Flights & Transportation
The nearest international airport is in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are flights from Vegas to St. George, Utah (35 minutes drive time to ranch). HOWEVER, if you fly to Vegas, it is actually less expensive to rent a car there and drive the 2 1/2 hours to the ranch, so you will have a vehicle at your disposal to visit the National Parks. Chances are you’ll still get there before the shuttle flight. You MUST have a vehicle, for you cannot see anything without one!
Shopping for food
Since you will most likely be coming by automobile, we suggest you stop by a grocery store en-route to pick up your supplies. There are many large grocery stores in St. George, as well as a liquor store (Utah only allows for beer sale in our grocery stores). Closer to the ranch, however, are the cities of Hurricane and LaVerkin, both of which have grocery stores right on Hwy 9. (Lin’s in Hurricane, Farmer’s Market in LaVerkin.)
It depends on the season:
Summer: The desert can be cool in the morning and blazing hot in the afternoons. (55 110 degrees) That’s a spread! Hiking is best planned for morning and evening, dressed lightly accompanied by bug repellent and sun protection. Bring a swimming suit!
Autumn: Fabulous season to visit our area. Light sweaters and jackets, long pants suggested. (Bring a pair of shorts in case we’re having an Indian summer.)
Winter: We do, in fact, have winter during winter months. Not much snow, but it can be cold enough for a goodly coat, light gloves and a hat. If you’re coming to ski, prepare just as if you were heading for a major ski resort.
Spring: Spring is fickle in our area…sometimes freezing, sometimes in the high 70’s and 80’s. Mornings are always cool (light jacket and gloves) and afternoons call for light clothing and even shorts. The cedar gnats hatch in the late spring and long sleeve and long pants are recommended for hiking. Bug repellent comes in handy (we find they hate Avon’s Skin So Soft).
Best Bet: call us for a weather update just prior to packing and we’ll give you the scoop. Also, check the weather via satellite on the internet. You can really see what’s heading our way.