You and your group will find amazing western adventures during your retreat at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. From horseback riding to unique site seeing and wilderness opportunities, the West will come alive!

Horseback Riding
Experience the flavor of the Old West as our professional wranglers keep you riding high in the saddle. Zion Ponderosa has the best string of healthy horses in all of Zion. Our morning and evening horseback rides will take you to plateaus overlooking Zion's world-famous gorges. All riders must be eight years or older. Pony rides are available for children under the age of eight.

Checkerboard Overlook Ride. This ride is mainly flat and takes approximately one hour. Riders traverse the plateau that overlooks Checkerboard Mesa in the Park. Many species of natural trees and shrubs line the trail. Riders see Checkerboard Mesa from a number of different views. Photo taking is encouraged. This is an easy ride for beginners and a good warm-up for old timers.

Jolley Gulch Ride • Jolley Gulch is a cool, tree lined ravine that is home to large ponderosa pine trees and an old homesteader's cabin that dates back to the beginning of the 1900's. Jolley Gulch ends at the Cave Canyon dryfall, a spectacular 300 foot cliff in the Park and often has a small stream following thunderstorms. Riders can cross through the Gulch to the Park fence where they tie up their horses. Guests can then walk the additional 50 yards on foot to the stunning dryfall. This ride is excellent for beginners or more experienced riders and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Pine Knoll Ride • Pine Knoll is the highest point in the Southern section of the ranch and boasts an 360-degree, panoramic view of the East Zion area. The trail up the face of Pine Knoll traverses a narrow spine of fractured limestone and red sand. The horse knows the way, so sometimes its best to close your eyes and hold on! Plenty of time is taken at the top of the Knoll for some great photo ops! The deep canyons of Zion's Narrows can be viewed to the west, with Checkerboard Mesa to the south and the 10,000-foot peaks of the Dixie National Forrest to the North. This trail ride is not for beginners but can be enjoyed by anyone who has a few rides under their belt.

Overnight Ride • For guests who want to experience a taste of the real Wild West, Zion Ponderosa can arrange a full-day ride with an overnight camp-out. The ride begins in the morning with an ascent over Pine Knoll. Riders then explore the remote sections of the Ranch, including the remnants of an old sawmill and a deep canyon called Englestead Hollow. The afternoon is spent riding through thick trees and shrubs en route to the camp located in a quiet campground in the far northern section of the Ranch. The evening will be spent playing games, eating a real Dutch oven dinner, singing campfire songs, and listening to cowboy poetry. Guests will sleep in tents under a beautiful, star-filled sky. After a chuck wagon breakfast, shuttle vans will transport guests back to the resort where the hot tub awaits! This ride is offered only during the summer months and must be scheduled in advance.

Pony Rides • Kids under eight years old are too young for the horses but they will love our pony rides. Ideally suited for the beginners, our pony rides are led by wranglers and are very safe.

Wagon Rides • Our powerful team of Belgian horses will take up to 20 guests on a nightly hayride. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Contact Us:

Zion Winter
E-MAIL: [email protected]

Zion Ranch, East Zion , Utah