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Moqui Cave – a Cool Stop on a Hot Summer Day
This bar was hidden in the back of Moqui Cave during the days of Prohibition.
By Dixie Brunner Travelers might guess that Moqui Cave is a unique attraction, but a visit will quickly resolve any doubt! Moqui Cave, located just ﬁve and a half miles north of Kanab on Highway 89, is a museum of artifacts, fossils and history, depicting life in southern Utah spanning the centuries. The cave’s history is as interesting as its artifacts. A cool room in the back once housed a fully-operational tavern, where those wanting to imbibe could hide their “devil’s brew” from prohibitionists. The late Garth and Laura Chamberlain purchased the cave in 1951, rescuing it from years of disuse. Putting a distinctivelymemorable dinosaur entryway on the front, the cave attracted curious travelers to investigate the unusual museum. The Chamberlains, along with their ﬁve children who helped operate the cave, worked hard at making Moqui Cave a ﬁrst class tourist attraction. That same goal is continued today by Garth’s son and
daughter-in-law, Lex and Lee Ann Chamberlain. A new cliff dwelling facade welcomes tourists to take a tour of the museum, with host Lex providing fascinating historical commentary. Your imagination will be piqued when you enter the cool sandstone cave and see the large collection of dinosaur tracks that once inhabited the area. The cave also boasts one of the largest ﬂuorescent and fossil mineral displays in the U.S. Exhibits include more than 1,000 arrowheads, ceremonial points, jugs, pots, bowls and working tools of the Anasazi-Navajo for the “Ancient Ones” from centuries ago. Moqui Cave also has a gift store in a side sandstone chamber which features items for purchase, including Indian arts and crafts, kachina dolls, rugs, pottery and turquoise. During the summer season, hours are 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bus tours are welcome. For more information on Moqui Cave, call (435) 644-8525 or log on to their website at www.moquicave. com.
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The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Vast and untamed, the Grand information. The Monument is The visitor centers are also Staircase-Escalante National remote and unforgiving to the a great resource for travel Monument (GSENM) offers an impressive array of educational and recreational opportunities for visitors to ‘Get Busy Living.’ Administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres, or 3,000 square miles of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size and remote character provide extraordinary possibilities for scientiﬁc research and discovery. As intriguing as it is beautiful, GSENM has already afforded researchers new insights about how the earth was formed and the life it sustains. GSENM visitor centers located in adjacent communities each offer a different interpretive focus. Big Water features paleontology, Kanab stresses monument geology and archaeology, and Cannonville has a history focus. Escalante features monument plants and animals, and archaeology is the theme at Anasazi State Park Wahweap Toadstools is a beautiful hike just 55 miles east of Kanab on Highway 89, near Big Water. Photo by Lisa Ladd. Museum in Boulder.
unprepared. It’s crucial to plan ahead and expect the unexpected! Check on current road and weather conditions, and let someone know where you are going, and when you expect to return. Carry extra water, clothing and food in case of an emergency. Do not travel or hike alone! Remember that overnight camping requires a permit (easily obtained at any of the visitor centers). Collection of objects on the Monument, such as petriﬁed wood, fossils, artifacts and plants is prohibited. There are several ways to access the Monument. Visitors can drive along the All-American Road, Scenic Byway 12 between Tropic and Boulder in the north. Travelers on this highway are treated to swirling sandstone mesas, intriguing canyons, high desert and forests. In the south, the richly-colored vermilion cliffs border Highway 89 between Kanab and Page. Partially paved and graded gravel, the Burr Trail to the Capital Reef boundary and Johnson Canyon Road to the Skutumpah Road turnoff, are visual treats of multi-hued canyon walls. Most
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Monument – ‘Get Busy Living’ & Exploring roads into the Monument are dirt, clay or sand. Conditions on the monument’s unpaved roads can change quickly due to weather. High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Services and water are generally not available. Cell phones do not work on most of the Monument. Some of the most popular GSENM attractions in Kane County are great to ‘Get Busy Living.’ Consult the GSENM Visitor Information Guide or area maps for exact locations. – Old Pahreah Town Site, located ﬁve miles north of Hwy 89 on a dirt road between mile posts markers 31 and 32 gives visitors a glimpse into the harsh realties of pioneer life. – Grosvenor Arch is a unique double arch located 13 miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park and one mile off Cottonwood Road. Beckoning the restless heart and challenging the adventurous soul, GSENM boasts some of the best backcountry opportunities in the country. Equestrians will ﬁnd the Upper Paria River an amazing corridor Hackberry Canyon is 14 miles up the Cottonwood Road, north of Highway 89 is in the with steep canyon walls, hanging Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Photo by Martin Feely.
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gardens and historic remnants from earlier travelers. The uncompromising and vivid landscapes along the Great Western Trail offer ATV/OHV enthusiasts an exciting and intriguing ride. If you prefer guided trips with a professional outﬁtter, the GSENM has more than 80 authorized providers offering services for auto tours, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, ﬁshing and shuttle services, as well as geology and natural history tours, photography classes, environmental education, llama packing and horse pack trips. The kids are not left out either. The Monument’s Junior Scientist Program, similar to the Junior Ranger program found at many national and state parks, teaches kids about what scientists are studying in the Grand StaircaseEscalante Monument’s outdoor laboratory. Kids can choose activites that range from “Paleontology Tool Hunt” crossword puzzle to “Visitor Center Scavenger Hunt.” For more information, visit a GSENM visitor center, call (435) 644-1300, or log on to the Monument’s website at www.ut.blm.gov/monument
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‘Get Busy Living’ and Go Rafting the By Dixie Brunner Picture yourself ﬂoating lazily down the river with sheer canyon walls towering thousands of feet overhead, reﬂecting in the crystal clear water you glide upon. Peace and tranquility envelope you with each winding turn of the river, putting more distance between you and the hectic lives you left behind. And then you hear the roar. You look ahead at a wall of roiling water, so huge you cannot see beyond. It seems impossible the raft on which you’re riding can make it through the turbulent water ahead… Now this is living! Grand Canyon Expeditions has been providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for worldwide visitors for the past 40 years. The eight or 14 day river adventures are allinclusive, with all meals, bedding and round-trip transportation furnished. “A Canyon trip offers serenity and excitement,” explains Marty Mathis, who co-owns the company with partner Mike Denoyer. “It’s getting back to nature, starlit nights, history. The Canyon is a magical life-changing experience.” The trip takes you on an unforgettable 280 mile journey
down the Colorado River, negotiating nearly 200 heartpounding rapids. The adventure, which begins at Lees Ferry, AZ and ends at Pearce Ferry, AZ on Lake Mead, carries riders on comfortable 37 foot S-Rig rafts. Known for their safety and maneuverability, the rafts can forge through the Colorado River’s most formidable rapids, many of which early explorers were forced to portage.
Professional guides provide informed ongoing commentary on the Canyon’s history, geology, archeology, and plant and animal life. The information is educational, especially since rafters on their journey down the river will see everything from ancient petroglyphs to wildﬂowers, from rock formations to ringtail cats and Bighorn sheep. “The boatsmen are so friendly and knowledgeable about the
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history and geology of the river and its rock walls,” said Wisconsin cheesemaker and recent rafter Hans Lehner. “You can tell it’s not just a job to them, they really do love what they are doing.” Time is built into the trip to include opportunities for people to explore, both on their own or with guides. After the heart-pounding thrill of riding the rapids, relaxing time can be spent playing in the waterfalls of tributary streams; hiking in brightly-hued side canyons, or just sitting under a shade tree and watching the river rush past. While many take the Grand Canyon trip for excitement, and some to renew family and friendship ties, there are no strangers by the end of the trip! You spend 24 hours a day for eight days with people from all over the country. You share great food, hairraising adventure, and the most incredible scenery together. For many, the experience creates a lifelong bond of friendship that can never be replaced. “I think my favorite stop on the trip was playing on the Little Colorado River,” said Jimmy Zimmerman, an entrepreneur from Wisconsin. “The aquamarine water
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Colorado River was unbelievable. The trip was remarkable, but I have to say going through the really big rapids was incredible!” People are often moved to tears by the Grand Canyon’s remarkable beauty. Time, erosion and the different rock layers have carved and created a visual rainbow palate. A trip down the Colorado River offers many a sense of renewed spirituality. Besides offering the standard eight-day trips, Grand Canyon Expeditions also offer special
interest trips as well. Expeditions for those with particular interests in history, geology, photography, ecology and archeology are also available. On these trips, passengers are accompanied by experts who share special knowledge in these areas. Make plans to experience this once in a lifetime adventure! For more information on the Grand Canyon trips, please call Grand Canyon Expeditions 1-800-5442691, or visit their website at http://www.gcex.com.
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Kane Tidbits • The “Kanab Index” was the ﬁrst newspaper printed in Kanab in the late 1880’s by Elmer Johnson. • Kanab had the ﬁrst all-woman city council and mayor in the world, around the turn of the century! This year, 2013, marks the famous council’s 101st anniversary. • Actor Joel McCrea took time out between scenes of MGM’s “Outriders” on location near Kanab in 1952 to be appointed as deputy sheriff of Kane County by Sheriff George Swapp. Swapp said McCrea was the ﬁrst personality of the entertainment world to be deputized. • Which of the parks was once named Mukuntuweap National Monument? Answer: Zion National Park. • The ﬁrst car to arrive in Kanab was in 1909 from Salt Lake after three full days of travel. Less than a dozen people here had seen an automobile before. • Though spelled incorrectly, what nearby 11,307 foot formation was named for its resemblance to the proﬁle of “the great commoner,” a favorite of Utahns? (William Jennings Bryan). Answer: Brian Head • The United Order was practiced
in Orderville in 1874, lasting almost 20 years. Mormon leader Brigham Young felt it would be a solution for the economic distress of the people; making the Saints more equal, resulting in better individual values from the self-sacriﬁcing way of living. If a family wanted to gain admittance to the Order, they had to donate all their holdings and make the locality a permanent home. The Order worked well for years. • Kane County was named for “the Friend of the Mormons,” Thomas L. Kane, a non-Mormon. • Kane County contains 4,373 square miles, 3,718 of it is BLM land. The state owns 437 square miles, while only 218 square miles are privately owned. The land size of Kane County is larger than the states of Delaware, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia combined. • John Wayne’s favorite horse got struck by lightning and killed east of town. • The Disney movie ‘John Carter’ was ﬁlmed here. The community was treated to a premiere of the movie in March of 2012.
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Movie History in Color Country By Dixie Brunner You may experience ‘déjà vu’ when touring southern Utah. While this may be your ﬁrst trip, you’ve probably already visited via TV or the silver screen! Movie making was a large part of this area’s history and economy from the 1930’s-1990’s, when over 300 movies and TV shows were ﬁlmed here. The 2012 Disney movie, John Carter, was ﬁlmed here. About 275 Utahns worked on the ﬁlm, many Kane County residents. John Carter continued southern Utah’s tradition as a prime ﬁlming location, primarily due to its diverse landscape. The story line of John Carter takes place on Mars, and the producers and location crew found Kane County’s red rock landscape about as close as they could come! Within an hour’s drive of Kanab, you have a diversity of landscape – from sand dunes to western landscape, high country forests to an enormous body of water. The most beautiful scenery you’ll ever come across is right here in southern Utah! To sate visiting movie buffs, you might consider a tour of the old
Parry Lodge was the movie set for part of the shooting of “The Girl in the Black Stockings,” a murder mystery set in Kanab.
movie sets dotting the area. While some are in disrepair, others are well-maintained. Parry Lodge Parry Lodge was a movie-making hotspot for years. The hotel was the place where scores of famous movie actors and producers stayed while ﬁlming in Kanab. The rooms are named after some of the famous folks who slept there. Guests today can stay in the “Ronald Reagan” or “James Arness” room. A mini museum of signed autographs and photos can be viewed in the lobby and dining room of Parry Lodge.
There was even a movie shot at Parry Lodge, “The Girl in the Black Stockings.” Little Hollywood Step back in time for an “up close and personal” view of movie memorabilia, and better yet – it’s free and shady! Little Hollywood is located in Kanab at 297 West Center Street. On the back lot is a western town comprised of original and maintained sets from the movies Desperate Hours, One Little Indian, and Outlaw Josey Wales. Kanab Canyon Movie Set Located about ﬁve miles north of Kanab near Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Canyon was the location for a number of movies including The Lone Ranger, Westward the Women and The Apple Dumpling Gang. Not far past the Best Friends turnoff is a barn from One Little Indian. While few signiﬁcant ﬁlm-making sights remain, one can almost imagine the wagons rolling down the hill in Women or the Lone Ranger’s horse Silver rearing on the red sandstone plateau. Paria Movie Set This set was nestled at the bottom of a towering, multi-colored sandstone canyon in what locals refer to as ‘the Paria.’ The site
of the former Paria Set can be accessed by taking Highway 89 east of Kanab for 35 miles, and turning north into a dirt parking lot with a stone monument to the Pareah Townsite. The movie set was used to ﬁlm western movies and TV shows. As a location, it was used for several episodes of Gunsmoke and Sergeants Three. Those willing to take the bumpy trip will be rewarded with interpretive displays and remarkable canyon views. While the movie set withstood the test of gunﬁghts and saloon brawls, it couldn’t withstand the ravages of nature. Flooding left a 20 foot gully running through the middle of the three-building town. Through a cooperative effort between local volunteers and the BLM, the buildings were dismantled and rebuilt on more stable ground above the original location. Unfortunately, vandals later burned those buildings that had required so much cooperative labor. Johnson Canyon Movie Set This large set can be seen by traveling east on Highway 89 ten miles, and then turning north and traveling on Johnson Canyon road for ﬁve miles. The set was built for Westward the Women and is not open to the public because it is in serious disrepair.
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Family History Center Welcomes Visitors By Dixie Brunner Discovering your roots is not only entertaining and educational, it can help you to ‘Get Busy Living!’ The Family History Center Building, located in the historic LDS Chapel, is open to the public free of charge by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The convenient location on the northwest corner of Center and Main Streets in Kanab has plenty of parking available. Children are welcome.
While researching family history might be daunting to some, there are always at least two staff members on hand to assist your search on the center’s numerous computers. This service is also available to foreign visitors, with easy instruction booklets printed in different languages. “We encourage you to come in and check out our facility,” said Director Peter King, with pride. “We hope everyone will get excited Pottery, tools and arrowheads are just part of the exhibit at Red Pueblo Museum. about family history.”
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By Kelly Hilding A visit to the Kanab area would not be complete without visiting the Red Pueblo Museum and Heritage Park in Fredonia. In 2011, Fredonia resident Dixon Spendlove completely remodeled the Fredonia Welcome Center, located at 900 N Hwy 89A, to share his extensive private collection of Indian artifacts with the world. For a small donation, Spendlove will entertain and educate with his vast knowledge of the culture and artifacts of the area’s native people.
His tour and collection are quickly becoming a “must see” in the archeological community. Not only are there 300-1000 year old pottery, tools and arrowheads, there are also some of the rarest artifacts available for view by the public. Medicine bags, moccasins, jewelry and blankets complete this spectacular collection, some of which have been donated to Spendlove for display. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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‘Get Busy Living’ on an ATV or Four Wheeler! By Dixie Brunner ATV and OHV recreation offers real opportunity to explore our area – and ‘Get Busy Living!’ Rides on well-marked trails throughout southern Utah and northern Arizona provide amazing scenery for those seeking off-road adventure. Kanab, Utah was ranked as the #1 scenic riding area in the U.S. by Dirtwheels magazine several years ago. Responsible off highway vehicle enthusiasts from the Kanab area have worked to develop trails and create a local climate where ‘going off road’ is not only welcomed, but encouraged. Nearby Hog Canyon, located 1-1/2 miles north of Kanab, is a great place to start. You can actually drive from Kanab right to the trailhead in Hog Canyon, so you don’t even have to trailer your ATV, unless you choose to! With trail ratings from easy to difﬁcult, OHV riders can experience scenery, challenges, adventures and fun second to none! The BLM and local four-wheel Hog Canyon is a favorite of the locals, with many great trails ranging easy to expert. clubs joined forces to create and guided tours on many local trails. mark the Hog Canyon trail system. trails. Pinewoods Resort, just outside Maps are available at the BLM ATV Tours and Rentals in of Duck Creek Village, also rents ofﬁce. But please...stay on the Kanab rent ATVs and also give
ATVs, as well as snowmobiles in the winter. The local UT/AZ ATV Club puts on an ATV Jamboree every spring. This year’s event covers three days, with the main ride on Saturday, April 27. If you want something a little more pampered, or if you don’t own or want to rent an ATV, try a customized off-road tour of the area. A customized tour can include seeing such memorable sites as mystical slot canyons, dinosaur tracks, remote Grand Canyon overlooks, ancient ruins, rock art, and the places where legends were really made – western movie sets! There are legally-permitted tour guides on BLM and Forest Service lands, the Kaibab National Forest, the Arizona Strip, as well as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This designation means they’ve met federal standards for their operation. There are several to choose from in the Kanab area – Dreamland Safari Tours, Windows of the West Hummer Tours, and Seldom Seen Adventures – to name a few. For more information, contact the Kane County Travel Council at 1-800-733-5263.
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park By Dixie Brunner It’s easy to ‘Get Busy Living’ and get busy playing in the sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Hiking, sightseeing and four-wheel adventure can all be part of your Coral Pink experience. Grown-ups and kids alike can enjoy frolicking in the sand and wandering the seemingly endless dunes. The park gets its name from the coral-colored sand which has eroded from exposed Navajo sandstone. Pink sand formed into a dune system, as a result of wind deposits rising from the hot lower elevations. The pink sand, contrasted against the steep red cliffs and outcroppings of southern Utah, offers visitors a visual delight. In Kane County’s movie-making days a Hollywood production company thought Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park resembled Egypt, and it was selected as the location for ﬁlming The Greatest Story Ever Told. All ﬁlm extras were locals, with the only imported actors being camels! The sand dunes and windwhipped trees of Coral Pink offer a feeling of being somewhere else. But before you think it’s a mirage, check the map – you’re in the heart
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Great Hiking â€“ But Plan Ahead Center, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument Visitor Centers, Forest Service and Park Service ofďŹ ces. While youâ€™re traveling in this beautiful country, please be aware that the geography and elements are unforgiving. Heat, ďŹ‚ash ďŹ‚oods, crumbling sandstone and slickrock are all things to be concerned about when hiking here. If youâ€™re going to â€˜Get Busy Livingâ€™ and take a hike, here are a few important safety tips to remember: â€˘ Dress sensibly. Temperatures can vary radically in the high desert plateau of southern Utah. Daytime temperatures can reach well into the 90â€™s, with night time temperatures as low as the 40â€™s. â€˘ Take plenty of water! Experts recommend at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Heat exhaustion and dehydration take their toll on hikers. â€˘ Take sunscreen, Chapstick and matches for safety. â€˘ Make sure you tell someone where youâ€™re going! Should you get lost or injured, recovery time (and occasionally your life), can be saved if rescuers know where to search. Note-some BLM and NPS trails Slot canyons are a photographerâ€™s dream, as this photo of Willis Creek shows. Photo require hikers to register before they begin! by Jeff Frey. By Dixie Brunner Hundreds of trails are available for those wanting to hike in the beauty of this areaâ€™s majestic surroundings. There are short hikes for novices, and lengthy, overnight treks for the moreseasoned hikers. Trail maps are available at the Kane County Tourist Information
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By Dixie Brunner Many hiking experts consider The Wave of Coyote Buttes, located on the Utah/Arizona border, one of the most beautiful hikes in America. Swirled bands of color run through the sandstone, creating a color and shape tapestry that changes with each passing hour. Hikers from all over the world vie to get the opportunity to hike The Wave. The short, but moderately difďŹ cult, day hike begins at Wire Pass, which is also the trailhead for renowned Buckskin Gulch, one of the worldâ€™s best long slot canyon hikes. The trail to The Wave is three miles long, with sand slogs and some slick rock scrambling. It is recommended that each person take at least one gallon of water.
The hike is by lottery for the next day (Fridayâ€™s lottery is for Saturday and Sunday). You may register for the hike online or at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center at 745 East Highway 89, Kanab, by 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. drawing. The application must be accompanied by one of the persons listed on the permit. You may list up to six people. Ten permits are granted for online, and 10 daily for in-person reservations. People need to apply for the online lottery six months in advance of the date they wish to hike. Follow the instructions on this webpage.http://www.blm.gov/ az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote_ buttes/permits.html.
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Recreation Abounds on the Kaibab Plateau By Patrick Lair The Kaibab Plateau can be seen looming on the southern horizon from many vantage points in Kane County. Kaibab is a Paiute word that means “mountain lying down,” but the plateau offers visitors many reasons to ‘Get Busy Living!’ The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest administers roughly 640,000 acres of forest that extends from the lower elevation lands of the Arizona Strip to the majestic ponderosa pine forests atop the plateau that reach elevations close to 9,000 feet. From the sweeping vistas of Houserock Valley on its eastern ﬂank to the unique, wind-carved formations of Kanab Creek Wilderness on its western side to its shared border with the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the plateau offers a wide variety of sightseeing and recreation opportunities. The forest has nearly 1,200 miles of maintained and non-maintained trails, including sections of the Great Western and Arizona Trails. Each year thousands of visitors come from around the world to hike and ride mountain bikes, horses and recreational vehicles across the Kaibab landscape. The
Rainbow Rim Trail offers 18 miles of stunning Grand Canyon scenery, and the East Rim Overlook and Jump Up Point are popular viewpoints as well. Visitors can also enjoy spotting unique wildlife species such as the Kaibab squirrel, California condor, Northern goshawk, bison from the Houserock Valley herd and
others. The arrival of fall colors among abundant stands of aspen throughout the large meadows along Highway 67 from Jacob Lake to the North Rim also bring many sightseers out for leisurely drives. There are several historic cabins located across the plateau, including the Jacob Lake Ranger Station and the recently renovated
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Jump Up Cabin. Visitors are always welcome at the three ﬁre lookout towers. There are two established campgrounds on the forest, although camping is allowed free in most places. Some popular spots include Mile and a Half Lake and Three Lakes, located among the old-growth ponderosa atop the plateau. In winter, there is also a snowmobile route from Jacob Lake to North Timp Point, as well as multiple cross-country skiing opportunities. The Arizona Department of Transportation closes Highway 67 at Jacob Lake, usually from Thanksgiving through May 15, due to heavy snow accumulations. Visitors can obtain tourism information about the forest from the Kaibab Plateau Visitors Center at Jacob Lake, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from May 15 to October 31, or by calling (928) 643-7298. The North Kaibab Ranger District ofﬁce in Fredonia is also open year-round. The ofﬁce is located at 430 S. Main Street, or call (928) 643-7395. For additional tourism information, visit the Kaibab National Forest website at www. fs.usda.gov/kaibab.
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‘Get Busy Living’ in the Valley…or Just Visit By Dixie Brunner Mt. Carmel Most folks here fondly refer to the Mt. Carmel, Orderville and Glendale communities as Long Valley. Located north of Kanab on Highway 89, each of the small communities have something different and unique to offer. Located amidst the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, Mt. Carmel Junction is rich with Utah pioneer history. Stop in to visit the Old Rock Church. The museum offers interpretive information concerning the area. Outside, a historical marker shows where John Wesley Powell descended into the nearby Parunaweap Canyon. The 1927 construction on the Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel and highway began, allowing visitors access to the east side of Zion, and points beyond. The tunnel is still part of the delightful and wondrous drive through Zion National Park on Utah Highway 9. Mt. Carmel is also home to the historic Maynard Dixon home, Bingham Gallery, and the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. Famous American painter Maynard Dixon built a unique log home and studio there in 1939. Dixon’s artwork can be seen when
visiting the Bingham Gallery. Docent tours are available upon request. Orderville This community was named after the 1874 United Order, created by a directive of LDS President Brigham Young. As part of this
experiment in communal living, Young organized orders in many southern Utah communities, including Kanab and Mt. Carmel. Members of Orderville’s order not only owned all things in common, but for several years ate in a common dining hall.
The order was discontinued in 1890. Orderville became an incorporated town in 1935. Inside one of the last remaining rural Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution buildings is a handmade diorama of the Order. Glendale This small town was originally settled in 1862 by a group led by John and William Berry, and was called Berryville. Long Valley was called Berry Valley. Berryville was abandoned in 1866 due to Indian conﬂicts. In fact, three members of the Berry family were killed by Indians. In the fall of 1865, a stockade was built in Glendale as a protection against the Indians. In 1866, all settlements in Kane County, including Berryville, were vacated because of Indian conﬂicts. The exiled Saints made temporary homes in St. George and other places. Both Berryville and Winsor remained vacated of white settlers, until the spring of 1871, when LDS settlements on the Muddy, now in Nevada, were broken up, and most people from that locality resettled Long Valley. A small park with picnic tables located in the center of town, give One of the most scenic canyons around is just outside Mt. Carmel Junction, the Bar- tourists a good place to relax and enjoy a picnic. racks. It has a great ATV/hiking trail that follows the Virgin River.
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Orderville Faithful Followed “Principle of Consecration” By Dixie Brunner Orderville, Utah became the pride of the Mormon Church in the late 1800’s. Under direction of LDS President Brigham Young, a “United Order,” or a system of communal living, was established. While the system was practiced by several communities at the time, the unique thing about Orderville, was it worked well for many years! During a time of economic depression, the Prophet felt this life would make the Saints (church members) more equal in temporal things, and individual values would accrue from a self-sacriﬁcing way of living. The “Order of Zion” was established on March 20, 1874. After a canvass of willing participants, ward ofﬁcers identiﬁed 94 people over 14 and under 96. Property from members turned into the common fund ranged from a few dollars to $4000, 430 acres of private land, 535 bushels of wheat and corn, and 360 bushels of oats and barley. The ﬁrst day of cooperative work began on April 1, 1874. The movement became widelyknown throughout the state, and over 800 people joined the group
within two years. The physical conﬁguration of the communal site was a 25 by 40 foot lumber building, which was the community dining room. A kitchen with a large brick oven was built in the back. East and north of these buildings were shanty rows built
into sections of eight, with high sides facing outward and entrances facing the center buildings. These were the participant family living quarters. A large two-story structure with a porch and many small rooms was the special residence for the United
Board (the LDS Church overseers of the commune), and their families. Board plank sidewalks lined with ﬂowers fronted the dwellings. Life was difﬁcult for the United Order at ﬁrst, but they were eventually blessed with good times. Orderville became recognized as the most self-contained town in the territory, and the Order was able to secure valuable ranches, rangelands and watering places on the Kaibab Mountain. They had over 5,000 sheep and increased the number of cattle ten-fold. The United Order principles guided the lives of those who established the system under President Young for over 20 years, but passing time led to its eventual dissolution. Orderville was surveyed in 1884, and the people drew for lots, applying their credit on the Order’s books as payment. The top price was $70 per lot. The next year the ﬁelds were surveyed and sold to the stockholders – with the men bidding on each piece. In 1889, the remaining stockholders bought the livestock and ranches. The actual expiration of the A painting of how the United Order of Orderville looked back in the late 1800’s by charter under which the United Elbert Porter. Order had operated was in 1900.
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Kanab’s All-Woman Town Council By Barb Pyles Kanab’s population in 1911 was about 900 people, and they had just elected the ﬁrst all-woman town council. Several men thought it a good joke at ﬁrst, until Kanab citizens voted in the all-woman ticket. Mary Woolley Chamberlain, Luella Atkin McAllister, Tamar Stewart Hamblin, Blanche Robinson Hamblin and Ada Pratt Seegmiller had the unique distinction of being the ﬁrst allwoman city council and mayor in the U.S., and many say the world! Utah women were the only ones in the U.S. who had the right to vote. The new council were average women who took the election seriously. The local newspaper’s editor D.D. Rust gave the women a big write-up. The election made news all over the world. Newly-elected mayor, Mary Chamberlain, was the entrepreneur type. In 1896, she became the ﬁrst woman county clerk in Utah. Mary was the ﬁfth wife in a polygamous family. While the government struggled with the polygamy issue, Mary spent six years underground. Facing opposition taught her cooperation. That knowledge proved invaluable when she
became mayor. Council minutes from January 2, 1912 reported: “The old board surrendered their chairs with good grace and expressed good wishes to the incoming board.” The new council had minds of their own and frequently decided issues contrary to their husbands’ suggestions. Chamberlain wrote, “We have always been united in our labors, have laid aside our personal feelings and always worked for the public good. Don’t think for a moment that we haven’t any opposition to contend with. We feel sometimes that we have more than our share of it. Some members meet it every day in their own homes, but they are all women of character and have been able to hold their own.” During their two year term, the following items were decided: licenses for peddlers and traveling merchants were increased. The women joined the Irrigation Company, and built a dike above the town to protect property from menacing Kanab ﬂoods. A health board was appointed. Cattle, horses and other animals could no longer run loose in the streets. The women were tough. Dogs
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Mary Woolley Chamberlain, Luella Atkin McAllister, Tamar Stewart Hamblin, Blanche Robinson Hamblin and Ada Pratt Seegmiller had the unique distinction of being the ﬁrst all-woman city council and mayor in the country, and they ruled over Kanab, Utah.
not registered before a certain date were killed. People were prohibited from building a corral, stable or feed yard within ﬁfty feet of the street or public highway. Wooden culverts were placed across sidewalks where irrigation water crossed. Anyone allowing waste water to run down the street was ﬁned. The women offered prizes for the best-kept streets and sidewalks surrounding homes. Some other rulings: foot and horse races, ball games and other noisy sports were banned on Sundays. They ordered stores not to sell unnecessary articles on the Sabbath. They also had the cemetery surveyed and sold lots. Kanab was not a bad town, but the council still had enough problems to keep them busy. Mary wrote, “Our greatest trouble has been in ﬁghting the liquor evil, a terror to our town.” Many men smuggled liquor into Kanab through the U.S. Mail. The council wrote to the Postmaster General in Washington, D.C., and explained their situation. The result, the practice was stopped. Liquor was still shipped into Kanab by freight and other ways. Mary wrote, “They know we are on the lookout, and they have to be
pretty sly about it. Our Marshall seized twelve gallons at one time, which was addressed to different parties; some of them were able to prove to the satisfaction of the justice of the peace, though not to ours, that it was sent for medicinal purposes, and were allowed to keep theirs. And the rest, about six gallons, was poured out on the ground in front of the courthouse.” By the end of their term in ofﬁce, the ladies had earned the respect of the entire town. Tamar acted as spokesperson when the ladies were asked to run again. “When everyone else in town has had a trial, we’ll take another turn,” she said. On January 2, 1914, these “civicminded” women turned the running of the town back to the men with one exception. Ada Seegmiller ran for re-election. After she won, she resigned. Now years later, memories have faded and family has passed. A monument set in Kanab Wonderstone, located in town, is a tribute to these women. The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers presented a plaque to hang in the city ofﬁces and another for the Heritage House. (Mary Woolley Chamberlain’s Journal used as reference.)
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Discover Petroglyphs – Old “Grafﬁti” By Dixie Brunner As you study the rock face, it comes alive with ancient depictions of people, animals and symbols. You’re struck with a sense of awe, reverence and question... are these whispered secrets from a time long ago? “We believe petroglyphs were not considered art to those who put them there, but rather communication because of the use of symbols,” explained Archeologist Doug McFadden. While archeologists believe rock art existed all over the United States, the west is a treasure chest for it. Rock art is commonly found in sheltered locations, on rock faces, and usually away from where the people were living at the time. Two distinctions separate rock art. A “petroglyph” is a picture or symbol pecked into the rock’s surface. The majority of rock art found in our area is of this variety. Petroglyphs remain more enduring since indentations can better withstand the elements. A “pictograph” is a painted symbol. Different sites can offer a surprising variety of painted colors. The colors were made by utilizing and mixing different natural
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minerals. Rock art is often found clustered, with groups found together. Three types of rock art common to Kane County are Kayenta, Virgin and Fremont. But were the pictures and symbols the mark of a certain Indian tribe? “Not necessarily,” said McFadden, “while the differences in the symbols are obvious, the similarities are harder to identify.”
But some symbols were common to certain tribes. “We have found ﬁgurines which are similar to rock art styles, especially in the Fremont Indians.” Some symbols were meant to warn others. One Escalante site near Calf Creek Falls has lifesize pictographs. McFadden said it’s thought the large, forbidding, horned symbols were meant to scare people away.
An amazing set of petroglyphs at Shaman’s Gallery. Photo by Steve Hogseth.
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The importance of rock art as an archeological clue has emerged in recent years. It is believed that rock art may hold valuable clues to the life of peope long ago. Sites 2,000 years B.C., the Anasazi’s “Barrier Canyon Style,” have been found in Kane County. Utilizing tree ring dates, the Basket Maker’s rock art has also been identiﬁed and dated. These people occupied this area from 100 B.C.-400 A.D. McFadden said Basket Maker’s art is stylistically deﬁnable. The most recent style found here is “Eastern Kayenta,” which is late Pueblo and dated 1100-1200 A.D. One rock art style exclusive to Kane and Washington Counties is the “Cave Valley Style,” identiﬁed by symbols triangular in shape. For tourists wanting to view rock art with only minimal hiking, there is a site in South Fork Indian Canyon, northwest of Kanab in the vicinity of Coral Pink Sand Dunes. (Get a BLM map for directions.) McFadden encourages people to photograph, but not touch any rock art. And as you gaze upon the mysterious drawings from long ago, do you hear the whisper of a secret?
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Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park...........................834-5322 Cedar Breaks Nat’l Monument ............ .....586-0787 Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park ..... .....648-2800 Dixie Nat’l Forest ................................. .....865-3200 Grand Canyon Nat’l Park...................928-638-2611 Grand-Staircase Nat’l Mon / BLM ....... .....644-1200 Kaibab Nat’l Forest.............................928-643-7395 Pipe Spring Nat’l Monument..............928-643-7105 Zion Nat’l Park ..................................... .....772-0157
Kane County Travel Information................644-5033 78 South 100 East, Kanab Southern Utah News.................................644-2900 245 South 200 East, Kanab Kanab City Ofﬁces.....................................644-2534 76 North Main Street, Kanab Kane County Ofﬁces.................................644-2458 76 North Main Street, Kanab Kanab City Police Dept.............................644-5854 140 East 100 South, Kanab Glendale Town Ofﬁce................................648-2341 90 East Center Street, Glendale Orderville Clinic/Town Ofﬁce.....................648-2534 425 East State Street, Orderville Kane County Sheriff................................ 644-4916 Kaneplex Drive, Kanab Kane County Hospital................................644-5811 355 North Main Street, Kanab Utah Highway Patrol..................................644-2222 130 East 100 South, Kanab Fredonia Town Ofﬁce.........................928-643-7241 25 North Main, Fredonia, AZ
CBS Services.............................................648-2206 90 East State Street, Orderville Ramsay Automotive & Towing...................644-2468 115 South 100 East, Kanab Roger’s Sinclair & Towing......................... 648-2433 15 East State Street, Orderville
St. Christopher’s Catholic Church.............644-5652 25 West 200 South, Kanab
Cliffview Chapel Baptist Church ...............644-2889 217 East 300 South Church of Jesus Christ LDS: 20 West Center, Kanab.............644-2961 604 South 100 East, Kanab......644-5434 1435 S. McAllister, Kanab........644-8147 11 South 100 West, Alton.........648-2311 115 S. 100 E., Glendale .......... 648-2305 35 S. Center, Orderville...........648-2105 Jehovah’s Witnesses.................................644-3195 340 South 200 East, Kanab Mt. Zion Lutheran .....................................644-3451 1518 South Hwy 89A, Kanab New Hope Bible Church............................644-2994 395 South 200 East, Kanab Rivers of Life.............................................644-8675 1002 Chinle Dr., Kanab Trinity Church, Fredonia.............................643-7391 393 North Navajo, Fredonia United Church...........................................644-5081 530 South 100 East, Kanab
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KANAB Kanab RV Corral.......................................644-5330 483 South 100 East GLENDALE Bryce/Zion Campground.................... 855-333-7263 Highway 89 (North of Glendale)
Randy’s Auto Body.............................435-689-1267 1580 South 80 West Xpress Rent-A-Car....................................644-3408 1530 S. Highway 89A
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BC Fabrics.........................................435-899-0894 416 E 300 S, Kanab Bingham Gallery.........................................648-2653 Highway 89, Mt. Carmel Black Bear Trading Post............................648-2719 115 E State St., Orderville Denny’s Wigwam ................................. .....644-2452 78 East Center, Kanab Little Hollywood ................................... .....644-5337 297 West Center, Kanab Muley Crazy Magazine ........................ .....644-2486 1434 South Hwy 89A, Kanab Nature’s Showcase.............................. .....644-2396 288 West Center, Kanab
A Little Tourism History By Dixie Brunner Tourism has always been a key element in Kane County’s economy. But early settlers made little mention in their journals of the incredible splendor of the scenery surrounding them. Perhaps it wasn’t because they didn’t notice, the dramatic geography presented a real challenge for just staying alive! Mormon rancher Ebenezer Bryce, whom Bryce Canyon National Park was later named after, said the park’s maze of poking red spires would be “a hell of a place to lose a cow.” Edwin Dilworth Woolley was one of the ﬁrst to appreciate the grandeur of southern Utah. He was awestruck when he ﬁrst espied the Grand Canyon while working as a cattleman. “This is one of the Wonders of the World,” wrote Woolley in a journal. “People will come from all quarters of the globe and will pay great sums of money to gaze on what we now behold...” During the late 1880’s, John W. Young (son of Mormon leader),
was representing the LDS Church in England when he came up with a marketing scheme for this area. He thought that the Kaibab could be a private recreation area for English aristocracy. Young acquired major holdings and stocked it with horses and cattle. The plan fell through, but he continued to promote the Kaibab as a great hunting ground and potential tourism center with hotels and lodges for English nobility. Young induced “Buffalo Bill” Cody to act as guide for a group of Englishmen who were exploring the area for marketing potential. Unfortunately, the Brits decided the Kaibab was too far away, and too difﬁcult to reach. The 1900’s and the establishment of the Utah State Road Commission helped good roads be developed throughout the state. The advent of automobiles into the area brought public attention to the incredible, remote scenic wonders of southern Utah and northern Arizona.
Tanglewood Books.............................435-819-0449 20 North Main, Kanab The Read Cat Book Store..................435-261-2289 42 East Center, Kanab The Rock Shop......................................... 648-2747 385 West State Street, Orderville White Mountain Trading Post....................648-2030 Hwy 89 & Hwy 9, Mt.Carmel Jct. Zion Pharmacy .................................... .....644-2693 14 East Center, Kanab
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#1 Stage Stop ..........................................644-5292 288 South100 East Glazier’s Family Market ............................644-5029 264 South100 East Honey’s Fuel Center..................................644-2736 350 East 300 South Honey’s Marketplace.................................644-5877 260 East 300 South Red Cliffs Chevron ...................................643-6040 Highway 389 & Pipe Spring Rd. Thunderbird Chevron............................648-2009 Hwy 89 & Hwy 9, Mt.Carmel Jct. White Mountain Trading Post....................648-2030 Hwy 89 & Hwy 9, Mt.Carmel Jct.
DUCK CREEK VILLAGE Pinewoods Resort..............................800-848-2525 1460 E Duck Creek Ridge Rd. KANAB Aiken’s Lodge ...................................... .....644-2625 79 West Center (877-644-2105) Best Western Red Hills Motel .............. .....644-2675 125 West Center (800-830-2675) Comfort Inn .......................................... .....644-8888 815 E Hwy 89 (800-574-4061) Four Seasons Motel ............................ .....644-2635 36 North 300 West Parry Lodge ......................................... .....644-2601 89 East Center (800-748-4104) Redrock Country Inn............................ .....644-8774 330 South 100 East Rodeway Inn........................................ .....644-5500 70 South 200 West Royal Inn & Suites ............................... .....644-5373 386 East 300 South Treasure Trail Motel ............................. .....644-2687 150 West Center (800-603-2687) MT. CARMEL Mt. Carmel Motel/RV Park ................... .....648-2323 Highway 89 Thunderbird Resort...................................648-2203 Jct. Hwy 89 & Hwy 9, Mt. Carmel Jct.
Adobe Fitness...................................... .....644-5474 163 S 100 E Relax Ranch Massage.......................435-616-5066 134 South Prairie Circle
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Canyon Bistro ...................................... .....644-8171 198 South 100 East Charlie’s Oasis..... ............................... .....644-8033 332 West 300 North Escobar’s Mexican Restaurant.... ........ .....644-3739 373 East 300 South Houston’s Trail’s End........................... .....644-2488 32 East Center Jakey Leigh’s ....................................... .....644-8191 4 East Center Luo’s Cafe (Chinese) ........................... .....644-5592 365 South 100 East Nedra’s Too ......................................... .....644-2030 Corner of Hwy 89 & 89A Parry Lodge ......................................... .....644-2601 89 East Center Rocking V Cafe.................................... .....644-8001 97 West Center Street Spur’s Grill ........................................... .....644-8080 36 North 300 West Subway Sandwiches ........................... .....644-8800 295 East 300 South Three Bears Creamery Cottage .......... .....644-3300 210 South 100 East FREDONIA Cowboy Butte Grill & Steakhouse..............643-6848 Hwy 89A GLENDALE Cooter’s Cafe......................................648-2037 at the Bryce/Zion Campground MT. CARMEL Thunderbird Restaurant............................648-2262 Junction - Hwy 89 & Hwy 9 ORDERVILLE Soup Town Cafe....................................... 648-2370 30 East State Street
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KANAB Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ........... .....644-2001 5 miles North of Kanab on Hwy 89 Dreamland Safari Tours.............................644-5506 Kanab Grand Canyon Expeditions................800-544-2691 River Trips - Call for info ATV Tours & Rentals..........................435-668-5262 Kanab Moqui Cave ......................................... .....644-8525 5.5 miles North of Kanab on Hwy 89 Muley Crazy......................................... .....644-2486 1434 South Hwy 89A Seldom Seen Adventures...................435-689-1884 Kanab Windows of the West Hummer Tours....888-687-3006 Kanab MT. CARMEL Maynard Dixon Home................................648-2653 Mile 84, Highway 89, Mt. Carmel
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Aztec Gold like this was believed to have been buried around Kanab.
Montezumaâ€™s Treasure By Dixie Brunner Freddie Crystal in 1914, thought he had found the location of the famed Montezumaâ€™s Gold. (The Aztec Indian treasure Montezumaâ€™s followers supposedly buried to prevent it from falling into the hands of Cortez and his Spanish conquistadors). Freddie was staying at a nearby Johnson Canyon ranch at the time, and was convinced he knew the location of the famed gold. Crystal said Indian petroglyphs marked the way to a buried tunnel and secret room inside of a mountain with a great hoard of Aztec gold, silver and jewels. He disappeared for a few years, returning with a map he claimed to have found in a Spanish monastery. The map showed four mountains to the north, one mountain in each of the other three directions, a cliff with stairs, a duck petroglyph symbol, and a canyon with four side branches. One of the branches was marked as the buried treasure site. After a great deal of searching, Crystal and his entourage found another map directing them to White Mountain. As the group entered the canyon, Crystal pointed out matching clues... the duck petroglyphs and the cliff stairs were both there. They were sure they had found the lost treasure! The group was so excited
they began digging immediately. After two days of back-breaking excavation, they discovered a man-made stone wall built of blue limestone rock. News of the discovery rocked Kanab! The townspeople were in a frenzy. An organized group of diggers set up a tent city on the ďŹ‚at terrain beneath the mountainâ€™s slope. The workers pushed through the stone wall and found to their excitement, a tunnel. The 160 foot tunnel was treacherous with cave-ins, but Crystal and his group worked diligently. The party found pottery shards, deer and rabbit bones, and just as the map said, a large room! Unfortunately, the room was empty, no gold, jewels or treasure... only dust. Many more tunnels leading in other directions were found, and the searchers kept on looking for the treasure to no avail. After a two year effort, Crystal gave up his treasure hunt and disappeared completely. Interest in the treasure waned, and Kanab folk returned to their ordinary lives without ďŹ nding the phenomenal gold stash. The tunnel and treasure room still exist today. Occasionally you hear of somebody who thinks they know the goldâ€™s real location, but the only treasures ever discovered in the hunt was some spectacular scenery.
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By Dixie Brunner â€œAt last I shall give myself to the desert again, that I am its golden dust,â€? wrote western artist Maynard Dixon, a few years prior to his death. The desert was Dixonâ€™s ďŹ rst love, as evidenced by his work. Dixon painted western life for over ďŹ fty years. Through paintings, murals, drawings and illustrations he epitomized the beauty and grandeur of its deserts, mountains, canyons and valleys and recorded the life of its Indians and its settlers. He dedicated his life and art to celebrate the American West. When the famed artist sought serenity in 1939, it was in Mt. Carmel where Dixon settled. He and wife Edith Hamlin built a summer home and studio in a peaceful setting among cottonwood trees and along a stream running through a verdant meadow. The coupleâ€™s dream was to create a peaceful place where they could work on their art, and invite artist friends to partake in the beauty of the Utah landscape. The Maynard Dixon Home and Studio stands today, and is committed to Dixonâ€™s original goal
of fostering a new generation of artistic creativity. The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts is a non-proďŹ t foundation whose mission includes the preservation and maintenance of the Dixon home and property in Mt. Carmel. The property, placed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an integral stop on the Heritage Highway. The Dixon home and studio is an important destination for visiting artists to enjoy the beauty and spirit of southern Utah. Itâ€™s where great painters and sculptors, writers and photographers have gone for retreats and inspiration for over 60 years. The Bingham Gallery opened a couple years ago, and features incredible works of art from Maynard Dixon, Jack Hillers and others. Tours are scheduled daily. Selfguided tours of the grounds are also available. Special events are planned throughout the year, so email or call to get a schedule. For more information, please call 435-648-2653 or check out their website at www.maynarddixon. com.
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Centrally located right in the middle of ten of Americaâ€™s greatest scenic wonders, KANAB, UTAH makes the perfect base-camp for exploring, hiking, boating, photography, or back country adventure.
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