In June of 2023, I embarked on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Mighty 5 National Parks throughout Utah. I was eager to explore these iconic destinations in the heart of the American Southwest, and they did not disappoint. This blog post will cover my experience at The Grand Canyon and Kanab. The National Park entrance fee is $30 USD per vehicle per park. If you are planning to visit three or more parks, it’s worth purchasing the America the Beautiful Annual Park Pass for $80 USD. Whether marvelling at the Grand Canyon’s vastness or discovering the hidden gems of Kanab, these experiences left an unforgettable mark on my journey through the Southwest.



Kanab is a charming city located in southern Utah, USA. It’s known for its natural beauty and proximity to several national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Kanab’s scenery has drawn many filmmakers to its landscapes, earning it the nickname “Little Hollywood.” This small city has served as the backdrop for many iconic Western films and television series, capitalising on its desert terrain and red rock formations. Kanab is the host to a few events throughout the year, including the Balloons and Tunes Roundup in February, and the Western Legends Roundup during the summer months.

Kanab is also home to the Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon, also known as Red Canyon. This is an absolute must-see while in Kanab. Red Canyon offers an incredible slot canyon experience without large crowds. Inside, towering walls twist and turn, revealing narrow slots and hidden chambers where sunlight casts vibrant hues of red, orange, and pink onto smooth sandstone surfaces. Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out here, as this area is prone to flash floods.


Dining Options

Kanab offers a diverse culinary scene that caters to every palate, from cozy diners serving up hearty comfort food to upscale restaurants. My first choice would be the Rocking V Cafe. This place opened up in 2000, and has been one of the most popular restaurants in Kanab since. The restaurant’s menu features a fusion of flavours, drawing inspiration from southwestern and global cuisines. Diners can enjoy dishes like bison burgers, fish tacos, and pasta dishes made with a variety of fresh ingredients.

My second choice would be Sego Restaurant, located inside the Canyon Boutique Hotel. Their focus is regional American cuisine, with a rotating menu throughout the year based on seasonal ingredients. Sego is perfect for both intimate dinners and group gatherings, but parties over 7 people need a reservation.



Staying in Kanab offers a gateway to the stunning landscapes of southern Utah, and these accommodations provide comfortable bases to explore this region.

While here, I stayed at the Best Western Red Hills, a tidy chain hotel. This place has plenty of amenities, including a pool, a fitness centre and complimentary breakfast. With room prices that won’t break the bank, Best Western Red Hills ensures a comfortable and budget-friendly stay amidst Kanab’s natural wonders.

A couple of other options for accommodation in Kanab include the Holiday Inn Express and the Hampton Inn. The Holiday Inn Express is a lovely hotel with modern ammenities such as a pool and fitness centre. It’s also located within 0.5 kilometres of 28 restaurants, giving plenty of choice for dining. Similarly, the Hampton Inn offers a cozy retreat situated near local attractions and dining options. There is complimentary hot breakfasts and access to amenities such as a fitness room and business centre. The Hampton Inn is a popular choice for those wanting to explore Kanab and the surrounding areas.

Whether you choose the Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, or Best Western Red Hills in Kanab, each provides a welcoming haven amidst the breathtaking landscapes of southern Utah, ensuring a memorable stay for all.


Grand Canyon’s North Rim

One and a half hours away from Kanab is the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. It offers similar scenery as the more popular South Rim, without the overwhelming crowds. It boasts a higher elevation, cooler temperatures, and a more alpine environment compared to its southern counterpart. Open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October, the North Rim is known for its lush forests of ponderosa pines and aspens, contrasting with the rugged canyon walls. Having visited three out of four rims of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim is my personal favourite as it is incredibly peaceful with spectacular views.

Bright Angel Point offers a stunning panoramic view of the canyon’s ancient rock formations and the meandering Colorado River below. Accessed via a short trail from the North Rim Lodge, the overlook sits at an elevation of over 8,000 feet.

Cape Royal Road, a scenic drive located in the North Rim, is renowned for offering breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. There are several notable scenic overlooks on this road, including Angel’s Window, Point Imperial, Vista Encantada, and Cape Royal itself. Many trails are also accessible from this road, including the Cape Final Trail and the Cliff Spring Trail.

Sunrise and sunset at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim are particularly enchanting. The sun’s rays illuminate the canyon’s rugged terrain, casting long shadows and painting the sky with hues that range from soft pastels to fiery oranges and deep purples. The peaceful ambiance and sense of solitude at the North Rim provide a perfect backdrop for contemplation and reflection. This is an ideal destination for those seeking both natural beauty and a respite from the commotion of everyday life.


Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend, just outside Kanab, is a striking geological formation where the Colorado River curves around a sandstone rock formation. This iconic landmark offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the river below, winding through the steep canyon walls. The hike to Horseshoe Bend is short, leading visitors across sandy terrain before arriving at the cliff’s edge. Horseshoe Bend is a must-see destination for anyone exploring the natural wonders near Kanab.


Kanab and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim stand out as remarkable destinations, each offering awe-inspiring landscapes and natural wonders. Kanab’s cinematic allure contrasts with the North Rim’s cooler climate and expansive views of the Colorado River. Both locations captivate with their unique charm and scenic beauty. They are essential stops for anyone exploring the southwestern United States.

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