Activities Around Kanab
More Activities in the Kanab Area
Grand Canyon North Rim
The Grand Canyon North Rim overshadows the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in subtle ways. The North Rim is enhanced by extreme erosion, faster uplift, a better view of sub-canyons and the higher altitude results in cooler weather which is welcome during the sizzling summers of the Southwest desert. The North Rim has more rain and vegetation growth than the South Rim, but the most important factor is the secluded location of the North Rim means fewer visitors and more space for you! Only about ten-percent of the parks annual five-million visitors come to the North Rim. Also of importance is that Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah are only a short drive away.
The Grand Canyon is divided into four sections: The South Rim, the North Rim, Tuweep and Marble Canyon. The South Rim is highly visited due to its accessibility while the North Rim is isolated on the remote and lofty Kaibab Plateau. The view point at Point Imperial, on the North Rim, is the highest overlook on either rim; the elevation is a whopping 8,803 ft. Only eleven short miles, as the bird flies, separate the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon and less than one-mile at Tuweep. However, for those of us who cannot fly, the drive is 215 miles or the hike is 21 miles to get from one rim to the other rim. Camping near or staying at Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the canyon, near the Colorado River is a real treat.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park in Utah, is a land of unlimited recreation and better hiking is not found anywhere. Zion’s trails range from easy strolls along the Lower Emerald Pools to intense paths like Angels Landing. Atop this lofty peak you will be eye level with the towering Great White Throne and other magnificent monoliths of Zion Canyon. Angels Landing can be hiked almost year-round. Beyond hiking, climbers flock to the park to scale the walls, canyoneers come to drop into dark, skinny slot canyons including the world renowned Zion Narrows and backpackers arrive ready to explore the East and the West Rims. Some explore the natural arches found on the in the park and others head to the Kolob sections see the world’s 2nd longest arch or the enjoy the spectacular scenic drives.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is located southeast of Zion National Park between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab. It rims the Arizona border on the southwest corner of Utah. From Mount Carmel Junction, turn south on Highway 89. Follow the highway for 3 miles to the signed turn-off to the dunes. Continue on this road to the park entrance. If you don’t turn here, but continue on the same road the pavement will give-way to dirt and gravel after it leaves Kane County and enters the Arizona border. The road comes out on Highway 389 near the communities of Hildale and Colorado City.