The city of Kanab sits just north of the Arizona border at an elevation of almost 5,000 feet and a population of almost 5,000 people. It is situated in the Grand Circle area near Vermilion Cliffs, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Lake Powell to name just a few places. It is also known as “Little Hollywood” due to the number of movies filmed here.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
The animal sanctuary in Kanab offers a no-kill shelter for rescued domestic pets, farm animals, and wildlife with adoption and volunteer opportunities. They also offer free tours. It is a very large facility which you can drive around on Angel Canyon Loop road off of Highway 89 and see the facilities. They recommend not getting close to the animals since many of them are frightened by humans (or can be). The facility is amazingly large and was started 35 years ago. They gladly accept donations.
This canyon sits off Highway 89 in southern Utah about 38 miles east of Kanab. The hike is about a one mile long return where you can follow a wash to an area where old cars (along with rock and gravel) were stacked under the highway 89 when it collapsed years ago. It is a short, easy hike with a bit of rock scrambling if you want to get down front and center with the cars.
The Toadstools Trailhead sits on Highway 89 in southern Utah about 43 miles east of Kanab and offers a hiking area full of hoodoos which are referred to as “toadstools”. We simply followed the wash and then began to wander around admiring the great scenery. It is a spectacular area.
The old historic town of Pahreah, Utah is now called Paria. It used to have about 47 families living there in the 1870s until flooding drove people away. By 1911 it was being used for mining until flooding drove people away again. Eventually it was an area used to film Western movies and a few classics were made here. It is on dirt road about 5 miles off Highway 89 in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and could require 4WD in places. It is an absolutely beautiful place and is now a day use area with picnic tables and restroom. No overnight camping