If you’re looking to go on a road trip or take your family somewhere that’s incredible for all ages…..Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort right outside Zion National Park is a great destination! The 5 of us packed ourselves in our car this summer and took off to our “cabin in the woods!” I found this place 4 years ago and we had such an incredible time there we went again for a week long adventure! Special thanks goes out to Zion Ponderosa for hosting us for the week so we could share our photos and experiences with all of you. (republished 12/16)
Not only does Zion Ponderosa have tent sites, real log cabins called Cowboy Cabins, larger cabins that sleep 6 (where we stayed), and even larger accommodations that sleep multiple families (up to 34 people), but they have horseback riding, miniature golf, zip lining, ATVs, a pool with rock slides and much more on their beautiful grounds! I know what you’re thinking……sounds expensive, but it is really reasonably priced too (love that).
We had a blast doing all the activities listed above, rented an ATV to explore the grounds one day, visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon one day (1.5hrs. from there or so), visited Bryce Canyon, and spent one day at Zion National Park! It’s so centrally located that you can visit multiple National Parks while staying the night at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.
Four years ago all of my girls took a trip down their zipline and when I said we were visiting Zion Ponderosa again that is what they remembered! My littlest one was just 4 back then and she still remembered her trips down the line over and over again….so much fun! Now that they were all a bit older they were able to do all of the activities there like an hour long horseback ride.
Another activity they really enjoyed were the mini ATVs. My oldest was able to drive one herself at 16 years old, but they also had these cute golf carts that my younger children were able to actually drive….and since Mom was busy taking pictures a staff member volunteered to ride with my middle daughter. Rock climbing was next. So much fun!!
How it works with all of the activities Zion Ponderosa offers is you purchase vouchers, and then choose the activities you want to participate in and exchange the vouchers for “play time.” There are tons of activities included in your stay too like a playground, basketball court, volleyball, 2 incredible pools with rock slides (we spent a ton of time there), and they were in the process of building a tennis court too! You know what else is included in your stay…….Free breakfast each morning!! This saved us a ton of money and allowed us to fuel up easily in order to start our busy days….loved that perk!
Their grounds are so beautiful and expansive, you can see an aerial view here. You can drive down some trails and get to hiking trails that overlook the valley that are just so amazing I can’t even describe how beautiful they are. Here’s a video of their grounds and just some of the activities they offer.
This is a peek at the end of our hike to Observation Point. We drove to the beginning of the trail and then hiked the rest of the way. There’s so much to see before you get there but at the end it’s just breathtaking!
This is just one of many hikes you can take, and the staff at Zion Ponderosa will give you maps to many others. You can explore a lot just out the front door of your cabin, take a guided hiking tour, or you can rent an ATV and explore many other areas an trails around there like Jolley Gulch!
I seriously could go on and on about how much we love Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort! We have never gone on the same vacation twice until this one. There is just so much to do on site, the location is perfect for visiting multiple National Parks, and there is a lot of hiking you can do. We just couldn’t do it all in one trip, and our second visit was just as wonderful as our first. While we were there they had a really large family reunion there…perfect location for that. They rented out one of the larger homes just down the road (sleeps up to 34 in one home) so they could all stay together…how awesome is that idea!
You can make reservations here for your family to stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort too, it’s one of the best family vacations we’ve ever taken!
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