My family always wanted to try out the camping adventure. I'm very reluctant about the ideas of not having to shower for few days but this "resort" ranch convinced me to finally try the camping experience.
We actually tried to book for a cabin but they were booked and so we ended up doing the tent which was fine because like what I said we always wanted to try it out.
We got to the ranch at 12 pm and the check in time was not till 4pm but the staff were nice and they let us check in early and was able to find out a good tent space. At first they placed us to tent space #2 which we thought looking at the map that it was too far fr the restroom and swimming pool. However, the ranch manager (I think he's name is mark) took us to the tent site and gave us 3 other locations to choose from. We ended up choosing tent space #2 because it was a big space with a little tree for a shade which my inlaws (old folks) enjoyed sitting under during the day. In other words, the staff were friendly and helpful on this matter.
ACTIVITIES: We did ziplining, ranger rental, and swimming pool. My kids enjoyed the ranger. The view was beautiful up there. The staff that gave us the map was very helpful and gave us a really good suggestions as far as which trails to take the best. Although it was kinda hard to follow the map and hard to find our way back to the resort because some of the little signs on the trails were not written down on the map, however we just kept on driving and found our way back to the resort eventually. Pls update your trail map.
The swimming pool needs some fixing. The tile walls have broken off. Although my kids didnt mind it at all and still had a great time swimming. It was nice to have a relaxing pool after a long hike. The water was cold but my kids found a way to warm up in the jacuzzi which was fine and still had fun.
we didn't get to try the food they offer at their restaurant because we brought plenty of food to cook in our campsite but it was nice to know that they have it just in case we ran out or we can't start a fire since those times we stayed it rained a lot. One of the reason we came here for the first time camping experience knowing that we have backup for food just in case things went wrong and we can't cook out.
I was kinda disappointed that the ranch was 40 mins away fr the shuttle area to get to the hiking trails. Pls state that to the website so people will know that you actually have to pass the zion park thru the tunnel to get to the shuttle. We didn't get to see the Narrow trails because it was too far for us to get to the shuttle area. One of our thing to do was to hike the narrows but it was ok because we did do our own exploring/hiking inside the zion park. We parked our truck on side of the road and just went walking and still able to see the majestic rock formations up close. My kids actually climbed some of the rocks and had a great time.
The shower and restroom is the big plus to this camping experience. The showers were actually very clean each time I went to use it. The restroom needs some updating like the sinks were rusty looking but it was fine because I didn't expect much for a ranch. At least the showers have hot water which is the best for first time camping experience.
Overall, if ur first time campers, this is the best place to start. It has toilet and hot showers. The only camping experience that you will have that has a swimming pool to relax in after a long day of hiking.
We had a great time here and will go back again. We came to this place not having a "resort" expectations because of that we didn't get disappointed but thankful we had those resort amenities during our first time "Camping" experience.
Next time we come here, I will make sure to book early to get the cabins or maybe the rental house. Thank you ponderosa ranch for wonderful experience.
- 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