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Willis Creek Slot Canyon | 12 Utah Staycations

Willis Creek Slot Canyon is located in Kane County in Kanab! It's a super sweet slod canyon that's more of a walk-as-far-as-you-want hike. We’d been told by the Activity Spot in Ruby’s Inn that Willis Creek Slot Canyon was THE coolest family-friendly hike. So, of COURSE, we had to go. Willis Creek Slot Canyon is about 20 miles away from Ruby’s Inn. Half of the trip is on a paved road, while the rest is all dirt road. The gal at the Activities Desk said she’s just been the Sunday before and didn’t need 4WD at all. The dirt road

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 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

Peek a Boo Slot Canyon or Red Canyon | 12 Utah Staycations

We were super excited for our first guided hiking tour! We loved partnering with Kane County, they know ALL the things to do! I mean…who wouldn’t love a guided tour! Not only that, but we got to ride around in a high clearance vehicle! While you can drive out to Peekaboo Slot Canyon trailhead, you do need a good 4WD. So we probably could have driven our Land Cruiser out there, but it’s always nice to have someone else drive who knows the terrain. Our guide, Brent, did tell us that many time a year, they have to pull people’s
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