Kanab’s first residents were Native Americans who lived in the area thousands of years ago. Spanish explorer Silvestre 'lez de Escalante visited the region in 1776. In 1870, ten Mormon families moved into the area and settled Kanab.
Kanab’s nickname is Little Hollywood because of the more than 100 movies filmed there. Deadwood Coach was the first movie to be filmed in Kanab, back in 1924.
Check out the Little Hollywood Movie Museum, located 297 W. Center Street. The museum is open daily from 9-5. Admission is free!
The movie set from the television show Gunsmoke still stands; you can see it in Johnson Canyon.
It’s easy to see why Hollywood considered vistas like this to be iconic of the Great American West.
Moqui Cave is on privately-owned land, near Kanab. You can tour it to see Native American artifacts and learn more about the first people in this area.
You'll find tons of hiking trails around Kanab.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is home to around 1,700 cats, dogs, horses, goats, pigs, birds, llamas and more. The non-profit organization helps prepare animals for adoption.
In addition to cats and dogs...
The sanctuary also houses other animals such as pigs...
...and even goats. While most animals will find new forever homes, some will stay at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. You can visit Best Friends for the day, or stay overnight.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1,880,461 acres. The area was declared a National Monument in 1996.
The monument provides tons of recreation, including hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and more.
Put Kanab on your list of places to visit this summer. Not only is it the gateway to tons of great Southern Utah recreation, the town itself is full of amazing attractions.