"Town at the Axis of Parks" Top 5 Page for this destination Kanab by BruceDunning

Kanab Travel Guide: 84 reviews and 241 photos

Mecca to Stay for Surrounding Sites

This town of 3600 people is staged to serve the tourism that comes through and around the area to see the national parks. It is as close as you can get to Grand Canyon North at 85 miles, Zion about 45 miles west and Bryce around 85 miles. To the east is Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area and that is a prelude to Page and Glen Canyon Dam. They are 90 miles away. Kanab, itself used to be a movie center for some cowboy flicks. They still live in that fame today. It used to be called Little Hollywood.
The town got its start in 1857 by Mormon John Hamblin who was sent here to start a settlement. The name is from the Indians, meaning "willow". They converted some Indians into the religion. In 1870 more Mormons came her to set up living and farming. Grasshoppers played havoc over some years, and the desert climate ever changing.

In the Center of Things to Do & See

This is a quasi topo map of the parks in the radius of Kanab town.

REal Life in the Outback

This Sign just outside of town may have depicted the attitude and living style of the locals. It is counter to the Mormon influence around the State, but not all are Mormons here, for sure.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful friendly people cater the tourists.
  • Cons:Remote form evrything else-but that is Utah-big
  • In a nutshell:A nice place to rest up a bit, get gas, food and go on
  • Last visit to Kanab: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 26, 2009
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    that place is not worth visiting!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Bruce, a very interesting page on what seems to be a trip back in time to a remote and rugged place! Wow, your washboard road drive to Paria does not sound like much fun! Thanks for the great photos and tips.


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