Most Utahns’ have been camping — pack the car full of stuff, drag it up the mountain, pitch the tent, sleep on the ground, wake up all sweaty and grungy, then head home for a hot shower and to unload all the stuff again. Sound familiar? There’s a better way! Take a look at this camping resort near Zion National Park.

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is located in the middle of Utah’s most beautiful red rock country. It’s a 4,000-acre oasis that sits right on the border of Zion National Park, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you’re visiting Zion or Bryce.  This resort offers a camping experience for just about everyone. If you love to commune with nature while sleeping on the ground, bring your tent and stay at the tent campground.

Maybe you love the idea of a tent, but prefer to sleep in a comfy bed? Try a glamping tent.  Snuggle into the king-sized bed, relax in the lounge chairs, and enjoy an indoor/outdoor experience that gives you a taste of camping with a a little more luxury.  

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to cross the prairie in a covered wagon, you might enjoy sleeping in a Conestoga Wagon.  These wagons sleep six people with a king-sized bed and bunk beds. Or a stay in a Cowboy Cabin is an upgrade from the glamping tents, and you’ll feel right at home in these cozy log cabins.  Lodge pine furniture just adds to the charm inside these little cabins. You won’t find bathrooms inside, but you’ll have access to the restroom facilities that also include hot showers.

You can also bring your own RV and stay in the RV Campground. Back-in sites include full hookups with 30 or 50 amps.  This resort is so much more than just a campground! Campers will also enjoy a beautiful, two-tier pool, hot tub, zip line, miniature golf, bungee trampoline and more.  For a fun Western-style experience, take the Wagon Ride with a Dutch Oven Dinner. Feel like you’re in the Wild West on this entertaining wagon ride….then enjoy a delicious Dutch oven dinner.

You’ll also learn how to rope, and practice your technique on a hay-bale cow. This wagon ride adventure is perfect for the whole family.  Take horseback riding tour for a unique look at Zion. The ranch resort is located on a plateau that overlooks the park, and you’ll love the views from up here!

With so many different camping options, you’re certain to find the right accommodations for your family here. Every type of accommodation includes a picnic table, grill, access to the restrooms with hot showers, laundry room, and wireless Internet. Those staying in the Glamping Tents, Conestoga wagons, and Cowboy Cabins also enjoy free breakfast. Learn more about Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort on its website.