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Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
AustWhit from: Salt Lake City, Utah
Published Date: Jan, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Perfect family reunion destination if in your budget
Rented a GIANT house for a week with several extended families. Plenty of space, home-like comforts, and can't wait to do it again.
As for amenities and things to do, I'd suggest bringing four wheelers, but other than that they'll provide you with ALL kinds of activities from mini golf to swimming to campfire stories at night to rock climbing and zip lining. So much fun! Can't wait to go again.
maci_604 from: Norman, Oklahoma
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Great camping and amenities
The camp sites are great, picnic benches and bbq as well as a nice soft rock free diet pad for the tent. The showers are clean and private. Bathrooms were clean as well. Food at the resort was good. It’s a bit far of a drive into the park though.
Published Date: Dec, 26, 2018 Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
My family of five had a great time horseback riding at the Ponderosa Ranch even though the temperature was a chilly 26 degrees. There was a snowstorm the day before and the area was a winter wonderland. John, our horse wrangler, entertained us as we rode to a spectacular view of Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park. We also encountered many deer along the way.
The horses are well trained and safe for beginner riders (most of us!), a horseback ride at Ponderosa is a great way to experience a cowboy's life.
Make sure to ask John about the history of how the Ponderosa Ranch came to be.
Valerie L from:
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Nov, 14, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 1
Not close to Zion or Bryce!
Number one Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort probably has the best marketing presence I’ve ever seen or been roped into. Hire their marketing team!
There are two entrances into Zion National Park. The East Entrance through a mile long tunnel, and the South Entrance near Springdale where you take the shuttles into the park. Ask yourself what do you want to see when you’re in Zion? Do you want to SEE Zion and get there easily or do you want to drive 40 miles round-trip, twice through a tunnel, to get to the south entrance? If you have lots of extra money you could stay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch and do some of their many expensive excursions. Because there is really nothing beautiful or anything else to do at Zion Ponderosa Ranch, except their excursions.
Now let’s talk about their “camping” area. Notice there are zero campsite maps on their website like you would see for a typical campground. And we discovered there is exactly one bathroom house for the entire camp area which is near the entrance to the camping area but not near any of the actual campsites. So if you need to use a bathroom in the middle of the night and don't want to walk a long distance you will be peeing and pooping in the dirt. The campsite area looks like they took a bulldozer, cleared out a few trees, strung rope between the sites, nailed up some campsite numbers and called it good (are the tent sites even level?). The map that they do give you when you arrive is wrong and will send you in circles. I guess the road they thought they would bulldoze didn’t materialize but no one told the map makers! Ughh!
I thought I was being smart by booking us spots inside Zion on the south side (lovely!) and this place called Zion Ponderosa on the east side. I honestly started crying after we arrived at our rustic patch of dirt in no-where land. It’s so hard when you’re planning your visit from a computer. Look up Google Earth, do a google map to Springdale, and unless you have lots and lots of money to spend at Zion Ponderosa Ranch – do not stay there. I booked two nights and left after one night to escape to Bryce. Funny as we left I googled places to stay near Bryce. And what comes up at the top of the feed? Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort! Really those marketing guys are genius. Hire them, they are good!
MadiStocks from: Utah
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 6, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Awesome end of season trip!
Our trip was amazing! We stayed in a glamping tent and it was so much fun! Our tent had its own fire pit and was close to everything! The resort itself was so much fun, we’re already planning our next trip back.
Just warning, we did leave one of our fire starters and our fire sticks on our table and when we came back from hiking they were gone. We were sad and we know we shouldn’t have left them outside our tent, just a warning to future travelers; put your belongings somewhere safe!