Kanab, Utah, is a hidden gem nestled amidst stunning natural landscapes, providing a perfect blend of outdoor adventure, cultural history, and a warm community atmosphere.
It is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, explore breathtaking national parks, and experience the unique charm of the American West.
Kanab boasts an array of options when it comes to places to stay, from chain hotels to Airbnb’s, boutique hotels, glamping tents, cabins, and more.
Whether you prefer to stay in the center of town with its shops and restaurants, or off the grid away from it all, you can find both in Kanab.
I have listed below some of Kanab’s best and most unique hotels to make your stay truly memorable.
Grand Staircase Inn
This boutique hotel (book here) is located in the heart of Kanab and offers guests a comfortable and unique stay in a restored historic building. The inn features a range of room types, from cozy standard rooms to spacious suites with kitchenettes, and is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and local attractions.
Canyons Boutique Hotel
Canyons Boutique Hotel (book here) features luxurious rooms, with fireplaces, jetted tubs, and spa-like bathrooms. Imagine relaxing by the fire in a robe, after a long day of exploring the Utah desert. It is the perfect romantic getaway when visiting Kanab.
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Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile
Bringing your furry friend along on your trip? There is no better place to stay than Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile (book here). This hotel is pet-friendly and run by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (be sure to visit the large sanctuary during your visit!).
The hotel features, a fenced dog park, splash zone, washing station, slide-out pet beds, treats, and more, all offered to your pets for free. The rooms themselves are also beautiful and comfortable, making it a great place to stay.
This lodge (book here) has been serving guests for 125 years. Offering rooms from double king to single queen rooms. This lodge offers pet-friendly accommodations as well as options for long or short-term stays. Jump in the heated pool, commissioned by John Wayne himself, or enjoy their home-cooked breakfasts.
- Kanab isn’t far from the east entrance to Zion National Park. Check out Can You Drive In Zion? (What You Need To Know) for more information about driving the Zion-Mount Carmel Road and what you can see along the way.
Red Canyon Cabins
Looking for a more rustic stay? Red Canyon Cabins (book here) offers comfortable accommodations inside each of their cabins. With air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms, these are definitely more luxurious than your average camping-style cabin.
Base Camp 37
Base Camp 37 is a glamping destination off the grid. The perfect place to get away and experience peace and calm while exploring the outdoor scenery in Kanab and Zion National Park. You won’t miss out on comfort here however in their safari-style tents, set up with California King foam mattresses.
- Check out our Zion National Park Trip Planner for everything you need to know about visiting Zion.
Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch
This secluded getaway is located outside Kanab and offers an incredible glamping experience. In a serene setting by a lake, or inside a cave, you will have ultimate comfort as well as the beauty of the outdoors surrounding you.
Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch partners with ROAM which does adventure tours. So you can book your stay as well as UTV rides, horseback rides, or canyoneering tours, and have incredible adventures while you’re there.
Wondering What to Do During Your Stay in Kanab?
Kanab has a wealth of incredible destinations and activities from hiking Buckskin Gulch or the Wave to exploring the sand caves, canyoneering, off-roading at Red Canyon Slot (Peek-a-boo), and horseback riding. You can also volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, shop downtown, eat at one of the many critically acclaimed restaurants, or take a trip to Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, or Page, Arizona. Kanab has it all.
Check out our Kanab Guide for help in deciding what you would like to do during your visit.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know?
Kanab is only 35 minutes away from Zion National Park, but it can get crowded!
Most travelers want to visit the most popular sites and still avoid the crowds. We have a detailed itinerary that gives you a step-by-step game plan so you can get to the best places at the right times and make your vacation great!
But that’s not all! Our itinerary includes a free audio guide to listen to while driving with over 1.5 hours of stories about the park!
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO
ZION TRIP PLANNER: To read or watch all of our content about Zion National Park, check out our Zion Homepage
THINGS TO DO: Don’t miss all that Zion has to offer including Emerald Pools, Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, and Kolob Canyons
WHERE TO EAT: Check out the best places to eat in and near Zion National Park
GREAT CITIES TO STAY OR CHECK OUT: Learn where to stay or camp when visiting Zion and explore some amazing cities nearby including St. George, Kanab, and Cedar City
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Find out if you need a reservation and how to use the shuttle system as well as if you can drive in Zion, which entrance to use, and how to avoid crowds
WATCH: Enjoy videos of gorgeous Zion National Park while learning our best tips for visiting by watching our Zion YouTube Playlist