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25 Things to do with Kids when Staying at Zion Ponderosa

Ever since our first visit to Zion Ponderosa six years ago, my kiddos and I have been coming back every year to spend quality time together camping, swimming, and taking advantage of all the different adventure opportunities.


This post is part of a paid partnership with Zion Ponderosa. All ideas and opinion are 100% my own.


Zion Ponderosa is a 4,000-acre resort full of rugged beauty sitting on the eastern edge of Zion National Park and has been family owned and run since 1962.

Each time we visit, there is something new to check out or a new activity that we haven't tried. My kiddos are 7, 10, and 13, and they are always excited about our Zion Ponderosa adventures.

On our visit in August, we went on a sunset jeep tour, played on the climbing walls, jumped, swam, and did an amazing horseback ride, and guess what!?! There is still more to do for next time! That is why we love Zion Ponderosa so much!

HOW TO GET TO ZION PONDEROSA

There are a few ways to get to Zion Ponderosa. The most popular way is to fly into Las Vegas and rent a car. Zion Ponderosa is a 3-hour drive from Las Vegas.

Some people opt to fly to Salt Lake City, the second closest major airport. Flying into Salt Lake will allow you to turn your vacation into a road trip, stopping at a few of Utah's national parks along the way. Salt Lake is a 5-hour drive from Zion Ponderosa.

You can also fly into the Saint George Regional airport. This airport is much smaller with minimal flight options, but if you can find one that works for you, the time savings and convenience will be a huge bonus. It is a 1 hr 45-minute drive from Saint George to Zion Ponderosa.

Vacation home at Zion Ponderosa

***Photo courtesy of Zion Ponderosa


WHERE TO STAY AT ZION PONDEROSA WITH KIDS

Zion Ponderosa has a ton of great Zion National Park Lodging options. We have tried the beautiful vacation homes as well as the Zion Crest Campground and have loved all of our stays.

In August, we stayed in one of the beautiful vacation homes with my parents, brother, and niece. A big home for all of us to enjoy time together was perfect. Our house had a jacuzzi, a large patio, beautiful views, and all the amenities needed to spend some good quality family time.

There are 31 vacation homes at Zion Ponderosa with a wide range of sizes to accommodate all the different needs of families and groups.

Other accommodation options include Cabin Suites, Glamping, Conestoga Wagons, Cowboy Cabins, RV campground, and tent camping.


 

Family in water at Zion National Park

25 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS WHEN STAYING AT ZION PONDEROSA

Staying at Zion Ponderosa with kids is one of the best ways to experience Zion National Park things to do and all the surrounding attractions while ensuring the kids have a fantastic time.

As a Southern Utah local who knows Zion Ponderosa well, I am excited to share my tried and true list of 25 things to do with kids during your stay. These are hikes, activities, guided adventures, and day trips that we have tried and loved!

ACTIVITIES ON THE PROPERTY

Boy on climbing wall at Zion Ponderosa

1-Climbing Wall

The climbing wall was a big hit with my kids. They loved the challenge of trying to get further and further with each try. Pricing is $10 for three tries, and there are five different climbing wall options


Girl Kayaking at Zion Ponderosa

2-Kayaking

A little pond on the property allows kids to head over and enjoy first come, first serve kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. It's easy to access and perfect for a fun and easy morning or afternoon activity.


3-Virtual Tour

With two virtual reality experiences, you can soar over Utah and immerse yourself in stunning scenery or go on a thrill ride looking for Aztec treasure!

It's not the high-quality 4k video we are all used to these days, but it is so fun to go on a visual ride to another place, all while keeping your feet on the ground.

4-Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is a favorite of ours. The two-tiered swimming pool has two jacuzzis, two water slides and is the perfect way to chill after a day of hiking. It's also the perfect way to spend a full day of relaxation.....my favorite!


5-Playground

Perfect for toddlers and younger children, this playground is in the center of the action. With swings, a slide, and an assortment of play equipment, the playground is perfect to let the little ones get out some energy. One day my kiddos will be too old for the playground, but for now, they still love the swings. Heck, I still love the swings!