Kanab Utah Travel, Activities, Recreation

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Centrally located amongst a number of famous national parks, visitors to Kanab not only enjoy diverse outdoor activities, but experience small town hospitality and Native American and pioneer historical attractions. Read More

  • Centrally located, enjoy easy access to a variety of outdoor activities in nearby Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, and other recreation areas.
  • Explore this region's wild west film history at 'Little Hollywood'.
  • Cool off after a day of hiking in the Cowboy Water-n-Hole, Kanab's public pool built in 2008.


The small town hospitality and the diverse activities bring people back to Kanab time and time again.  Visitors find numerous adventures waiting, including aerial tours, ATV and 4x4 tours, biking, fishing, hiking, and horseback rides.  Local exhibits and attractions explore the area's Native American and pioneer history.

State and National Parks
A number of National and State parks encircle Kanab, including world-famous parks such as Zion, Grand Canyon, and Bryce National Parks.  Other national monuments and state parks, such as Capital Reef, Cedar Breaks, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Lake Powell, offer a plethora of outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery, and unique geological formations.

Little Hollywood and Frontier Movie Town
Known as 'Little Hollywood', Kanab has been the site of more than 100 Hollywood western productions.  At Frontier movie town, visitors can view movie sets of famous westerns such as The Outlaw Josey Wales and purchase eclectic gifts.

Moqui Cave
Located inside a 200 ft sandstone cave, Moqui Cave exhibits the life of the ancient Anasazi through archeological artifacts and an historical tour.  The cave also features fossils and dinosaur tracks.

Heritage Museum
Inside the 'Old Library' in downtown Kanab, explore Kanab's history through this local museum's exhibits.

National Forests
In addition to the numerous national and state parks and monuments, the Kanab area offers a recreation opportunities on local trails and national forests.  Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding in the Dixie or Kaibab National Forests. 

Paria Canyon - Coyote Buttes
38 miles east of Kanab lies the colorful Coyote Buttes.  Part of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Coyote Buttes is home to interesting and truly unique rock formations, such as 'The Wave'.  A permit is required to hike in this area and must be obtained at least one day in advance from the BLM Kanab Field Office.

Hog Canyon Trail System
Close to Kanab, the Hog Canyon is popular for 'four-wheeling' and is a designated on the Federal Register as an Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System.  This canyon area is also enjoyed by hikers and horseback riders.

Johnson Canyon Bike Ride
Bikers will enjoy gentle grades, breathtaking views, and bird-watching on this 20-mile rural road up Johnson Canyon.  Ten miles east of Kanab, Johnson Canyon continues north into the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Tour
Located in Angel Canyon, five miles north of Kanab, the Best Friends Animal Society operates the largest shelter for homeless animals in the US.  Tours of the canyon and sanctuary leave the Best Friends Welcome Center and includes stops at the different animal areas and views of ancient petroglyphs. include

Cowboy Water-n-Hole (Kanab City Pool)
Not your average municipal pool, this public facility was built in 2008 and features lap lanes, a 'lazy river', water slides, and play structures.  General admission is $4, and the area is available for evening parties with a reservation.

An annual festival held every thrid week of May, Earthfest highlights the area's natural history, scientific discoveries, Native American culture, and pioneer history.Events are scheduled at the visitor center and remote sites. 

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Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners supports the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through fund raising events.