Ponderosa has recently finished construction on a 40-foot high climbing
and rappelling wall. This wall is the biggest wall in Southern Utah and
has charted climbs for both the beginning and advanced climbers. The wall
is the centerpiece of Zion Ponderosa's new recreation facility that houses
East Zion Adventures, the resort's recreation concessionaire. With over
20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor climbing surface, the wall is the hot
spot both in winter and summer months.
Orderville Gulch is a major tributary to the world famous Zion Narrows. This primitive canyon is surrounded on three sides by Zion Ponderosa Ranch and on a fourth by Zion Nation Park. Guests of Zion Ponderosa can choose an unforgettable experience as they rappel down a 125 foot waterfall into Orderville Gulch. East Zion Adventure staff will accompany guests and provide all equipment, instructions, and belay support necessary to make the rappel safe and enjoyable.
Following the rappel, guests will continue their trek with a 10 mile hike into the Zion Narrows through Orderville Canyon. Orderville Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon formed by millions of years of erosion by a tributary of the Virgin River. Hikers spend the majority of their hike walking through a small stream that runs the course of the canyon. At several locations in the Canyon, the stream forms small pools and waterfalls. Hikers must use their ingenuity to swim, forge, or circumvent these obstacles. During the last two miles of the hike, Orderville Canyon joins the main Zion Canyon Narrows Hike, which is formed by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Guests are met by a shuttle van at the Temple of Sinawava parking lot, in the heart of Zion National Park, as they finish their day long rappelling and hiking adventure.
The climbing and rappelling wall is the centerpiece of Zion Ponderosa's new recreation barn. The barn is an all-wood facility that houses East Zion Adventures, Zion Ponderosa's recreation concessionaire. The climbing wall is both indoor and outdoor and is ideally suited for year round activities in any type of weather. Other amenities in the recreation barn include aerobic exercise equipment, free weights, billiards, foosball, ping-pong, and a big screen TV.