Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an entrance fee for Zion National Park?

Zion National Park charges a $35.00 fee per car to access the park. This is good for one week. You also have the option of purchasing an annual pass for $80.00 that is good for all national parks and monuments.

Do you have a business center?

Yes. Copy, Fax and Internet are available. Surcharges will apply.

What time zone are you located in?

Mountain Standard Time Zone.

What about late arrivals?

Late Arrivals: If you or anyone in your party finds that your arrival time will be later than the closing time of our check-in desk, please be aware that there will be a late check-in packet available for you. Please call the Resort if you will be arriving later than 9:00pm."


Is Zion Ponderosa a dude ranch?

It’s much better than just a dude ranch! Zion Ponderosa is a full-service private, 4,000 acre, ranch resort on the eastern border of Utah's Zion National Park. If you’re looking for a true western experience, we have that as well! Check out our horseback riding, wagon rides, and Dutch oven dinners.

What is there to do at Zion Ponderosa?

Another question might be what isn’t there to do! We offer a great assortments of  on-property activities, events, and guided tours including: Jeep Tours, canyoneering, horseback riding, guided hiking, climbing wall, mini-golf, trampoline bungee, zip line,  hiking shuttles,  paintball, shotgun range, wagon ride, Dutch oven dinner, kid’s camp, recreation barn, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, and of course our two-tiered swimming pool and two jacuzzis.

Are there weight restrictions on any activities?

For guest safety, there is a weight limit of 225-pounds on our zip line, climbing wall, rappelling, and horse rides.

Can I bring my horse to Zion Ponderosa?

Upon confirmation with our wranglers you are welcome to bring your horse to Zion Ponderosa. We can provide a corral and water for a small nightly fee. Owners do need to supply their own horse feed. Zion Ponderosa has several equestrian trails that you may enjoy with your own horse. Please coordinate with our recreation department before heading out on horseback.

Can I bring my dog to Zion Ponderosa?

Dogs are welcome at our campground. We do not allow pets inside cabins or vacation homes. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Keep in mind that dogs are not permitted inside Zion National Park. For more details view our lodging policy located at the bottom of the lodging navigation for this page.

Can I bring my own ATV?

You are welcome to bring your personal ATVs to explore the back roads on Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort property.  Some trails are restricted for guided ATV activities only.

I want to go glamping at Zion Ponderosa—but will I be able to charge my cell phone?

Yes, there are power outlets withing glamping tents at our glampground.

We don’t have a tent, but love the idea of camping under the stars. What do you recommend?

Rent a glamping tent from Zion Ponderosa! It’s a great way to spend the night under the beautiful southern Utah stars, without lugging one around on your travels. We also offer Conestoga Wagons, cowboy cabins, cabin suites, and vacation homes.

I’m looking for a location for my family reunion. Can you accommodate large groups?

Zion Ponderosa's vacation homes are the perfect large vacation rentals for corporate retreats, family reunions,  Zion weddings, experiential education groups, and other large group events. Our vacation homes range greatly in size, and can accommodate between 8 and 40 people, depending on the home. These Zion National Park vacation homes are available for rent year-round.

Are canyoneering tours available in winter?

Due to natural moist and cold conditions in slot canyons, in winter, we do not offer guided canyoneering tours in December, January, and February.

How close is the nearest fishing spot?

The answer to this question depends on the type of fish, but Quail Creek and Sand Hollow Reservoirs are approx. 40 minutes away and good for bass fishing. Cedar Mountain (just one hour north) has several high-elevation lakes (Panguitch and Navajo) and several streams or creeks which, due to their cooler water temperatures, are good for trout.

Do you have cell phone service and Wi-Fi?

Yes, there is cell phone service and Wi-Fi available at Zion Ponderosa. Your location and carrier will determine where and how good of cell phone service you have, though.

How close are you to Zion National Park?

Zion Ponderosa is located 7 miles from the east entrance of Zion National Park, but our 4,000 acre ranch sits literally against the eastern border of the park.

Is there a hot tub at Zion Ponderosa?

Yes.  Our hot tub is located by our two-tiered swimming pool and is open for you to enjoy from March through November.

What city is Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort in?

We are located right near the borders of the eastern edge of Zion National Park in a somewhat remote area in the southwest part of Utah, but our mailing address and city to use for GPS is Orderville which is approx. 15 miles away.

What is the elevation at Zion Ponderosa Resort?

Our resort sits at 6,500 feet above sea level. Does Zion Ponderosa give military discounts?

What are the nearest major cities/airports?

The nearest major city and airport are St. George and the St. George Regional Airport, which are about 1 hour and 45 minutes away. The next closest major city and airport are Las Vegas and McCarran International Airport, which are approximately a 3-hour drive from our resort. Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport are about 4.5 hours away. 
Shuttle services are available from McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas) to St. George, Utah, and then companies like St. George Shuttle, or Uber, can take you from St. George to Zion Ponderosa. Our resort is approx. a 3-hour drive from Las Vegas and about 1 hour and 45 minutes from St. George. If you’re flying into Las Vegas, St. George, or Salt Lake City, we suggest you rent a car from one of these airports, though.

Where is the nearest location to get fuel from Zion Ponderosa?

Nearest gas stations are located at seven and 15 miles from Zion Ponderosa.

Do you offer Military discounts?

Yes - 10%

What To Pack / Prepare / Policies

Here are some ideas of what to pack for your trip to Zion Ponderosa:

• Jacket or Sweatshirt
• Hat
• Camera
• Sunscreen
• Walking/Hiking Shoes
• Water Shoes
• Swim Suit
• Sunglasses
• Shorts
• Long Pants (better for the horse & ATV rides)
• Flashlight
• Water Hydration Pac

Food and Meals
Serving portions are categorized as adult 12 + years of age and child 3 to 11 years of age. Our kitchen staff serves hardy ranch style meals and beverages cafeteria style, sure to satisfy every hungry wrangler.

Off Peak Season
Off peak rates are a great deal and a good time to come. Call for rates on your specific dates.

Zion Ponderosa Policies
• The appropriate tax rate for Lodging, Meals, and Recreation will be added to all reservations.
• A 50% down payment is required, at time of booking, for reservations in current year. Balance will be due/charged 30 days prior to arrival.
• Reservations for following year require a 10% down payment with an 40% due in January of year of arrival with final payment due/charged 30 days prior to arrival.
• Reservations made within 45 days prior to arrival require payment in full at the time of booking.
• We gladly accept American Express, Master Card, Discover Card and Visa.
• Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival are fully refundable less a 10% administrative fee per cabin.
• Cancellations made within 30 days prior to arrival and more than 48 hours prior too arrival are 50% refundable.
• Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to arrival are non-refundable.
• For your safety all activities are weather dependent and subject to cancellation.

• Gratuity is accepted and appreciated.

Other Questions? Please give us a call, send an e-mail, or use our Chat feature available on our front page.