Kanab, Snow Canyon, and Red Cliffs

With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile Snow Canyon Park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers.
Kanab Utah

Big sky country near Kanab, Utah by Frank Kovalchek [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Go Where the Locals Go

Kanab, Utah

Kanab lies south of Zion on the east side and is most famous for the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (435) 644-2001, the country’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. The sanctuary is open for tours. Its isolation has become a drawing point for outdoor enthusiasts and filmmakers who appreciate its historic beauty.

Western writer Zane Gray lived in Kanab in 1912 when he wrote his most famous novel, Riders of the Purple Sage.

Snow Canyon State Park

Almost half a million visitors visit Snow Canyon State Park each year, and it isn’t for the snow. (It got its name from early settlers Lorenzo and Erastus Snow.) With 15 miles of trails through coral-colored Navajo sandstone interspersed with snow white cliffs, dark lava flows and bright red sand dunes, the five-mile park draws rock climbers, photographers, spelunkers, RVers and hikers. The traditional southwest blue green foliage and sporadic water feature add to the scenic beauty. Between 200 and 1250 A.D., the Puebloans lived in the area leaving numerous signs of their inhabitation.

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Just north of St. George on both sides of I-15 lies the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, 62,000 acres of Great Blue Heron; eagles, hawks and kestrels; roadrunners; hummingbirds; songbirds; kingbirds; lizards, geckos, chuckwallas and Gila monsters; snakes, sidewinders and rattlesnakes; deer, jackrabbits and squirrels; as well as fox, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Springdale, Utah

Springdale is another popular cultural center and serves as the entry to Zion. The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater serves as the home for concerts, symphony performances and dances. The Bumbleberry Inn Playhouse offers a variety of gay musical productions and the Native American Center showcases drumming dancing and story telling native to the area.

Hurricane, Utah

Hurricane is becoming known for its superb mountain biking and as the entrance to Toroweep, the Grand Canyon’s wild northern rim experience.



Horseback Riding Red Canyon & Beyond

There are many excellent trail riding adventures within the national parks, national forest and other public lands throughout the region.


Explore a Slot Canyon

Zion possesses one of the areas richest treasure troves for intrepid explorers willing to match their wits, their legs and their fingers against Mother Nature.


Canyons of Zion National Park

The high cliffs of Zion were formed about four million years ago through a process where layers of rock were broken, pushed up and on their side

Sunrise over Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.

National Parks Bordering Utah

There many national parks nearby in addition to Utah's five. Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon are very close and worth the extra drive.

Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah near Zion

Tuacahn Amphitheatre near Zion

40-miles west of Zion National Park, enjoy an amphitheater with 1,500-foot red-rock cliffs. Hear the sounds of music echoing from the canyon walls.

White Pocket in Utah

The Wave vs. White Pocket

The Utah-Arizona border is full of colorful rock formations. Most have hear of the "Wave" but are unaware of the surrounding formations just as jaw-dropping


Zion, the Birthplace of Canyoneering

Zion and the nearby area offer a wealth of climbing opportunities, both guided and unguided. The Narrows may be the birthplace of canyoneering.

Red Mountain Resort near St. George, Utah.

Red Mountain Resort near Zion National Park

In a landscape of vivid red rock cliffs and canyons, the resort has everything you need to relax and rediscover your passion for adventure. Get 10% off with code UTAH.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

7 State Parks in Southern Utah

Utah has 43 state parks and recreation areas that includes everything from historic Puebloan ruins to wetlands to wildlife viewing areas.