There are so many great towns to stay in when visiting Zion National Park. One of our favorite little towns that is central to so many activities and adventures is Kanab, UT. Kanab features red rock views, a charming small town vibe, a ton of great lodging options, great places to eat, and most importantly it is a hub for adventure.
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.
Kanab is located at the bottom south section of Utah.
1 - East entrance to Zion National Park is 35 minutes away
Zion National Park is 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. Our favorite kid-friendly hikes include Riverside Walk Trail, Canyon Overlook, Lower Pine Creek Falls, Emerald Pools, and Sand Bench Loop.
2 - Bryce Canyon National Park is 1 hour 20 minutes away
A day trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, land of hoodoos, is a must when visiting Southern Utah. When staying in Kanab visiting Bryce is the perfect quick and easy day trip. One day in Bryce will give you plenty of time to check out our two favorite family friendly hikes, Mossy Cave Trail, and Navajo Loop Trail.
Check out one of our favorite ways to adventure in Southern Utah with your family
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 family friendly hikes include, Belly Of The Dragon (20 mins), Dinosaur Tracks Trail (5 mins), Kanab Sand Caves (5 mins), Wire Pass trail (1hour), Water Canyon (45minutes), The Toad Stools (40minutes), Squaw Trail (right in town)
4 - The 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.
5 - North Rim of Grand Canyon is one hour 45 minutes away
When visiting Kanab a day trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a must. With cooler temps, epic views, and great hiking there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained for the day. On your drive, you have to make a stop at Jacob Lake Inn Gift Shop for their world famous cookies. Seriously you guys, the best cookies I have ever had! ****Please note that the North Rim in closed in the winter and does not usually open for the summer until May 15th.
6 - Sego Restaurant for foodies
If you are a lover of fine food then you don't want to miss this world-class restaurant. Sego Restaurant serves diners a selection of regional new American cuisine with all the ingredients locally sourced and grown. It may not be the most kid-friendly option so grab them a fast food hamburger and then head over to enjoy one of the best meals of your life. I will never stop craving the Artichoke and Foraged Mushroom toast!!!
7 - Great museums and kid-friendly activities IN TOWN
8 - Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Damn & Page AZ are 1 hour away
Lake Powell, the largest man-made lake in North America, is widely known as one of the premier water-based destinations in the world. The activity options at Lake Powell are endless. Rent a boat for the day, go kayaking through breathtaking canyons, keep it simple and play along the shore, or go hiking and exploring the endless rugged water-and wind-carved canyons around the lake.
Travel another 20 minutes past Lake Powell and you will hit Glen Canyon Damn and Page, AZ. Take a tour or drive into town. This is also where the famous trail Horse Shoe Bend is located.
9 - Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for animal lovers
This lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals on 3,700 stunning acres is located just five miles north of Kanab. Sign up to take a free tour of the sanctuary and your kiddos will be in animal-loving heaven. It is the perfect morning or afternoon activity for the whole family.
10 - Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is 30 minutes away
If your kiddos like playing in the sand, and what kid doesn't, you need to check out this amazing giant sandbox. The sand is so fine that it feels like butter going through your toes. For added fun rent a sand sled from the ranger station. If you are going in the summer I recommend going first thing in the morning or the sand will most likely be too hot to play in.
Are you ready to book your spring break or summer vacation? Mild temps in the winter make Kanab a great place to visit even in the winter! Whenever you decide to plan a trip I promise you won't regret it!