Kanab Off The Beaten Path

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 12, 2012

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    This a gem on a park. Small and really consists of just huge sand dunes that you can explore. Motorized vehicles are permitted so the best time to visit this park is a week day maybe early in the morning.

    You can find Moqui balls here very easily but leave them behind. It is a state law not to remove these items.

    Showers are available.

    This park is locate out of the eastern entrance.

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    Caves In Kanab Canyon

    by briantravelman Written Oct 16, 2010

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    About 6 miles north of the city lies Kanab Canyon. The canyon contains several sand stone caves nestled in the cliff side. The caves are located just down the road from Moqui Caves.
    To find them just take Highway 89, and you can't miss them. These caves are as wild as wild gets. There are no trails, or anything. To get to them you have to park your car on the side of the road and walk to them. The nicest caves are nestled on top of a large sandstone cliff and a bit of climbing is required. When you do decided to clmib up to the caves, be really careful as the sandstone is slick and crumbly and it's really easy to slip. If you're having trouble getting to them, don't push yourself. Retrace your steps and find an easier path. Once you do get up to the caves, they are deffinately worth it.
    If climbing is a little too adventurous for you, there are a few caves a little closer to the ground that you can visit, but the ones on top of the cliff are deffinately the nicest.
    The caves are on public land, so you don't have to worry about trespassing, but some bush wackng is required. Watch out for rattlesnakes and scorpions, and make sure you bring a flashlight. Even though the caves are right by the road, getting to them takes longer then you think, so make sure you bring a bottle of water.

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    Vermilion Cliffs

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    This pristine area of 293,000 acres is a side treasure not to far from Kanab. It is separated by Hwy 89 north end and Hwy 89A to the south end. It is a 50 miles stretch of red buttes and preserved area. A small number come each year to the interior to hike and camp. Only 25,000 visitors a year do come here because it is so remote. NO paved roads go through the territory, and the others are sand/clay and dangerous in some weather issues. It is operated by Bureau of Land Management since 1984 when it became preserved site. Hardly any road maintenance is done on the roads. There are a number of rough hikes that can be taken into the interior. It requires skills in hiking 10+ miles, climbing, rappelling, and scrambling in some instances. 4WD vehicles can get into some areas. YOu need a permit to stay long of go in deep to the land area.

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    Paria Movie Set-Townsite

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Rough washboard road for 5-FIVE miles
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    I should have listened to the visitor center guide who forewarned of the concern for getting to this site. Unfortunately, she did not emphasize enough the difficulty. The location is about 35 miles from Kanab on Hwy 89, and turn south and to go 5 miles down a "dirt" road. Well that was actually sand and clay base and treacherous climbing up one lane hills with no leeway for turnaround of vehicles.
    I would not try to see the site, unless you are a risk taker. The turnoff is also about 40 miles west of Page on Hwy 89. It is part of the Vermilion Cliffs BLM park. The side road is 5 miles south.

    Since I got so far in, I was stuck because there was no place to turn around. Next thing I knew I was climbing a hill that had a narrow lane and deep ruts all over. The overhang was a sheer drop of about 100 feet. I got over that, and then going down the hill was confronted with a creek bed. It was wet, but not much; I thought. Well that clay grabs onto the tire tread, and that was the end of it. I had not traction at all. Needless to say. I worked on getting ready to climb back up that hill to get out of there pronto. It took 4 tries and a grinding/burning transmission, but made it out.
    OH, by the way, there is no movie set. The last two buildings are ruins and vandals burned the rest. There is only a plaque describing how it used to be. I did not intend to go any further to the townsite from there, but it is apparently also ruins and not much left.

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    Escalante Grand Staircase

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    Kanab is at the southern center of a huge preserved area that is still preserved from tourism intrusion as much as possible. The area is 1.9 million acre; or 2968 square miles; maybe the biggest area in the Government rec areas. It is managed by Bureau of Land Management since 1984 when dedicated to save the territory from destruction. That was over done in my opinion in some regards because the locals used to use three main roads that cut through the area to get to the other north end. That span is averaging around 5-60 miles in most cases. Now that the roads are not maintained by the Government body. the roads have deteriorated to a degree that it is difficult to get through one end to the other. I tried and it is mind boggling how scared you can get when no one is around and you are stranded miles away from any people contact. It is surreal.

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    Lees Ferry

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 24, 2009

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    This area is off Hwy 89A, and about 80 miles from Kanab. The intersection of Hwy 89 to Hwy 89A is south of town, and connects. This park is operated by the National Park Service, and mostly used for rafters and kayaks docking here to start a trip, or ending here. It connects with the Vermilion Cliffs region. There are some hiking areas, which I took for 3 miles and old buildings from the time when this was the ferry across the river.
    The area and crossing was started as a business in 1871 by John D. Lee, a Mormon. This was one of few that crossing the Colorado on a relatively flat terrain was present. They moved the crossing once to another spot, and therefore have various living quarters. The ferry continued in use until 1910. The ferry is t the confluence of the Colorado meeting the muddy Paria River, and that is why the Colorado gets muddy brown look for quite a way.

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    The Moquith Mountains and History

    by WinInZion Written Mar 31, 2008
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    There a two prominent pictograph sites in the Moquith Mtns. Both require a HC 4Wd and some skill.
    The rangers at Coral Pink Sand dunes can give you maps. Don't try these unprepared!

    The Indian Springs site is the easiest and requires about 6 miles of sandy road to the TH. From there it's less than a mile to the drawings, These are in a protected alcove and there is a fence to keep out vandals.

    The Water Canyon site requires a lot of work and if hiking it will be a long day. We took our Jeep in with a few others and it is some very rugged country. Ask at Coral Pink.

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    The Moquith Mountains and History

    by WinInZion Written Mar 31, 2008

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    There a two prominent pictograph sites in the Moquith Mtns. Both require a HC 4Wd and some skill.
    The rangers at Coral Pink Sand dunes can give you maps. Don't try these unprepared!

    The Indian Springs site is the easiest and requires about 6 miles of sandy road to the TH. From there it's less than a mile to the drawings, These are in a protected alcove and there is a fence to keep out vandals.

    The Water Canyon site requires a lot of work and if hiking it will be a long day. We took our Jeep in with a few others and it is some very rugged country. Ask at Coral Pink.

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    Old Paria Movie Set

    by mikehanneman Written Nov 8, 2006

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    Nice scenery
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    My friend Win, said he thought the movie set was accidently burnt down this fall.

    Even if it was, it is worth your time to stop by and check out the scenery. There will be a sign off highway 89. Most maps show the area too. It is probably about 4 miles or so to get back to the movie set area.

    If the road is muddy and you don't have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you might want to skip it.

    It is very attractive scenery and not congested either.

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    Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    by goingsolo Written Jan 6, 2005
    Kanab

    This animal sanctuary located in Kanab has received a good deal of publicity due to its altruistic aims. The sanctuary refuses to kill injured or unwanted animals. Although the santuary relies heavily upon donations, tours of the grounds are offered at no charge.

    According to the best friends' literature, there are about 1,500 animals at the sanctuary on any given day. Some stay for only a brief period of time, but those who remain injured or homeless remain at the sanctuary for the remainder of their days.

    Best Friends is located 5 miles north of Kanab on Hwy 89.

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    Moqui Cave

    by goingsolo Updated Jan 6, 2005
    Kanab

    Moqui Cave, not shown in the photo, is an underground museum which features artifacts from the Anasazi Indians who once inhabited the area. The 200 foot sandstone cave is impressive in itself. But anyone interested in Natve American history and culture will definitely want to see the pottery, artifacts and reconstructed exhibits from the Pueblo period.

    Moqui Cave is located just north of the town of Kanab along hwy 89.

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