Yup, my husband is a Park Ranger for the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and I am a Travel Writer. A Guest just suggested that I let upcoming visitors know that we do a little more then just provide a sweet room with a great breakfast (& attention from our Canine Co-Hostess, don't miss Snuffles Dog Blog here as well). We actually provide a good bit of expert, insider assistance planning your hikes, your many adventures, even your daily opportunities for enjoying this neat little Western community ~~ speaking of which, I need to let our new guests know about the great Pioneer Day Parade in town tomorrow....Later! Laurel
You can live the real, real wild west from the saddle. We rode down Paria River, surrounded by walls of rock with wind and water eroded recesses...much beauty, and exceptionally enjoyed from saddle with good horses. Good friends too, old and new.
This type of adventure is available to guests, we can set you up with Mike Henrie of Kanab Western Adventures. Mike also teaches horse clinics in "briderless (not bride-less, don't get confused) riding. How astounding Southern Utah is...for more info., email & we will gladly share.
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Hurrah! The North Rim of the Grand Canyon opens May 15th. Visit astounding viewpoints, enjoy this exceptional landscape. The N Rim receives only 10% of the overall traffic to the Grand Canyon so provides beauty and ... the amazing solitude of Grand Canyon nature.
Quiet viewpoints offering a respite from the overwhelming traffic of visitors at the South Rim are simply refreshing. Hike, picnic, enjoy views where the music of the Grand Canyon ~~ wind, Canyon Wrens, is easy to enjoy.
Prepare to be awed. Back-country dirt roads just beyond the impressive, and classic old National Parks Lodge will lead you to amazing places with views that will remain with you forever.
Kane County, Southern Utah, has been named to National Geographic's BEST SPRING TRIPS 2014 list. Of course, we know that Southern Utah is in every way one of the world's greatest natural treasure chests but now the rest of the world will know as well. Two of their recommendations here were; visiting the Rockin'V Restaurant for a Kanab-a-Dabba-Doo burger (good idea), going to Willow Canyon Outdoor for gear and attending the (upcoming - 3rd week of May) Amazing Earthfest. I could add many, many other recommendations ...
Here is how they described us:
" Kane County sits in the middle of southwestern Utah's staggering smorgasbord: narrow slot canyons, polychrome cliffs, wavelike buttes, and world-class paleontological sites. From Kanab, the county seat, its 90 minutes or less to three national parks - Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion; Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and the rugged and remote, 1.9-million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the last area in the continental United States to be mapped."
All very exciting, and very true. The beauty here is mesmerizing.
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.
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!