Kanab Makes a Great Hub to “Hit Refresh”
By Dixie Brunner
Make Kanab the hub for your southern Utah/northern Arizona vacation plans. Modern conveniences and close proximity to four national parks and a multitude of other scenic sights make it the logical base to “Hit Refresh” on your southern Utah travel adventure. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your vacation! • Go take a hike! There are so many amazing trails – you’ll have to return many times just to catch them all. • Visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. • 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 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. • Dip into Lake Powell to cool off. • Visit Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. • Take in the wonders of Zion National Park. • Get a historic glimpse back into the 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. • Want a taste of the Old West? Take in movie or film-making areas such as Parry Lodge or Little Hollywood, and see western sets and movie memorabilia. • 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. • Take an off-road guided tour to see some incredible sights. • 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, hiking maps and activities to attend. • 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. Out-of-state and online subscriptions are available at www.sunews.net.