Zion National Park

Zion Ponderosa—A Basecamp Between Two Utah National Parks

With five national parks, Utah is renowned for ​​its natural beauty and majestic landscapes. At Zion Ponderosa, we’re fortunate to be located between two Utah national parks: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. As part of Utah’s “Mighty Five,” each of these iconic parks showcases the Colorado Plateau’s iconic—and breathtaking—landscape. 

Fun fact: Utah has more national parks than any other state besides California and Alaska.

Zion National Park

Observation Point Hiking Nature

Zion earned its status as a national park in 1919. Known for its majestic towering formations, which rise to awe-inspiring heights, and sheer cliffs carved by the Virgin River, Zion is arguably one of the most beautifully scenic places in the western United States. In fact, Zion Canyon’s natural beauty so impressed early pioneers in the 1860s that they named it to signify a reverence for the Kingdom of Heaven, sanctuary or a happy, peaceful place. If you’ve ever been to Zion National Park, you can understand why. (And if you haven’t, you should come see for yourself!)

Bryce Canyon National Park

bryce canyon hike

Established in 1928 and covering 35,835 acres, Bryce Canyon National Park is most famous for its eroded sandstone towers known as hoodoos. The park’s scenic drive leads to Bryce Amphitheater (the park’s main attraction), with majestic overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Natural Arch and Inspiration Point, to name just a few. Although these iconic spires can be seen around the world, you’ll find the best of these otherworldly formations right here in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. 

Zion Ponderosa Ranch: An Ideal Basecamp Between Bryce and Zion.

Finding it hard to choose between Zion and Bryce? Why not do both! Zion Ponderosa Ranch is positioned just east of Zion National Park and close enough for day trips to Bryce Canyon. We’re a quick drive to Zion’s east entrance and just 75 minutes to Bryce Canyon National Park. There’s no need to compromise on your southern Utah national parks vacation—unpack once at Zion Ponderosa and stay awhile

Double the National ParksDouble the Fun! 

Being close to two Utah national parks certainly has its perks. You’ll find hiking trails for all abilities, horseback riding opportunities, and canyoning and rock climbing for the more adventurous. Here are a few highlights:

Zion Highlights

Zion National Park trail

Looking for a comprehensive, postcard-perfect view of the valley floor? Do not miss the Canyon Overlook Trail, which leads to a viewpoint that has enchanted photographers and hikers alike for decades. Two Instagram-worthy hikes drawing thousands of visitors each year are the challenging Angels Landing and the Zion Narrows. But Zion’s beauty is easily accessible to the less adventurous, too, with family-friendly strolls along Riverside Walk and the paved Pa’rus Trail. 

Bryce Canyon Highlights

bryce canyon adventure

The powers of natural erosion are maybe nowhere more visible than at Bryce Canyon. Its otherworldly wilderness of hoodoos draws millions of visitors a year. That’s why stopping at Sunset Point and Inspiration Point to admire the stunning landscape is a must. Many descend on trails such as Navajo Point and Queen’s Garden Trail that provide a close look at the fluted walls and sculpted pinnacles. Traversing portions of the 11-mile Rim Trail between Fairyland Point and Bryce Point is another popular pursuit. 

More Things to do Around Zion

Sunset Jeep Tour

If you’re looking to kick back, why not enjoy the stunning landscapes of Zion from the 4×4 comfort of an East Zion Adventures Jeep tour? Craving adventure? Hit us up for a guided canyoneering tour: a once-in-a-lifetime experience that visitors from around the world seek right here in Zion. Crazy about constellations? You’ll love our Zion stargazing tours. Available in the spring, summer and fall, you can sip hot chocolate while learning about all things astral with one of our knowledgeable guides. Whether you’re looking to hit the trails on horseback, go for a dip in a two-tiered swimming pool or hike for miles, you’ll find it all here at our adventure resort. 

The U.S. has its fair share of famous national parks, from Yellowstone to Yosemite, but we think Utah is home to the best. Although travel can look very different right now depending on where you are from and where you are going, exploring Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks remains a safe and awe-inspiring experience for the whole family. 

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