A Hidden Gem : 2 Hours From Vegas

19th April 2019

If you’re looking for somewhere different for your annual holiday, why not try Southern Utah.

This area of the United States is one of the hidden gems of the country, from the many close by national parks to world-class golf, hiking and trails this area has something for everyone.

There are places of unrivalled natural beauty that are truly breathtaking, a night sky that will leave you in awe and an outdoor lifestyle that is difficult to match anywhere else in the world.

All this less than a 2-hour drive from McCarron Airport in Las Vegas to St George Southern Utah, the gateway to a holiday of adventure and wonder.

St George is your ideal stop off point and use as a base to explore much of Southern Utah, we have excellent knowledge of this area so please call us here at Ayr Travel for information on where to stay and what to do.


Nearby National Parks

  • Zion National Park

It is believed the first people to explore what is now Zion National Park entered the canyon looking for food. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present-day adventures.

Get the most of your time in Zion by researching what you would like from your visit. There are trails and gentle hikes that will suit every fitness level- we should know, our fitness level leaves much to be desired, but you will always find a new trail and sites that will live with you forever. Be realistic about the time it will take to complete your visit, top tip, don’t rush! There is so much to see you don’t want to rush and miss something. Don’t let poor shoes, sunburn or dehydration ruin your long-planned adventure, be prepared and enjoy your visit, its only a 30-minute drive from St George which is your ideal base.

Whether you are trying to catch your breath while climbing the incredible trail to Observation Point or watching the shadows constantly change the mood of the Court of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park is always ready to quench your appetite for outdoor wonder.


  • Bryce Canyon National Park

Be prepared to be blown away by this natural phenomenon which was created by water and wind over millions of years of freezes and thaws that carved into the plateau endless fields of the park’s distinctive red rock pillars. Seek out the canyon floor on foot or stick to the overlooks by car. Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater (pictured below at dusk), which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos.

Every year, Bryce Canyon National Park awes visitors with spectacular geological formations and brilliant colors. The towering hoodoos, narrow fins, and natural bridges seem to deny all reason or explanation, leaving hikers gazing around with jaws agape in wondrous incredulity. This surreal landscape is what brings people from around the world to visit Bryce Canyon National Park.

How are those Hoodoos and fins formed? It starts with rainwater seeping into cracks in the rock. The water freezes during Bryce’s cold nights, expands and breaks apart the rock. The deep, narrow walls called “fins” result from rain and snowmelt running down the slopes from Bryce’s rim. Eventually, the fins form holes (called windows), and when the windows grow larger they collapse and create the bizarre hoodoos that we see today.

Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park is the best way to immerse yourself in the amazing geography. Day hikes range from easy 1-mile loops to challenging 11-mile round-trip adventures. As you hike, be sure to check out the bristlecone pine trees for which Bryce is known. Bristlecone pines are the oldest trees in the world, even reaching 5,000-years-old in some places!


There are so many amazing activities

If you are based in St George it opens up a world of opportunity for a varied and exciting holiday. From the many spectacular gold course to ATV tours, Horseback Trail riding tours, Mountain biking, Canyoneering, the limits are only bound by your imagination. Get in touch with us at Ayr Travel where we can share our own personal experiences of the area and hopefully help you to plan your ideal holiday that’s just slightly away from the norm. Of course, using St George as a base also gives you the conveniences of a small city and all the facilities you could possibly need. Loads of places to eat from street food in downtown to restaurant chains to fantastic independent high-quality local restaurants, there are places for every budget and palette.

The scenery and climate are stunning

No matter where you look in this area it provides a breathtaking backdrop to your break. Colours that look so vivid it’s hard to believe its not a movie set, to star-filled skies at night that are rarely seen anywhere else.

This awe-inspiring backdrop is coupled with a warm dry atmosphere that gives a great environment for all outdoor activities.

Contact us for further details, we would love to share our experiences with you!

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