Kanab - Stay Parked Here - Your Vacation Hub
By Dixie Brunner
Make Kanab the hub for your southern Utah/northern Arizona vacation plans. Modern conveniences and close proximity to three national parks and a multitude of other scenic sights make it the logical base for your southern Utah travel adventure ... so ... Stay Parked Here!
Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your vacation!
• Take a hike! There are so many amazing trails – you’ll have to return many times just to catch them all.
• Eat at one of Kanab’s great restaurants. The town is rapidly gaining a reputation as a foodie destination!
• Take a tour of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. It is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the world! Stay another day to volunteer to help with the animals!
• Take or plan a river rafting trip down the Colorado River.
• Ride a bike on a local scenic byway.
• Challenge your photography skills, and try to capture the red rock and intricate geological patterns on nearby mountains.
• Visit Bryce Canyon National Park.
• Take a dip in Lake Powell to cool off, or even better, rent a boat.
• Play in the sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
• Take in the wonders of Zion National Park.
• Get a historic glimpse back into this area’s past by visiting Pipe Spring National Monument.
• Experience Toroweap, the quiet Grand Canyon view.
• Do the Michaelangelo thing, and try to capture scenic views on an artist’s canvas.
• Hot day? Head for cool, refreshing Cedar Mountain. Cool forests, astounding scenic views and Navajo Lake beckon you.
Rent or take a guided ATV or jeep tour. Thunderbird Resort has Polaris machines to rent. Several companies in Kanab are all set to take you on a guided tour, whether by ATV, Hummer or four-wheel drive vehicle.
• Stop by Moqui Cave and see the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in southern Utah. While there, check out their fluorescent mineral display, and collection of Native American artifacts.
• Visit Kodachrome Basin State Park. The strange and amazing rock formations will make you think that you’ve been taken to another planet.
• Tour the historic Heritage House on Main Street in Kanab.
• Stop in at the Old Rock Church in Mt. Carmel and learn the fascinating history of this area.
• Check out Cedar Breaks National Monument. The red rock spires resemble Bryce, and for those with stars in their eyes, it was recently named a dark sky destination.
• Are you a golfer? Play nine holes at the scenic Thunderbird Golf Course in Mt. Carmel.
• Stop by any of the visitor centers of the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. Each one has a different theme. • Visit the Kane County Information Center to get additional recreational ideas.
• Extend your stay, and take in more of the dramatic scenery and great history by touring Scenic Byway 12. Garfield and Wayne Counties are remote gems, with great early pioneer settlement history and scenery.
• Read the local newspaper – we work hard producing it every week! Out-of-state and online subscriptions are available at www.sunews.net.