My bf and I were on a hiking trip out west and decided to stay here for 5 nights (Mon-Fri) while we were visiting Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Overall it wasn't that bad! As a family ranch resort, you do have to keep in mind that there will be a lot of kids everywhere (we are in our mid-twenties so maybe a little bit more tolerable of the boy scouts that were in the camp-sites near by).
The people at the front desk are really friendly and we were actually greeted right at our tent site by the general manager of the Ranch who welcomed us warmly and helped us plan out the rest of that day. They have a ton of activities for the whole family (small hikes within the ranch itself, swimming, paint ball, mini golf, sunset tours, a recreation barn, atv track and so much more). I would recommend the Canyoneering. That was definitely an amazing experience and one that you would NOT want to miss given the opportunity. Nothing like repelling down a hundred foot canyon!
The facility itself was pretty impressive. I have camped my entire life and never seen a bathhouse like these. Granted closer to the evening after all the kids have taken their showers they are a little dirty but have a cleaning crew come up in the mornings to get them back in tip-top shape for the next day.
The camp-site that we stayed at (Site 20) was a little small, only had enough room for our tent (although it was a 6 person tent). We had to move our picnic table into the trees in order to accommodate enough space for our tent but if you aren't looking for luxury camping then its completely bearable. The drive to get to the ranch itself is kind of long but well you can keep yourself entertained by stopping to take a picture of the "End of the Rd." sign :)
The one major plus outside of the ranch was you entered Zion National Park from the East entrance and there is no traffic from that end so no lines to get into the park itself however it is about a 15-20 min drive away from the Visitors Center of the actual park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the top of Zion National Park amidst a forest of Ponderosa pine trees, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort offers great lodging options; Vacation Homes, Cabins Suites, Cowboy Cabins, Western Wagons, and RV / Tent Campground. We offer excellent dining services at our Blue Belly Grill and Gus & Rosey's restaurants. We offer more activities on-property than any resort in the region, including horseback riding, jeep tours, zip line, climbing wall, canyoneering / hiking excursions, ATV tours, miniature golf, paint ball, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zion Ponderosa Ranch Hotel Zion National Park
- Zion Ponderosa Hotel
- Zion Ponderosa Resort