Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is nestled in the sprawling red-rock canyons of southern Utah, just five miles north of Kanab. On any given day, about 1,600 animals call the Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs and other barnyard animals come here from all over the country. Each and every one is seeking a safe haven where they can find refuge, love and acceptance.
Did someone say “hoodoo” Bryce Canyon National Park is often described as a fairyland of sand and stone. It’s made up of a series of amphitheaters that have been shaped into fantastic slot canyons and spires, called hoodoos, over the last 50 million years. This unique national park will leave your jaw dropping and your heart pumping as you explore the 50 miles of trails and unparalleled views. In addition to the hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV riding, backpacking, camping, fishing and aerial tours available, Bryce Canyon is a popular destination for geology fanatics, who are drawn to its erosion-inspired rock formations.
Up for a little sand-boarding? Located just down the road from Kanab, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park comprises 3,730 acres of sparkling salmon-pink sand dunes perfect for playing, exploring, riding and even sand-boarding. The park includes a campground and is a popular destination for hiking, ATV riding and outings with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary dogs during the cooler months.
If you’re looking for one of the last explored areas of the continental U.S., this is it. This national monument was separated into three distinct units in December 2017: the Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits and Escalante Canyon. Its treasures include colorful sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, prehistoric village sites and fossils spanning 30 million years. Escalante Canyon is the most popular area of the monument, especially among hikers.
As your Southwest vacation heats up, keep things cool with a trip to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. With the lake’s stunning scenery and endless water recreation opportunities, your experience here will be equal parts relaxation and adventure. Go house-boating, fishing, tubing, waterskiing, jet skiing, power-boating, kayaking or camping on the beach. Your perfect water world awaits!
A scenic 80-mile drive from Kanab through the Kaibab National Forest lands you at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most popular natural attractions. Because the North Rim hosts only 10 percent of the Grand Canyon’s annual visitors, it offers a special, more personal experience for those who make the journey to see it. Camping, hiking and river trips abound, as well as plenty of opportunities to just stand there and take it all in.
A must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and casual visitors alike, Zion is Utah’s oldest and most visited national park. Sweeping sandstone cliffs, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling pools and slot canyons can be found at every turn. Easy, enjoyable hikes as well as more challenging canyoneering experiences are available, including popular trails such as the Narrows, the Subway, the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock and Orderville Canyon. Part of the Grand Staircase, which extends from the Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park covers 229 square miles of stunning natural beauty that can be viewed on foot or from the comfort of your own vehicle.