Kanab, Utah: Where Nature Takes Center Stage


Paria River © 2013, David Swindler

Discover dynamic vistas, friendly people, exquisite cuisine, and exploration beyond your wildest dreams in Kanab Utah

Exploring the captivating landscapes of Kanab, Utah, and its surrounding area is a dream come true for adventure enthusiasts. The abundance of activities and sights is endless; even a weekend trip to this region leaves you craving more. To truly take in the natural beauty of southern Utah, it’s recommended to plan a week-long or even longer stay in the area—just long enough to get comfortable in what will surely become your home away from home.

Kanab is an excellent base camp for your adventures, offering a wide range of lodging options. Extended stays are available at hotels, cabins, boutique accommodations, and vacation rentals that cater to various preferences and group sizes. From tiny homes to treehouses and larger houses for bigger groups, you’ll find the perfect place to relax and soak in the natural wonders surrounding you. From art and culture to endless spaces to indulge in nature, your trip to the Kanab area is sure to leave you inspired.

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© David Swindler

Unveiling Natural Wonders

Southern Utah is home to too many slot canyons to count, and Kanab is no exception. From narrow canyons that will awaken your inner adventurer to others where you’ll be knee-deep in water, there’s a slot canyon that suits every level. A local favorite, the steep walls of Buckskin Gulch, the southwest’s longest slot canyon, are not to be missed. Spend a day or more wandering through the canyon, or backpack the full 25 miles to the other end.

Prefer to indulge in the greener parts of nature? You’re in luck: Kanab is a short drive from three major national parks. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park each offer their own unique landscapes, from towering cliffs to deep canyons, and miles of trails waiting to be explored.

Plan a trip to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the best of both worlds. History lovers will love how much there is to see and learn—and with paleontological remains, Native American artifacts, and endless layers of geologic oddities, it’s hard not to fall in love with the history of the region.

Adventure on Wheels

Located east of the famous Wave Formation, White Pocket is a hidden gem that requires an adventurous 4WD approach. But it’s well worth it: the otherworldly landscapes you’ll encounter are captivating, and the twisted geology and rock formations stay with you long after your trip.

Photo © Courtesy of Kane County Utah

While you’re exploring, make sure to stop by Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. ATVs will allow you to take in the sights, but locals recommend hiking or sandboarding through the non-motorized areas for picture-perfect sunsets, stunning sand formations, and beautiful night skies.

Local Delights

Art, culture, and culinary adventures abound in Kanab. Despite being a small desert town, Kanab boasts a surprising array of top-notch restaurants, from upscale eats to must-try local bites. Sego, Wild Thyme, and Thunderbird Restaurants are just a few of Kanab’s favorite foodie hotspots.

While you’re in town, be sure to check out Kanab’s “Walk of Fame,” where movie buffs can stroll through the very locations that made movie history.

Get ready to be swept away by the natural wonders, heart-pumping adventures, and rich cultural experiences that await you.

Book your stay today at visitsouthernutah.com and let the beauty of southern Utah take center stage in your next adventure.

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