If I knew then what I knew now, I don't think I would choose lodging at Zion Ponderosa Ranch again. First, if you are travelling west to east, it would be much more convenient to stay in the quaint looking town of Springdale. You have to pass through Zion National Park to get to the Ranch, which is a BEAUTIFUL drive, but when you get to the ranch and want to go back to the visitor's center, you are looking at a 45 minute drive for 20 miles. If we had been at Bryce Canyon going to Zion, it would have been ideal for an overnight stay.
Aside from the location, I was not completely satisfied with the lodging. Our family of 5 stayed in a cabin with the bathrooms. The cabin had a musty, mildew smell; the bathroom was tiny, and the kitchenette was nothing more than a tiny fridge, microwave and sink. We didn't have any advantage of being able to prepare meals as compared to a typical hotel room. The Ranch offers a lot of amenities, but they were over-priced and we didn't participate in any of them. They seem focus on offering a lot of activities but aren't as focused on maintaining the facilities they have. The screen door on our cabin wouldn't close, and again the smell was not pleasant. One reviewer mentioned the dust. I would completely agree.
The pool was nice. It needed repairs but they had a sign posted indicating that they were waiting on tile to be able to complete the repairs. The restaurant had good food and we enjoyed the gift shop.
- 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