Kanab, Utah ... Now That’s Living

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By Dixie Brunner

“The red dirt just kind of gets in your soul,” commented one old-time Kanab resident, as he gazed thoughtfully at the surrounding vermilion cliffs. Most people passing through Kanab are taken aback by the sheer beauty of its setting. The red mountains surrounding the high desert community cut a stark contrast to the seemingly eternal blue skies. One Los Angeles journalist described Kanab as a “picturesque community where clear azure skies provide a stunning canvas for snow white, billowy clouds. It’s here that the clear southwest air is filled with the exhilarating scent of sage and cedar. Overhead, an incredible golden light bathes the distant mesas and the pinion forests nestled between the massive red rock cliffs. As often as I can, I’ll head to Kanab knowing that its gentle folk, spectacular mesas and slower lifestyle are awaiting my arrival.” While Kanab is now gaining more national recognition as a unique travel destination, you’ve probably already visited the small town on the Utah/Arizona border. Did you ever see the movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, How The West Was Won, Mackenna’s Gold or The Outlaw Josey Wales? Then you’ve been to Kanab after all! The small community of 4,500 has been a location for over 90 feature length films, as well as several hundred TV shows. Nearby Best Friends Animal Society is a world-renowned no-kill animal sanctuary, featured on many TV shows. Visitors from all over the country come to Best Friends for animal rescue training, and to volunteer their time to care for the animals. Kanab offers visitors a quintessential vacation destination. Visitors can use Kanab as a hub to enjoy a myriad of recreational opportunities in the area. Incredible destinations such as Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon North Rim National Parks, as well as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell, are all within 80 miles. And don’t forget about lesser known destinations such as Kanab (Angel) Canyon, Pipe Spring National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Kodachrome Basin State Parks. Kanab will offer you a laid back, relaxing atmosphere, awe-inspiring scenery, and some of the friendliest people in the entire world. Your vacation here will truly give you the opportunity to ‘Get Busy Living’ and make some great memories!

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