10 Reasons Kanab Utah Should Be Your Next Family Vacation
Living in Hurricane, UT it may seem a little odd that for spring break last year we chose to spend part of our family vacation in Kanab, a small Southern Utah town located just 1-hour east of Hurricane. I had to laugh when we checked into our hotel room, and the front desk clerk saw where we were from. She was thoroughly confused. I imagine she doesn't realize just how amazing her little town is.
Surrounded by towering Navajo sandstone cliffs and vistas of sagebrush, Kanab serves as the perfect base camp for so many major outdoor attractions. Adventure junkies and outdoorsy families alike could spend days, even weeks exploring in and around Kanab without running out of things to do. Here is my list of the top ten reasons that Kanab, UT should be your next family vacation.
1 - East entrance to Zion National Park is 35 minutes away
Filled with tons of great family-friendly hikes, the Virgin River to swim and play in, and plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting, a day trip to Zion is the perfect adventure stop for the whole family. My favorite kid-friendly hikes include Riverside Walk Trail, Canyon Overlook, Emerald Pools, and Sand Bench Loop.
2 - Bryce Canyon National Park is one hour 20 minutes away
A day trip to the land of hoodoos is a must when visiting Southern Utah and when staying in Kanab it is all too easy to make it happen. Don't miss my favorite family-friendly hike in Bryce, Navajo Loop Trail.
3- Great family-friendly hiking close by
Along with all the great hiking that you can do in the surrounding National Parks, there are a ton of great trails in and around Kanab that are beautiful and family-friendly. Some of my top pics are Belly Of The Dragon (20 mins), Dinosaur Tracks Trail (5 mins), Moqui Caverns (5 mins), Wire Pass trail (1hour)
4 - The info-packed Kanab Visitor Center
If you don't have time to plan your trip ahead of time, no worries. One stop at the Kanab Visitor Center and you will be good to go. This visitor center has detailed brochures for all the hikes, activities and attractions in and around Kanab. These one-page brochures make it so easy to find where you are going and plan your activities accordingly. The staff at the visitor center is also invaluable at helping visitors figure out what to do and where to go.