No one wants a bored teenager on spring, summer or fall break. If you’re looking for a fun way to fill the days with your teen and their cousins or friends, start planning a Zion Ponderosa vacation for the adventures—and memories—of a lifetime! Here are 10 things to do with teens at Zion Ponderosa:
Having a hard time getting your teen away from screens? Ease them into the great outdoors with Zion Ponderosa’s immersive virtual reality experiences. Our 7-minute VR experience, Soaring Southern Utah, showcases the geological phenomena of Utah’s stunning scenery. Montezuma’s Treasure Ride is a longer VR experience that takes you on wild mine-cart ride to find legendary Aztec treasure.
Abandoned Mine Tour
Follow up that virtual reality experience with a real-life exploration of an abandoned mine! We’ll transport your teens on a thrilling UTV ride to the trailhead, then take a short 1/4-mile hike to the mouth of the abandoned mine shaft. Our abandoned mine tour brings VR to life!
For fun—and in preparation for canyoneering adventures—Zion Ponderosa’s climbing wall is popular with all levels of climbers. Whether your teen is a pro or a beginner, they’ll enjoy the challenge of our 40-foot high wall, no matter how far they go. Our trained recreation staff is on hand to teach the basics of climbing and ensure safety. We also offer hour-long rappelling lessons on the climbing wall to learn the proper techniques in preparation for real-life application of the necessary skills for your first, or next, canyoneering adventure.
Slot Canyon Adventures
Now that your teens have warmed up on our climbing wall, it’s time to choose a canyoneering adventure! Check out the many different canyoneering options East Zion Adventures has created to explore and enjoy, from half-day walk-in slot canyon tours to more challenging full-day adventures that feature hiking, scrambling and rappelling. As this is one of our most popular activities here at Zion Ponderosa and the spaces are limited, we recommend that you schedule your canyoneering experience in advance so you can enjoy this often-once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a fantastic adventure for groups to create lasting memories and explore the canyons of Zion National Park.
Our on-property recreation guide company East Zion Adventures offers six diverse Jeep tours that explore Zion’s extraordinary landscape. Enjoy Zion’s scenery from the comfort of a Jeep with the bonus of provided snacks and water (what teen doesn’t love snacks?!). Jeep adventures range from one to five hours, depending on the tour you decide on. Choose from our unbeatably scenic Top of the World, a combined Slot Canyon Exploration, Sunset Jeep Tour, iconic Checkerboard Overlook Jeep Tour, Brushy Cove Jeep Tour, and Red Canyon Jeep Tour to find one sure to peak any teen’s interest.
Pool and Paddleboarding
Teens and kids of all ages (even the young at heart!) love to splash into fun in our two-tiered swimming pool, complete with water slide and gorgeous views of East Zion. The pool is open all day and well into the evening in summer, allowing for enjoyment whenever you finish your day of adventure. Teens can also paddleboard or canoe on our pond for some refreshing summer fun.
More Zion Ponderosa Fun!
Strap in and soar over a distance larger than a football field on our zipline. Adventurous teens will want to do this over and over again!
Zion Ponderosa offers a wide range of recreational activities for teens of all interests. Bounce into fun and perform gravity-defying stunts on our bungee trampoline.
Hit the green with your teens to play a game of mini-golf on our Zion National Park-themed 18-hole mini-golf course. Or challenge your teens to a friendly competition on our free-use basketball, volleyball, and sand volleyball courts.
Show the teens some tough love with a good splat during an epic paintball battle! Includes a mask, equipment, and 200 rounds each.
There’s so much to do here at Zion Ponderosa. From enjoying the views on a Jeep tour to zipping across the property or splashing into fun in the pool, there’s something every teen will love. See the full recreation menu here.