Red Rock Country

Kanab, UT

Adventure is Waiting.

4,970 Feet
The vibrant city of Kanab, Utah was founded in 1870 and sits at an elevation of about 5,000 feet with about 5,000 permanant residents. Kanab is located in Kane County just north of the Arizona state line. This recreation destination is best known for its beautiful weather and breathtaking natural beauty.


Set on the Kanab Creek, this city was first settled in 1864 when Fort Kanab was established on the east side of the creek for exploration and defense against the Native Americans. The name comes from a Paiute word that means “place of the willows.” In 1866, Fort Kanab was abandoned after Native American attacks.

A few years later in 1870, ten Mormon families moved to Fort Kanab and began to establish it as the town we know today. During the same year, Brigham Young famously visited the area to supervise the planning of the new town. While Kanab was once known as one of the most isolated towns in the country, today it thrives as a popular tourist destination with a true Western spirit.

Things To Do

This often-overlooked city is a paradise for adventurers and lovers of the outdoors. The city’s central location to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Antelope Canyon make it a wonderful starting point for an unforgettable road trip. If you’re looking for world-class hikes, Kanab is the place to be. While there aren’t any professional sports teams that call the area home, there are plenty of options for entertainment throughout the year. From live shows at the Kanab Community Theater to weekly farmer’s markets and the annual county fair, there’s always something exciting going on around town.
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Planning your trip to Kanab Utah

When planning your trip, be sure to check the city’s events calendar to ensure that you don’t miss out on live theatrical performances, stargazing events, bike races, or festivals that may be taking place downtown.
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If you’re planning a trip to the area, there are several lodging options to choose from. You could stay in a cabin, B&B, boutique hotel, or budget hotel. For a more unique stay, there are even glamping tents and RVs available to rent. If you’re planning a camping trip, you can find plenty of campgrounds located near Kanab.


Because of its close proximity to so many popular tourist destinations, Kanab offers an abundance of local dining options. You can find fast food options for quick stops, as well as plenty of sit-down dining spots offering everything from freshly baked goods and vegetarian eats to New American cuisine and craft beer.


There are plenty of local shops in Kanab where you can find art, gifts, furniture, outdoor supplies, and clothing. If you’re hoping to find Western-inspired memorabilia to bring home with you, Kanab is sure to have what you’re looking for.


Kanab is located within driving distance of three major airports and one small airport. If you’re traveling by plane, you can rent a vehicle at the airport to get to Kanab. While it’s best to have your own vehicle in Kanab, there are a few taxi services you can utilize if needed. Currently, Kanab does not offer a public transportation service.


The city of Kanab has four distinct seasons with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. During the summer, temperatures range from the 60s to the 90s. The most popular time to visit Kanab is between June and September when the weather is warm and sunny. During the winter, temperatures range between the 20s and 40s with frequent snowfall between December and March. Before your trip, be sure to check the weather and road conditions so you can plan accordingly.


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