Go Where the Locals Go – Kanab and other areas near Zion

Kanab Utah

Big sky country near Kanab, Utah by Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Kanab, Utah

Kanab lies south of Zion on the east side and is most famous for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (435) 644-2001, the country’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. The sanctuary is open for tours.  Its isolation has become a drawing point for outdoor enthusiasts and filmmakers who appreciate its historic beauty.

Western writer Zane Gray lived in Kanab in 1912 when he wrote his most famous novel, Riders of the Purple Sage.

Snow Canyon State Park

Almost half a million visitors visit Snow Canyon State Park each year, and it isn’t for the snow. (It got its name from early settlers Lorenzo and Erastus Snow.) With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers.  The traditional southwest blue green foliage and sporadic water feature add to the scenic beauty. Between 200 and 1250 A.D., the Puebloans lived in the area leaving numerous signs of their inhabitation.

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Just north of St. George on both sides of I-15 lies the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, 62,000 acres of Great Blue Heron; eagles, hawks and kestrels; roadrunners; hummingbirds; songbirds; kingbirds; lizards, geckos, chuckwallas and Gila monsters; snakes, sidewinders and rattlesnakes; deer, jackrabbits and squirrels; as well as fox, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Springdale, Utah

Springdale is another popular cultural center and serves as the entry to Zion. The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater serves as the home for concerts, symphony performances and dances. The Bumbleberry Inn Playhouse offers a variety of gay musical productions and the Native American Center showcases drumming dancing and story telling native to the area.

Hurricane, Utah

Hurricane is becoming known for its superb mountain biking and as the entrance to Toroweep, the Grand Canyon’s wild northern rim experience.

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7 Responses

  1. You left out the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, so beautiful, so different than the South Rim. And don’t forget the Escalante Staircase for beauty and color, what about the Pink Sand Dunes Park, who ever thought a dessert of pink sand, the winds picking up grains of the mountain and dropping them miles away..yep, I love Utah go there as often as possible and sad whenever I have to return to Missouri.

  2. The southern third of Utah should be a national park.

  3. No, we should mine it, frack it, plunder it – it’s the American
    way!

    AnonymousMarch 10, 2013 @ 7:25 pmReply
  4. My sister and I stayed in Kanab, volunteered at Best Friends, had a wonderful lunch there while sitting outside with a beautiful view of Angel Canyon. I would recommend it to everyone. We even brought a pup back to our motel (which welcomes you to bring dogs from Best Friends). The town of Kanab was dog friendly=we dined on the patio of a great restaurant while our Best Friend pup sat with us. There are cute shops and beautiful views of the mountains. This was a great part of our vacation to Zion (then on to Bryce)

    AnonymousMay 29, 2013 @ 4:54 pmReply
  5. Stop telling everyone how nice it is there! Lets keep it to ourselves!

    AnonymousMay 29, 2013 @ 8:05 pmReply
  6. My ancestors lived all over southern Utah, and when I die, that’s where my ashes will be scattered. Great place to spend eternity! Blowing around the canyons with the eagles and hawks…and crows.

    AnonymousJune 5, 2013 @ 12:26 pmReply
  7. Where can I get up close with wild animals? Thanks.

    AnonymousJuly 4, 2014 @ 3:07 pmReply



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