Zion National Park sign then and now

100 Years of Zion – Then and Now

November 19, 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of our beloved Zion National Park. Oh, how we at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort love Zion National Park and it’s rich history. Join us on a journey of celebrating 100 years of Zion! 1919: Zion National Park Becomes Official The park we know and love today as Zion National Park was originally Mukuntuweap …

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Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort: How it All Began

On a warm summer day in 1962, Ray and Ruth Lewis, Gary and Rose Neeleman, the Lewis children and the Neeleman grandchildren gazed for the first time in to Zion National Park. Their lives were about to change dramatically. Humble Beginnings Ray Lewis was born in a small town in northeastern Utah. Always an entrepreneur, he moved his large family …

Grafton Ghost Town

Zion Halloween Adventures

Up until now, you probably thought the hike to Angel’s Landing was the scariest thing about Zion. But we have some fun ideas to put the haunt in your Zion Halloween adventures! GRAFTON GHOST TOWN The buildings are empty. The silence is eerie. But you won’t see ghostly spirits flying around this abandoned town, just the remains of a once …

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Cable Mountain History & Hike

Cable Mountain offers one of the most remarkable views into Zion Canyon, and an interesting history to match. Named for the historic Cable Mountain Draw Works that was created at the turn of the 20th century to source lumber from the pine forests on the east rim of Zion to the canyon floor, hikers willing to make the fairly remote …