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Hiking Shakespeare Arch & Sentinel Traill | Kodachrome Basin State Park | 12 Utah Staycations

Man, I’d seen a few photos of Kodachrome Basin State Park and KNEW we needed to visit! Kodachrome State Park was named after Kodak Film in the 1940s which had just come out with color film. Kodachrome is known for their chimney like spires that jut out all over the ground. We hadn’t packed lunch, so we knew we probably had limited time before everyone got hangry. I asked the ranger which hike he would do if he could only do one and do it with a bunch of kids. He suggested Shakespeare Arch and Sentinal Hike. It was only

Grosvenor Arch | 12 Utah Staycations

Move or Arches, Grosvenor Arch is just as amazing and is way less crowded for sure! Grosvenor's Arch is located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument just south of Cannonville and it's STUNNING. We had just finished hiking at Kodachrome Basin State Park and knew we needed to drive the extra 10 miles south to Grosvenor Arch! This beautiful double arch is easy to walk up too and even more fun to explore. Part of the pathway is paved but you can go further and stand right under the arch. I was surprised to see other cars there for some

Wild Thyme | 12 Utah Staycations

Wild Thyme is a delicious little spot found on the main streets of Kanab! It was right across the street from the hotel and I gotta say, I love little towns. It's so nice when everything is within walking distance. The kids split a rice bowl called The Tropical Piggy. I should have gone with my gut and ordered it for myself! The meat was so tender...so good! The Pistachio Chicken was pretty good, but I just kept coming back and sneaking the kids rice bowl! The husband ordered the Ravioli special and loved it. I was super full, but

Coral Pink Sand Dunes | Kanab | 12 Utah Staycations

Many years ago, we had a guest post on The Salt Project about Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Ever since 2014, I have been DYING to visit! I can't believe it took me 5 years to get here! Thanks to our partner Kane County, I could finally check it off my list! The ironic thing is because it's February...there was SNOW all over the lovely dunes. Only a hint of Coral Pink could be seen. It's okay though, nothing could keep me from getting on those dunes. Two of the four kids were asleep so we decided to split

Best Friends Animal Society | Wild Friends Tour | 12 Utah Staycations

While in Kanab, we were lucky enough to stay by the Best Friends Visitor Center, which then resulted in us booking a Wild Friends tour at the Best Friends Sanctuary! The Best Friends Sanctuary is HUGE! Be sure to plan for travel time, I think it took us about 15 minutes to get from Kanab to the Main Visitor Center at the Sanctuary and then another 7 minutes to get to the Wild Friends Building. We chose to take the Wild Friends tour (45 minutes) because it was a shorter tour and with four little kids, I just didn't think

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Visitor Center | 12 Utah Staycations

I first heard about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a years ago on TV. They used to have a show showing all about Dogtown. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary operates the nation's largest sanctuary for homeless animals. It's been on my bucket list ever since I saw it on TV! Luckily, our hotel the Holiday Inn Express was RIGHT next to the Best Friends Visitor Center (not to be confused with the Sanctuary) in Kanab. After a whole day of exploring, nothing is more relaxing than going and snuggling some kittens. I took my little girls to go and visit the kittens

Toadstools Hike | 12 Utah Staycations

Hiking Toadstools Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Kanab is yet another reminder that there is SO much that we haven't seen in Utah. I mean, we do travel Utah quite a bit, but I LOVE finding new epic places we've never even heard about! Toadstools Hike is a 2 mile round trip hike that is perfect for families! You'll see the parking lot with a big sign that says "Toadstools Trailhead." It was a fairly busy spot and we were glad to see lots of people coming in and out. The first part of the hike you'll wind through these

Kanab Murals & Visitor Center | 12 Utah Staycations

While most cities have pretty generic flyers with semi-good information on them, we felt like Kanab was killing it with awesome flyers/brochures and suggestions. Seriously, the people there gave good information and were super friendly. The Visitor Center is a hopping place in Kanab! For the last few years, we’ve been stopping at the local Visitor Centers to find activities in new territory. Who remembers trying to do school reports and having to call somewhere (which I now know are Visitor Centers) and you'd get a cool box of postcards and brochures mailed to you. I had no idea that

Moqui Cave | 12 Utah Staycations

I thought for sure since it was the middle of winter, this sweet little tourist attraction was closed but it was OPEN! I love roadside attractions and this place was just my vibe. I get all sorts of excited when I see things like this. This is actually a natural sandstone cave with a few improvements to the outside of course. Once inside, it's 65 degrees and OH SO COOL. No pun intended. Seriously. We actually met the owners of Moqui Cave! It's a family run business and has been for three generations. The original owner (Garth Chamberlain) bought the

Belly of The Dragon | 12 Utah Staycations

Belly of the Dragon has been on my bucketlist for SOOOO long! I don’t even know where to begin. There's just something about crawling through caves that seems so exciting! Be sure to read more about our tips and directions at the end. First of all, this isn’t a natural cave, it’s actually man made. Belly of the Dragon was carved out to help divert the water, so don't ever go in there if it's rainy! It was extremely muddy/snowy when we got there, so we carefully made out way to the entrance. The kids easily trucked though the mud
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