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    climb the dunes at dusk

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 17, 2009

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    Though there is an informative walk through the dunes with signs explaining some of the nuances of life in the desert, the most rewarding hike is to just tramp along in the dunes. It's quite a workout so don't underestimate it. There are no trails per se so keep an eye on the parking area though if you get up high you shouldn't have a problem finding your way back to your car or tent! Doing it mid-day is not the best choice for two reasons. First, it's a lot hotter and you'll need to carry ample water. Second, the light is not its best so go at dawn or dusk for the best experience, and picture.

    D clmbing the dunes for a bird's eye view
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    Historic Town Tour

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    They have a tour set up to see the older homes along a couple of streets near the Visitor Center. The tour is nice, and the homes preserved, and locals are pround of their heritage in settling this town. There are 5 basic restored homes along 1st Street South and Main St. They have a little literature for the history of each. Other sites on the tour spread around the town and the walk could take 1+ hours to see all. The pictures below are of a couple of the preserved homes. Some others are actually now closed, or "modified" to something else. Heritage House is open for tours in summer and on National Register. The home is from around 1885 era. The other house is called Rider-Pugh house. It is a Victorian from 1892, and descendants still live in the house today.

    Layout of the Home tour Walking Tour of 15 sites in town Heritage House Rider-Pugh House
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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes and more

    by WinInZion Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    OK, you're in Kanab and you have a day to play. Just head north to Hancock Rd on the left and proceed to the end, make a left and the Park entrance is a mile or so on the left. Go play in the dunes (careful of ATV's), do the nature trail, pretty cool. The footprints of different animals are all over the dunes, must be alive at night.

    After the turn off of 89, about 8/10ths miles in you'll see a unique rock formation on the right. If you have 4WD you can easily drive to it but it is sandy! Last time I was there, people were camped, so be courteous. If you walk downhill from the formation you'll see another large rock ahead, go behind it and you'll find a very cool arch. I recently told a Park Ranger about that arch and he didn't know about it. Now you do! See my pictures, they'll help with recognizing the turn.

    At the park visitors center get a map to the Indian Canyon petroglyphs. This will require a 4WD vehicle, it is VERY sandy. If you don't have experience driving in sand don't do this trail.
    I stop about a half mile from the trailhead and park at a small wash on the left. The hike is sandy but pretty easy, it does have Sun exposure. At the trailhead you head down into the canyon. There no trail markings but the trail of use is easy to follow. The reward at the end is an alcove with some terrific petroglyphs. Take some time to look at them, there are alot there. These are behind a fence so please take just pictures.

    My wife on the Dunes. The rock to look for off of 89, on the right. View from the hike to the Petroglphs. Part of the petroglyph wall.
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    Little Hollywood Movie Set

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    This is a saved movie set that was used for a number of cowboy movies filmed here. One more notable was Outlaw Josie Wales portrayed by Clint Eastwood. The town of Kanab had 300 cowboy movies made over years 1930 to 1990. Many times the set went out to the outback and rustic pristine areas in the region. I would not want to venture to see some of those because you get stuck in a vehicle on sandy roads. I did get stuck by the Paria movie set on Hwy 89 about 60 miles from Kanab. It was risky to get to the site, in my opinion
    This set is behind a gift shop and the entrance is free. It is at the North/west end of town on main street. The ulterior motive is to sell you some gifts in the shop that you have to walk through to see the set. It was small and merely a set up of small buildings, making it look like a bigger life setting that it was.

    Main entrance to the gift shop/movie set Main street of buildings You need a livery for the horses Adobe home used in the Indian attack
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    Moqui Cave

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 25, 2009

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    The Hopi interpretation for the name is "dead" in their language. This is a gift store and museum type store about 6 miles north of town on Hwy 89. It is unique to say the least. It was, unfortunately closed when I was in town. This is form the outside and a picture I found of inside. The Chamberlain family has operated this place for years and they are descendants of town founders. The sad part is the father went to prison for polygamy. He had 6 wives and 55 children. So why wouldn't the chance of someone being related around Kanab?
    The cave inside is 200 feet deep. It has the largest collection of dinosaur tracks. They also have Indian artifacts, arrowheads, rocks and minerals stones.
    It is open MOnday-Saturday 9-7PM

    Entrance to the cave-gift shop Brochure on the cave View of cave carved into the rock Inside Picture of the seating area.
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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes

    by mikehanneman Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    I drove to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State park outside of Kanab. It was a bit of a drive off the highway to get there. 10 to 15 minutes at any rate.

    This is a State Park so you will have to pay $5.00 to enter. It is just kind of odd to see pink sand dunes in SW Utah.

    Worth seeing at least once.

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    Kanab Heritage Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 25, 2009

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    This museum was closed when I was there, but I got information for when you return. It is a cultural center that has some local art works and some town artifacts. This used to be an old school and not very big. From what I learned, there is not a lot inside to make a long tour of it. Admission is free.

    Brochure of location
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    Local Animal Characterizations

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    There are a number of animal statues and carvings around town that are of interest. These are some of those. They all are different and unique and have significant meaning to the locals. The main theme is to memorialize the movie set history around the area-and then the others? for tourism purposes. Buffalo used to be on the range around here, but no longer; only the memory and statues are left now.

    Film wrapped buffalo by visitor center Steel Stallions by Denny's Wigwam Many Stuffed animals inside Denny's Carved Kodiak Bear in Denny's Wigwam front Figurines in front of movie set/gift shop
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    Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    This is a large complex off Hwy 89 north of Kanab about 5 miles. A turn off and going down a side road take you to the complex. It is set up to take care of abandoned animals. It is the largest animal sanctuary in the US, and has an average of 1700 animals here at one time. A lot are not visible and located in another close by location to here. I do not know how they get this far out in the remote terrain, but it is a large area. They have a corral for some animals, a gift shops and information center. There are also places to stay overnight. Tours are available of the grounds. They have 27,00 annual visitors. It has been in operation for 25 years

    Main entrance to the office Welcome parking by friendly bear
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    NATURE TRAIL

    by mtncorg Written Oct 3, 2005

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    Looping out a half mile through the coral pink sands, this nature trail reveals a lot about the nature of the dunes and the ecosystems in play here. Take your shoes off for a much more tactile experience. See my TL for more.

    Early morning mysteries Tracks through the ripples
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    Wire Pass

    by goodfish Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    We’d driven up here from Page 'cause we weren’t going to have time to hike it on our way to Zion. The plan was to escape the brutal heat with a fun day of combined scrambling though this 1.7 mile canyon plus 3-4 miles into connecting Buckskin Gulch. Both are in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, and the trail is an entry point for North Coyote Buttes and The Wave: a hiker’s dream destination accessible only with a frustratingly difficult-to-score lottery permit. Someday…!!!

    It turned out to be more work for a mere .5 mile worth of slot than we’d bargained for. Starting with a 34-mile drive west on 89, getting to the trailhead was a slow, painful rattle along eight miles of House Rock Valley Road: the BLM’s description of the thing as “unmaintained” was an understatement. A mile-long tromp in unshaded wash finally brought us to the mouth of the canyon’s narrows and an easy 1/2 mile through two slots - except for one block of chockstones that took some doing. Near the end, at the confluence with Buckskin, it opens up to a huge alcove with some petroglyphs, and on out to a wide area of towering red cliffs and open sky.

    Here we took a right into the more dramatic slots of the Gulch and ran into deep, nearly impassable mud and pools after just a few hundred feet or so. Rain the night before had turned the clay surface of the floor into a real mess that wasn’t just deep, it was like walking on glare ice. Nope. Pools we can handle but what promised to be an unending stretch of greasy muck got the better of us.

    About face: another wrestle over those chockstones; another mile in the wash; another teeth-rattling crawl on those 8 miles of “road”; 34 miles back to Page. In hindsight, I’d give this one a go only if you can do it enroute to Page from the north or Kanab/Zion from the south, and it’s been a dry stretch of weather. House Rock Valley Road will likely be impassable after rain, and it’s a good idea to stop into the Paria Contact Station (on 89, not far from the HRV Road turnoff) to check conditions before heading in.

    $6 per person fee but no permit needed: use the pay box, and sign in/out in the trailhead register. No water or other facilities. See the website below for directions.

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State...

    by 10eke Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
    Pinkish sand is eroded from the red stone cliffs to create the sand dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. You can walk in the dunes and play in the sand, unfortunately I lost an earring 'somewhere' in the sand. So if anyone finds an earring over there, please send me an E-mail!
    This is of the same trip with the overexposed pictures :-((

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    by goodfish Updated Jan 16, 2015

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    My first sand dunes! It was sort of a smallish piece of windswept desert, and there weren’t any camels or palm trees but a few very decent piles all the same. We made this 22-mile detour off 89 on our way to Zion one morning, and spent a couple of hours wading around, snapping pictures and guessing what sort of creatures had left their tracks in the fine, pink-ish drifts. A few of those critters - beetles, lizards and a tarantula - were scrambling around for their breakfast but, although telltale sidewinding patterns marked their presence, the snakes were hiding.

    High winds channel tiny grains of red Navajo sandstone through a cleft between the surrounding mountains, and drop them into this valley where they’ve collected into continually shifting hills which can move up to 50 feet a year. There is a walkway and viewing platform if you’re not into getting your shoes or toes full of the stuff but a plod around in it is good - abet laborious - fun. And I usually HATE hiking in sand.

    There’s a small visitor center, restrooms, picnic area, nature trail and campground, and ATV riding/sand boarding is allowed on most of the dunes: there’s a rental company on the north end of the park:

    http://utahatvtour.com/index.html

    Kids along? They’ll love a romp in this giant sandbox! Just give ‘em a good dusting off before letting them back in the car.

    See the website below for entry and camping fees, hours and other information.

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    Frontier Movie Town

    by filipdebont Written Sep 30, 2007

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    Enkel de foto werd gepost, in afwachting van de informatie, deze informatie komt wat later.

    bedankt voor uw bezoek en tot nog eens.

    I have just posted the photograph, the text with more information will follow later on

    Thanks for your visit and you are welcome to revisit later on.

    Frontier Movie Town
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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is definitely worth a side trip if you are exploring southern Utah. Its highlight is a large area of sand dunes that are pink in color due to the fact that the sand was formed from the erosion (by the wind) of red sandstone rock. You can hike among the dunes to your heart's content, wlthough beware - the sand is hot! For those not willing to get sand in their shoes, there is a boardwalk that you can walk on.

    The boardwalk and dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes p Anna at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Anna exploring the pink sand dunes Mike Lisa, and Anna at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State The pink sand dunes
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