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Timber and Tin Kanab – A Fantastic Family Getaway

Dreaming of the perfect family getaway in the southern Utah desert? Someplace where the kids can play, you can relax, and the whole family can adventure in awesome places and make magical memories? Well, stop dreaming and head to Timber and Tin Kanab!

We spent 5 days at Timber and Tin Kanab in July and loved every single minute of our stay! Staying at Timber and Tin feels like staying at an Airbnb in a small house with a kitchen, laundry, and all the conveniences, but you also get the perks of a resort. It is truly the perfect getaway with kids. 

Staying at Timber and Tin Kanab


Timber and Tin is located on Main Street in downtown Kanab, Utah. I really love that Timber and Tin is right in town because it makes it so easy for the kids to walk to the shops and do things on their own.

Kanab is also a really convenient location to explore the best of southern Utah. Kanab is only an hour from Zion National Park and is close to so many other amazing places like Bryce Canyon and The Wave hike.


Timber and Tin Kanab offers lots of amenities right on the property, including a pool, hot tub, and a pavilion and picnic area. The swimming pool is so much fun to splash around in, and since this is a smaller resort, you aren’t sharing the pool with a ton of guests. It was never very busy during our stay.

There is also a restored barn you can hang out in, which features a theater room with old movies, tons of games, and a ping pong table. It’s a lot of fun to spend time playing in there!


At Timber and Tin Kanab, you’ll stay in one of seven small homes on the property, so you have your own space along with access to all the resort amenities. Most of the modern homes are 2 bed/2 bath, giving you room for the whole family.

Each home is unique, so you can pick the style that speaks to you. They all have private rooftop decks though, which are perfect for soaking in the sunset and stargazing.

Things to Do in Kanab with Kids

Timber and Tin Kanab makes an amazing basecamp for a family getaway in southern Utah! Here are some of my favorite activities in and around town…and check out this blog post for even more reasons to visit Kanab with kids.

Jackson Flat Reservoir

Jackson Flat is a super fun spot just a 5 minute drive from Timber and Tin Kanab. During our visit, we spent so much time here enjoying this beautiful lake by kayaking, playing in the sand, and riding bikes around the lake.

Local tip: If you don’t have your own, you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and e-bikes from ROAM, which has a little stand at the lake. 

Kanab City Swimming Pool

While Timber & Tin has its own pool, if the kiddos need a change of scenery, the Kanab City Pool is a fun and inexpensive way to keep them entertained for a few hours. The big slide is the main attraction here!

The city pool is just a mile from Timber & Tin, and a day pass is only $6/each for non-residents.

Moqui Caverns

I have visited Moqui Caverns many times, but I’m still always blown away by the beauty of these caves (also known as the Kanab Sand Caves). The kiddos might need a bit of help on the short scramble up a rock wall to the caves, but will have an absolute blast exploring them.

Belly of the Dragon

Not far from Moqui Caverns is another cool formation…the Belly of the Dragon! This man-made tunnel features rippling sandstone walls that have been shaped over the years by water runoff from the upper canyon.

Local tip: Bring a headlamp (or use your phone’s flashlight) to illuminate the tunnel which can get quite dark inside.

Squaw Trail

This short trail (3 miles round-trip) is located right in town and is perfect for a morning or evening hike with the kiddos. With a little bit of steep uphill hiking, you get to experience gorgeous views of Kanab from above.

Kanab Drug

While you might not think of a drugstore as a fun attraction, Kanab Drug has the cutest gifts, and my kids wanted to go here every day on our trip! This little drugstore is right in town, and also has a soda shop inside with ice cream and sandwiches. Trust me, they make the most amazing ice cream treats…yum!

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

If your family is full of animal lovers, you absolutely have to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab. Best Friends is the largest sanctuary of its kind in the US, and it provides a caring home for over a thousand dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, horses, pigs and other animals. You can book a tour of Best Friends to see the property and meet some of the animals!

Read more about our wonderful visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary here!

Brown Box Kanab

We love Brown Box Kanab so much! This super cute bakeshop has the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches and is a great place to grab an ice cream when you need a sweet treat. Brown Box Kanab also features a little gift shop, along with couches to relax and a swing outside.

The Chains at Lake Powell

My favorite part of Lake Powell is only about an hour away from Kanab, near Page, AZ. The Chains section of Lake Powell is awesome because you don’t need a boat to explore it, like a lot of the rest of the lake. Here you can swim, cliff jump, and scramble around the red rocks…my kids had the best time and want to go back!

Wire Pass Trail

Wire Pass Trail takes you through a super cool slot canyon that makes for an awesome adventure that is totally doable for kids. The trailhead is about an hour east of Kanab and is totally worth the drive down a bumpy dirt road.

Local tip: Permits are required for day-use in this area. They are $6/per person (and per dog) and can be reserved at

Red Canyon

You’ll find Red Canyon in Orderville, UT just under half an hour north of Kanab. This very short hike to a slot canyon is a nice little excursion for the whole family. You can also book a horseback riding tour of Red Canyon with East Zion Adventures for a unique experience.

The Nautilus

The Nautilus is a hidden gem of a hike through a white rock formation that spirals around you like a mollusk. After a short hike through the sand, you enter The Nautilus by literally sliding down the rock 10-12 feet. My kids loved that part, and immediately climbed back up to slide down again!

Get all the info on this trail in my guide to The Nautilus hike here!

Water Canyon

Water Canyon is a lovely day hike with a little bit of everything from rock scrambling, sandstone cliffs, a shallow year-round creek, a waterfall canyon oasis, and valley views. The hike is about 4.25 miles round trip, and I’ve done it with kids several times…they just might need a little encouragement and extra snacks, haha. Water Canyon is located about an hour west of Kanab near Hildale, UT.

Horseshoe Bend

If Horseshoe Bend is on your bucket list, you can check it off with a visit while you’re staying in Kanab, since it’s only an hour drive away. The iconic overlook is in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near Page, AZ, and the view is even more stunning in person than in pictures.

Local tip: Parking at the trailhead is $10/vehicle, and the parking lot will be closed when it fills up during busy times.

Hope this helped you get excited for a dream desert vacation at Timber and Tin Kanab! And don’t forget to check out this post for even more things to do in Kanab with kids!

Happy Adventuring,




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