You’ve gotta’ check out this Hiking App for the Kanab, Utah Area!

You’ve gotta’ check out this Hiking App for the Kanab, Utah Area!

Get Off The Beaten Path!

The National Parks are Stunning, no doubt about it. But what do you do when you want to get off the beaten path? When hiking the Kanab area, you will find amazing trails in beautiful Red Rock Country, without all the crowds.

Kane County tourism now offers the amazing “Kanab Trails App”. This app can help you plan and navigate your outdoor adventures in Kanab and the surrounding area. It has an incredible array of red rock trails, slot canyons, and high mountain forest. You are sure to find just the right trail you have been looking for. Whether you are on foot, horse or Atv’s.

The Kanab area of Utah has some of the most unique terrains in the world and the Kanab Trails App makes it easy for you to enjoy it.  

By using this mobile guide, even those who are unfamiliar with the area can feel confident to venture out in this beautiful environment! Whether you’re out on the road looking for adventure, or planning a trip from home, the Kanab Trails App invites you to discover and explore these hidden gems! Enjoy the picturesque scenery, breath-taking trails, spectacular slot canyons, and places you never knew existed.

Hiking Kanab, Utah

You can view the app and download their information PDF (click on the Kanab Trails Overview info)  here: http://www.mapntour.com/viewer/?c=534

Here is info directly from the app-

The roads and trails displayed in the App are available for public access and can serve as guides for your Kane County Trail adventure.

You may view the roads in map or satellite view. Pinch and zoom the map to see all the roads in the county. If you enter an area with no cell coverage, essential elements of the road paths and points of interest are still available offline.

Offline capabilities:

  • The road and trail paths visible –  if app downloaded to your device.
  • My location GPS tracking –  if enable in device and app settings
  • The text descriptions and photos
  • Topographic map overlays if they are available for the area you are visiting.

App features: Benefits for you:

  • Selecting road from the navigation list or search result we’ll fly you to the map where that road is centered in the screen and highlighted so the path is wider.
  • The roads name will be displayed on the title bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • You may slide the title bar to get mileage information about that road if there is any available.
  • If you see signage on the road- or trail you can search for that number in the app. Or select from the list in the navigation list.
  • Touch a path and its name will display on the information drawer title bar at the bottom of the screen.

You should be able to view your location with or without cell service:

Topographic Map layer:

An example of the topographic maps is shown here. You may pinch and zoom into the area of your location. Touch the arrow pointing in the left-hand side of the map to show your location.

Notifications:

You may get alerts when you come within an established distance of a trailhead, point of interest or destination depending on you’re app settings.

   

The in-app information has a whole lot more! Great reminders like:

  • Using other sources of info
  • Be mindful of weather, especially when entering Slot Canyons
  • Map based apps use a lot of battery power. Have extra charging options with you
  • Check road conditions prior to travel
  • Bring extra water! It is hotter and drier than you think
  • Very limited Cell phone service in this area
  • Roads that need 4×4 for deep sand (Please believe this one!)

Talk about adventure!  The app makes hiking Kanab area trails easy to find, simple to follow, and enjoyable to experience without the crowds at the Parks.

Be spontaneous! The geo-alerts let you know what outdoor adventures are nearby. Discovering this magically unspoiled area requires offline access – and we have you covered.

Roads, trails, GPS tracking, and trail information is all available without wi-fi or cellular service.

Now for what you really want – The Kanab Trails App download – Head over to https://www.visitsouthernutah.com/ 

click on the Kanab Trails icon, there ya go!

All in all, you are going to have a great time exploring and you are going to see things like you have never seen before!

Check out this blog for our favorite local hike: https://mystarvr.com/our-favorite-hiking-trail-in-kanab-utah-amazing-views-and-petroglyphs/

Red Rock Hiking, Kanab Utah

If you are digging this idea and this app, and want even more info about getting off the beaten path,  here is a copy of the in-app Tips

Mobile App Tips for Adventure Hiking Trails

Adventure Hiking Trails may parallel roads in some cases. The Adventure Trail Paths are shown in ORANGE.

“This map and directions are intended for general reference use only.  Always check local road and weather conditions. Stay on designated roads.  Dirt roads are impassable when wet. Please respect Private Property. Be prepared for a wilderness experience: Always bring extra water, food, sunscreen, and supplies. Do not remove artifacts or deface the ‘rock art’.  Leave no trace of your visit so others may enjoy.”

Cell phone service is non-existent in most areas, so be prepared when hiking the Kanab area.  Essential information is available offline for the Adventure Trails and Outdoor Recreational Opportunities on this app. In areas without cellular service map tiles may not be displayed.  You can go to “Settings” and toggle on topographic maps to assist with navigation.
Safety:  Enjoy your trip –by being prepared.  Due to cell phone battery limitations, we always advise visitors to bring charging cords or battery packs and have access to hard copy maps as a backup.   
About Adventure Trail Featured Paths & Content:   The Kane County Commission invites you to use the Kanab Trails App.  You can plan your excursions and follow the route on your mobile device while on location whether driving ATV’s or hiking Kanab area.

These trails are meant to serve as guides for your Kane County Adventure with both map and satellite view options.  Each Adventure Trail is its own category that lists the trail path(s) its trailhead and destination. Some Trails show highway access points.   If you have downloaded the app to your device and then enter an area with no cell coverage, the essential paths, and points of interest are still available offline.

Adventure Hiking Trail Experience:  Many of the Adventure Trails follow roads for a portion of the way.  You will see which type of road is running alongside, and when the road ends the hiking routes begins.

Why don’t I feel so good? Altitude can make a difference! Southern Utah

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Utah’s gorgeous scenery attracts people from all over the world.
If you’re coming from a place that has a high altitude, you’re probably already acclimated to its conditions and effects. But if you’re one of the many who comes from lower altitudes and areas near sea level, you may want to know a bit about how altitude affects your body and maybe why you’re not feeling so good.

What’s happening to me?

Altitude affects air pressure. The pressure of the air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure. When you go to higher altitudes, this pressure drops and there is less oxygen available. In general, around 7,000 feet above sea level, the amount of saturation of oxygen begins to decline rapidly. Depending on where you are in Southern Utah, the altitude can range from lows in Saint George at 2,800 feet above sea level, to Cedar Breaks National Monument in Bryce Canyon at 10,000 feet above sea level! Our own Western Star Vacation Rental in Kanab sits near 5,000 feet.

Symptoms

So what does this mean? Well, going from a low altitude to a high altitude can have some negative effects on your body. Altitude sickness symptoms can include

  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
    Altitude sickness can affect you whether you’re skiing in Park City, hiking at the Grand Canyon, or lounging in Cedar City.
What can be done?

Well for mild or medium altitude sickness, some medications include, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Altitude RX, and good old acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for headaches. If medication isn’t readily available then some general tips would have him or her rest, give plenty of liquids and avoid alcohol or sleeping medication.

If you start to have serious trouble you should not try going higher for at least 24 hours. If your health doesn’t improve or worsens during that time, you should descend immediately! I have only seen some of these symptoms in a couple of guests, but it just helps to be aware if you are susceptible to these things.

Please be safe and attentive during your exploration of Utah. A quick search of any area can give you insight to the terrain and altitude you may be dealing with.

Bryce Canyon Utah

National Parks in Utah during Gov. Shutdown Jan. 2019

National Parks in Utah during Gov. Shutdown Jan. 2019

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH OUR NATIONAL PARKS IN SOUTHERN UTAH??

A huge question for our guests in Kanab right now. So this week in my “Know Before You Go” post, I have tried to track down the most up to date info possible.
The National Government shutdown has affected a lot of people in many areas. But the Parks are our “nearest and dearest” here in Southern Utah. You can still enjoy our amazing natural wonders, just bring some extra respect and patience (and your own trash bags) with you this month.

We have all seen the photos and stories – Trash and human waste are piling up in some national parks that lack employees in visitor centers, rangers on roads, and custodial workers to clean bathrooms and empty garbage cans during the partial federal government shutdown. But NOT IN UTAH! Rangers are being paid with state and private money and are safeguarding park roads and resources in Arches, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks. Hoo-Ray!
I have heard the visitors who have been to Zion have, for the most part, been very careful to do their part by packing out their trash, and some have paid their entrance fees in the form of a donation.

Zion National Park
 The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is open through January 30, 2019 along with one loop of Watchman Campground, the park store and restrooms at the visitor center.

The shuttle service will be discontinued, but cars can travel the shuttle route. Please be aware that the park staffing will be minimal and visitors need to be careful and take responsibility for their own safety.

The Utah Office of Tourism has agreed to spend another $4,275 to keep Zion National Park open through Wednesday Jan 16th. After that, they expect private funding to continue so the park can remain open through the end of January.

Bryce Canyon in winter, Southern Utah
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Bryce Canyon National Park
The park is open with most areas and services available. The main park road and the road to Bryce Point and Inspiration Point are closed to vehicles at the Bryce Junction. The Sunset and Sunrise viewpoints and all the roads below Sunset are open and will be plowed in the event of snow.
Bryce Canyon National Park will remain open for at least the next 10 days (up to Jan 24) due to funding from the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, though the state might step in with “nominal” contributions to extend that through January, according to the budget office.

Visitors centers are open through:

  • Arches: January 30
  • Bryce Canyon: January 30
  • Canyonlands (Island in the Sky District): January 30
  • Zion: January 30

After these dates, should the shutdown continue, the parks will still be accessible, though the visitor centers will be closed. All other federal welcome centers are closed.

The Utah Department of Transportation plowed snow-covered roads in Arches and Canyonlands national parks last week. The Canyonlands Natural History Foundation has committed to cover the costs for visitor services in both parks for 30 days.

“We want to make sure people can plan out weeks in advance. We know what we can do for the next six weeks, two months if this continues,” said Kristen Cox, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. She told reporters – “If we can’t sustain it after a few months, then we’ll have alternative plans for people to visit state parks.”

The Governor’s office has a weekly update page you can check out here;
https://gomb.utah.gov/federal-government-shutdown/

Looking for an awesome alternative to Zion? Check here:
https://www.visitutah.com/media/15893865/50awesomealternatives_zion-winter2018.pdf

Looking for an awesome alternative to Bryce? Check here:
https://www.visitutah.com/media/15893863/50awesomealternatives_bryce-winter2018.pdf

When does North Rim Grand Canyon Really Close??!

When does North Rim Grand Canyon Really Close??!

Big news for us near North Rim Grand Canyon! Due to the high elevation the North Rim Road had traditionally closed down for the Season in mid Oct. But thanks to public input, diligent travel council and a willing Park Director, The road is staying open!!

But not without caveats – the Lodge and dinning ARE closing Oct 15th. The visitors center and gift shop and campground will remain open until Dec 1, or a giant snowstorm comes. Whichever is first.

PLEASE read this park news release carefully!

News Release Date: September 14, 2018

Contact: Perri Spreiser, 928-638-7609

Grand Canyon, AZ – North Rim operations will begin seasonal changes on the morning of October 16, 2018. The North Rim transitions to reduced services with the Visitor Center, gift shop, campground and entrance station remaining open for visitor use. The Grand Canyon Lodge, food services, Canyon Trail Rides and park ranger programming will no longer be available. These operations will resume on May 15, 2019.

If visiting the North Rim after October 15, please plan ahead and prepare your food and water for the day, purchasing these items will be extremely difficult on site.

After October 15, please prepare for winter travel with sudden and adverse driving conditions on Highway 67 and throughout the park. Snow, ice or rain can be encountered during this time. The self-serve gas station, with diesel, will remain available but will only accept credit or debit cards as long as the road is open. Please call Arizona Highway Information to check the condition of the road, 888-411-7623.

National Park Service rangers will be on the North Rim intermittently staffing the campground, entrance station and visitor center. Emergency and law enforcement services will remain available. The Backcountry Information Center is open until October 31 from 8 am to 5 pm, seven days a week and closed for lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm.

If you are planning on camping in the North Rim Campground before October 31, please reserve your campsite on www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. If you are planning on camping after October 31, please contact the South Rim Backcountry Information Center at e-mail us or call 928-638-7875. Be advised, there will be no water available after October 31.

Nearby, year-round lodging, food services and fuel is located 45 miles north of the North Rim at Jacob Lake. Additional lodging and guest services are available in Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. The South Rim and Inner Canyon facilities remain open year round. Call 928-638-7888 or visit www.nps.gov/grca/ for additional information.
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A Highly Recommended Slot Canyon Day Trip in Kanab, Utah.

Peekaboo Canyon, Kanab Utah

Peekaboo Slot Canyon! A Southern Utah classic! This is such a great slot canyon. Close to town with cool photography shots similar to the famous but overcrowded, Antelope Canyon. And now even better! Jeff and Julie at Coral Cliffs Tours, an awesome local family tour company has just added a Peekaboo Slot Canyon tour every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning. Just $55 per person, about half of the other private tour companies in town. Wow!
Just in case you are wondering – you do not want to try and get yourself there unless you have a HIGH CLEARANCE four wheel drive and KNOW how to drive in deep sand! Just because your Subaru is 4WD, it is to low. Jeff and Julie have to drag someone out of there almost every week. Don’t do it.
A tour guide can drive you right to the mouth of this easy walking Slot Canyon. The morning light is really nice for good photos, you may want a tripod though.
The top photo is me and my sis last summer. We go as often as we can. Different lighting means a different show every time.

The Needle, Kanab, Utah

After you explore this little canyon, come out the the mouth of the slot, go around the corner to the left and up the short trail to “The Needle”.

Awesome formation and more great photos. You are gonna love this place!

Call Jeff and Julie at Coral Cliffs Tours – 435-899-0697 or 801-631-3500

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