Things to do in Southern Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park is close to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Area attractions and activities

The city of Kanab, Utah, is fondly referred to as "the greatest earth on show," and rightly so. Centrally located within a 90-minute drive of nearly every attraction and adventure southern Utah has to offer, Kanab serves as the gateway to anything and everything for visitors and adventure seekers.

Hiking trails

When you're ready to explore the area around the Sanctuary, consider a self-guided walking tour. From the serene lake of Tropic Reservoir to the balancing rocks of the Wahweap Hoodoos (yes, you read that right), southern Utah has a terrain to suit a wide range of skill levels.

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National and state parks

Bryce Canyon National Park

Did someone say "hoodoo?" Bryce Canyon National Park is often described as a fairyland of sand and stone. A major park attraction is a series of amphitheaters that over the last 50 million years were shaped into fantastic slot canyons and spires called "hoodoo." 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 to enjoy here, Bryce Canyon is a popular destination for geology fanatics drawn to its erosion-inspired rock formations.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Up for a little sand boarding? Located just down the road from Kanab, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is made up of 3,730 acres of sparkling salmon-pink sand dunes ripe for playing, exploring, riding and even sand boarding. The park includes a campground and is a popular destination for hiking, ATV riding and outings from the Sanctuary during the cooler months.

Lake Powell

As your southwestern vacation heats up, keep things cool with a trip to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the U.S. With its stunning scenery and endless water recreation opportunities, your experience here will be equal parts relaxation and adventure. Go houseboating, fishing, tubing, waterskiing, jet skiing, powerboating, kayaking or camping on the beach. Your perfect water world awaits!

The North Rim: Grand Canyon National Park

A scenic 80-mile drive from Kanab through the Kaibab National Forest lands you at the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park, 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 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.  

Zion National Park

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. Both easy, enjoyable hikes and more challenging canyoneering experiences are available, along with popular adventures through 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 car.  

Want to hear more? Have you heard about the dinosaur remains at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or the resort community and recreation activities available at Cedar Mountain? For a complete and seemingly endless list of things to do and see in southern Utah, click here

Kane County Events

  • Red Rocktoberfest
  • Balloons and Tunes
  • Grand Circle Trail Fest
  • Kanab Christmas Light Parade and Festival
  • Symphony of the Canyons Christmas Festival and Concert
  • Farmers Market
  • Kanab Fourth of July Celebration

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