Looking to escape the concrete jungle for a few days of rest, relaxation, and even a little adventure? Look no further than Southwestern Utah! For centuries, people have come from all walks of life to this area to heal their minds, bodies, and reconnect with nature. At Zion National Park and Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, you’ll be fully immersed in one of our nation’s most unique and beautiful landscapes. Check out our sample itinerary for a 3-day trip that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and reconnected to mother earth.
Morning: Find your Zen with a hike at the gorgeous Zion Canyon Overlook trail. This short and sweet hike (1-mile out-and-back) is the perfect start to your trip at Zion. The payoff is huge for a small effort: after a modest 150-foot climb, you’ll be rewarded by one of the most spectacular views of the Zion Canyon that the park has to offer. There’s no better way to start your trip.
Afternoon: Our sunset jeep tour is the perfect way to end your first nature-filled day. Pack your camera for incredible 360 mountain views from the famous Pine Knoll at Zion Ponderosa.
Evening: Dinner at Ray’s Restaurant for a delicious homestyle meal. Don’t miss the skillet-baked chocolate chip cookie and ice cream for dessert!
Morning: Did you know that Zion National Park is one of the most bike-friendly parks in the United States? Take advantage by renting a bike and enjoying a leisurely ride along the Par’us trail. This trail is flat, paved, and suitable for all skill levels. The trail winds alongside the Virgin River, so you’ll be greeted by the tranquil sounds of rushing water for the entire ride.
Afternoon: Hit the grocery store and eat a scenic picnic lunch right in the heart of the park at the Grotto picnic area. To get there, hop on the Zion shuttle and get off at “The Grotto” stop. You can’t miss it!
Evening: During summer months you can experience Grandma Ray’s Country Dinner in an outdoor setting, complete with entertainment and activities. Unwind in or around the pool and warm your muscles in our jacuzzis. Try a night zip-line ride, a round of mini golf, or any number of other activities.
Morning: Let our horses do the walking for you! Our horses will take you on a scenic horseback ride on historic pioneer logging trails, through our ponderosa pine forest, where you can experience the craggy Rocky Mountain high country from a different perspective.
Afternoon: Relax by the pool and munch on some snacks from the snack bar. Don’t be afraid to dip your toes in — we promise it’s much warmer than the Virgin River!