do you want for the holidays?” While it’s tempting to wish for the newest device, a pricey designer purse or something you typically won’t splurge on any other time of year, why not consider what’s really important? We mean big picture important. The experience gift your recipient will look back on someday with a smile.

family experience gift

The perfect gift isn’t always one you can wrap, but it is one you will always remember.

Around here, we are big fans of experience gifts. Why? Because they last in a way tangible gifts never can. They can be epic, they can be romantic, they can be adventures or just a way to try something new. One thing all experience gifts have in common is that they are memorable.

This year’s experience gifts focus on family and friendship. Time spent together is something you will never regret. As one of the top-rated adventure resorts in the U.S. with more on-property activities and adventure opportunities than anywhere else in southern Utah, a multi-day experience at Zion Ponderosa just might be the most perfect gift ever.

Cabin Suite Family Reunion


What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of your childhood? We bet it’s that awesome family beach vacation or camping trip or the time you went to visit your cousins and grandparents. (If you said the video game you got that one Christmas, we don’t believe you.) So why not create new memories like that with your own family?

When we say Zion Ponderosa has something for every personality in the family, we mean it. Even the most reluctant family member can be enticed by the breathtaking beauty of Zion National Park, a thrilling Jeep tour, or a swim in our two-tiered pool. Tuck a homemade gift certificate in their stocking for a zip line or climbing wall experience as an added bonus. A choice of cabin suites, cowboy cabins or Conestoga wagons, a horseback ride, a Dutch oven dinner or s’mores under the stars creates a true southern Utah family vacation that’s better than any material gift they’ll find under the tree.

Lauren Recreation Family


Skip the token gifts and instead gather your besties or call your college friends for a reunion. Large groups will love the option of staying under one roof in a mountain vacation home with breathtaking views. Cook together in gourmet kitchens or grill on the porch overlooking the east Zion plateau. Then head out for a day of adventure with a canyoneering experience or an exhilarating guided hike to Angels Landing or The Narrows. Memories to last a lifetime – as if the gift of friendship isn’t enough!

Zion Ponderosa glamping experience gifts for couples

For Couples

Picture this: glamping under the stars, clip-clopping along the East Zion plateau on horseback, a leisurely hike to Observation Point for one of the most breathtaking views of Zion National Park. Cap it off with a cozy dinner at Ray’s, and this weekend getaway just became the best gift ever.


There’s only so much “stuff” any one person can accumulate – and that stuff won’t make you happier in the long run or even more interesting at parties. You know what will? Experiences you can share. Trust us when we say, the people you meet would much rather hear about your canyoneering adventure or your epic hike than your latest bauble or gadget. So this year, scratch the stuff off your list, and gift an experience they’ll never forget.

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