Hotels and Camping
Most of the lodgings in Kanab are in modest family-run motels. Reservations are a good idea during the busy summer months. All of the motels and campgrounds are on U.S. 89, which follows 300 West, Center Street, 100 East, and 300 South through town.
The Sun-N-Sand Motel (347 South 100 East, 435/644-5050 or 800/654-1868, $42 and up) has a pool, free continental breakfast, kitchenettes, and very welcoming owners.
The Bob-Bon Inn (236 U.S. 89 N., 435/644-5094, http://bobboninn.com, $50 and up) is a renovated family-run motel with log-cabin-style rooms. The Quail Park Lodge (125 U.S. 89 N., 435/644-5094 or 866/702-8099, www.quailparklodge.com, $79 and up) has a pool and accepts pets. Recently upgraded, it's one of the nicer budget motels in town, with 50s-era kitsch and quality linens and toiletries.
One place in Kanab that varies from the usual motor-court formula is the Parry Lodge (89 E. Center St., 435/644-2601 or 800/748-4104, $67 and up). Built during Kanab's heyday as a movie-making center, the Parry Lodge was where the stars stayed; 60 years later, this is still a pleasantly old-fashioned place to spend the night, with lots of character. At the very least, you'll want to stroll through the lobby, where lots of photos of the celebrities who once stayed here are displayed. There are many room types, including two-bedroom units, a pool, and a restaurant.
A good midrange choice is the Four Seasons Motel (36 North 300 West, 435/644-2635, $90 and up), which has a pool and accepts pets. Another good bet is Aiken's Lodge (79 W. Center St., 435/644-2625 or 800/790-0380, www.aikenslodge.com, Mar.-Dec., $71 and up), also with a pool.
The rooms at Best Western Red Hills Motel (125 W. Center St., 435/644-2675 or 800/830-2675, www.bestwesternredhills.com, $106 and up) are a step up in comfort from Kanab's lower-priced digs. The motel has a pool and is within a short walk of restaurants.
New, and at the center of town, is the Holiday Inn Express (217 South 100 East, 435/644-3100, www.hiexpress.com, $113 and up) with large, nicely furnished rooms, an indoor pool and exercise facility, a business center, and a guest lounge with complimentary continental breakfast.
North of Kanab, at Mount Carmel Junction, is another Best Western. The Best Western East Zion Thunderbird Resort (435/648-2203, www.bestwestern.com, $107 and up), with a pool and restaurant, is convenient if you're heading to Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks.
Especially nice if you're traveling with a group that plans to spend several nights in Kanab are the pet-friendly Kanab Garden Cottages (various locations, 435/644-2020, www.kanabcottages.com). You have a choice of beautifully furnished, fully outfitted studios (from $69 per night, five-night minimum) or full-sized houses (from $160 double, three-night minimum) that can easily sleep up to eight, all within walking distance of town.
Northwest of Kanab, just a few miles east of Zion National Park, are the very appealing log cabins and lodges of the Zion Mountain Resort (E. Hwy. 9, 435/648-2555 or 866/648-2555, www.zionmountainresort.com, $150 and up). The cabins all have king beds with private bathrooms plus microwave and fridge; family lodges offer two or three bedrooms. The setting is great, with expansive views, a buffalo herd, and a decent on-site restaurant. Horseback riding and other outdoor recreation is offered.
The campground at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (435/648-2800 or 800/322-3770 for reservations, www.stateparks.utah.gov, $16) has restrooms with showers, paved pull-through sites, and a dump station. It's a pleasant, shady spot, but it can hum with ATV traffic. It's open all year, but the water is shut off from late October until Easter; winter campers must bring their own. Reservations are recommended for the busy Memorial Day-Labor Day season. The campground is about 10 miles due west of Kanab, but the two are not directly connected by a road. Turn west off U.S. 89 about 10 miles north of Kanab onto Hancock Road, and then follow it 12 miles to the campground. The route is well-marked with signs.
Just north of the state park, the BLM maintains Ponderosa Grove Campground on the north edge of the dunes ($5). There's no water here. From Kanab, head eight miles north on U.S. 89, turn west on Hancock Road (between Mileposts 72 and 73), and continue 7.3 miles to the campground.
The Kanab RV Corral (483 South 100 East, 435/644-5330, $30) has RV sites (no tents) with hot showers, a pool, and laundry service open all year. The Hitch'n Post RV Park (196 East 300 South, 435/644-2142 or 800/458-3516, May-Oct., $18 tents, $24 RVs) has showers. The Crazy Horse Campark (625 East 300 South, 435/644-2782, http://crazyhorservpark.com, mid-Apr.-late Oct., $16 tents, $25 RVs) has a pool, a store, a game room, and showers.
© W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell from Moon Utah, 9th Edition