Looking for an escape to the wonders of Zion National Park and its surrounding areas? Just a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is uniquely located on the east side of the national park. “There is so much ground to explore that you’ll never run out of new things to see at Zion National Park,” suggests General Manager Julie Millard. “Zion is the number one scenic attraction in Utah.”
Zion National Park expands 30 miles in length and visitors from around the globe consider Zion one of their favorite destinations. One of the most beautiful places to stay while visiting Zion is Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, which offers eight lodging options, including glamping tents, Conestoga wagons, cabin suites or luxurious mountain homes.
With 4,000 private acres of land, Zion Ponderosa is rated as one of the top adventure resorts in America. Experience jeep tours with dramatic scenic views, along with guided hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, canyoneering and much more. Zion Ponderosa’s adventure recreation activity list is one that will fill you with excitement.
At 6,500 feet in elevation, Zion Ponderosa is a wildlife corridor on the plateau above Zion National Park with wild turkeys, mule deer, and other animals and birds surrounding these pristine lands. Far from city lights the night sky offers dramatic views of the Milky Way. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort has an on-property restaurant, swimming pool with water slides and jacuzzi, and with eight lodging options, there is sure to be something for everyone.
More and more women are searching for getaway experiences where they can connect with nature and develop new friendships. Zion Ponderosa has created a woman’s retreat that provides a real outdoor adventure.
Mandy Woodhouse, director of the event, describes the Women’s Adventure Retreat as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “I do not know of any other retreat that offers hikes, helicopter tours, four-wheeling, skeet-shooting and rappelling down a canyon,” she said. “Then you end each day with great meals, hot tubbing, fire pits and star gazing at night.”
While the resort offers several planned excursions, women can forego a scheduled activity in favor of visiting Zion National Park, taking a serene nature walk on the private ranch, or hiking three miles across the plateau to Observation Point (noted by Backpacker magazine as the most scenic view in Utah). “The Adventure Retreat was created as a nice break for women. We get so busy doing good things, but it’s nice to take some time for ourselves,” said Woodhouse.
Beyond offering an adventurous getaway, the event is a place for women to reconnect with themselves and bond with other women. “We work so hard. If we take some time away we can step back into the daily grind and be a better version of ourselves,” said Woodhouse. “It impacted my life as much as each of the unique women I have been able to meet. When women are around other women they share a bond, and when they do challenging things together they can celebrate together. The bond between women and sharing life-long friendships are hard to beat.”
While the women’s retreat is a unique event, Zion Ponderosa hosts families, groups, and individuals throughout the year who come to relax, experience adventure, and enjoy southwestern Utah’s scenic surroundings.
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