Kanab is a picturesque town in Southwest Utah that’s surrounded by an incredible array of National Parks, State Parks, and National Monuments, so it’s a no brainer to pack up the kids for a Kanab family getaway. However, for most people, a little adults-only adventure is needed every once in a while. Maybe that means hitting some more challenging trails or slot canyons. Maybe that means having dinner at a nice restaurant where the menu is as appreciated as the conversation. Or maybe that means a romantic weekend retreat. Whatever the case, here are some things to think about before packing your bags for an all-adult trip to Kanab…
1. Make Kanab your basecamp.
Whether you interest is hiking or mountain biking or road biking or canyoneering or outdoor photography or boating or ATVing or some combination thereof, Kanab is the perfect place to stay while you go out and explore each day. Bryce Canyon National Park is an hour and a half away. Zion National Park is 40 minutes away. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is just 20 minutes away. And Grand Staircase National Monument begins just outside of Kanab and stretches for more than 100 miles to the east. And then there’s Lake Powell, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Kaibab National Forest, and Cedar Breaks National Monument, and… well you get the picture.
And if you don’t feel like traveling at all, just hit one of the many trails that begin at the edge of town. When it comes to choosing an outdoor adventure, your options here are literally limitless.
2. Start your day right.
Kanab Creek Bakery
If you’re gonna spend your day exploring, you’re gonna need some fuel for that body of yours – and Kanab has plenty of great places to find it. Start your day with a gourmet coffee and a pastry from Jakey Leigh’s or the Kanab Creek Bakery. Or, if you head over to Willow Canyon Outdoor, you can pick up that piece of clothing or outdoor gear that you forgot at home and get yourself some good coffee.
3. Eat and drink like an adult.
What’s an all-adult trip without a great culinary experience? Whether you’ve spent all day wandering the shops of Kanab or have been out on a grand adventure of epic proportions, the time will come to reward yourself with an adult beverage and some really great food.
While the Iron Horse Restaurant and Saloon is technically Kanab’s only bar (a place where you can order a drink without having to order food) it also serves some great barbeque and what is most likely the largest steak in town – a 36-ounce ribeye called The John Wayne. Or, just a few blocks away, there are two restaurants that have the reputation of serving gourmet food as good as you’ll find in any major city – Sego, and The Rocking V Café. (Tip: Victor – the host and owner of the Rocking V – is a storytelling madman whose charm and hospitality are second-to-none.)
But wait, there’s more…
Admittedly, we haven’t even touched on the huge array of lodging options (large hotels, cottages, lodges, bed and breakfasts). Nor have we gotten into all the annual events in Kanab and surrounding Kane County. Or the fact that Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is just outside of town. (sigh) All that will have to wait for another article. Until then, you’ll want to go to visitsouthernutah.com and start planning your trip… your adults-only trip. ; )