6000 feet high up in canyon country, and with the stars at night as bright as ever you will see, Zion Mountain Guest Ranch has a range of upscale lodges and cabins on its historical ranch which borders the Zion National Park near Springdale, South Utah, U.S.A. It even has its own buffalo herd and is a perfect place for horseback riding vacations.
Their accommodation consists of individual cabins and lodges that are rustic in style but spacious, modern, clean and comfortable, all of them coming with a private bathroom with bath, a fireplace, TV with satellite channels, and cooking facilities from basic kitchenettes to fully equipped kitchens.
There is a sociable lounge and restaurant area at the main ranch house too where they serve meals all day and the food here is really first class, with much of the ingredients coming from the farm’s organic fruit and vegetable gardens.
Note: There is WiFi but only in the communal lounge/dining area.
THE FARM & RANCH:
They have a small organic farm at Zion Mountain with an orchard, vegetable plots and some hens and chickens, but of course the main attraction here is the ranch, where a herd of buffalo roam as well as dozens of horses.
There is plenty of horseback riding on offer at Zion, for all levels and they have guided rides along some lovely trails around the ranch and farther out into the park. The terrain isn’t too difficult but it is scenic, extraordinary peaceful, and makes for an experience not to be missed.
You can book trail rides from one to four hours, which can include a picnic at the edge of one of those classic South Utah red sandstone canyons. And if all the horseback riding gets too much you can book a soothing massage afterwards in the privacy of your own cabin or lodge.
The ranch has a fabulous location just to the eastern entrance of the Zion National Park, which is an extraordinary place in itself but there is also the enormous Bryce National Park to the west with even more of the iconic red canyons, and the famous Thor’s Hammer.
Then there’s Dixie Forest to the north, which has more of the same spectacular scenery to be explored and even more thick forestland. And in between and all around is classic Utah back country, with big skies and vast plains as far as the eye can see.
You can organize all sorts of guided trips from Zion Ranch. As well as the previously mentioned horseback riding, they can also take you on awesome hikes into the Zion and the Bryce, which for the more adventurous can also include canyoning. Mountain bike trips are getting more popular too, and for more laid back characters there is also the more gentle pursuit of fly fishing.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Our cabin was spacious and lovely. Great views over the ranch and could enjoy the porch in the late afternoon sun. We had read mixed reviews about the restaurant. It is on the pricey side but we ate there two nights and both nights the food was delicious….”
“It’s a huge ranch and when I woke up the first morning, outside my room on a fenced huge area, there were Bisons roaming around. Very nice to see. I definitely recommend this place and would gladly go back….”
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