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Two People at Observation Point

There’s nothing better for an adventurous spirit than a three-day weekend. Whether it’s hiking, canyoneering, camping, horseback riding, hitting the backcountry trails on a Jeep tour or just relaxing, be sure to get outside and enjoy that extra day off.

Hike Observation Point

This 7-mile round-trip hike leads to panoramic views of Zion National Park, which Backpacker magazine has called “the best birds-eye views in the park.” (We agree!) Skip the 2,148-foot incline from the Zion Canyon floor (and the Zion holiday weekend crowds) by taking the Observation Point trail across Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort.

Looking for a different hike? East Zion Adventures hiking guides know all the best trails on the east side of the park!


Free Your Spirit With A Canyoneering Adventure

Canyoneering is the ultimate way to experience southern Utah’s beauty. The Zion National Park area features world-class canyoneering that includes hiking, climbing, scrambling and rappelling. Guided canyoneering adventures are the best way to experience East Zion’s magnificent slot canyons.

Guided Jeep tours

Jeep Adventure

Experience East Zion’s rugged backcountry with a 4×4 adventure that will leave you wanting more. Choose your Jeep adventure here.

Hiking the Narrows

Hike the Narrows

It’s hot and crowded in Zion over the Labor Day weekend but if you head a bit upstream, the Narrows crowds thin out and you can cool off with an epic adventure.

hike to cable mountain

Cable Mountain

The hike to Cable Mountain across Zion Ponderosa is one of Zion’s best-kept secrets. The Zion Ponderosa route cuts the hike in half, to less than eight miles round trip, and also eliminates thousands of feet in elevation gain.

Kayak canoe paddleboard pond

Paddle Board, Kayak or Canoe

Take a spin on Zion Ponderosa’s figure-8 pond, and bask beneath the blue skies in the beauty of East Zion.

Zion Ponderosa Swimming Pool

Cool Off in the Pool

or relax those sore muscles in the hot tub at the end of a day of East Zion adventures. Grab a bite to eat from the Poolside Snack Bar – cold drinks, ice cream, even pizza!

Horseback Ride at Sunset

Watch the Sunset on Horseback

Hit the trails on horseback and bask in the glow of the sunset over Zion with incredible views of the park and beyond. Sunset horseback rides are a beautiful way to wind down from your East Zion adventures.

Tent Camping Zion National Park

Camp Under the Stars

Spend the night in a tent or take it up a notch with glamping. Sometimes all you need is a night under the stars to recover from the long week at work.

Campfire Zion Ponderosa

S’mores and Stargazing

Enjoy a campfire with friends, reminiscing about the day’s adventures. Wrap up the evening with stargazing under some of the most beautiful starry skies in southern Utah.