5 Side Trips to Escape the Zion Crowds

When you stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, you are centrally located between two of the most beautiful national parks in Utah—Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. And when you unpack once and stay awhile, you can explore even more of the stunning East Zion landscape. Check out these five side trips to escape the Zion crowds, perfect …

Sand Caves in East Zion

Moqui Cave Museum and the Sand Caves

The Sand Caves are a roadside attraction off Highway 89 accessible via a short hike. If you like unique stops like Belly of the Dragon, you’ll also want to make the Sand Caves part of your East Zion adventures while visiting Zion Ponderosa.  Once tunnels to harvest sand for glass production in the 1970s, the Sand Caves are a fun, …

Large house with green roof in a forest used for vacation rentals in Southern Utah near Zion National Park

Zion National Park Hotel vs Vacation Rental: Which is Better?

Zion National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Every year, millions of people visit Zion National Park to experience its stunning red rock scenery and world-class hiking trails. If you’re planning on staying in Zion, you may be wondering where to stay near Zion National Park. Zion National Park hotels and vacation homes …

No Angels Landing Permit? No Problem!

Angels Landing is one of the most popular destinations in Zion National Park. The hike is thrilling, strenuous and, in recent years, has become more and more crowded. A permit lottery was implemented in 2022 to help make the hike to Angels Landing safer by minimizing the crowds.  If you’re visiting Zion National Park this fall, July 20 is the …

A hiker exploring Belly of the Dragon near Zion National Park

Hiking Belly of the Dragon — Roadside Attraction Near Zion National Park

Hiking Belly of the Dragon is a fun, family-friendly adventure through a short, man-made tunnel resembling—well, you can probably guess from the name! Located between Orderville and Kanab, it was carved to serve as a drainage below Highway 89. Years of rainfall have carved the tunnel’s sandstone walls into stunning ripples for the whole family to explore. Just one mile …

teens in a jeep near zion national park

10 Things To Do With Teens at Zion Ponderosa

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: Virtual Reality Having a hard time …