Big Things in Utah's Little Hollywood

Big Things in Utah's Little Hollywood

By Chad Taylor & Jake Wilhelmsen
May 24, 2017

Never heard of Kanab? That’s both great and really terrible.

At the risk of Kanabilizing the hiddenness of Utah’s hidden gems, we’d like to tell you a little bit about Kanab, the bestest little town you might have never even heard of. It’s like a chuck wagon of awesomeness, with western film heritage, outdoor recreation, great food and even an animal sanctuary.

Here’s a little guide on how to visit Kanab:

When to Go

Kanab in winter? You bet it kan.

Spring and fall are awesome just about anywhere in Utah, but Kanab, sitting on the Arizona border, is also nice in the coldest months. There’s no off season here. In fact, it may be even better in winter. The temperature is moderate, the trails are typically devoid of both people and bugs, and the hotel rates are cheaper.


Where to Stay

Parry Lodge. For a special treat, book the John Wayne or Ronald Reagan room. Located on Main Street, it’s within walking distance of restaurants, the visitor center, and Denny's Wigwam Gift Shop, which features a large collection of Southwestern gifts: Western clothing, boots, hats, moccasins, jackets, belts, Native American jewelry, Utah souvenirs and freshly made fudge.

Parry Lodge

If you want to mix it up and stay on water rather than land, try Antelope Point and Marina Resorts in Lake Powell for an affordable houseboat vacation.

Antelope Point and Marina Resorts

Nearby Attractions

Sitting on Utah’s southern border halfway between St. George and Lake Powell, Kanab is a pretty sweet basecamp for a baker’s dozen Utah adventures.

Travel time from Kanab to...

...Zion National Park: 0:35

...Lake Powell: 1:08

...Bryce Canyon National Park: 1:24

...Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim): 1:48

...Kodachrome Basin State Park: 1:53

...Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: 2:00

Also, make time to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the nation. But be warned: You may not be able to resist the urge to adopt a pet.

Lots of other slot canyons and interesting places to explore, and guided tours are available through Forever Adventure Tours.

Where to Eat

Iron Horse Restaurant, for many reasons:

  • The only full bar in town
  • Best steakhouse & BBQ restaurant
  • Fun Western vibe
  • Reasonably priced
  • Plays country music at all times

Click here to check availability at Parry Lodge and start planning your trip.