Day tripping is rapidly becoming the preferred alternative to the perpetual packing, unpacking, and checking in and out of rooms that vacationers dread. Replace the need to “take a break from your vacation” by relaxing every evening after taking casual day trips (no need to pack up the bathroom and closet everyday). Zion Mountain Ranch is ideal for ‘day tripping’ to three National Parks. With its location mid-way on the 89 corridor, guests drive north to Bryce or south to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and at the center is our beautiful Zion!
Enter the park early in the morning to travel and park at the visitor’s center. From here, you will be able to walk or take the shuttle to the rest of your day’s destinations. Spend the day in the park sightseeing, hiking, and enjoying the visitor’s center and natural history museum. We recommend lunch at the Zion Park Lodge, which offers two lunch options. As you drive back to the ranch, you’ll be amazed at the different rock formations, wildlife, and vegetation compared to the Zion’s lower west end. Back at the ranch, enjoy a relaxing evening horse ride or an adventurous back-country ride on a Razor ATV and gourmet fresh pizza at the ranch’s East End Pizza.
Taking scenic 89 North to Bryce Canyon, it is a little over an hour drive ( if you don’t make any stops to take in the beauty). The 89 Corridor north is full of ranch scenery and picturesque settings. You will drive through Red Canyon State Park along the way. A good short stop will small hikes. You can stop at Maynard Dixon’s historic house and modern gallery if you appreciate his work. Your day will be filled with plenty of photo ops, so take the camera! Enjoy walking through the Ponderosa Pines in a cooler climate as well as hiking through the amazing rock hoodoos of Bryce. Most guests find themselves back at the ranch for dinner at the Buffalo Grill. After dinner you can rave about your day while sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows.
Enjoy another beautiful vista filled drive traveling south on Hwy 89. Along the way, there are many things you might want to stop and see. Corral Pink Sand Dunes is a small spur road off 89 and is great if you have young (or young at heart) who want to fill the shorts with sand for the day. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary offers scheduled tours of their facility for animal lovers. The North Rim is the most beautiful side of the Grand Canyon without a doubt. More forested and higher. it offers truly Grand Vista’s and far less commercialism and crowds. Have lunch at the North Rim Historic Lodge (must be booked in advance at 928-638-2611), or a quick lunch on the rim is also an option. After an inspiring day, your cabin’s porch swing and a bright night sky will be awaiting you. (The North Rim opens May 15th)