The easiest way to get to south Utah is to fly to Las Vegas, get the hell out of it fast, and you can drive to Zion in about three hours. Kanab is the best location for exploring southwestern Utah, with the Parry Lodge a fun place to stay. This inn was the base for much of Utah’s film industry in the 1950s and 60s; you can stay in the John Wayne suite. The Rocking V Restaurant in Kanab has East Coast sophistication with a western twist and is the best eatery in about 10,000 square miles. Kanab also has the little Hollywood Museum, on Utah film history. For south-east Utah the Recapture Lodge at Bluff is a good base, with a pretty decent eatery at the Comb Ridge Grill. Bluff Fort gives a good insight into the Mormon heritage of the area. Moab is fine too, as long as you don’t mind young people.