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2013 Southern Utah Vacation Guide

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‘Get Busy Living . . .’ By Dixie Brunner It’s time to ‘Get Busy Living’ in southern Utah and northern Arizona! The state and national parks, national monuments and natural vistas offer a host of opportunities that lend themselves to everything from quiet thought to dramatic adventure. You can immerse yourself in the sheer magnitude and beauty of this special place we call home. We would like to welcome you to the Kanab area! If you make this your vacation hub, you will be within 80 miles of such incredible sights as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Lake Powell, the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! But wait...there’s so many more places to ‘Get Busy Living!’ You can take in movie history at Parry Lodge and Little Hollywood, or maybe even visit former movie sites in Johnson Canyon or the Paria. You can tour or volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal facility in the world. You can go off-road on ATVs

or OHVs in many places here, including Hog Canyon (a large trail system immediately north of Kanab). And if you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, there are several tour companies that will chauffeur you around to check out the amazing scenery. If none of those offerings interest you, why don’t you just go take a hike? Many hikes of varying degree of difficulty are available nearby. There are incredible sights to see and great trails, including one of the most popular – The Wave. Several slot canyons can be accessed easily. Stop by the Kane County Travel Information Center for maps and information. Not into that much adventure... somewhat of a windshield tourist? Getting too hot outside? Drive up to Cedar Mountain or the Kaibab National Forest to escape the summer heat. What about visiting the local shops, dining at some of our outstanding local restaurants, taking in an old western at Crescent Moon, or visiting the Juniper Art Gallery, History Museum or Heritage House? What are you waiting for? It’s time for you to ‘Get Busy Living’ and have a great vacation.

The “Pot of Gold” at the end of this rainbow is Kanab, Utah. You have to check out this town and the surrounding area. You will not find any place like it in the entire world. Photo by Martin Feely.

Cover Photo The cover photo of a popular area on the Utah/Arizona border called White Pockets was taken by Karie Cornell of Kanab. Karie and her husband Tyler operate National Park Tourz and ATV Tours & Rentals.

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Kanab, Utah ... Now That’s Living By Dixie Brunner “The red dirt just kind of gets in your soul,” commented one oldtime Kanab resident, as he gazed thoughtfully at the surrounding vermilion cliffs. Most people passing through Kanab are taken aback by the sheer beauty of its setting. The red mountains surrounding the high desert community cut a stark contrast to the seemingly eternal blue skies. One Los Angeles journalist described Kanab as a “picturesque community where clear azure skies provide a stunning canvas for snow white, billowy clouds. It’s here that the clear southwest air is filled with the exhilarating scent of sage and cedar. Overhead, an incredible golden light bathes the distant mesas and the pinion forests nestled between the massive red rock cliffs. As often as I can, I’ll head to Kanab knowing that its gentle folk, spectacular mesas and slower lifestyle are awaiting my arrival.” While Kanab is now gaining more national recognition as a unique travel destination, you’ve probably already visited the small town on the Utah/Arizona border. Did you ever see the movies Butch Cassidy and

the Sundance Kid, How The West been to Kanab after all! length films, as well as several Was Won, Mackenna’s Gold or The The small community of 4,500 has hundred TV shows. Outlaw Josey Wales? Then you’ve been a location for over 90 feature Nearby Best Friends Animal Society is a world-renowned no-kill animal sanctuary, featured on many TV shows. Visitors from all over the country come to Best Friends for animal rescue training, and to volunteer their time to care for the animals. Kanab offers visitors a quintessential vacation destination. Visitors can use Kanab as a hub to enjoy a myriad of recreational opportunities in the area. Incredible destinations such as Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon North Rim National Parks, as well as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell, are all within 80 miles. And don’t forget about lesser known destinations such as Kanab (Angel) Canyon, Pipe Spring National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Kodachrome Basin State Parks. Kanab will offer you a laid back, relaxing atmosphere, awe-inspiring scenery, and some of the friendliest people in the entire world. Your vacation here will truly give you the These ‘Mysterious Shadow People of Coyote Buttes’ was captured with a camera by opportunity to ‘Get Busy Living’ and make some great memories! Lisa Ladd.

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Table of Contents •All-Woman Town Council - Page 32 •Amazing Earthfest - Page 14 •Area Maps - Page 18 •Best Friends Animal Sanctuary- Page 10 •Bryce Canyon NP - Page 13 •Business Listings - Page 34 •Cedar Mountain - Page 16 •Coral Pink Sand Dunes - Page 27 •Family History Center - Page 25 •Grand Canyon North Rim - Page 5 •Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument - Pages 20-21 •Great Hiking - Page 28 •Intro to ‘Get Busy Living’ - Page 2 •Kaibab Plateau - Page 29 •Kanab, Utah - Page 3

•Kane County Tidbits - Page 23 •Lake Powell - Page 6 •Maynard Dixon - Page 35 •Montezuma’s Treasure - Page 35 •Moqui Cave - Page 19 •Movie History - Page 24 •Off-Road Adventures - Page 26 •Petroglyphs/Pictographs - Page 33 •Pipe Spring National Monument - Page 12 •Red Pueblo Museum - Page 25 •River Rafting - Pages 22-23 •The United Order - Page 31 •The Valley - Page 17, 30 •The Wave - Page 28 •Tourism History - Page 34 •Western Legends Roundup Page 15 •Zion National Park - Pages 8-9

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2013 CALENDAR of EVENTS See the Kane County Travel Council website at or call 1-800-SEE-KANE (1-800-733-5263) for updates and details. APRIL ➤ • North Rim Regulators Cowboy competitive action shooting. Participants dress in costumes of the Old West. Monthly throughout the 2013 season on the first Saturday at 9 am at the shooting range 3 miles north of Kanab. Contact Autumn Rose 644-5053 ➤ 13 • Spring Concert - Symphony of the Canyons will perform at KHS Auditorium, 7 pm. ➤ 19 • Earth Day Held at the Kane County Visitor Center, 1-5 pm. Contact Lisa Church 644-1200. ➤ 20 • Opening Day Little League - Kanab Baseball Fields - starting at 9 am. ➤ 26 • Ragnar Trail Relay - Zion Ponderosa Ranch ➤ 26-27-28 • UT/AZ ATV Jamboree - Elephant Cove Trailhead. Contact Karen Kramer 644-3577. ➤ 27 • Special Olympics Lap-a-thon Kanab Bears Kanab High School Track, 10 am. MAY ➤ 1 • Opening of Heritage Museum and Heritage House - Open Monday-Friday 1-5 pm. Contact 644-3966 for Museum and 644-3506 for House. ➤ 5-6 • 13th Annual Riverfest! Spring Music Festival at Paria Outpost from 4:30-9 pm. This annual event promotes the area’s history, culture, heritage and tourism. Free. Plenty of speakers, music and fun. Contact Susan Dodson 928-691-1047, ➤ 11 • Mother’s Day 10K Run in Kanab. Utah’s most scenic 10K run, followed by post-race refreshments and awards. Contact Megan Smith 435-899-0364. ➤ 12-18 • Annual Amazing Earthfest at various locations in and around Kane County. Contact Rich Csenge 644-3735. ➤ 15 • Opening of North Rim of the Grand Canyon Highway 67 opens (road to the North Rim). ➤ 25 • Duck Creek Summer Kickoff Party 6-10 pm Duck Creek Dance Hall, Most Wanted Band. ➤ 25 • Cowboys vs Cops Shootout Annual D.A.R.E. fundraiser for local schools at gun range 3 miles north of Kanab, 9 am-1 pm. Contact Don Kramer 644-3577. ➤ 31, 7 • Kanab Heatstroker Baseball Tournament Watch 25-30 baseball teams battle in the heat. Kanab City Little League Ballpark. JUNE ➤ 1 • Farmers’ Market at the Kane County Visitor Center lawn every Saturday from 9 am-12 noon through October 12. Contact Martin Feely 899-1115. ➤ 8 • Kanab Amateur Golf Tournament Coral Cliffs Golf Course. Contact Rebecca Staples 6445005. ➤ 28 • Top of Zion Relay Capitol Reef National Park to Zion National Park. 12 runners, 195 miles. Info 801-809-3230 ➤ 28-29 • Panguitch Balloon Festival JULY ➤ 4 • Independence Day in Kanab. Breakfast, parade, street fair, BBQ dinner, entertainment, dance and fireworks. Contacts: Dave Owens 689-0911, Rhonda Gant 644-4929, Bob Russell 644-5034, Cheryl Brown 644-2149 or Kim Willoughby 644-3137. ➤ 6 • Cedar Mountain Independence Day Breakfast 8-11 am, Parade 7 pm, Muddy Boots Band 6-10 pm ➤ 13 • One Person Scramble Golf Tournament Coral Cliffs Golf Course. Contact Rebecca Staples 644-5005. ➤ 20 • Model T Rally in Kanab ➤ 24 • Pioneer Day Celebration Parade at 10 am. Games at city park until 2 pm, with Dutch Oven Dinner at 6 pm. Contact Emma Houston at 644-2975. ➤ 26-27• Duck Creek Days Chili Cook-Off Games, arts, craft and food booths. Live entertainment. Contact Tracy 435-682-4100. AUGUST ➤ 7 • Terrace Concert Symphony of the Canyons will perform at The Terrace, 8 pm ➤ 9-10 • Summer Sizzler Golf Tournament Two Day event. 36 holes of golf, 18 holes best ball, 18 holes scramble at Coral Cliffs Golf Course. Contact Mike Schollian 644-5005. ➤ 10 • Symphony at the Grand Canyon - Symphony of the Canyons will perform on the patio at the North Rim Lodge at 6:30 pm (AZ). ➤ 10-17 • Kane County Fair in Orderville. County Fair with livestock shows, arts & crafts, produce, games & entertainment, golf tournament, horse show and 5K Walk/Run. ➤ 22-24 • Western Legends Round-Up in Kanab. Celebrating the culture of the Old West. Street fair with art and food vendors, live music, evening entertainment. Saturday High Noon Parade. Contact 644-3444 or e-mail or check website ➤ 23-25 • Maynard Dixon Country at the Maynard Dixon Studio/Bingham Gallery in Mt. Carmel. Fine art competition and sale. Tickets online at Contact Paul Bingham 435-648-2653. ➤ 30-31 • Duck Creek End of Summer Bash 6-10 pm Duck On In Saloon, Muddy Boots Band. ➤ 31 • Rutan Fly-In at Kanab Airport. Experimental plane races & demos. Contact Bill Erickson 6442625. SEPTEMBER ➤ 21 • Kanab Storytelling Festival Held on lawn by Heritage House. In case of inclement weather, will be moved to Old Barn Theatre. Contact Tom Carter 435-644-5532. ➤ 22 • Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon Seven day, 155 mile self-sufficient foot race from Grand Canyon North Rim to Grand Staircase. OCTOBER ➤ 4-5 • Riverfest! Fall Music Festival at Paria Outpost from 4:30 to 9 pm. This annual event promotes the area’s history, culture, heritage and tourism. Plenty of speakers, music and fun. This event is free! Contact Susan Dodson 928-691-1047, ➤ 5 • Oktoberfest Party & Potluck Bring your favorite Oktoberfest dish to share. Duck Creek Dance Hall, 6-10 pm, Muddy Boots Band. ➤ 15 • Closing of North Rim of Grand Canyon Highway 67 will stay open as long as weather allows. ➤ 27 • Duck Creek Village Halloween Trunk or Treat Start at Loose Wheels, end at True Value/Dance Hall, 4-5 pm. NOVEMBER ➤ 9 • Turkey Scramble Golf Tournament 3 person scramble at Coral Cliffs Golf Course. Contact Rebecca Staples 644-5005. ➤ 30 • Christmas in the Mountains - Noon-2 pm Santa stops at True Value, 2-3 pm Christmas Parade, 6 pm Candlelight Parade starts at Dance Hall. DECEMBER ➤ 6-7 • Christmas Festival in Kanab Annual Dinner and Concert by Symphony of the Canyons on Friday evening. Entertainment, decorated trees, vendor booths and more on Saturday. Kanab Middle School. ➤ 20 • Christmas Bird Count Meet at GSENM visitor center at 9 am. Contact Lisa Church 644-1200.

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The Grand Canyon North Rim – the Quiet Side By Dixie Brunner The Grand Canyon is on most everyone’s ‘Get Busy Living’ bucket list! How do you describe one of the seven wonders of the world? The Canyon’s matchless beauty and grandeur go far beyond the shallow human ability to describe. Much has been written about the wonders of Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim is literally overrun with U.S. and international visitors. Large crowds and bumper to bumper traffic are the norm at the scenic sight. But the best-kept secret of the Grand Canyon adventure isn’t discovered by visiting the arid South Rim. The best way to see the Grand Canyon is getting off the beaten path via the North Rim! It’s a visitor’s dream come true, with incredible views, improved trails and great facilities. The only thing the North Rim can’t offer you are the crowds. When approaching the northern canyon access, you travel through the scenic Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway. The Parkway traverses the 1500 square mile North Kaibab National ForestGrand Canyon National Game Preserve. Travelers drive through the gentle green forests which

rise dramatically to 9,000 feet in elevation. The Kaibab, which the Paiute Indians called “the mountain lying down,” changes from life zones of the Sonoran desert zone at one extreme to the frosty climate of the sub-alpine zone nearer the canyon. Dense pine forests of the high Kaibab Plateau end abruptly at the canyon’s edge. Campgrounds and lodges are available at the park, but those things can wait - the Canyon is beckoning! At the first overlook

you are rendered speechless with the panoramic view. The rugged, restless collection of colors and canyons, buttes and mesas, wildlife and vegetation stimulate emotions in people. The Canyon offers a multitude of moods, appearing different with every passing minute of every single day. Each of the wellmaintained overlooks provide a different view of the canyon and the Colorado River occasionally glimpsed below. Those catching a sunset or sunrise are in for a truly

inspiring sight. There are many ways to experience the Grand Canyon. Many find hiking to the bottom, riding a burro or floating the exhilarating Colorado River rapids the only real way to truly experience the Canyon. Dozens of hiking trails provide exercise and visual treats. Whichever way you choose to explore, immerse yourself in the adventure of the Grand Canyon. The trip will offer you a spiritual experience. With plenty of time and access to meditate on the awesome beauty, one leaves the Canyon feeling more bonded and in tune with the natural wonder. Don’t cheat yourself – see the heavenly views of the Grand Canyon North Rim!


Kanab’s very own Symphony performs a concert at the Grand Canyon every August.

How do I get there from Kanab? The Grand Canyon North Rim is 80 miles southeast of Kanab. The scenic drive through the Kaibab National Forest is in itself a treat, offering travelers great scenery and an impressive show of wildlife. You can get to the park by taking Hwy 89A south out of Kanab. From nearby Fredonia, AZ, follow alternate 89 toward Jacob Lake. That’s where you can pick up Highway 67, the main road into the park. *Travel Tip - take plenty of film. The view of the Grand Canyon is simply spectacular!

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Living It Up on the Water at Lake Powell By Dixie Brunner A lake in the middle of the desert? It’s a great place to ‘Get Busy Living!’ Lake Powell offers everything from stunning vistas, boat travel, hiking and quiet family vacations, to fine amenities, extreme sports and a great partying atmosphere. Football teams, important corporate executives and the rich and famous; as well as retirees, recreational enthusiasts and casual family travelers, come to Lake Powell to experience the amazing setting and plethora of vacation experiences. When viewing this enormous body of water straddling the Utah/ Arizona border, you realize Lake Powell is unarguably one of the most beautiful in the world. Its geographic setting amid the arid, desert countryside makes it the “ocean” of the western states. The immediate countryside leading to Lake Powell has the mysterious look of moonscape. Large, wind-hewn mountains, scattered boulders and deep crevices mark every turn. Lake Powell was named after explorer John Wesley Powell, who was one of the first to navigate the Colorado River. The lake possesses

more shoreline than the Pacific Coast of the United States. The lake, with a dramatic backdrop of Navajo Mountain, was created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built. A huge power plant was constructed to harness the awesome energy of the Colorado River as it begins its impressive journey down the Grand Canyon. Lake Powell is probably first and foremost a boater’s adventure paradise. Most people will tell you the only way to really “experience” the lake is by boat. Aquatic access

can offer you the opportunity to view such natural wonders as Holein-the-Rock and Rainbow Bridge (the largest natural stone span in the world). You may choose to rent a houseboat to explore the myriad of secret coves and canyons, where 200 to 300 foot rock walls tower above you. Lone Rock is the first stop travelers should make when going from Kanab to Lake Powell. Lone Rock is named for the large mountain of rock rising out of the calm lake water.

With miles of sandy access, the serene beach seems the logical place to unwind after a hot drive. Lone Rock Beach offers swimming, boating access, beach front camping, and remarkably pristine sand. Restrooms are available. A quick word of caution - in your hurry to dip your toes in the refreshing waters of Lone Rock, proceed carefully. The same beautiful sand that’s appealing to beach worshippers, is also a nightmare for your vehicle! Park on hard ground! Nearby, the full service Wahweap Marina offers all the amenities a traveler needs to fully enjoy the Lake Powell. If you’re planning to boat on Lake Powell, seek the advice of local experts to direct you on the best sights to see.


Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural stone span in the world. Photo by Tyler Cornell.

How do I get there from Kanab? Lake Powell is on the Utah/Arizona border. Lake Powell is 65 minutes east of Kanab. You can get there by taking Highway 89 east toward Page, Arizona. The trip, as with most drives in the color country of southern Utah, affords you incredible scenery. *Travelers Tip - Be sure to gas up before you leave Kanab!

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Zion National Park, Plenty of By Dixie Brunner Long before its official designation as Mukuntaweap National Monument on July 31, 1909 by President William Howard Taft, Zion was a frequent home to Paiute Indians. The first homesteader to hang his hat at Zion was Isaac Behunin in 1861. While life was difficult for the pioneer, Behunin was appreciative of its beauty. “A man can worship God among these great cathedrals,” said Behunin, “as well as in any man-made church - this is Zion.” The park was renamed and established as Zion National Park in 1919, and has become internationally known for its majestic towering rock mountains which rise to awe-inspiring heights. Zion is a lush green oasis, surrounded by startling sentinels of stone. With sheer, milky-white cliffs and pristine, curtained waterfalls, Zion, simply put, is one of the most beautiful places in the west. The park became popular, with visitation numbers at around 1,000 annually by 1919, when many of those tourists arrived by horseback or stagecoach. Last year, the park logged in over 3 million visitors

from all over the world.The majority of park visitors come during the spring and fall, with lowest visitation during the months of December to March. The Zion National Park public affairs officer said the park has seen substantial changes in its 103 years of existence. Two major changes that affected Zion has some very difficult hikes which include rappelling. This adventurer climbs down through a waterfall in a photo dubbed “Subway Spotlight.” Photo by Stephen Ratigan.

park visitation the most were probably when they established the lodge, as well as when the tunnel was completed. The lodge was completed in 1926. The tunnel, a major engineering undertaking, was completed and opened to the public in July 1930. The tunnel was important because it connected the way to other parks to the east, like the Grand Canyon North Rim and Bryce National Park. When looking at the steep, stone mountains, you are struck with a feeling of something much older and more important than man. It took Mother Nature roughly 250 million years to create this scenic wonderland, and she’s not done yet! Layers of sedimentary rock make up the surrounding mountains. With each layer deposited, the weight of the new material pushes down the old. The Virgin River also had a hand in the creation of Zion. Slicing canyons as deep as 3,000 feet in some places, the river left buttes and mesas standing as lone islands rising up from the valley floor. Few Zion veterans will challenge the statement that the best way to enjoy the park adventure is to take a hike! Sights such as the

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Trails to Get Back to Nature lodge and campgrounds are located inside the park, with services and accommodations outside both entrances as well. Highway 9 exits Zion’s east entrance and takes tourists on a scenic trip to Mt. Carmel, Bryce Canyon National Park and beyond. “Zion Trail of Shadows” is the name given to this photo by Jeremy Houston, who has captured numerous shots of Bighorn sheep with his camera at Zion National Park.

come in a variety of lengths, (some with wheelchair access) offering novice to expert hikers the opportunity to see and experience the park. Some longer hikes require permits, so check with park personnel concerning long hikes. There are serious dangers associated with flash floods in some of the narrow slot canyons, so also check weather reports before undertaking those amazing

intriguing Narrows, Virgin Towers, Temple of Sinawava, Checkerboard Mesa, Angel’s Landing or Great White Throne, often bring tears to those contemplating their awesome beauty. Unlike many of the West’s great scenic attractions, the majority of Zion is seen from the floor of the canyon rather than the rim. When hiking its trails, Zion surrounds you with grandeur. Hiking trails

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DIRECTIONS How do I get there from Kanab? Zion National Park’s east entrance lies just 40 miles northwest of Kanab, Utah. Take 89 north from Kanab to Mt. Carmel Junction. Turn left onto Highway 9 and follow this scenic road completely through Zion NP. * Tourist Tip: If you choose to take Highway 9, please be aware that there are occasional delays in getting through the Zion tunnel due to congested traffic. Be prepared to take your time - after all, you are on vacation!

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adventures. Hiking isn’t the only way to experience Zion. You can ride a bike, climb, ride horseback, take a guided tram tour or drive, with each offering a different, yet unique, perspective. The drive through the mountain tunnel, and down the dizzying switchbacks, is a remarkable, and sometimes nailbiting treat. A visitor center, shuttle system,

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‘Get Busy Living’ with Best Friends! Each year, tourists from around the world find their way to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary for abused and abandoned companion animals. Located in the scenic red-rock country of Angel Canyon, five miles north of Kanab, the sanctuary is operated by Best Friends Animal Society, one of the nation’s best-known animal welfare organizations. Established in 1984, Best Friends, in addition to the sanctuary, manages national initiatives on a variety of animal welfare issues. Often described as the nation’s most beloved animal sanctuary, Best Friends is home on any given day to about 1,700 cats, dogs, bunnies, parrots, birds, horses, potbellied pigs and other companion animals. Each animal comes to the sanctuary with its own story of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. However, at Best Friends they are under the watchful eye of caregivers who attend to their needs, always with the goal of a happy ending to their story – adoption into a new, loving, lifelong home.

Free daily tours delight visitors with a beautiful drive through the sanctuary’s 3,800 acres. The tours take an hour and a half and wind through Angel Canyon, a sacred place for thousands of years. The tour stops at Cat World and Dogtown. Visitors also pass by Horse Haven, Piggy Paradise,

Bunny and the Parrot Garden. Along the way, visitors are sure to see other wild species because the area is populated by jackrabbits, wild turkeys, deer, bald eagles and hawks. To reserve space on a tour, please call 435644-2001, ext. 4537 or e-mail Tours

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start at 9 a.m. and book fast. Reservations are recommended. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has become one of America’s top destinations for volunteer vacations. Of the more than 29,000 visitors who came to Best Friends, nearly 8,000 of them decided to volunteer at the sanctuary. That means they spent time walking dogs, cats or potbellied pigs, socializing or feeding the animals, cleaning animal living areas and performing other important tasks critical to the care of the animals. Many families volunteer for a couples of days, then head out to visit nearby national parks. Don’t just make a visit to Best Friends a stop on your travel itinerary, make it an enriching experience for years to come. To volunteer at the sanctuary, call 435-644-2001, ext. 4119 or e-mail For more about the Best Friends volunteer experience at the sanctuary, as well as in your own community, visit the Best Friends Animal Society Volunteer Center or go online at http://volunteer. To find out more about Best Friends Animal Society visit www.


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Take a Step Back in Time at Pipe Spring National Monument In 1870, Anson P. Winsor followed Mormon leader Brigham Young’s orders and began construction of a substantial fortified structure at Pipe Spring, to provide defense of the Mormon frontier against potential Navajo raids, as well as become a church tithing ranch. It took workers two years to build “Winsor Castle.” Rock for the walls was quarried from local sandstone, and pine timbers were hauled in from Mount Trumbull. The tall building had large wooden gates on either side, wide enough to permit a wagon to enter. The stout walls enclosed two houses separated by a spacious courtyard, with parlor, kitchen, meeting and guest room, and bedrooms. To protect the precious water source, a room was built over the main spring, where the 56-degree water cooled milk, cream, butter and cheese. Those dairy products were taken to St. George every two weeks for the builders of numerous public works projects, including a Mormon temple. Winsor Castle was a welcome stop for travelers crossing the empty, windswept Arizona Strip, between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border. Famed geologist and explorer John Wesley Powell

watched the groundbreaking for the fort, and his survey team bunked in the small west cabin in 1872. While various people managed Winsor Castle and the ranch, the Mormon Church maintained ownership through the 1880s. During Federal raids on polygamous families in the 1880s and 1890s, wives and children hid out at Pipe Spring. The ranch passed into private hands in 1896. Despite the benefit of the fort to Mormon settlers and travelers, their arrival proved detrimental to the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. The Kaibab were excluded from the water source that had been keenly important to their existence. The 20th Century brought extreme

challenges with the loss of their traditional lifestyle, a drastic decline in population, government assimilation programs such as Indian boarding schools and termination of reservations. Yet the modern Kaibab Paiute have become successful in government, business, and work to preserve their cultural traditions. Intrigued by the old fort and its history, National Park Service Director Stephen Mather proposed Pipe Spring be a national park area. It was proclaimed a National Monument on May 31, 1923. Today visitors are invited to learn about the history and culture of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians and Mormon pioneers in a variety

of ways. There is an onsite visitor center and museum shared by the National Park Service and the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, which offers an extensive array of exhibits on the Kaibab Paiute, as well as pioneer culture and history. A theater features a film on the settlement of the Pipe Spring area from the points of view of descendents of the early occupants – Kaibab Paiute and Mormon pioneers. In addition, Pipe Spring park rangers provide tours of Winsor Castle every half hour throughout the year. During the summer, rangers also offer walks, talks and “living history” demonstrations, bringing historic pioneer and American Indian traditions to life. Visitors are welcome to tour the orchard and garden, historic outbuildings, and the scenic halfmile Ridge Trail at their own pace. Trailside exhibits provide information about the natural and cultural history of the area.

DIRECTIONS Visitors to Pipe Spring can experience how life was back in the pioneer days. Photo by John Roberts

How do I get there from Kanab? The monument is an easy 20 mile drive from Kanab via U.S. Highway 89A south to Fredonia and then west on Arizona Highway 389. Turn right at the Kaibab Paiute Red Cliffs Chevron.

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‘Get Busy Living’ at Bryce Canyon National Park By Dixie Brunner As you approach Bryce Canyon, you get the overwhelming feeling that you are about to see something very special. The roads winding up to the scenic overlooks present a visual treat themselves. You begin to see the oddly-shaped hoodoos, as you pass through Red Canyon. High desert plateaus give way to conifer forests...and then you travel into Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is unlike any place you’ve ever seen before! Red stone spires jab at the azureblue Utah sky, like an accusing old man’s fingers. An eerie feeling takes hold as the towering rock pillars beckon. Peer over the canyon rim, and you’re treated to a dramatic, breathtaking landscape vista, far beyond that of normal, descriptive vocabulary. The geological wonder known as Bryce Canyon National Park is a testament to Mother Nature having final say when it comes to creating a place of color, texture and beauty. Its spires, rocky temples and pillars, arranged within a huge ampitheater of red rock, seem like they’ve been placed to stimulate people’s imaginations. Bryce’s allure is undeniable, from the minute you first glimpse the

unusual sculptured, multi-colored pinnacles from along the canyon’s edge. The bizarre formations are nestled in 12 huge bowls sinking deep into the red southern Utah earth. The stone spires of Bryce are actually products of erosion. The effects of wind, weather and time on sedimentary rock, such as lime and sandstone, have carved the

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The game many choose to play as they follow the gentle switchbacks, is to guess what the spires and formations resemble. Upon reaching the canyon floor you can rest on a bench provided along the trail. You stare up at the red spires stretching over 1,000 feet into the air and feel very small. Each season and every passing moment offer a different view. The master artist of time provides a different perspective, as lighting creates changing magical effects. The view confirms what you already knew to be true – Bryce Canyon is not like anywhere you’ve ever been before! A year round visitor center and natural history center adjacent to the park entrance can help visitors plan their Bryce tour. Daily ranger talks and current schedules for various park activities are posted at the visitor center.


Bryce’s beautiful colors and rock formations are unbelievable. Photo by John Jefferis.



stone sculptures. You must explore Bryce! The many hiking trails leading to the canyon floor demand your attention. The only question is how to get down. Some choose to rent horses to make the trip, while others opt to walk. The gradual descent into Bryce Canyon offers a giant fantasy closeup view of the orange formations.

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Southern Utah’s Annual Amazing Earthfest Plan to attend the annual Amazing Earthfest, southern Utah’s festival of learning, discovery and adventure, May 1218, 2013. The Amazing Earthfest is a one-of-a-kind, must-see celebration of land and life in the intermountain west! Local residents and national and international visitors make Kanab their destination during the third week of May. Focused on the wonders of southern Utah’s color country, the Amazing Earthfest is unique. No other region offers such an incredible density of beautiful scenery with an abundance of professional naturalists managing nationally treasured landscapes Offering over 50 inspiring and exciting events in a single week, Amazing Earthfest will increase your ecological awareness and appreciation for nature with events on wildlife, dinosaurs, hiking, geology, resource management, archaeology, local culture and pioneer heritage, performance arts, films and live entertainment. Specialists in botany, geology, forestry, paleontology, and wildlife lead events both indoors and outside in the National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and on the

Public Lands. In the company of a specialist, you can experience how the marvelous and delicately balanced ecosystems of southern Utah and the Arizona Strip support the rich tapestry of life in the desert southwest. Embark on an adventure guided by an archaeologist, to discover and

appreciate extraordinary Native American cultural sites that reveal pre-historic conditions, lifestyles, and wisdom traditions that have evolved here over thousands of years. Participate in a group cycling event, hike, horseback, or ATV ride. Share in a day of spring trail maintenance on the

Kaibab National Forest with a local Ranger. The events of Amazing Earthfest explore ideas, history, natural sciences, artistic creativity, land ethics, human society, community conservation, and economics that stimulate conversation about stewardship of our planet’s natural resources, and responsibility to future generations. See contemporary award-winning documentary films, hear live performances by musicians and poets, and view original work by regional artists. Become inspired by the natural beauty of southern Utah! All events are open to the public and most are free. Pick up your Amazing Earthfest Schedule of Events at the Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East, and at visitor centers and businesses throughout the region, or go online at www. Southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest makes Kane County a destination for discovery, exploration, and adventure in the heart of America’s Grand Circle! Save the dates of May 12-18, 2013, There is a plethora of things to photograph like Yellow Rock at the Amazing Earthfest, the Seventh Annual Amazing being held this year from May 12-18, 2013. Photo by Martin Feely. Earthfest!




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Western Legends Roundup Celebrates its 15th Year By Stephen Browning What started out as a simple celebration to remember the glory movie making days of Utah’s Little Hollywood and honor local legends for their pioneer heritage has turned into one of the signature western festivals in America. Last year’s event attracted about 5,000 visitors from over 30 states and several foreign countries, as they enjoyed classic Kanab area made movies, music, cowboy poetry, western vendors, great food, and of course, meeting some their favorite western movie stars! The 15th annual Western Legends Roundup in Kanab on August 2224, 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Roundup theme this year is a tribute to Western Legends fan favorite Clint Walker, who appeared in the 1958 film “Fort Dobbs,” filmed in Kanab with Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith and Richard Eyer. Star of “Cheyenne” TV fame, Clint marks his 11th visit to Western Legends, where it has turned into his favorite western festival. Walker, who already has a plaque on the Little Hollywood Walk of Fame, will accept a plaque on behalf of his co-star, late Hollywood legend Virginia Mayo. In addition to Clint Walker,

this year’s roster of visiting movie stars is our largest ever with 20 Hollywood celebrities scheduled to appear, including Robert Fuller, Dan Haggerty, James Drury, Peter Brown, Roberta Shore, Andrew Prine, Lana Wood, Peter Ford, James Hampton, Ed Faulkner, Kathy Garver and many more. Four other plaques which commemorate stars, movies and TV shows filmed in the area will be added to the Walk of Fame and they include “Daniel Boone” (first season 1964 in Kanab area) cast member Darby Hinton will be accepting the plaque, Dan Drury (Black Bart-1948), Anthony Quinn (Buffalo Bill-1944, Ride, Vaquero!1953), and Jack Nicholson & Will Hutchins (The Shooting-1966).

Our two local honorees this year, Claude Glazier and Henry Eyring Bowman, are no longer with us, but will be fondly remembered by many longtime locals for their colorful lives and wonderful contributions to the area. Music at the Saturday night stage show at the Kanab High School Auditorium will feature the legendary Sons of the Pioneers, with over 75 years of continuous western music for the enjoyment of three generations of fans. All other western artists are measured against the high standard they have set. Our Friday night headliner returns by popular demand, Mama’s Wranglers (formerly known as the Kid Fiddlers). Their brief

Experience a real wagon train at the Western Legends Roundup August 22-24.

performance at last year’s Roundup was met with wild enthusiasm, so this talented family has been invited back as a feature act. Other festival activities include the street fair with nearly 100 merchandise and food vendors, the Saturday High Noon Parade, Thursday night Dinner with the Stars at the city park, Saturday morning Breakfast with the Stars at the Chuckwagon Cookout located at Little Hollywood. There will also be film festival activities and lectures, stunt shows, antique equipment and blacksmith demonstrations, two outdoor stages with continuous entertainment, quick draw shooting, western workshops, quilt show, silent auction, Saturday night Barn Dance, and celebrity panel discussions and autographs. While Western Legends events and activities are too numerous to list, suffice to say, there’s something for everyone! Last year saw several of our ticketed events sold out, so be sure to go online at www. to get a list of activities and purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, or call our office Monday-Friday at 435-644-3444. See you at the roundup!



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Cedar Mountain – a Great Place to Cool Off By Dixie Brunner The two million acre Dixie National Forest is a jewel of public land. While the forest has four geographic areas stretching 170 miles across southern Utah, the Cedar Mountain area is certainly among its most stunning. You don’t have to look far to find views here! With high elevations and cool mountain streams, Cedar Mountain is not only the place to get refreshed during hot summer days, but actually enjoy a mountain habitat not far from desert surroundings. The ‘Cedar Mountain’ name supposedly was given when early settlers incorrectly called the juniper trees, so prevalent on the mountain, cedar trees. The mountain part is obvious, as you climb from about 6,000 ft. in elevation to over 11,000 ft. While misnamed, the Rocky Mountain juniper offer year-round habitat to many of the mountain’s animals. From Brian Head Peak, towering 11,307 feet above sea level, to the quaint charms of the alpine village of Duck Creek, Cedar Mountain offers a host of scenery and activities for the traveler. The Duck Creek area is gaining national recognition as a great

recreational destination, with some of the best trails, scenery and terrain fond anywhere in America’s southwest. Their annual celebration, Duck Creek Days Chili Cook-off, is held on July 27 and 28 this year. Forest visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, viewing incredible scenery, horseback and

ATV riding and fishing. You can also picnic, camp, view interpretive exhibits and take pleasure drives throughout the area. Lodging accommodations are available as well. By taking scenic Highway 14 west from Highway 89 toward Cedar City, the nearly 42 mile trip offers travelers a number of scenic

and recreational stops. This drive takes you through aspen, oak and pine-covered forests, past crystal clear, ice-cold streams and lakes, to an awe-inspiring and different view of Zion National Park and Kolob Canyon. Why not visit Mammoth Creek, Cascade Falls or get information at the Duck Creek Visitor Center? Continue on and spend some time at Navajo Lake and Webster’s Flat, or take Hwy 143 to Cedar Breaks and on to Brian Head or Panguitch Lake. Many artists find nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument more inspiring than Bryce Canyon National Park, with different degrees of hikes available to take in the sights. Camping is available at six locations on the mountain, with a range of sites and amenities. For more information, call Dixie National Forest at 435-865-3700.

DIRECTIONS Serenity now ... at Aspen Mirror Lake by Duck Creek Village. Photo by Kim Dalton.

How do I get to Cedar Mountain from Kanab? Take Highway 89 forty miles north of Kanab to Highway 14. Turn left at Todd’s Junction and enjoy the drive over the mountain.

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MILEAGE FROM KANAB Bryce Canyon 77 Coral Pink Sand Dunes 23 Duck Creek Village 40 Grand Canyon 78 Grand Staircase 14 Lake Powell 73 Las Vegas, NV 203 Mt. Carmel Junction 17 Paria Movie Set 32 Phoenix, AZ 345 -APOF+ANAB.EWPDF!Pipe Spring 21 Salt Lake City 303 St. George 83 Zion 40

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