A lush green park surrounded by beautiful red cliffs
Delightful live bluegrass music by a local family band
Families playing soccer on the grass
Friends and neighbors chatting in the shade
Kids playing in the splash pad water fountains
Vendor booths with:
Homemade jams and jelliesFresh cage-free chicken eggsHand processed essential oil and hydrosol from native desert plants (Sagebrush and Juniper Berry are my favorites!)Fresh garden greensHomemade muffins and baklavaUnique Hot sauces from local peppers and cactusFresh herb plants for the gardenLocal American Indian history books from local authors OK, these are just a few of things you might find…..
Welcome to Saturday evenings in Kanab. This literally was how we spent last Saturday, and hope to spend the rest of the Saturday evenings this summer.Kanab’s Outdoor Farmers Market has taken on several forms over the last few years but I think this new move to the park is a winner! With live music every Market night, the park is a magical place to be.Even though we are early in the growing season, there were unique and interesting booths to discover.We had a great visit with Kato who has worked at the Glen Canyon Dam for 20 years. As he looks forward to retirement he is building his own Hot Sauce Brand. One made from Prickly Pear cactus!Carol, the curator of the Maynard Dixon Museum has produced a beautiful photo book of Native Americans taken by the John Wesley Powell expedition in the 1870’s.Paul and Liz are on an organic journey to bring all the natural goodness mother earth has to offer, as they distill their own essential oil for soaps and hydrosols. All from local desert plants like Pinion Pine, Chaparral, Juniper berry, and Sagebrush.Marty does amazing photography of the local landscape. The Wave and White Pockets never looked so good.
Pam’s Jellies and Jams also makes homemade treats that cater to Keto and gluten-free.
Even though the market is the main event, We enjoyed just sitting down to enjoy the music and watch the kids play!The vendors will come and go, change and rotate throughout the season, but I’m sure there will always be something at Kanabs Outdoor Market to tickle your fancy, and your taste buds!
5-8pm – Jacob Hamblin Park, Kanab Utah
You can follow the Markets Facebook page here:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for hotels by Zion National Park? Need a hotel near Bryce Canyon National Park? Where is the best place to stay for North Rim Grand Canyon?
We have all been there – searching for accommodations. It is by far my LEAST favorite part of any vacation. Especially when taking the family. Our family of 6 is too big for one hotel room but too expensive to pay for two rooms…. sigh. Here are some ideas on what to do when looking for hotels or other accommodations near Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon.
Do yourself, your family or group a favor and book a Vacation Rental.
Kanab is the perfect hub for exploring these National Parks.
Bryce is 76 miles to the North
Zion is 30 miles to the West
North Rim Grand Canyon is 80 miles to the South
Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon is 80 miles to the East
Hotels near Zion can easily run $200 plus per night, Bryce is slightly less. Why settle for two beds and a bathroom when you can enjoy an entire house or apartment?
Short term Vacation Rentals have truly hit their stride in the last few years with folks learning they can affordably rent a home with kitchen and yard for comparable prices to a hotel room, sometimes even less.
Every so often a hotel is a perfect way to go. Like a quick one night stopover on your way to somewhere else. But when you are coming to the Grand Circle to do the Parks and explore the endless red rock trails and all that Southwestern Utah has to offer, you are gonna need a few days.
Where to stay can be an overwhelming task at times. Here are a few tips to smooth the way to booking your Vacation Rental:
Book direct with the owner to get the very best price and service. The large online booking sites have service fees of up to 15% of your total stay. This goes for local hotels too!
Look for homes that have their own web site or that list on commission-free sites such as www.VacationSoup.com or www.Houfy.com These new start-ups are not huge but they are growing.
Use Google Maps to zero in on the area you are interested in, savvy VR owners are getting on Google maps.
Look on the local Tourism Board websites for listings of accommodations that have direct links. (ie. ours is www.VisitSouthernUtah.com)
Search on Facebook for the name and location of your destination to see if some of your favorite properties have a Facebook page.
Read, Read, Read everything the owner has put in the listing. Make sure the home is a good fit for you BEFORE you spend lots of time and money and then find out you can’t bring your dog and 3 extra people you thought would be OK.
Google search the owner’s name, the property name, and any other information you may have gathered about the owner. This will help you to rent safely.
If the house you’re considering is dramatically discounted, it’s probably too good to be true. Be aware of scammers.
Have a phone conversation with the owner. It really helps you get a feel for what kind of person you are doing business with. Most owners are happy to do that – especially since they can also get an understanding of what type of guest you may be and how to offer you the best experience.
Don’t be intimidated by the large booking companies advertising that they will guarantee your stay and give you 24/7 support during your stay. They don’t. They can’t. They don’t own any homes. They can’t help you if the BBQ grill quits working or tell you where the best hiking trails are.
Be friendly with the local owner and you will have an open book to your destination.
When it’s time to find a hotel for your next vacation, whether it be Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon or any other great adventure spot – think Vacation Rental Homes instead.
For booking info and great ideas of things to do in the Kanab area, Please visit us at www.MyStarVR.com
Remember when your Mom used to say “Go out and Play!” Well, it’s still true, and more and more people are going out to play. What exactly are they playing? Disc Golf. And Kanab, Utah has a great course!
Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, with more than 8,000 courses (most are FREE) and even two professional-level tours.
If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon it’s time to join the millions of people who are behind the expanding sport of Disc Golf.
Why Disc Golf?
Simple to learn. Easy as throwing a Frisbee
Inexpensive. Minimal equipment startup
Individual or League sport
Accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Free to play
Play with your family & friends, or even go Pro.
Quicker than Ball Golf
Challenging to master
Most of all, it’s FUN!
In case you are asking “What is Disc Golf?” Here is a brief description
As the name implies, it is a cousin to the game of Golf, or Ball Golf (talking with Disc Golfers was the first time I heard the term Ball Golf!). It is played in rounds with “holes”. Generally, a course is made up of 9 or 18 holes, each with its own Par, or number of shots desired. Instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use discs, (just like a Frisbee, but a little higher-tech) and aim for a disc golf basket instead of a hole. Discs come in slightly different sizes and weights. They have the same names and uses as Golf clubs – Drivers, Midrange and Putters. The object is, of course, to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, starting from a tee area and finishing with the disc coming to rest in the basket. So basically, the sport is played using the same general rules, terminology, and etiquette as traditional golf, just without the high cost of playing.
Disc Golf Course at Jackson Reservoir, Kanab, Utah
Google disc golf courses and you will see them springing up all over.
Disc Golf came to Kanab Utah just a couple of years ago. You are going to love this course at Jackson Reservoir!
We recently went out to Jackson to check out the Disc Golf campout and Tournament. What a fun day. We learned so much and had a great time visiting with, and learning from the participants. They all agreed it is easy to get hooked on this sport. It was so beautiful with the sun shining on the water, the ducks flying in and out and the red cliffs as a backdrop.
Play with locals
Our Local Kanab Club/League Meets out at Jackson reservoir every Thurs evening at 5:30. They are more than happy to have folks come out and join in.
New to the idea and just want to try it out?
Rent some discs! Call Steve Howell, at 435-689-0130 (He can meet you in Kanab) and rent a 3 disc set for just $5!! (plus $10 refundable deposit) What a great deal and what a beautiful place to play.
So many hiking trails! Kanab has lots of great trails super close by and adding more all the time. We have our favorites, but here is just a quick screenshot of the trails app on our local tourism site www.VistitSouthernUtah.com (best visitors center in the state in our opinion) All of these hiking trails are in, or close to, the town of Kanab.
You will need to come visit Kanab repeatedly to enjoy all of these cool hiking trails!
But our current favorite right now has to be The Mansard Trail.
This awesome trail starts just 6.5 miles East of town in the community known as Vermillion Cliffs. You will head up this Butte and all the way across its flat, sandy top to end up at some of the most intriguing petroglyphs in the area. The Mansard Petroglyphs.
It is a bit of a climb and one part there is a minor rock scramble, but this old out of shape lady can do it! It took us about 4hrs total last time we were there. But we did enjoy a picnic lunch among the petroglyphs as well.
You can get a copy of these detailed instructions at the visitors center downtown. Just make sure you get the Mansard “Hike” map, as there is also a map for getting there on ATV roads from the other side of the Butte.
So next time you are wondering “What is there to see and do around Kanab?” Take a few hours and go and SEE and DO this! A great taste of what Southern Utah Hiking is all about.
The Greyhound Gathering in Kanab is a favorite! We don’t own a Greyhound but love to mingle with these mellow dogs and their wonderful owners. Many of the dogs are rescued from the racing circuit and are affectionately called “The 60 mile per hour couch potatoes”. Yes, these dogs are fast! But they really prefer to lounge on the sofa. This year’s gathering is called Sighthound Shivoo.
WHEN: May 17 – 19, 2019
A 3-day celebration and FUNdraising event for and about greyhounds.
Lovers of greyhounds, Owners of greyhounds and just anybody interested in watching some fun events. Events like:
-Blur of Fur (humans race dogs for fun. Dogs are clocked by Kanab City
police’s radar gun. Lot’s of silly awards)
– Chalk & Talk
– Best Friends Tours
WANT TO KNOW MORE: Greyhound Gang, is a 501 c3 organization since 1995. Their initial mission was front line rescue work – rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for greyhounds no longer wanted by their breeders.
They have transitioned more to a fundraising and educational organization. Their main assistance is now the creation and sustaining of “Almost Home for Hounds” since 2004.
Greyhound Gang’s web site provides education and information about adoption, behaviors, medical and daily care.
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.
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
dizziness or light-headedness
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.
Southern Utah is just one big outdoor playground! Even in winter, it is just so beautiful you simply can’t resist getting outside. For more years now than we can even remember, a group of my girlfriends and I head to Bryce Canyon for our annual “Cross Country Ski Trip”. I put “Cross Country Ski Trip” in quotes because some years there is just no snow and it becomes a hiking trip instead. But this year – No hiking! Just glorious, beautiful snow and sunshine. Just the way we like it.
Ruby’s Inn at the very entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park has been catering to visitors needs since 1916, twelve years before Bryce even became a National Park! And so it continues. You can rent everything you need for a day of Cross County Skiing or Snow Shoeing right at Ruby’s Inn. They even have an Ice Skating Rink.
The trails are not groomed very far into the Park, but you can snowshoe or cross country ski Bryce right to the rim of the Fairyland Trail. There are miles of groomed trails behind Ruby’s Inn and across the street where you can go to the very edge on or off trail.
Each year we try and plan our trip around the full moon if possible. Because as pretty as the trails are during the day in the bright sparkling sunshine (often it is like diamonds), Skiing the trails at night under a full moon is breathtaking! Often times any winds will stop at dusk and the forest becomes silent. The kind of silent where everything is muffled by deep snow. You will not forget this. Ever.
So rent or bring your own, just come! There is just absolutely nothing like Bryce Canyon National Park in snow.
The number one question visitors ask is “Where should we eat?” Once they let me know what they are looking for, and that is “Just good home-cookin’ ” then my number one answer is Houston’s Trails End Resturant,
Houston’s is a Kanab staple. Plain and simple.
A Great family restaurant with reasonable prices, and on a good night, the waitresses all have their holsters and sixshooters on. This is the West after all and Houston’s has been serving up Western style for more than 40 years!
In 1945 Merle “Peaches” and Donna Beard opened the Trail’s End Restaurant. Thirty years later, in 1975, The Houston family took over the reins. A lot has happened here in the West since then, but one thing that has stayed the same is the high-quality food and service that you can find at the Trails End Restaurant. The next generation of Houston’s now run the business. But today, just like in the past, Grandpa Bob still makes 10 gallons of his country gravy and DayLean bakes her rolls daily. (There should have been a photo of TWO of those big fat fluffy rolls in the opening photo – but they come out warm…… John was not about to wait for it to cool down!)
In 1978 the Houston Family expanded into the mobile catering business and since that time has worked for the Federal Government feeding firefighters at remote sites all over the West. In 1999 Houston’s Catering, Inc. was awarded the “Small Business Contractor” of the year award by the Department of Agriculture. This was no small task for a company from the small town of Kanab, Utah. The catering company continues in operation today and you may very well see their rigs running up and down the roads of the West.
Can’t decide what to order? Then just go for the local favorite and get the Chicken-fried Steak. We have never been disappointed.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Serving lunch from 11-5 and dinner from 5-9, then Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9:00 p.m. serving breakfast from 7-11:30, lunch 11:30-5, and dinner 5-9.
32 E. CENTER ST.
KANAB, UT 84741
RESTAURANT / TAKE-OUT ORDERS
Here is a link to a past menu – But pretty much the same:
Anyone who has been to Kanab in southern Utah can tell you this is a special place. But there is a special place within this special place I want to tell you about.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
This is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the country. They have other locations throughout the USA in New York, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Atlanta, but Kanab is their headquarters. Not only is it huge, over 3,700 acres and they have over 1500 animals to care for each day, but, they can change your life as well. Volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a bucket list item for many of our guests.
Everyday folks from all over the country (and the world) volunteer at Best Friends. And you can too. There are two shifts every day of the year, shift times are 8:15-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-4:00 p.m. You need to sign up early though as each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift.
The website for Best Friends https://bestfriends.org is super streamlined and very easy to navigate. You can set up your own volunteer schedule there. That gives you the flexibility to volunteer at the sanctuary and still have time to visit our beautiful National Parks.
During the high Spring Break, summer season and holidays it gets super busy. So signing up as early as possible is important. Some slots book out months in advance. But if you are just passing through for a couple of days, don’t despair even if the shifts are all full, you can contact the Volunteer Center and ask about other opportunities such as helping out in their gift shop or Angels Rest and other special service projects like landscaping and maintenance.
What Will I Find There?
Two shifts every day in seven different animal areas; Cat World, Bunny House, Parrot Garden, Dogtown, Piggy Paradise, Horse Haven, and Wild Friends. Opportunities in each of these categories are limited so it is highly recommended that you sign up and schedule your shifts as far in advance as possible!
A nice bonus is the two places to eat at the sanctuary. The Canyon Grill it is open during the summer months but their $5 vegetarian buffet it is served year-round daily from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.
When you arrive at the sanctuary you will have a 10-minute check-in at their Welcome Center. You will be provided with a name badge, your schedule and anything else you need to know to make your volunteer time the best that it can be!
What To Wear
They do ask that all volunteers wear closed toed shoes, even slip-on clog type shoes must have a heel strap. You could be climbing a ladder or walking animals and they are concerned about everyone’s safety. They also strongly recommend long pants when working with the horses or pigs (but please, not the same ones you have worn around horses and sheep at home).
Shall I Bring My Own Pet?
Many of our favorite guests at My Star Vacation Rentals are Best Friend volunteers! Of course, these animal lovers all have their own pets at home.
As our home is pet-friendly many want to bring their own pet with them to Kanab.
Just a couple of things to be aware of though, your own pets are not allowed in any of the animal areas at the sanctuary. Pets are also not allowed in the National Parks. Both are a couple of good reasons to consider leaving your own pet at home.
But probably the best reason to leave your own pet relaxing at home is that some of the dogs, cats, and bunnies at the sanctuary are approved to go home with the volunteers for an overnight visit! If you have volunteered at least one shift in that specific animal area you can bring a pet home for the night. How fun is that? We have hosted many sleepover pets at The Western Star and hear nothing but amazing responses from our guests about that great experience.
Can I Bring My Kids?
While you may not want to bring your own pet to Best Friends you will definitely want to bring your kids that are six years old and over! They must be accompanied by an adult but one adult can supervise up to three minors. For safety considerations, each animal area has its own minimum age requirements:
Cat World = 6+
Bunny House = 6+
Parrot Garden = 8+
Dogtown = 10+
Piggy Paradise = 12+
Horse Haven = 12+
Wild Friends = 18+
Please keep in mind that these age restrictions apply to sleepovers as well. So for instance, You cannot come and volunteer with the doggies and the take home a sleepover if your kids are less than 10 yrs old, but they could get a cat or a bunny.
I have a couple of friends come with their daughters and love sharing that experience. One comes every year as a special mom and daughter project. One came with her daughter and even adopted a bird to take home!
This is Christian, we call her “The Bird Whisperer”. She puts doll clothes on her chickens and she LOVES her bird they brought home from Best Friends.
I talked with several employees in prepping for this post and they did stress that this is a working sanctuary, not a Petting Zoo for tiny kids!
Want To Sign Up A Group?
You bet, Best Friends has unique programs for 5 to 12 people looking for an integrative service learning experience. Come for 2 to 5 days and leave with unparalleled memories for your group.
Take A Tour
So what if you don’t have time this trip to be a volunteer– just be sure and take the free Sanctuary Tour! To schedule a tour, please call the Welcome Center staff at 435-644-2001, ext. 4537. Or click HERE
Tours are offered every day at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. They are two hours long, and you will be amazed at what you get to see and the scope of the sanctuary. You will get to go inside a couple of buildings and drive through many other areas of the property. But again, the tours fill up, so please sign up early!
Again, Their extensive website is https://bestfriends.org
You can email them at: email@example.com
or call at 435-644-2001
They are open every day at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mountain Time.