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Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
287GenieC from: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Published Date: Jun, 18, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Glamping was really great, all the comforts of home with the fun of camping. Pool was delightful and so was the tennis and other free activities. The zip line was favorite and was only 5 per person. The breakfast was hearty and delicious. I would recommend this place as a jumping off start to zions.
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jun, 17, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Great for exploring Zion
We stayed in a campsite for a week and had a great time. The ranch offered so much for so little money. Clean bathrooms and showers, laundry machines, on-site store, restaurant, pool, guided tours, ect. Location is bordering National Park, so there are hiking trails accessible directly from the ranch. Highly recommend.
- Rooms: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Overpriced due to the inexperienced staff
The staff there turns over every year, so a highly experienced staff member has been there a month at most. No one could answer any questions, because no one had been there long enough to actually learn anything Food was expensive and hit or miss in terms of quality, probably because of the inexperienced staff. Some of our food was inedible. (If you are thinking of ordering anything with baked apples, don't. Over the course of four meals, we ordered three different items with baked apples and not once were they actually close to being soft. A baked apple dessert with hard apples isn't very tasty.) Breakfast was good. In fact, the eggs were some of the best I've ever had and there was a very good selection of foods to choose from.
As for the activities, my kids age 13,10, and 8 loved all the free activities. They spent more time on the tennis court than I ever would have expected. Unfortunately, we spent a lot of money on a Jeep tour that was touted as adventurous but was extremely underwhelming. We did do a lot of off-roading, but it was at a very slow speed.The driver was very nice and told us a lot and we saw some amazing scenery, but even with the discount that I had it was expensive and just ok. I absolutely would not do it again nor would I recommend others to go on a Jeep tour.
All that said, staying in the covered wagon was my favorite stay in a 15-day southwestern trip, probably because it was unique and fulfilled a childhood fantasy.
traveljunky123 from: Kansas City, Kansas
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 11, 2019 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Zion family vacation
We loved this resort! We took our 3 kids ages 10, 14, and 19 and had a great experience! There is something for everyone here. We were close to Zion National Park which we hiked daily, and then enjoyed the many amenities at the resort. From the kids zip lining, playing table tennis, games of pool, put put, canoeing, going to their dance party at the barn, swimming at the pool and enjoying the hot tub. We loved it all! We stayed in the Wagon and the Cabin Suite for 1 night each. Both we loved. We kept cool using the AC during the day and then turned on the heater at night. For the wagon they have a commons area which is very nice. The showers are nicely tiled with nice tiled floors and are each private with its own locked room. We could have spent more time at this resort, we all loved it! We had breakfast included with our stay, each morning before our hike we are at Ray’s restaurant which included, eggs, yogurt, cereals, bacon, potatoes, muffins, donuts, bagels, waffles that you could make, different kinds of juices, coffee and maybe more that I missed. It was great! For dinner we ate at Ray’s restaurant as well which was great! Me and my husband enjoyed their burgers and sweet potato fries, and their draft beers. One of my kids at their salad bar, and others at there home made chicken pot pie that looked delicious. Service was fast and the food was yummy. All within reasonable prices. The resorts service was great the front desk was helpful when we asked questions about different hikes etc and directions getting places. They were very kind and nice to visit with. We highly recommend staying here.
ColoBeachBum from: Denver, Colorado
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jun, 11, 2019 Travel Date: May, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort was easy enough to find and Just a few miles from the east entrance of Zion National Park. We did glamping the first night due to inclement weather and late arrival. Tent was clean and beds were an unexpected luxury compared to the sleeping bags we were prepared to sleep in. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I found the banquet style breakfast to be average.
We were able to pitch a tent the following day and really liked the campsite (including the wild turkey that came to visit). Definitely would come here again. The only down side to this place is the mud. Very easy to get stuck if the weather is bad.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 4