Things to do in Kanab

Kanab is full of adventure. Every time we visit we find so many fun things to do in the area. We often get asked what to do in Kanab that doesn’t require a 4×4 vehicle. Since we don’t own one, we decided to gather all of the places we love to visit in and around Kanab that are car accessible. Here is our list. We can’t wait to visit again and add more to our list of Things to do in Kanab.

Jacob Hamblin Park

This park is right in town and is a great spot for a picnic and a little bit of play.

Little Hollywood Movie Museum

Did you know many movies have been filmed near Kanab? This free museum has some old sets, and is like an old west town.

Kanab Sand Caves

Also known as the Moqui Caverns, the Kanab Sand Caves are old mining spots, and are super fun to explore. There is a bit of a scramble up slick rock, so wear good shoes.

Sand Dune Arch

Not to be confused with the Sand Dune Arch in Arches, this arch stands alone and is an easy hike through the sand.

Belly of the Dragon

An old tunnel under the road has become known as the Belly of the Dragon. This is a quick stop on your way to or from Kanab.

Kanab Dinosaur Tracks

The Kanab Dinosaur tracks are a steep, but short climb to the top of a flat ridge. There are quite a few great dinosaur tracks to see .

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is an amazing place working hard to rescue pets and animals. There are many free tours to learn more, plus beautiful scenic drives through the sanctuary.

Hidden Lake

If you stop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, make sure to hike to Hidden Lake. It is such a neat spot to explore.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

We think the sand is more of a salmon orange color, but the sand dunes are fun to visit no matter the color. Especially if you go sand sledding.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon

One of our favorite slot canyons in Utah because it is easy and narrow. Red Hollow Slot Canyon is a great first slot hike for families.

The Toadstools

The Toadstools hike is part of Grand Staircase-Escalante, but it is near Kanab. It is a flat hike with no shade, but a fun destination.

Nautilus Hike

The Nautilus is a unique white swirl in the rock. We had so much fun searching for this hidden spot in the rocks.

CatStair Canyon Car Stacks

If you go to Kanab, you need to stop at the car stacks. There is a beautiful little canyon and huge stacks of cars. Use the map to find the parking spot.

Pipe Spring National Monument

We love visiting the National Park Service Sites. So when we saw Pipe Spring was only 25 minutes from Kanab, we visited and learned a lot about the history of the area and the people who settled here.

Glen Canyon Dam

This is the furthest adventure from Kanab that we are including on this list, but the Glen Canyon Dam tour was amazing. And seeing Lake Powell is also worth a little drive!

Peek A Book Slot Canyon Tour

Visiting Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon near Kanab is tricky even with a 4 wheel drive vehicle because of the sand driving, and the maze of turns. We chose to go on a tour with Dreamland Safaris and it was awesome!


We have tried two awesome restaurants in the Kanab area. We recommend both of them.

Houston’s Trail’s End Restaurant

Houstons’ Trail’s End Restaurant has a huge variety of food. They have been cooking their good old homemade meals since 1945.

Thunderbird Restaurant

The Thunderbird Restaurant is known for their sign and ho-made pies. The pies are delicious! We tried all the flavors. And the food is yummy, too!

If you are looking for more ideas, check out our Things to do near Zion post. It has some of these spots, and more. There are a few adventures we have on our list in Kanab for next time:

  • Wire Pass
  • Big Water Dinosaur Museum

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  1. Vickie Warner

    What can you do if you have a 4×4 vehicle.

    1. Natalie Ockey

      You can do anything with a 4×4 vehicle. There are lots of hikes that require this type of vehicle to access. There are also lots of ATV trails. We don’t own a vehicle like that, so we don’t have a ton of information about this. But you can check out the Kanab tourism site for more information: