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A Family Stay At Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort in Zion National Park

The weather in Southern Utah is pretty mild in the winter compared to other parts of the country. Even so, I tend to stay cuddled up inside and let winter pass me by. This year, in an effort to enjoy winter to its fullest, I planned a family staycation at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Take a cozy cabin, an abundance of outdoor family activities and a beautiful, serene setting, and what you get is the perfect winter getaway for the whole family.

Zion Ponderosa in Zion National Park


Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is located in a secluded and remote area just 20 minutes east of Zion National Park. Not only is the property beautiful but it has a great onsite restaurant called Ray's, it is packed with more activities than any other property in the area and with its assortment of lodging options it caters to any and all budgets.


In the summer there are endless actives available like ATV rides, canyoneering, swimming, horseback riding, jeep tours, miniature golf, paintball, zip line, climbing wall, kids camp, rafting, and wagon ride/dutch oven dinner. In the winter the activities available are much more limited so if you book a stay make sure to ask about what activities are available during your stay.

During our stay, my kiddos loved playing on the playground and playing pool and ping pong in the activity barn. We even got to play some miniature golf.......thank you beautiful weather!!!

Another perk of the beautiful weather was that we were able to go horseback riding and do the zip line. The zip line was such a highlight (even though my eight year old chickened out), and my kiddos haven't stopped taking about Persilla (our horseback guide) and the sweet horses.

If the weather had been a bit colder, we could have done some ice-skating on the new ice-skating rink, but it was total mush.

We were hoping to hike the East Mesa Trail during our stay. It is a short 15-minute drive from the property and is a kid-friendly option to get to Observation Point. Unfortunately, we were advised that the road to get to the trailhead was too muddy at this time of year. We will definitely be back in the spring to do this one.


At Zion Ponderosa you have a wide range of lodging options. From camping to glamping, to small cabin to full-on luxury home there is something for everyone.

We stayed in a two bedroom cabin with a private jacuzzi. The cabin was so cozy with a fireplace and traditional cabin decor. Relaxing in the jacuzzi in the evening surrounded by the crisp mountain air while stargazing was a highlight of our stay.

The kitchen was stocked with everything needed to cook meals for the family. The restaurant services were limited due to the slow winter season, so we did bring groceries with us and do a little bit of cooking.

For one of the mornings, we ordered a breakfast basket at the front desk that was delivered to our door. It was delish, and the kiddos gobbled up every last bite.