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Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
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!
Emily R from:
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Oct, 30, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Michael was my main point of contact for the retreat, and his kindness and patience were greatly appreciated!
Priscilla made the horseback rides a magical experience for both myself and my guests.
Kourtney was fantastic to work with on the food situation. My guests loved the food, and the service was exceptional.
Would definitely recommend this place.
- Value: 5
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Service: 5
Derrinhill from: Mapleton, Utah
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Oct, 22, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Fantastic Family Reunion
We had a wonderful experience hosting our extended family reunion at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.
It provides a wide array of types of housing to meet our needs. We had some who wanted to rent a house, some who wanted to stay in the wagons, and others who wanted to camp. Everyone got to stay where they wanted while everyone was able to gather for our group meals and events throughout the weekend.
The recreation barn was a cool facility for our family games. The restaurant serves a really good breakfast buffet that made the mornings a breeze for our group of 60-70 people of all ages. The big field and other facilities were exactly what we needed for our other activities. Location is ideal as we all enjoyed hikes in Zion National Park, the amazing vistas, and the star-filled skies at night.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Ava B from:
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
We spent 3 nights glamping - it was a great experience. Bed was comfortable, lots of blankets and sleeping bags - we visited in October so nights were cold. You can see a lot of wild life which was so cool sitting at the campfire and have a deer walking by like he owned the place lol. We saw white owl - which was breathtaking. Ride to Zion Canyon its very scenic. Breakfast is delicious. Hot tub and pool very beautiful. I will be coming back for sure. The only thing that was missing is wall mount hairdryer and mirror and larger bench in shower room plus some disinfectant to keep it clean before using it after someone.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5