Encompassing an array of state parks, national parks and national monuments, Kane County is a magical land filled with an innumerable combination of world-famous landmarks and stunning spaces.
Whether you’re looking to ride the vast sandy mountains at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, visit the rescued animals at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, explore the world-famous Zion National Park, or just relax with friends over a world-class meal, Kane County has you covered.
Located in the heart of the “Grand Circle,” with perfect proximity to numerous outdoor experiences, it’s hard to find a better adventure basecamp than the City of Kanab. Unpack your bags here and concentrate on the surrounding opportunities.
Central to many of Southern Utah’s major attractions, the area boasts unparalleled beauty and history. Kanab’s Old West heritage has long served as a backdrop for western films and television. With camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, photography, and dining all within a reasonable distance, what’s not to love?
Explore Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
While national parks and national monuments are abound in the Kane County area, one of the true hidden gems in the area has to be Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
These humongous mounds of red-hued sand formed over thousands of years. Wind gradually collected sand from the surrounding red sandstone and deposited them here in what has become an adventure playground of sorts.
With over 3,000 acres of uninterrupted salmon pink dunes, Coral Pink is the perfect location for hiking, off-highway vehicle riding, fat-tire biking, and even sandboarding. Didn’t bring your dirt toys? No problem! The park has rentals available for you to browse.
ATVs, motorcycles and dune buggies are some of the more popular ways you can enjoy the dunes. Open up your throttle and really have some fun carving up these hills. Don’t forget your orange safety flag; sometimes it is hard to see other riders.
Sandboarding has quickly become another popular activity for the dunes. Visitors often bring old snowboards to use, but there are specialty sandboards available for rent inside the visitor center. While the activity is similar to snowboarding, there are some differences in how you handle the board. Remember your sunglasses, as sand can start to fly as you get going.
Feel like staying the night? Coral Pink also offers a 22-unit campground, hot showers, modern restrooms, and a sewage disposal system. The campground is open year-round, so come visit on your own schedule.
World-Famous Hiking and Scenery
We’re not finished yet. Coral Pink is just one of the many outdoor offerings available in the Kane County area.
Head northwest and you’ll find yourself in the world-famous Zion National Park. With its towering cliffs and deep sandstone canyons, this area is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers over 200 square miles in Southern Utah and is also home to Kolob Arch, one of the world’s largest freestanding arches. Feeling brave? Head up to Angel’s Landing for a hike you won’t ever forget. Just remember to leave your fear of heights at the bottom of the trail, because this baby has some elevation.
If you’re looking for even more scenery, head North out of Kanab toward Bryce Canyon National Park. Only an hour and a half outside of town, Bryce Canyon offers some of the most amazing rock formations in the world. 50 million years in the making, this series of amphitheaters has been sculpted into bizarre shapes, slot canyons, and colorful spires called “hoodoos." Enjoy the canyon on a 37-mile scenic drive or explore the wonders on foot from numerous trails.
The last suggestion is a hike you’ll have to see to believe. Halfway between Page and Kanab you will find a fantastic hiking playground: Coyote Buttes and the wave. These are some of the world’s most famous natural phenomena. This fantasyland of sculptured sandstone consists of U-shaped troughs that resemble ocean swells.
Due to its fragile nature, access to the Wave is limited, so check with the Kanab Visitor Center for entry information. If the permitted hikes look full, be sure to ask about the daily raffle where spots are raffled off every morning. This extremely rugged and remote region is best experienced with one of the many local guides and off-road outfitters, which can be arranged at the Kanab Visitor Center.
Come Hungry: Popular Eateries to Fuel Your Adventure
Gone are the days of adventures fueled only by ramen noodles, sardines, and granola. Kanab offers a wide variety of restaurants to fuel your next adventure.
Looking to try something new? Sego is for you. Offering a selection of New American cuisine, Sego focuses on dishes from across the United States in an effort to highlight what makes America so great. The restaurant’s Chef, Shon Foster, has said his goal is to connect diners with their food for an experience that elevates.
Foster also owns the Kanab Creek Bakery. A popular cafe that serves pastries, breads, food, and espresso. This handcrafted fare uses the finest ingredients, so you’ll find yourself coming back again and again.
Still hungry? Be sure to stop into Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen. This popular destination offers artisanal pizza and internationally inspired dishes as well as a full service beverage menu featuring some of Utah’s finest beer, wine, and spirits. There are even popular vegetarian and vegan options available.
No trip to Kanab would be complete without some good western food. Come into Wild Thyme Cafe where Owner Vicky Cooper and Chef Dan have teamed up again to bring you a unique fusion of southwestern and Cajun dishes, using only the freshest ingredients grown in their own organic garden and fish flown in fresh from Alaska. Treat yourself to one of Vicky's famous desserts like her decadent chocolate silk pie. You’ll thank us later.
To learn more about the vast wonderland of Kane County and start planning your adventure, check out visitsouthernutah.com.