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25 Best Things To Do in Kanab Utah, in 2024

If you’re looking for an undiscovered gem, Kanab in Utah has some most exciting things to do and places to see in the Southwest: slot canyons, hiking trails, off-road adventures, and incredible rock formations. Kanab is the perfect place for outdoor vacations, and it can be an alternative to a bit crowded Utah national parks or an excellent base for exploring them. In this article, we tell you 25 of the best things to do in Kanab, Utah, where to stay, where to eat, when is the best time to visit, how to get around Kanab, and more. All you need to know is to prepare for the perfect adventure.

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25 Best Things To Do in Kanab in 2024 – Our Experiences

The city of Kanab, known as “Little Hollywood” because of its history as a Western movie town, is the county seat of Kane County in Utah and offers exciting vacation opportunities year-round. After about ten visits, we stopped counting how often we’d been in Kanab. We visited it in different seasons as well. For Chris and me, Kanab is one of Utah’s best outdoors towns.

Once, we spent over three weeks in Kanab, trying (unsuccessfully) to win lotteries for the famous Wave formation. We then drove around the entire area, made most of the hiking trails, and visited all Kanab attractions.

Kanab was also on our route during each Utah Mighty 5 National Parks road trip. The area is so picturesque, the photo opportunities are endless, and the hiking trails and slot canyons are some of the best in the US.

We have just returned from our last trip to Kabab, so we share the latest experience. It’s fantastic to see that there are still numerous unexplored places and trails in the Kanab area, and we are already planning our next trip! Kanab never fails to surprise us with its endless possibilities for adventure.

Agnes Stabinska and Chris Labanowski, the owners of the Van Escape blog, in Great Chamber, during guided tour  from Kanab.

What to expect from this article?

This article is divided into several sections, so use the Table of Contents for more straightforward navigation. In the first part, we will share the top things to do in Kanab and near Kanab and the best tours in the Kanab area.
We sorted Kanab attractions into categories:

  • the best things to do in Kanab for Hiking Lovers,
  • fun things to do in Kanab,
  • best things to do in Kanab for Western Movies Fans,
  • things to do in Kanab for Small-Town Enthusiasts,
  • things to do near Kanab for Adventurer Seekers,
  • best things to do in Kanab for National Park Collectors.

Moreover, we will also tell you how to get around Kanab and if it’s worth renting a 4WD vehicle, as some of the described adventures are difficult to reach, and 4WD and a high-clearance vehicle are a must. We give you tips on which activities require 4WD.

You will learn how long you need for each attraction and if it requires a permit. For each activity, we also give you a Level of Difficulty. We will also tell you where it is best to stay in the city, as we have stayed there many times, both in hotels and campsites.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, in Kanab with the sign: Make More Memories.
Chris Labanowski with metal horse sculpture in Kanab, Utah.

Our Top 6 Things to Do in Kanab, Utah

I’ll give you a detailed list of 25 things to do in Kanab, but our top 6 favorite things to do (which we describe below) are:

Agnes Stabinska, the author, in Great Chamber near Kanab.
Red Canyon near Kanab.
Things To Do in Kanab Utah - The Wave hike.

Top Tours in Kanab, Utah

If you’re looking for top-notch tours in Kanab, we list the most memorable ones worth considering for your Kanab itinerary.

Our TOP Pick
Great Chamber Kanab Tour

Great Chamber Tour with Local Guide

Have you heard of Great Chamber, also known as Cutler Point? It’s located within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument near Kanab. The breathtaking sand dune is tucked away in a massive cove at the end of winding sandy roads, leaving you in awe. We took a guided tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! The best idea is to combine a visit with the Peekaboo Slot Canyon!

Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon): Off-Road Jeep Tour & Hike

We recommend Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon): Off-Road Jeep Tour & Hike, especially as getting there via ATV or with the tour is only possible. It’s a great outdoor adventure, a lot of fun, and thrilling off-road driving in a highly scenic desert area where getting stuck in the sand is easy.

In addition, you can admire the stunning red, rust, and sand rock formations and one of the Kanab area’s shorter but exciting slot canyons Red Canyon aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon. And most importantly, the price of this trip is affordable, so we recommend it when you have a limited budget or when traveling with family. This activity is on our top list of things to do in Kanab. We enjoyed the deep sand tour and the slot canyon hike.

Of course, Red Canyon in Kanab is not as impressive as the Navajo Antelope Canyons in Page, but still worth seeing.

Our Tip: Combining two trips into one is an excellent option for maximizing your travel experience while minimizing expenses. You can make the most of your time and money by merging the Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon) excursion with the Great Chamber Tour. These Kanab attractions are worth visiting; a combined trip would offer an unforgettable adventure.

Red walls of Canyon aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon in Kanab.
Agnes Stabinska, the author, in Red Canyon aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon Tour in Kanab, which is one of the best things to do in Kanab.

White Pocket Hiking Tour in Vermilion Cliff with Off-Road Drive

The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is one of the most stunning places in Utah. And hiking and admiring views of White Pocket rock formations is one of the best things to do while visiting Kanab. This 7 hours White Pocket Hiking Tour in Vermilion Cliff with Off-Road Drive combines an easy guided hike and a 4×4 drive tour, as it’s a must to have 4WD to get to the White Pocket.

The place is so picturesque that you can’t stop taking pictures. We recommend this tour to all lovers of photography of unusual rock formations and landscapes because you can explore a region of incredible geology and scenery. En route to White Pockets, you will drive along the House Rock Valley road and admire Grand Staircase-Escalante.

wildflower on a desert during White Pocket Hiking Tour  in the The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

Via Ferrata for Adventure Seekers

Via Ferrata tour is an excellent activity for climbing enthusiasts and adventure seekers. First, you will hop into an ATV for a scenic ride. Then you’ll climb up to conquer the Via Ferrata, an iron path up Cave Lakes Canyon. There is an iron ladder up the canyon walls. Then you rappel 180 feet back down to reality. This tour gives you a lot of fun and thrill. Moreover, the price is affordable. Canyoneering equipment is included in the price.

Best Things to Do in Kanab for Hiking Lovers

1. The Wave Hike

  • Time required: at least 6 hours
  • 4WD required: it’s recommended, as it’s challenging to get to the trailhead
  • Permit required: Yes, it’s a must. Read more in our detailed article about getting permits to the Wave.
  • Level of Difficulty: strenuous

Hiking the Wave is among the most desirable hiking trails in the Southwest due to the unusual shape of the rock formation resembling a sea wave. It took us a long time to get a permit for the Wave. It’s almost as hard as getting a hiking permit to Havasu Falls, Arizona.

Read our detailed instructions on how to get it. If you are in the Kanab area, you can participate in the “geofencing lottery”, or you can try the Advanced Lottery (The Wave Online Lottery System).

And if you’re lucky enough to get a permit – check out our tips on how to prepare for the Wave Hike, what to pack, and how to get to the trailhead. Hiking the Wave requires preparation, as there is no marked trail, and it’s a remote and deserted area.

the Wave hike in Kanab area.
the Wave hike and delicate rock formation

2. Coyote Buttes South Hike

  • Time required: at least 5-6 hours
  • 4WD required: it’s recommended.
  • Permit required: Yes. Read more in our detailed article about getting to Coyote Buttes South.
  • Level of Difficulty: strenuous

Coyote Buttes are stunning, colorful, and fragile Jurassic Navajo Sandstone formations, such as hoodoos, cones, ridges, and canyons. They’re very fragile. The different coloration of the sandstones is due to the different iron oxide pigments in the layers – the colors range from red and pink to yellow, orange, and even some green.

The area consists of two parts: Coyote Buttes North, with the famous formation The Wave, and Coyote Buttes South, which is less known but also spectacular. There are no marked trails, and a permit is also required. So, check out our in-depth article on hiking Coyote Buttes South to prepare for your adventure. It’s one of our best experiences in Kanab, Utah. We love this hike!

Agnes Stabinska, the author, is hiking in Kanab area on the hiking trail to Coyote Buttes South
Coyote Buttes South.

3. Buckskin Gulch Day Hike

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: it’s recommended
  • Permit required: Yes. But it is easy to get it, so check the details in our article about Buckskin Gulch.
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate

This is one of the most beautiful slot canyons we’ve been to, and we’ve been to many. We recommend it as a day hike while in Kanab, and it is one of the most exciting hikes in the Kanab area. But you can also consider a multi-day backpacking trip as it is one of the longest slot canyons in the world you can hike.

You need a permit, but there are no crowds here and no complicated lottery. Please read our guide to this slot canyon to see where the trailhead is and how to prepare for your Buckskin Gulch Day Hike.

Our Tip: Please note that these hikes are not easy and require preparation. During one of our hikes to Zebra Slot Canyon near Escalante, we had to back off the trail due to the high water level in the slot canyon.

Buckskin Gulch yellow rock formations near Kanab - one of the best hikes in Kanab area.

4. The Nautilus Hike Utah

  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

We love the Nautilus hike in Utah. Firstly, it’s not far from the town, between Kanab and Page, on the route US 89. Secondly, the walk is not challenging and will not take much time. Including the drive to and from Kanab, you will need no more than 3 hours for this attraction.

Third, no permit is required. Fourthly, you can combine this place with other attractions in the Kanab area. And after all, you don’t need a 4WD car to get there. It’s a hidden gem of Paria Canyon – Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, on The Nautilus Hike Utah - one of the best things to do in Kanab.

5. Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos

  • Time required: 2-3 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

One of the best things to do in the Kanab area is hiking Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos. It’s an enjoyable hike for families and pretty easy; no permit is required, and no 4WD is necessary. Rock formations look like mushrooms, and the hiking area looks stunning. We highly recommend this place, especially as it’s on route 89 between Kanab and Page.

If you are driving from Kanab, Utah, takes US89 to the east, and after 44 miles (milepost 19.3), look carefully for the small parking lot on the left side of the road. Be careful because it’s easy to miss it. More pictures and tips you can read in our Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos article.

Chris Labanowski, is taking photos in Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos.
things to do in Kanab - Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos.

6. Moqui Caverns Hike

  • Time required: 1 hour
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

This is one of the most exciting places in the Kanab area and very close to its center. So an hour is enough for you to visit this attraction. It is not a very spectacular hike, but it is also enjoyable. The walk to Moqui Caverns is straightforward and about 1/4 mile long. We recommend shoes or boots with excellent traction.

How to get there? Moqui Caverns is located about 5.7 miles north of Kanab. As you drive on U.S. 89 from Kanab to Mt. Carmel Junction, you’ll pass signs for the Best Friends Animal Society on the right. Shortly after that, about 1 mile down the road, you should see a small gravel parking lot on the left (before you reach Moqui Caves on the right).

7. White Pocket Hike

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: Yes, it’s mandatory
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: strenuous

White Pocekt are fantastic rock formations, as beautiful as the Wave, but you don’t need to win the lottery. However, you must have a 4WD vehicle, and it is mandatory. The site is at least 2 hours away from Kanab, and the trail is hard to reach.

So, if you don’t have any off-road experience and a 4WD car, you might want to consider an organized guided trip. The rock formations are phenomenal. The hike over them is about 3 miles.

On the BLM website, you can check detailed driving directions.

purple wildflowers in Kanab, near White Pocket area.

Best Fun Things to Do in Kanab, Utah

8. Hike Belly of the Dragon in Kanab

  • Time required: 1 – 2 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

If you seek a quick and enjoyable activity in Kanab, the Belly of the Dragon hike is a must-try. It’s a short, half-mile round-trip walk through a man-made tunnel that offers a unique and family-friendly experience. Originally designed as a water culvert under Highway 89, this cave-like tunnel is 16 miles north of Kanab. It’s one of the funniest things to do in Kanab.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, on the hike in the Belly of the Dragon in Kanab.

9. Take a UTV Ride to Red Canyon, aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon

  • Time required: 3-4 hours
  • 4WD required: Only ATV or hike
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

If you rent an ATV and are an experienced off-road and deep-sand driver, you can take a trip to Red Canyon at your own. The place is fantastic and is one of the best fun things to do in Kanab.

As we mentioned above – there are great tours to Red Canyon. But if you want to get there independently, it is doable if you have an ATV.

trip to Red Canyon aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon

10. Hike on Coral Pink Sand Dunes

  • Time required: 2-4 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

A walk in the sand dunes? It’s one of the coolest and funniest things to do in Kanab, so don’t miss this attraction, especially if you’re traveling with kids. You don’t need a permit or 4WD to reach the dunes. You can try sandboarding or sledding down sand dunes.

They are not as spectacular as Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado or the dunes in the White Sand National Park in New Mexico, but they are still worth visiting.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park consists of 3,370 acres of sand dunes. It’s a wide-open landscape of rolling dunes surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Park is located 22 miles west of Kanab on Sand Dunes Road. Moreover, the day-use fee is only $10 per vehicle, which is affordable. We had a lot of fun in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab.

Agnes walking on dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
Agnes Stabinska and Chris Labanowski, the owners of the Van Escape blog, walking on dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

11. Take a UTV Ride in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near Kanab

  • Time required: 1-3 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

UTV riding is one of the most enjoyable activities to partake in while in Kanab. It allows you to let loose and have fun in the sand dunes, just like when we were kids! Coral Pink Sand Dune State Park is the ideal location for this activity. UTV rentals are available on-site at the park, or you can pre-book a tour from Kanab.

UTV Ride in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
UTV Ride in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

12. Take a Tour to the Great Chamber Kanab at Cutler Point

We initially planned on reaching the Great Chamber on our own using our rented Jeep Wrangler 4WD. Why to spend money on a trip when we have our vehicle, right? However, upon starting the ride, we quickly realized how challenging the terrain was, with deep sand and twisted paths. We ultimately decided to proceed with a guided trip, which was one of the best experiences we’ve had.

Despite having been to Kanab several times, our local guide shared so many exciting secrets about the city, its surroundings, and its Western film history that we found ourselves laughing and tearing up with emotion. The Great Chamber was an absolute delight and a must-see when in Kanab. After a strenuous ride on the deep sand, a short uphill hike awaits you, but it only takes 15-20 minutes.

Great Chamber in Kanab.
Agnes and Chris in Great Chamber in Kanab, one of the best tour in Kanab.
Agnes and Chris in the Great Chamber

Best Things To Do in Kanab Utah for Adventurers

If you’re into adventure drives, below is a list of our favorite driving routes around Kanab. You need a 4WD car with high ground clearance for these scenic drives.

13. Admire the Colorado River from Toroweap Overlook

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: Yes, it’s mandatory
  • Permit required: Yes. Please read the details in our article about getting to Toroweap Overlook.
  • Level of Difficulty: strenuous

Toroweap Overlook, aka Tuweep, is part of Grand Canyon National Park. And it can also be listed in the category below. However, it’s a very challenging drive to this overlook, a permit is required, and 4WD and high-clearance are a must, so we decided to put it into this more adventurous category.

This is one of the most spectacular views we have ever experienced and one of the most exciting trips from Kanab. The road is very challenging and rough and will take you at least 3 hours each way. You can go there for one day (permit required) or stay overnight in a primitive campground (permit required). Read our in-depth Toroweap Overlook guide because you need to be well-prepared for this adventure.

trip to Toroweap Overlook - Agnes Stabinska admiring the view of Colorado River and cliff walls of the canyon..

14. Take a Drive through Cottonwood Canyon Road

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: Yes.
  • Permit required: No.
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate

If you rent a 4WD car, Cottonwood Canyon Road is one of the best routes in the Kanab area and one of the best things to do during your Kanab vacation. The scenic Backway runs 46 miles (one-way) traversing southward through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from Cannonville to Highway 89. It’s worth setting aside a whole day to hike along this route.

The best hike along this route is the Grosvenor Arch and Cottonwood Narrows hike. We love the scenery of this route and the several hikes available along it.

things to do in Kanab driving the  Cottonwood Canyon Road.
Cottonwood Canyon Road - stunning rock formation of Grosvenor Arch.

15. Take a Drive through Smoky Mountain Road

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: Yes.
  • Permit required: No.
  • Level of Difficulty: strenuous

This Smoky Mountain Road is one of the hardest to drive in Utah and one of the most adventurous things to do in Kanab. The rocky dirt trail is very rough. The road is 77.4 miles long one-way, running north-south from Escalante (Scenic Byway 12) to Big Water (Highway 89). Only possible if you have 4WD and experience harsh and challenging road conditions.

There are rocks, sand, and deep washes on the way. But the scenery is like from the moon! The journey along this route proved to be quite exhausting, particularly for the driver. Our bodies were tired from the numerous potholes on the road. Nevertheless, we felt a sense of contentment in having explored this lunar-like terrain.

scenery of the Smoky Mountain Road

Best Things To Do in Kanab for the US National Parks Collectors

Kanab has a great location as a base for exploring Utah and Arizona national parks. From here, you can embark on some of the most scenic trails and hikes in the Southwest National Parks.

TRIP TIP: If you plan to explore all Utah national parks, check out our Utah national parks road trip itinerary. If you plan to visit some national parks, remember to purchase America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, as there is a fee to enter the park.

16. Explore Grand Canyon North Rim from Kanab

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate

Only 10% of the tourists visiting this park reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s a pity because the North Rim is just as spectacular, wilder, and less touristy. So if you plan a holiday in Kanab, you can reach the northern rim as a day trip. From Kanab, via Fredonia, you drive 37 mi via US-89A N to the intersection with Route 67 (where the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center is located).

Then, take the scenic Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway (Route 67), leaving U.S. 89A at the junction at Jacob Lake. This road follows 43 mi through forests and meadows to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Route 67 is closed from the first heavy snowstorms in November through May 15. Check our list of the best Grand Canyon Viewpoints from the North Rim and how to plan a trip.

17. Explore Zion National Park from Kanab

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate

Kanab is a great base for exploring Zion National Park. It’s only 43 miles and 1 hour of driving from Kanab to Zion National Park. The park offers stunning vistas and hiking trails. The best are Riverside Walk, Pa’rus Trail, Lower Emerald Pool Trail, Weeping Rock Trail, Upper Emerald Pool Trail, Kayenta Trail, and The Narrows via Riverside Walk. Those hikes do not require permits.

Check out our detailed guide to visiting Zion National Park to prepare for exploring this fabulous park. You must have a permit if you dream about hiking Angels Landing or the Subway in Zion.

Agnes Stabinska and Chris Labanowski, the owners of The Van Escape blog, in Zion National Park.
shuttle bus in Zion National Park.

18. Explore Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Time required: Full-day
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy to moderate

Also, visiting Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the best things to do from Kanab. It’s only 87 miles and 2 2-hour drive time from Kanab to Bryce Canyon City. One day is enough to get to know this beautiful park, do a loop drive, and stop at the most beautiful viewpoints. You can also do 2-3 shorter hiking trails.

In our detailed guide with Best Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park, you will find tips on preparing to visit this park, what to expect, and which vistas are the best for taking pictures.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, photographing Bryce Canyon National Park.
Agnes and Chris, the owners of the Van Escape blog, in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Best Things to Do in Kanab for Western Movies Fans

Kanab is known as “Utah’s Little Hollywood” because its fabulous scenery inspired and delighted many of the directors. Due to its Western movie charm and fantastic rock formations, Kanab and its area (especially nearby Paria Townsite) were filming locations.

The list of motion pictures and TV movies filmed in Kanab & Kane County is impressive. Gunsmoke, Planet of the Apes, Wagon Train, Octopussy, The Outlaw Josey Wales, El Dorado, and The Lone Ranger are the most known. So, if you’re a Western movie fan like us, visit Kanab! At every step in the town, you will discover its western traces. Kanab’s top things to do for Western movie fans are:

19. Visit Kanab Little Hollywood Movie Museum

  • Time required: 1 hour
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

The Kanab Little Hollywood Movie Museum is free and open year-round. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located outside the Trading Post, where you can purchase many high-quality souvenirs and westerns stylish clothes. Little Hollywood Museum is for sale right now. When purchasing some souvenirs, we talked to his owner; he decided to sell this place.

In the museum, you will see old sets from Westerns filmed in the area. Saloons, banks, and cemeteries. Horse saddles, bathtubs, or beds. Although the scenography is somewhat in disrepair, it is still worth seeing. We recommend visiting in the morning when the sunlight highlights the beautiful courtyard and iconic Western movie props. Visiting the Little Hollywood Movie Museum is one of the best things to do in Kanab.

Kanab Little Hollywood Movie Museum.
Kanab Little Hollywood Movie Museum.

20. Visit Historic Parry Lodge in Kanab

Make sure to visit Parry Lodge in Kanab, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Who has stayed and filmed in Parry Lodge in Kanab? John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Maureen O’Hara, Dean Martin, Roy Rogers, and Ronald Reagan. The most famous movies are The Lone Ranger and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

You can eat an excellent breakfast here and see hundreds of historical photos of characters known from the big screen of Hollywood. Moreover, it’s a great place to stay overnight in Kanab, as prices are affordable.

Parry Lodge in Kanab.
Parry Lodge in Kanab.

21. Take a Drive to Western Paria Townsite

  • Time required: 2 – 3 hours
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

Located on the Paria River in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Kanab, Paria Townsite, known as Pahreah, was once a thriving town from 1870 to 1929. It later served as a famous filming location for Western movies. Unfortunately, the Old Paria movie set was destroyed by fire, leaving nothing behind. Despite this, the stunning scenery makes it a worthwhile destination to visit. It’s one of the best things to do in Kanab.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, in Paria Townsite.

Best Things to Do in Kanab for Small-Town Enthusiasts

Kanab seems somewhat inconspicuous, often passed on the route, with little to offer. And that’s not true at all. Kanab is a charming city with several places worth staying for a while. The city of Kanab is rich in cultural heritage. Many of the houses and buildings built in the early pioneer days of Kanab’s history are still standing.

things to do in Kanab Utah - store with a sign what is art.
things to do in Kanab Utah.

22. Stroll Through the Streets of Kanab

While strolling the streets of Kanab, take a closer look at some buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Kane County, Utah.

  • Bowman-Chamberlain House,
  • William Derby Johnson Jr. House,
  • Kanab (Union Pacific) Lodge,
  • Kanab Hotel and Cafe,
  • Kanab Library,
  • Kanab Post Office,
  • Parry Lodge,
  • Rider-Pugh House,
  • Stewart-Woolley House.
 Kanab visitor center murals.
murals in Kanab Utah.

23. Grab a Coffee in Willow Canyon Outdoor and Eat Delicious Ribs at Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant

Downtown Kanab is full of atmospheric shops and galleries. It’s worth a walk around the city, especially since it’s not that big. You will get the best coffee in Willow Canyon Outdoor (it’s more an outdoor store than a cafe, but they have delicious coffee). And when it’s dinner time, be sure to go for the best ribs in Kanab at a local family restaurant -Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant.

 Willow Canyon Outdoor.
Chris in Houston's Trail's End Restaurant in Kanab.

24. Visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab

If you love animals, be sure to include a visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located just five miles north of Kanab. It’s the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals. It offers adoption, spay/neuter, and education programs. The organization has also been a world leader in the no-kill movement for 30 years.


25. Take a Drive to the Page and Visit Horseshoe Band and Antelope Canyons

  • Time required: full-day
  • 4WD required: No
  • Permit required: No
  • Level of Difficulty: easy

If you have an extra day to spare, consider taking a trip from Kanab to the neighboring state of Arizona. The renowned town of Page is just a 1 hour and 15 minutes drive away, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit iconic sites such as Horseshoe Bend or one of the popular Antelope Canyons: Upper, Lower, or Canyon X. Page it’s only 75 miles from Kanab via scenic US-89.

trip to Horseshoe Bend.

Where To Stay in Kanab, Utah?

One of the reasons we love Kanab is also its prices. This somewhat forgotten town has quite a reasonable accommodation offer for every budget. Prices are lower here than in Springdale or Moab. That’s why we always recommend staying in Kanab because it’s more profitable, and there are plenty of things to do in Kanab, so your stay won’t be boring. You can spend up to a week here exploring Utah and Arizona. Below we listed the best places to stay in Kanab Utah.


Luxury Hotels in Kanab, Utah

Hampton Inn Kanab

If you’re looking for a comfortable stay, check out Hampton Inn Kanab, which offers an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a fitness center. Each room is equipped with an apartment-screen TV with cable channels. Also, some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. For your comfort, there are free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is also free WiFi. Moreover, it is rated as Excellent with 8.8/10 points.

Marilyn said: “I’ve always liked Hampton Inns, and this one was no exception. We were pleased with everything and will come again when we travel in that direction.” Check more reviews and availability.

where to stay in Kanab - Parry Lodge

Red Canyon Cabins

Set in a stunning landscape, Red Canyon Cabins offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a garden with barbecue and mountain views. In addition, the cabins are equipped with a balcony, air conditioning, an apartment-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. A refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker are also provided. We love this place because of the view. It’s rated Excellent with 8.8/10 points.

Parry Lodge in Kanab

The iconic Parry Lodge is located in the heart of Kanab. Moreover, this Lodge is a national historic landmark. It features free WiFi, air conditioning, and a flat-screen cable TV. There is a private bathroom with a bath or shower in each unit.

Parry Lodge also includes a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests receive 50% off for breakfast buffet in the on-site restaurant. The Parry Lodge is rated as Excellent with 8.7/10 points. We love the old wooden white architecture of this historic Parry Lodge.

where to stay in Kanab - Parry Lodge
Kanab Theater

Budget Hotels in Kanab, Utah

Travelodge by Wyndham Kanab

All rooms at the Travelodge by Wyndham Kanab feature cable TV, hairdryers, irons, and ironing boards. Non-smoking rooms are also available. The hotel offers laundry facilities, barbecue facilities, and high-speed Internet access. It’s also located in the city center. It’s rated as Good with 7.4/10 points.

Sun -N- Sand Motel

All guest rooms at Sun -N- Sand Motel in Kanab are equipped with a seating area, an apartment-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. At Sun -N- Sand Motel, all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Sun -N- Sand Motel also features a garden and barbecue facilities. The air-conditioned rooms offer views of the city and are equipped with a desk and free Wi-Fi. It’s rated as Good with 7.8/10 points.

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kanab

Days Inn and Suites offer a 24-hour front desk. A business center is available. On-site laundry facilities are available for guests. All guest rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Each Days Inn and Suites Kanab room has a satellite connection TV with expanded premium channels. All air-conditioned rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. A hairdryer and iron are also provided in each traditionally decorated guest room. It’s rated as Pleasant with 6.8/10 points. We stayed in Days Inn during our last visit to Kanab, and we can highly recommend it.

where to stay in Kanab - Sun-n-Sand Motel

Getting Around Kanab

Depending on which of the above list of Kanab attractions you decide to add to your itinerary, you must determine if you will rent a 2WD or 4WD car. 4WD is mandatory for some activities listed above.

If you only want to visit one or two places accessible by 4WD, you might want to consider an organized day tour from Kanab. It may be cheaper than renting a 4WD car for the entire vacation you are planning.

4WD car in Kanab.
off road in Kanab.

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  1. We rolled straight through Kanab when we visited Utah. I now see that we need to stop on our next visit. I really did not know it was known as “Little Hollywood”. The Wave would definitely be top of our list. But after our last 4×4 adventure in Moab we would not pass on another fun ride. Having missed Antelope Canyon I can see that Buckskin Gulch would be a great option. All wonderful reasons to stop in Kanab next time!

  2. This is an excellent guide to Kanab. I’ve only seen photos online and it looks amazing. It’s good to know about the Wave and that you need a permit to visit. I think this makes it better for the experience and to preserve the structures? Just my opinion. Honestly I’ve never been to any of the parks in America, so I would love the chance to visit any!

  3. Thank younfor this comprehensive article on Kanab. I thought it was too small à town with no facilitées! Hampton Inn would be a great base to explore the easier ones for this old couplé.

  4. Good for you having visited Kanab despite the discouraging comments you’ve heard. I know this phenomenon. Fact is that different people enjoy different things and even have regard for different beauty. According to my experience, towns without important landmarks or exciting whatever often have the most authentic feel to them and represent a country’s or region’s uniqueness far more than New York, Rio, Tokyo.

  5. I completely fell in love with Utah last year when I visited and this just makes me want to go back asap. Kanab looks fantastic, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get a pass for The Wave it seems like there are plenty of hikes to do. I’d be happy exploring any of them. It’s also good that it’s so handy to go explore the Grand Canyon from there – something else that’s been on my list forever

  6. Kanab looks amazing! We’ve seen pictures of The Wave before but didn’t realise that a permit was needed to go walking there, nor how difficult it was to get one. It was great to read about the many alternative options. We love hiking and the scenery looks spectacular wherever you walk. We’d particularly enjoy the Nautilus hike and Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos. And the view from Toroweap Overlook is wonderful. Great practical advice on where to stay and how to get around too.

  7. Wow! Utah is stunning! I’ve only heard of Zion National Park out there but it’s really a hiker’s paradise! I may have to plan my hiking-loving husband a trip. Great to know about the permit for the wave. That’s important to know since it’s so famous.

  8. Wow, the Wave Hike looks like a painting is that real?? nice to see some good places and costs to stay included in this post. The landscape in Utah looks to be next level and I would love to visit it for that reason alone. The colour of the rock excites me and really captures my attention.

  9. I have seen so much about the National Parks of Utah and certainly knew about Zion Park , but this one takes it to another level. The Wave looks like melted layered chocolate, so unique. It would definitely be the one I would want to explore, but how does one chose just one when there are so many beautiful areas to explore.
    My camera would be in overload mode taking photos here!
    Great that you include town and accommodation info and that would be essential to making the most of the area.
    the permits however are a drag to have to apply for and seem a lot of work. No doubt the experience of seeing them is worth the effort, as you say.

  10. Those landscapes in the wave and the canyon are surreal!! What a beautiful and interesting place. I love the variety of activities you listed. I’d be so tempted by the hike in the sand dunes! I heard a lot about Zion and Bryce canyon national parks and it’s good to know you can visit both from Kanab. Also good that there are some good lodging options in the area.

  11. I cant believe there are so many things to do in Kanab. I’ve always wanted to visit Utah and with so many amazing hikes in Kanab I’ll have to factor a couple days Into my itinerary. I would love to sled down the sand dunes. That would be a blast.

  12. I can totally see why Kanab is an area you keep coming back to. Stunning landscapes, dunes and flora, what’s not to like? Plus it is budget friendly, so this ticks all the boxes for me. I appreciate you mentioned that some activities may need a 4WD but it may be more cost effective to do an organised day tour instead of renting one. Thanks again for yet another insightful and informative post on things to do in Kanab Utah.


  13. Now here is a State that arouses immense curiosity in me.
    From its picturesque side, to the national parks, to the breathtaking landscapes, there is a universe of activities to do and places to explore.
    Obviously The Wave is on the list of places I’d like to visit, but considering the difficulty in getting permission, the trip can’t focus only on this activity.
    So this guide is definitely an asset for anyone who wants to explore Kanab!

  14. It’s good to know there is more to do in Kanab than the Wave hike. I’m glad that, in order to protect the environment, it has limited permits, but also the fact that it’s an unmarked trail makes it a bit more intense. I wouldn’t want to get disoriented on a hot day! The Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos and Coyote Buttes hikes also look really cool.

  15. Some great hikes here, guys; Utah looks so fascinating. I’m particularly interested in the wave hike and the Nautilus hike, so I checked out your other post.

    Lots of great info here, and I love that you included some bits about the small towns nearby. Yeah, I’m a small-town diva, ha. Kanab looks like a cool place to relax for a day and do nothing but nose about.

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