Being that Kanab is surrounded by a staggering array of National Parks, State Parks, and National Monuments, it's a easy choice to pack up the kids for a family getaway.  With many family-friendly options you could spend a lifetime here.  But, if your time is limited, here is a suggested itinerary for a pretty great 3-day trip.

Day 1

Houston’s Trails End

Start the day off right with breakfast from Houston’s. This charming Western-themed eatery offers generous portions of classic American cuisine in a cozy atmosphere that has stood the test of time.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

After breakfast, head to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes to explore breathtaking scenery and 1,200 acres of vibrant pink sand. You can try sandboarding, ATV riding, hiking and more.

Moqui Cave

Check out the dinosaur tracks, Native American artifacts, and the fluorescent mineral display.  Spend some time in the gift and rock shop.

Big Al’s Burgers

Take a break for lunch at a beloved community hotspot that is family-owned and operated, offering a delectable selection of burgers, fries, and an array of milkshake flavors to satisfy any palate.

Jacob Hamblin Park

Less than a mile from beautiful downtown Kanab is Jacob Hamblin Park. Here you can cool off in the splash pad, play volleyball, basketball or tennis and then take a dip in the pool. There is also a pump track for bikes and scooters. Keep the kids busy while you take some time to relax and unwind from your busy day.


Escobar’s is a local favorite that serves a variety of Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas. The restaurant is known for its flavorful food, friendly staff and casual atmosphere.


Comfort Suites offers a family-friendly environment with a range of amenities designed for travelers seeking value, comfort and convenience. Each room is equipped with a flat screen TV, air conditioning and a refrigerator as well as complimentary WIFI and breakfast, while our seasonal pool adds extra enjoyment to your Kanab trip.

Day 2

Start off right

Have breakfast at Adria’s Restaurant.  Come and discover our inviting ambiance while indulging in classic American comfort food. Our menu boasts delicious offerings such as juicy burgers, savory cowboy cheesesteak, and refreshing salads. Quench you thirst with our selection of wine, beer and liquor while enjoying some evening entertainment on select nights of the week.

Dinosaur Tracks

Start out with and easy, kid-friendly hike! Over 20 species of dinosaurs have been discovered in this area. 185 million year old tracks from different types of animals are preserved her in slick rock outcrops.

Sand Caves

These man-made caves are easily accessed and can be seen from Highway 89.  The hike itself is an easy half mile round trip. While exploring these caves, you will notice much graffiti, please do not add to or deface them any further.

Belly of the Dragon

Next stop is quite the adventurous, scenic, little hike. This carved tunnel passes under highway 89 and is used for drainage from the upper canyons. DO NOT enter under rainy conditions.

Lunch in the Valley

Head north to Orderville where you will find many options to choose from for a great lunch! Archie’s Food to Die For, The Rock Stop Tacos, Shop Coffee Co. and Soup Town Café to name a few.

Return to Kanab

Enjoy some time at the Jacob Hamblin Park, with a playground, splash pad, skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, and swimming pool it’s sure to keep the kids busy while you take some time to relax and unwind from your busy day.

Lotsa Motsa Pizza

Lotsa Motsa makes pizzas and other menu items with signature fresh, daily-made dough and high quality ingredients, resulting in a flavor that must be tasted to be believed. Enjoy dinner with a delicious, fresh pizza, salad or other offerings.


Enjoy a walk along Center Street in downtown Kanab.  Do some shopping at Denny’s Wigwam, Gifts of the West, Duke’s, Small Town Sage and more.  Stop by the Soda Fountain at Kanab Drug for an ice cream sundae or milkshake.  Finish off the evening at Nature’s Showcase for a one-of-a-kind sandstone souvenir.

Stay Overnight

Hampton Inn features an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. Guests can enjoy free Wi Fi and parking, along with amenities such as laundry facilities and a business center. Each room comes with a flat screen TV and seating area to relax after a long day of exploring.

Day 3

Jakey Leigh’s Café and Bakery

Jakey Leigh’s Café and Bakery in Kanab is the perfect spot for a sweet treat, with outdoor seating available. This casual eatery offers carry-out and affordable prices, as well as nearby parking.

Animal Encounters

Visit the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals. Take a guided tourof the santuary to learn about their work and meet some of the animals.  All the animals are sure to be a hit with the kids!

Brown Box

Have lunch where they take pride in offering fresh in house, family recipes. In addition to their delicious homemade ice cream, they also offer a variety of treats such as Grandma’s sweet rolls, fresh, thick and chewy cookies, gourmet grilled cheese, soup and salad. Additionally, there are gifts and crafts made from all over Utah in the shop.


Enjoy an afternoon playing in the water at Jackson Flat Reservoir. Enjoy this peaceful and relaxing setting surrounded by great views. Jackson Flat offers fishing, swimming, clean bathrooms, boulder climbing rocks, volleyball court, outdoor gym and Frisbee golf. In the colder months take a scenic walk around the paved, 3 mile Sherry Belle Trail that loops around the reservoir.


For dinner, try Luo’s Café. This Chinese restaurant is great for families and offers a range of authentic Chinese dishes make with the freshest ingredients.

Crescent Moon

Catch a movie at the charming Crescent Moon Theater, Kanab’s only theater to show new releases. Great for the family to unwind after a full day of adventure.


Stay overnight at the Best Western Red Hills. This comfortable, family friendly hotel features a complimentary breakfast buffet, 24 hour fitness room and seasonal outdoor pool with a hot tub.

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