The Best All Inclusive Resort in Utah!
The Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort shares several miles of Border along the Eastern edge of Zion National Park in Utah. You can imagine that the scenery is just as Beautiful! The staff is very humble and accommodating! The Food is incredible and the Activities are non-stop! In only a few short days, we managed to go horseback riding, ATV riding, Rappeling, Archery, Bike riding, Swimming, and Rock Climbing to name only a few things. Each Evening we soaked in the whirlpool and made new friends in the Rec Building playing Ping Pong or at the nightly campfires.
Our trip to the resort was in Mid-Spetember after Labor Day. Therefore, the rates were slightly lower since it was considered "off-peak". The crowds were less at the nearby National Parks, and the weather was still very warm (and pleasant at night). Mid September is a wonderful time to visit the Resort! The Clean Log Cabins offered Privacy and Comfort for everyone. Each Cabin had a Spectacular View and was a short walk to the Main Hall and Rec Building. Camping and "Cowboy cabins" are also available nearby on the property as well as LARGE Log Cabin Houses for Large Families.
Although there is PLENTY to do at the resort, several National Parks are nearby and make excellent and easy day trips! The staff even fixed us sack Lunches to take on our day trips to the Nearby Parks.
Since the are so many Parks within driving distance. I recommend getting a National Park Season Pass ahead of time (online). You'll likely save money this way.
The Best of the American Southwest
Our trip to the Southwest began in Phoenix and we rented a truck. Drove to the Grand Canyon, and stayed in National Park accomodations. Although bleak and overpriced, it was worth it to sleep with wild animals at your doorstep and to wake up near the canyon rim.
We drove to Las Vegas to visit a college friend and to walk the strip. Since we are not really gamblers, we found the afternoon all-you-can-eat buffets the highlight of our Vegas stay.
However, by far, the highlight of the trip was our stay at the Zion Ponderosa Report on the Eastern Edge of Zion NP in Utah. Our all-inclusive stay included our own private Log Cabin with our own bath, more than enough to eat, and tons of activities to do including ATV tours, Mountain biking, archery, rappelling, horseback rides, swimming, tennis, and tons more! The staff was very kind as well! I've recommended this resort SO MANY times...I need to go back soon!
As if our stay near Zion couldn't be topped, we drove to Bryce NP before heading south through the desolate Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. So beautiful, and for me, quite spiritual. We saw only one other car that afternoon as we drove for miles on a dirt road through lunar-like terrain. A nice way to "recompress" before our drive down to Phoenix and our flight home.
In all, I enjoyed revisiting the National Parks of the American Southwest. It was nice to revisit the areas as an adult where my family had vacationed many times during my childhood. I have a better appreciation for it now!