Hiking along Virgin River in Zion in Winter

12 Experience Gifts Zion National Park Visitors Will Love

‘Tis the season for making memories. If the past year and a half taught us anything, it’s that time spent with loved ones is more precious than ever. So this year, skip the stuff and gift an adventure or getaway that will create lifelong memories! Get a jump start on your holiday gifting with these 12 experience gifts every Zion National Park visitor will love. 

1. Zion Cliffs Sunset Jeep Tour

Our Zion Cliffs Sunset Jeep Tour

First on the list, an adventure the whole family will love: a guided Jeep tour! Climb aboard one of our custom-built Jeeps and experience East Zion’s stunning terrain, as you take in views that will leave you speechless. Our Zion Cliffs Sunset Jeep Tour features incredible sweeping views of the West Temple, Parunuweap Canyon, Elephant Gap, and other major Zion landmarks. What you’ll cherish even more besides the views? Watching the sunset with those who mean most to you! Book here

2. Gift a Zion Getaway 

Stay in one of our cozy Cabin Suites for a mid-week getaway and enjoy two one-hour Jeep tours for just $399 (see website for offer details). Best of all, Zion Ponderosa is within easy driving distance from Las Vegas and perfect for a midweek getaway! Additional packages are available for deluxe and standard glamping, Conestoga wagons, and vacation homes. Click here for current specials.

3. Canyoneering Adventures for Beginners

A man exploring a Zion slot canyon

Give the gift of adventure! Our Elkheart Slot Canyon and UTV Adventure is popular for its short approach/exit hikes, three fun rappels, and deep slot canyon sections. It’s a beginner-friendly excursion for those new to canyoneering.  

4. White Mountain Horseback Ride to a Slot Canyon

White Mountain horseback slot canyonRiding into a red rock canyon on horseback—that’s what southern Utah dreams are made of. On our White Mountain Horseback Ride, ride up a beautiful wash to the mouth of a red rock slot canyon, then dismount and explore even farther on foot. This tour combines two of our most popular adventures into one scenic and unique experience. It’s guaranteed to wow your gift recipient! 

5. Finally Plan That Family Reunion

Those memories aren’t going to make themselves! Don’t put off that family gathering for another year. Start planning your family reunion or destination wedding at Zion Ponderosa—it will be worth every moment and every memory. You can even put the whole clan under one roof in our luxury vacation homes for less cost per person than hotel rooms. Experience gifts don’t get better than this!

6. Non-technical Slot Canyon Adventures

Crimson Canyon UTV Hike Tour
Even non-technical hiking through slots canyons is still considered “canyoneering.” So if your gift recipient isn’t up for rappelling, here are a few options that don’t require specialized gear or skills. 

Crimson Canyon Hike & UTV Adventure: This option is the more difficult of the two, with obstacles and climbs to overcome as you hike through a slot canyon. Our guides will help you through difficult and demanding sections, which can be a very rewarding route for those wanting to push themselves. 

If you’d rather have a more relaxed stroll through a slot canyon or are concerned about your physical capabilities, this option is probably not for you! But our second tour may be the perfect fit… 

Red Rock Slot Canyon: This option is the easier of the two but with the same incredible views! This tour will take you into two different beautiful slot canyons, but will turn you around before obstacles are encountered. This is the perfect option for those wanting or needing a less physically demanding route, but who still want to experience the incredible canyons of east Zion!

7. Go Glamping

A warmly dressed woman walks toward a glamping tent in the snow at Zion Ponderosa Ranch

Photo: @catyfry on Instagram

Have a special someone on your list who loves creature comforts without all the creatures? Elevate your gift giving—and your next camping trip—with the gift of glamping! 

8. Stocking Stuffers

zipline adventure giftAdventures don’t have to be grand (or expensive) to be thrilling. Stuff a stocking with the promise of a zip lining or climbing wall adventure! It’s a great way to practice for a canyoneering adventure. For beginners looking to learn the ropes, we also offer a rappelling class

9. Intermediate Canyoneering 

People hiking in East Zion

Stone Hollow is a moderately strenuous canyoneering experience for adventurers with some experience hiking and slot canyon exploration. This guided canyoneering excursion includes 10 rappels, with the highest reaching 100 feet! Plan on a full day for this adventure. Participants should be able to comfortably hike a total of six miles.  

10. Top of the World Jeep Tour

People standing on cliffs overlooking East Zion

Iconic views of East Zion all to yourself and that top of the world feeling you just can’t get anywhere else. Just another reason to choose an East Zion adventure for your next experience gifts. 

11. Canyoneering High Adventure

A person canyoneering in Zion

Is there someone on your list craving a next-level adventure? Look no further than our full-day Powell’s Way canyoneering excursion. Powell’s Way brings it with a thrilling combo of rappelling, rock scrambling and hiking. With six rappels, this guided canyoneering adventure is one they’ll never forget. 

12. Family Vacation—Choose an Adventure

When it comes down to it, isn’t time spent together what an experience gift is all about? Here at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, family is at the core of everything we do, and has been since day one. Gift a family vacation your loved ones will cherish forever. And make it even more perfect by saving money with a Choose An Adventure Package customized for each person on your list!

Click here to book the perfect Zion getaway. We’ll see you soon!

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