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10 Things To Do This Spring Near Zion National Park

Zion National Park may be the star of the show, but there is so much to do near this beautiful southwestern Utah oasis. Around here, life slows down. It fills your heart, frees your mind and feeds your soul. This spring, stay a while and experience all that the Zion region has to offer.

1. Visit Bryce Canyon National Park

If you haven’t visited this scenic wonder, you’re missing out. Bryce Canyon is famous for it’s stunningly beautiful red, pink and orange hoodoos. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is located just 75 minutes from Bryce Canyon – check two national parks off your bucket list in one vacation.

2. Experience East Zion’s Rugged Backcountry

Backcountry Jeep Tour East Zion Adventures

Jeep tours are a great way to see East Zion’s vast and beautiful landscape from a brand new perspective. Hold on tight as your Jeep descends from a perch overlooking Zion’s East Rim Trail or climbs switchbacks to scenic viewpoints over an intense 4×4 trail.

3. Sled the Coral Pink Sand Dunes

This fun day trip has guests marveling at the surreal landscape and beautiful views. Over 90% of the Utah state park is open to ATVs, but sledding down the massive pink and orange-hued sand dunes tops the list of fun and unique adventures.

4. Go Hiking

Guided hike

Experience the beauty of Zion’s canyons on foot. East Zion Adventures guides know all the best trails on the east side of the park so be sure to ask us about our favorites! Hike inside Zion National Park or hike down into the park from Zion Ponderosa.

5. Saddle Up

Saddle Up on Horseback in Zion National Park

Saddle up on horseback to experience majestic views of Zion National Park, and experience some of Zion’s best-kept secrets visible only from the trails.

6. Visit Little Hollywood

Kanab Little Hollywood

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In the 1940s and 50s, over 100 western movies were filmed in Kanab, Utah. Visit iconic places such as Frontier Movie Town and Denny’s Wigwam that showcase remnants of the western movie days. With fun shops and restaurants, and just 35 minutes from Zion Ponderosa, Kanab is a great little day trip.

7. The Canyons are Calling

canyoneering adventure near Zion National Park

There’s adventure…and then there’s canyoneering. Put them together for an epic outdoor experience that combines rappelling, hiking, rock scrambling and navigating into one unforgettable adventure.

8. Zip Lining

zipline near zion national park

Zip across Zion Ponderosa on our exciting zip line. This exciting introduction to adventure is one you’ll want to try over and over again. Fun for all ages.

9. Climbing Wall

climbing wall near zion national park

Whether you’re getting ready for a canyoneering adventure or just want to try scaling our 40-foot high climbing wall, this activity takes fun to new heights. Climbers are taught basic rappelling skills, safety and technique.


10. Paddle Boarding and Kayaking

As the weather warms up, Zion Ponderosa’s new figure-8 pond is ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding. Fun for the whole family!


Bonus: Unpack Once and Stay Awhile

Centrally located to so many exciting southern Utah landmarks, Zion Ponderosa offers lodging for every budget, from luxury vacation homes to glamping, cabins, wagons and tent camping. Come see for yourself why Zion Ponderosa is the perfect base camp for your Zion getaway.


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