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Kanab, UT

Small town of about 4,000 people situated in a beautiful location between Zion, Brice and the Grand Canyon. The Holiday Inn express is probably the best place to stay in town. Rocking V and Vermillion 45 are the two best places in town for dinner and the Kanab Creek Bakery is a great option for breakfast and lunch. Escobar’s is a pretty decent Mexican restaurant.

Stop by the BLM visitor center in town for info on local attractions.

Kanab makes a nice base for visiting the following places:

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument - has three separate locations worth visiting

     North Coyote Buttes/The Wave - Worth building a trip around if you can get one of the permits to visit it. See my blog post.

     South Coyote Buttes - Also requires a permit, but one that is easier to secure. 

     White Pocket - Surreal landscape, no permit required but hard to reach.

Permits are required for both North and South Coyote Buttes. There is a monthly lottery, three months in advance for 10 permits a day for North Coyote and another lottery in the BLM Office in Kanab for another 10 permits for the following day. You can get a permit three months in advance for South Coyote on line, only 20 per day are issued and they go fast.

Here’s the link with instructions on getting a permit.

A 4WD vehicle is needed to reach these three destinations. You can rent one from Xpress Rent a Car in Kanab.

Another alternative is to do a guided tour using Dreamland Safaris. They run day and overnight trips to a variety of locations in the Kanab area.

Wire Pass & Buckskin Gulch

Wire Pass is a short 3 1/2 mile round trip day hike through a slot canyon, you reach this location from the same trailhead as the one for the Wave, on House Rock Road. 

Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world and requires a four day hike to complete, ending in Lees Ferry. 

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