Top Things to Do Near Monticello

Top Things to Do Near Monticello, Utah

Located just 40 miles from the entrance of the Canyonland’s Needles District, Monticello is a great base for hikers wishing to explore some iconic trails.  It also serves as a great base for historians and geologists, as the area is pepper with Indian ruins and unique rock formations.

Monticello was settled by members of the Church of Latter-day Saints in the 1890’s.  Monticello is the second most populous town with approximately 2,000 residents in San Juan County.  It grew between the 1940’s to 1960’s during the Uranium boom. Continue reading “Top Things to Do Near Monticello”

Six Things to Do in Kanab and Southern Utah

6 Things to Do in Kanab and Southern Utah

Where to Stay

Camping

I found a small campground called Ponderosa Grove just 30 mins northwest of Kanab.  The campground has about eight sites that are on a first come first serve basis.  I arrived on a Monday night and there were three choices available.  By Thursday, all were taken.

The sites are in close proximity of one another, but are shaded by junipers and pine which is nice for hot days.  Each spot includes a picnic table, grill, fire ring, a generally flat area for a tent and parking area large enough for one to two cars.  In addition, the campground includes two pit toilets. Continue reading “Six Things to Do in Kanab and Southern Utah”

Visiting Best Friends Animal Society

Visiting Best Friends Animal Society

The Society

The Best Friends Animal Society operates the largest no kill animal sanctuary in the USA.  Its headquarters and sanctuary are located in Kanab, Utah on 20,700 acres of which 3,700 acres are owned by the organization and the rest of the land is leased from State and Federal agencies.

Best Friends Animal Society is the number one attraction to visit in Kanab, UT according to TripAdvisor, thus it peaked my interest enough to join a scheduled 1.5 hour tour.  I learned so much about the organization while I was there.  Best Friends Animal Society’s mission is to make the entire USA no kill by 2025.  It is on its way…the state of Utah will be no kill by next year!  Continue reading “Visiting Best Friends Animal Society”

Hikes Near Kanab, Utah

Kanab is an outdoor lovers paradise.  There are several hikes near Kanab through slot canyons on Federal land, in National Parks and in State Parks.  A hiked a handful of trails while in the area.

Easy Hikes Near Kanab

Water Canyon Trail

Water Canyon Trail is located off of Kanab Canyon Road across from the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary’s Welcome Center only about five miles outside of Kanab.  It is available to the public.  The Water Canyon Trail is only 1.5 miles roundtrip.  It starts on a road that descends to Kanab Creek. Before getting to the creek, several roads disperse in different directions past pet cemeteries.  To follow the trail go to the left.

The path crosses the Kanab Creek lined with willow trees for which it is appropriately named (the Paiute word kawnuv means willow).  The trail climbs from the creek up through the desert terrain passing cacti, juniper and sandstone cliffs.  The interpretive signs point out a few cool things like the holes in the sandstone that used to be wasps nests!  Also, the Sacred Datura plant, which blooms a lovely purple and white trumpet flower, is extremely toxic! Continue reading “Hikes Near Kanab, Utah”

Park Silly Sunday, Fun Day!

Park Silly Sunday

Today we spent another morning chilling around the fire at the condo before we headed out to Park Silly Sunday, a market on Main Street.  The market included booths featuring art, hats, jewelry, produce, clothing and more.  At the end of the block, live music played on the stage while folks took a try at hula hoops and ordered bloody mary’s, fried donuts, and jerk chicken at the food stands. Continue reading “Park Silly Sunday, Fun Day!”

Hiking Deer Valley Resort

This morning was low key. The family trickled into the sitting room over all hours. Some folks cooked while others read. I decided to hike Deer Valley Resort as the weather warmed up after a huge windstorm blew in last night.

Sultan Out and Back Trail at Deer Valley Resort

Sterling drove me up to Deer Valley Resort where I chose two hiking trails to follow. The first was called “Sultan Out and Back”. On the map it appeared like it was relatively flat as it crossed the base of the mountain to the boundary and then turned into a road for the return.

The rocky path steadily declined through aspen and across open ski runs with sweeping views of the Jordanelle Reservoir below. It eventually reached a deck with picnic tables, a perfect lunch spot, but only being a three mile hike, I didn’t need to rest for lunch. I can imagine it would be a lovely area for skiers on a warm winter day. Continue reading “Hiking Deer Valley Resort”