Kanab? You Bet It Can.
There may be sexier-sounding travel destinations -- Istanbul? Cinque Terre? -- but few can boast Kanab's outdoor access and return on investment. (And if you got that red-rock fever, you'll take Zion over the Blue Mosque at any price.)
Sitting on the southern border halfway between St. George and Lake Powell, Kanab is home base to a dozen Utah adventures. Easy access to Bryce Canyon's evergreens & hoodoos or to Zion's desert washes & bright blue skies.
Whether you're visiting Utah or you've lived here for years and feel guilty about sights unseen, Kanab is the perfect place to set up shop and tick items off your bucket list. This Kanab scenery has lured filmmakers to Utah for nearly 80 years. The buildings all over town have plenty of movie posters and autographed photos to support Kanab's self-proclaimed title, "Little Hollywood," while abandoned film sets near town have become tourist attractions without becoming tourist traps.
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Looking for a quiet night's stay while you visit the Mighty 5 National Parks? Maybe a full-on Kanab getaway full of adventure, and excitement?
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Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon
9 miles north of Kanab along Highway 89, Peek-a-boo, is the perfect off-the-beaten-path adventure. It’s been known as “Antelope Canyon without the crowds”. An offroad vehicle is required and hiring a local guide is highly recommended.
Pro tip: Always check current weather conditions before entering any slot canyon.
Maynard Dixon Home
Nearby, Mt. Carmel boasts the home that artist Maynard Dixon and his wife Edith built. Walk the mountain trails where Maynard Dixon spent quiet, reflective moments, and experience beautiful views in "Maynard Dixon Country."
Pro tip: Check with the local tourism office for up-to-date info on any attractions that may be seasonally open or closed.
Balloons and Tunes Roundup
Every February, Kanab plays host to over 40 hot air balloons. The 3-day festival also sounds off with a Battle of the Bands competition, street fair, balloon glow, and lantern launch.
Pro tip: Attend the pre balloon launch dinner and sit with your pilot!
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Five miles from Kanab in Angel Canyon, this is the largest sanctuary for homeless animals in the country. Best Friends is open to the public year-round for adoptions, tours, and volunteer opportunities.
Pro tip: Take the kids!
Little Hollywood Museum
This nonprofit museum is dedicated to preserving movie sets from Kanab’s days of film production. The "Little Hollywood Museum" should be the first stop on your exploration of Western history in the area.
Pro tip: It's free and a must-see.
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