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A Family Friendly Action Packed Adventure in Kanab, UT

There is something special about Kanab, UT. Maybe it's the red rock desert backdrop or the convenient location to 3 incredible national parks. It could be the fact that it is home to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or it's classic old western movie history.

Whatever it is that makes Kanab so special, it is clear that this small Utah town holds a little bit of magic that most small towns just don't have.

To experience a little of the Kanab magic, check out this two-day family-friendly itinerary that combines hiking, sand dunes, local history, Hollywood movie sets, smores, and furry critters.


Day One

  • Little Hollywood Museum

  • Lunch at Kanab Creek Bakery

  • Best Friend Visitor Center

  • Heritage House Museum

  • Dinner at Juniper Ridge Restaurant and Saloon

  • Campfire S'mores and Stargazing Tour

Day Two

  • Hiking Kanab Creek at Best Friends

  • Lunch at Best Friends

  • Tour of Best Friends

  • Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon

  • Sledding at Coral Pink Sand Dunes Sate Park

No visit to Kanab is complete without stopping by the Kanab Visitor Center. Get everything needed to plan the ultimate stay. Get a lay of the land, ideas for things to do and ask all your questions to one of the knowledgeable front desk guides.


Before the heat sets in start the day by exploring Little Hollywood Museum in the middle of town. This free museum is filled with extensive Kanab movie history and movie sets from many of the old western movies that were filmed in the area.

Grab an artisan sandwich and some french pastries at Kanab Creek Bakery and then head over to the Best Friends Visitor Center. Located in the heart of Kanab, the visitor center is an interactive educational center with opportunities to play with kittens, watch birds, and purchase memorabilia.

Sign up for a sanctuary tour, get information about volunteering opportunities or attend one of the special events like Kittens & Coffee or Paint Your Pet's Portrait.