The Amazing Earthfest is the only Amazing one of Earthfests across the country.
Kanab hosts a number of pretty amazing events and, frankly, Amazing Earthfest (well, then followed by Western Legends) are the very best. Imagine a Festival that sports over 50 free events in guided hiking by experts, lectures, biycling and horse riding events, cultural performances and even a mini-Doc-Film Fest...it's a one of a kind incredible opp to experience this unique corner of the SW in the hands of the best experts. I call it dinosaurs to stars (since both are represented)
OK; The Great Curry Recipe Contest is On...!!
I understand that there is soooo much going on here in this corner of the SW to share now, Re; immediate events in Zion thru the Zion Natural History Assocation (wildflower hikes, identify Native Plants etc.) but , for this moment, we are zero'ing in on a certain matter of special interest here.
CURRY, and then the other global recipes that take best advantage of gardens such as ours.
Occasionally we share dinner with guests, especially after the garden is in and ingredients are fresh. An increasing, important, recipe challenge seems to be rising -- who, across the many different cultures here now, has THE BEST CURRY RECIPE! Dare ya', we have guests arriving soon from The Netherlands and they definitely claim Best of Recipe in Advance?!
Like it Hot, Like it simply savory...send us what you think. I'm going to add the hot chili sauce that came out of these garden hotties & herbs from our garden! May video our dish against theirs so stay put and SEND ME ADVICE!!
Everyone wants to visit one of the best known features here in S'Utah - The Wave. Lottery applications are submitted online months in advance and people still come to Kanab in hopes of being one of the few selected in the daily lottery here in Kanab. For those lucky ones who get a coveted permit, The Wave is astounding - BUT, there are some equally remarkable and lesser known alternatives. If you can't see The Wave, find The White Pockets. I'm almost reluctant to advertise it since the scarcity of visitors is part of what makes it so uncanny. The White Pockets are a geological formation that astounds at every curve - in ancient history wind and water shaped an unusual arena of white,red and orange rock that twists and turns . It is ultra-real and tremendous. The name originally came from the stony "pockets" that dot the area, I was told that hiking The White Pockets is best after a rain because the small pools reflect the vivid colors of surrounding rock. Hard to imagine the place being any more spectacular but I intend on finding out. The last time I was there we all wore our camera chips and "wow's" out. This is so much a part of the lesser known but equally great part of S'Utah. We specialize in rock that is incomparable, matchless.
I went there with an exceptional expedition company located here in Kanab; Dreamland Safari Tours and really thank Will for a great experience. The road out to the White Pockets can only be accomplished by a serious 4x4 and driver accustomed to the challenges of back-country driving so I do encourage visitors to enlist with Dreamland Safari Tours. Will loves this country with a passion and will take great care of you - nice lunch, good photo tips. On the drive back we also hiked The Wire Pass - an impressive, narrow Slot Canyon that easily takes your breath away as you pass through wave-y walls of rock, slipping into a crack of earth with shafts of sun cracking through from above to illuminate the sinuous, multi-colored rock walls. Another big Wow here. The famous Antelope Canyon really is just one of many other and beautiful Slot Canyons in this region.
Today may be the last day wood gets tossed into the woodstove. The fruit trees here at Savage Point are fully dressed in a palette of delicate white to pink then raging red buds. Savage Point itself, the big butte looming high above the garden, is no longer dressed in a lace of snow. Me & little dog Snuffles may hike the high Squaw Trail early tomorrow morning and no longer need to do a glissade across slippery cold rock.
All this is good news for visitors. Like our garden, so much is erupting into action here the calendar is bulging. Of course there are the obvious adventures into the numerous National and State Parks, Public Lands and highly under-estimated Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. What people don’t necessarily realize is how much happens outside of their obvious path of homage to the geologic “Rock Stars”, so let’s take a second look at how to plan a more fulfilling adventure in this remarkable wedge of the world.
ZION CANYON FIELD INSTITUTE offers a truly amazing schedule of events (www.zionpark.org). Just 40 minutes from our cozy place, Zion offers non-stop events and April to June are prime months. Events range from Poetry in the Park, Zion Through the Lens, Plein Air Painting,Bat Study (one of my favorite events), and The Hanging Gardens, countless hikes etc.. Many writers and painters have tried but it truly is impossible to express the extreme beauty of Zion, especially in the spring and fall. These events give you an extra boost when it comes to discovering and remembering Zion.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon re-opens May 15th. For those interested in Rock Art Panels as well as the mind-breaking view of the Grand there is a spectacular hike down thru a 2,000 year history of sand storms, volcanoes, oceans and – art possibly depicting a world view of peoples we can’t possibly understand from years very long ago (North Rim Hike to Rock Art Panel - your hosts can provide details).
THE AMAZING EARTHFEST begins here in Kanabs May 13th and ends with spectacular views of the solar eclipse on May 20th. This highly under-estimated week-long festival “follows the tracks of dinosaurs, tours galleries of pre-historic art, features night skies with the guidance of expert astronomers” and on the list of over 50 events goes – including guided back country hikes and a documentary film festival and so much more (www.amazingearthfest.com / (435)733-5263). Considering that the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument surrounds this region, there is no small number of regional scientific experts available to speak on fascinating topics around geology, paleontology, botany – name your interest here and even bring your kids to a paleo-lab to clean dino bones! A really unusual and special Festival in the heart of the Great National Parks.
There is a saying around here that always comes to my mind because it is so true, “Once you get this red dirt in your shoes, you’ll never get it out.” It’s true. Come visit and some grit will always stay in your memory of the place. Back to you soon, and we’ll remind you of what our guests keep saying… “we needed more time, there is so much here to explore.” Haven’t told you yet about Western Legends, The Maynard Dixon Gallery of Western Art, and so many other great things that will be happening.
Spring (& Desert Wildflowers) In Southern Utah
While the sharp sting of winter is still on your mind, start planning a spring get-away to the blue skies, kind temperatures and blooming beauty of Utah. With desert temperatures reaching mid 50’s to 70’s during the day and 30-45 at night (depending on elevation) spring is an excellent time to explore before the rush of summertime tourists.
The NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON re-opens Mid-May and once again offers visitors a grand beauty that nearly overwhelms the senses. The classic old National Parks Lodge will again be serving meals in its dining room with an unforgettable view, while it is still wise to make dinner reservations in advance your chances of getting in last minute are greatly improved. The North Rim, in my mind, is more impressive then the South Rim, more serene and definitely less developed. Those early weeks in spring are a tremendous time to be there and feel the splendor of the place in greater privacy.
There is no doubt that the best time to explore ZION NATIONAL PARK is spring and autumn. Zion is Utah’s 1st National Park and encompasses 229 square miles of deep canyons, steep walls and rocky plateaus that look like colorful sandcastles crowning desert canyons. Due to its location at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert, Zion possesses a variety of life zones resulting in unusual plant and animal diversity – there are over 900 different plant species.
By April, many of the cactus and other wildflowers will erupt into their short-lived dramatic beauty – desert marigold, the eye-catching slickrock paintbrush. The Zion Field Institute conducts several field trips to the lower canyon in April to view wildflowers, and a trip to Kolob Canyon mid-May.
Other great sites for viewing spring wildflowers are the Lake Powell/Glen Canyon region and in the Grand Staircase- Escalante
National Monument. Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon are at higher elevations so begin their bloom later in June. Spring storms at Bryce, with an elevation up to 9,115’ above sea level, brings the opportunity to rent cross-country skiis or snow shoes at Ruby’s Lodge and glide along the Fairyland Rim Loop viewing the fantastic red-orange spires of the canyon laced in white.
For the adventurous visitors who wish to seriously explore slot canyons like Peek-A-Boo, Round Valley Draw and others spring is also considered the optimal time. Our next blog will be on Slot Canyons large and small.
With over five National Parks, 7 National Monuments and over 22 million acres of BLM land there is a desert vacation in Southern Utah to suit everyone – casual hikes to serious wilderness exploration. We look forward to helping you discover this amazing region in all its diversity and plan your adventure.
Animal Lovers - A Must See. Best Friends is exactly that, a Best Friend for over 2,000 (count the zeroes) animals ranging from birds to dogs,cats, horses, pigs, rabbits and a few other animals (pot belly pigs actually receive spa treatment, miniature horses coming from a bad background receive reviving water therapy...it's amazing) . It's the last place of possible refuge and treatment for most of these animals, an amazing place where they receive state of the art attention and wait for possible adoption. Really, a place of dreams where truly challenged animals do receive a second chance at rehabilitation and adoption or - if needs be, a safe "always" home. This amazing place is minutes away from Savage Point and well worth the free tour they offer. "Dog Town" was the subject for the popular National Geographic series of that title; Cat World, Wild Friends, Feathered Friends, Horse Haven and other special areas wait for your visit and possible volunteer attentions.There really is no other place in the nation that offers such an exceptional animal experience. The tour does allow time inside different animal areas so you can get and give some pet friendly attention.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary also offers one of the most spectacular views of the local region from its cafeteria, which offers a huge vegetarian feast every day for $3-$5.00. Tours are free but animal lovers: Beware - You May Not Be Able To Leave Without A New Animal Family Member! Our little dog Snuffles is a puppy mill rescue from Best Friends and we love her, our guests say they do too!
THE AMAZING "WAVE" - One of the Worlds Best Hikes
The Wave, located in the Coyote Buttes region of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness on the southern Utah/Arizona border is deservedly well- known as one of the most spectacular hikes the Southwest has to offer. I could add countless superlatives describing how unusual, colorful, spectacular, unforgettable it is but other writers and photographers have already done that. I'll just say that it is a must see for anyone who wants to lose themselves in a quiet, very private place of extraordinary natural beauty (one of many websites displaying photos of The Wave is www.theworldinlight.com). Swirled bands of red,pink, yellow and green rock cut into a sandstone mountain have been eroded into curious and fantastic shapes. As the light of day changes the gallery of unworldly rock formations change as well - smooth chutes and jutting columns of multi-colored rock change in intensity. The Wave could also be called The Glide since many of its formations sweep up and down like sleds before jutting out onto small, private sized ledges with remarkable views. The hike itself is only a moderately challenging 5.5 miles but expect to spend time exploring and quietly wandering through the surprising landscape. To me, the landscape is like a tiger skin in all its bold stripes with extra colors of green and pink thrown in for additional dramatic effect. And despite being rock, the environment somehow feels alive with all that energy of color and enticing rock formations to discover and gape at. The Trailhead that leads you to The Wave is also the starting point for another distinctive site, Buckskin Gulch. Buckskin Gulch is known as one of the world's longest slot canyons. This is a win-win that takes you slightly off the usual tourist track of discovery.(Also check: www.utah.com/playground/the_wave.htm)
But be aware. Because of the precious and delicate nature of The Wave the overseeing agency, the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) only issues 20 permits a day. These permits are usually applied for online months & months in advance. Since you probably weren't aware of or able to plan that far ahead Savage Point B&B offers another option for getting you into The Wave.
The BLM Office located here in Kanab, minutes from our B&B, offers a morning lottery for potential next day visitations to The Wave. Competition, depending on the time of year, is fairly strong but after a day or two of perseverance most of our guests have gained their permits. Wanna-be applicants arrive at the office early morning and take their chance, we'll send you off to the Applicatons Office after a good breakfast and with our best wishes - which often seem to work.
I hiked The Wave on New Year’s Day with my little dog and it was – The Wave. Truly a unique spot on earth. Many guests visit Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon we also suggest visiting but...I personally believe The Wave is a 10 Point Plus Factor on even Antelope Canyon, even if it does present a challenge for gaining that permit. We highly recommend it as an amazing place and a truly unique part of the astounding and always surprising Southwest landscape. And, remind you that your best chance of gaining a permit is from Kanab while staying at our comfortable B&B.
Welcome to Kanab, Utah.
Kanab really is the doorway, the sweet spot for exploration into many of the most fantastic and unique places on the planet,
certainly in the US. It is undeniably special, and you’ll see from the Attractions page on our site just a short (very short) listing of how many are close to Savage Point B&B. So far every guest we’ve had Italian/ French/ Spanish/English/ Australian/ Russian/ Canadian/ Belgian/ New Zealanders/Americans have all shared a similar sentiment – we needed more time, this is the most remarkable of places deserving much greater exploration. Just yesterday our Australian guest, Rosie, took over 600 photos at Bryce Canyon!
And Kanab itself? Your potential nest for the night? We have our own interesting in-town attractions as well as being the best portal into the greatest National Parks and Public Lands. For visitors, it’s a double win –come to a truly sincere little Pioneer Western town and enjoy (the Tourism Board claims exactly 107 attractions, I’d add a few more) the full experience of being in a unique corner of the American Southwest. Where else could you go for the nation’s largest Cowboy Poetry Rodeo – a very serious annual competition that has the wanna-be winners chewing their mustaches or stompin’ their boots before they stand up before the crowd with the carrot of large prize money in their minds.
‘Kanab’ means ‘place of the willows’ in Paiute so the waters of Kanab Creek drew in pre-historic Native cultures and may yet hold a clue to local Indian cultures connecting them with even more ancient Mezo-American cultures. Kane County is well known for its slot canyons and ancient Indian Rock Art. Over 300 of the major American Western Films were produced here, we are known as The Little Hollywood of the West and every Monday night the local theatre shows a classic Western for two dollars. A local photographer with many decades of experience will take visitors for a full-day photographic tour into spectacular and lesser known slot canyons where ordinary tourists won’t be found. Find home-grown and helpful experience stopping by the Willow Canyon Bookstore & Outdoor-Sports Café – sit down to an expresso and ask all your questions about hiking through the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and our other close sites.
Upcoming blog articles will tell you much more about the greater and lesser known regional sites as well as our own comfy, convenient guest room with breakfast from fruits of our own garden and/or fresh eggs from a local rancher and all the other special stuff here waiting for you. A stream of recommendations for your visit, book list on Western history, anecdotes on High Desert Natural History & tips on photography are upcoming – keep checking in and commenting on your greatest interests so we can respond.
For now, Laurel / Russell & that little dog Snuffles