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