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Must-Do Hikes in Kanab, Utah

Hikes in Kanab

Kanab is filled with breathtaking sandstone formations, it’s rich in history, and has lured filmmakers to its location for nearly 80 years.

You’ll find everything from abandoned film sets turned into tourist attractions, a museum set inside a cave, killer hiking adventures for the entire family, unique accommodations to rest your head, and much, much more.

Kanab, Utah

Not only could you spend weeks in this area and not experience everything, but there’s a big bonus:

Kanab is also the perfect base camp for adventures surrounding the area in every direction. 

Staying in Kanab will give you easy access to The Grand Canyon, Bryce National Park, and Zion National Park, just to name a few. Not to mention you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Page, AZ area that has a ton of unique hikes and things to see all in itself.

Let’s just say, the adventure possibilities are endless.

So, without further ado, I bring to you…

The Top 5 must-do hikes in Kanab

1. Belly of the Dragon

Belly of the Dragon

Easy to get to and breathtaking to see, people of all ages can take this short walk and tiny scramble to see this epic tunnel.

Chances are, if you’ve been to the Kanab area, you probably drove right over it and didn’t even know!

Click here for all the info you need to go see it for yourself:

2. Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin gulch

Buckskin Gulch is a slot canyon that spans for FIFTEEN straight miles! 

You read that right. 

You can do as much or as little of it as you’d like, but you won’t want to skip this one while you’re in Kanab.

Click here for directions, photos, insights, and more:

3. Toadstool Hoodoos

Toadstool Hoodoos

Mother Nature is rad.

Aside from the geology behind them, these bad boys are definitely something you’ll want to witness with your own eyeballs.

Hoodoos here range in size from the height of an average human to heights exceeding a 10-story building.

Who do the hoodoo?

You do.

Click here to learn from my mistakes and GO:

4. Moqui Caverns/Kanab Sand Caves

Sand Caves Kanab

These caves go by the name “Sand Caves”, “Moqui Caverns” or “Moqui Sand Caves”, depending on who you ask.

As for me, I just call them awesome.

These awesome caves are an easy, 1-mile out-and-back hike that the entire family can enjoy together.

See the info, save the post, and go:

5. The Wave


While you’re in the area, absolutely try your luck at The Wave lottery.

I tried the online lottery 7 times and never got it. I got the walk-in lottery on my first try.

Read about this epic place, learn how to get a permit, and be the envy of all your friends when you take photos like the one above.

Read all about it and go:

6. Page, Arizona (I'm cheating)

Page, Arizona

As obviously stated in the title, this isn’t Kanab. HOWEVER, it’s only a 1-hour drive. 

So if you’re this close to the area and don’t see the following list, you’ll regret it.

Trust me.

I’m a doctor.

Spoiler alert: this post includes the famous Horseshoe Bend, the historic Navajo Bridge, the breathtaking Wahweap Overlook, Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, and the even more famous Lake Powell.

Click here to see the top 5 unique things to do near Page, AZ:

Where to stay in Kanab

Kanab Lodging
Kanab Lodging

I’ve always been a sucker for unique places to stay. Like the time I stayed in a broke down hippy bus or slept in a covered wagon at Zion National Park.

Kanab was no different for me, so when I stumbled across this AWESOME tiny house, I fell in love.

Kanab Lodging
Kanab Lodging

I mean seriously, guys. 

How freaking cute is this place?

It has all the simple luxuries you need: a mini-fridge, a coffee maker (with coffee and tea provided), a microwave, a flat-screen TV, and more.

Add a tiny house to your list of adventures to Kanab!

What are you waiting for?

Book here:

In summary...

The entire Southern Utah/Page, Arizona area is breathtaking and worth every mile you drive and every step you take to see it.

And in case I didn’t give you a full enough list of hikes to do, hop over and check out all the epic, lesser-known hikes near Zion National Park, HERE.

Now go forth and wander, my friends.

Happy trailblazing!


8 Responses

  1. Wow! Didn’t know those slot canyons spanned for 15 miles! That’s pretty incredible! I also realized that I’ve never been to Page, Arizona! Every time I read your posts I realize what a slacker I am! But never to late for exploring!!

    1. It happens to the best of us! Never too late to go see it, especially when it’s so close by!

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! The belly of the dragon and buckskin gulch look especially awesome! I’ve tried the wave lottery many times as well with no luck. But I’ve been to most of your stops in Page! What a beautiful part of the country. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks Clarissa! Appreciate all the kind words! Thanks for checking out the article! ♥️

  3. We have camped in the backcountry here several times. The part of the country is really beautiful! The Wave is now on my list for sure!

    1. That’s awesome! And yes, you should try for The Wave! The great thing about it is that there’s so much to do in the area that even if you don’t do it, you won’t be disappointed with everything else!