Linger Longer – Try An Off Road Adventure
By Dixie Brunner
OHV recreation offers real opportunity to linger in Kanab and experience the beauty of this area! Rides on well-marked trails throughout southern Utah and northern Arizona provide amazing scenery for those seeking off-road adventure.
Kane County is a well-known OHV destination (yet less traveled than Moab). Responsible off highway vehicle enthusiasts from the Kanab area have worked to develop trails and create a local climate where ‘going off road’ is not only welcome, but encouraged!
Nearby Hog Canyon, located 1-1/2 miles north of Kanab, is a great place to start. You can actually drive from Kanab right to the trailhead in Hog Canyon, so you don’t even have to trailer your ATV! With trail ratings from easy to difficult, OHV riders can experience scenery, challenges, adventures and fun ... second to none!
There are some beautiful views of Kanab for the top of the trails at Hog Canyon. The BLM and local four-wheel clubs joined forces to create and mark the Hog Canyon Trail system. Maps are available at the BLM office. But please...stay on the trails.
Another favorite for off roading is nearby Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, or you can drive your ATV on a trail to Peek-a-Boo, a favorite slot canyon just north of Kanab.
The local UT/AZ ATV Club puts on an ATV Jamboree Fun Run every spring, so check their website for planned activities. This year the jamboree is on May 20.
If you want something a little more pampered, or if you don’t own or want to rent an ATV, try a customized off-road tour of the area. A customized tour can include seeing such memorable sites as mystical slot canyons, dinosaur tracks, remote Grand Canyon overlooks, ancient ruins, rock art, and the places where legends were really made – western movie sets!
There are legally-permitted tour guides on BLM and Forest Service lands, the Kaibab National Forest, the Arizona Strip, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This designation means they’ve met federal standards for their operation.
There are several to choose from in the Kanab area. For more ideas, contact the Kane County Travel Council at 1-800-733-5263. They can steer you in the right direction.