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Dog-Friendly Utah: Exploring Kanab with Dogs

Kanab is in Southern Utah and is a great place to explore with your pups. It is filled with colorful landscapes, home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There is no shortage of dog-friendly activities to do in and around Kanab.


Sit, stay and relax at the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile in Kanab. This property is the Disneyland of all pet-friendly hotels. Best Friends Animal Society went all out and have your pets in mind when staying there. This property has 40 rooms and suites that are all pet-friendly. You can have up to four household pets stay in your room and there is NO extra pet fee. For more details about our stay at the Best Friends Roadhouse, check out our blog post here.


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

No visit to Kanab is complete, without a visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located 5 miles from town and is in beautiful Angel Canyon. On any given day the sanctuary is home to around 1,600 animals. You can take a free guided tour, volunteer with the animals, adopt your next beloved companion or just explore the canyon. Dogs are welcome in the visitor center and in the canyon. Stretch your legs on the Water Canyon Trail next to the visitor center, pay your respects to the animals who call Angels Rest their final resting place or find a nice bench at the gratitude garden and enjoy the views of the canyon. It truly is a special place to visit.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

There is fun to be had at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. The dunes are a popular for ATV riders, sandboarding and hiking. We explored the dunes late in the day and watched the sunset. Dogs are welcome and need to remain on leash. When exploring the sand dunes, make sure you keep an eye out for ATV riders. This is a great place to explore and play in a giant sand box.

Wire Pass Trailhead

This hike is located 37 miles east of Kanab. You will turn on House Rock Valley Road which is a dirt road and follow that for 8 miles where you will see a sign for the Wire Pass Trailhead. There is plenty of parking and toilets at the parking lot. The road is passable to cars during dry weather. The fee for the hike is $6.00 per person and $6.00 per dog. Make sure you bring cash with you.

This is an easy hike that provides you access to Buckskin Gulch. You will encounter an 8-10 foot drop in the slot canyon. We opted to hike up the detour on the right when entering the slot canyon. It was a great view on top. We did see other hikers and dogs head down that route to avoid the drop off. Keep in mind that it is a steep descent. Being that I have two senior dogs, I opted to just enjoy the view and then head back. We still got a small taste of the slot canyon and had a great time.

Toadstool Hoodoos

This is an easy 1.5 miles round trip hike that is dog friendly. There are no fees required for this hike. We headed to Toadstool Hoodoos after the Wire Pass Trail hike as it is just 8 miles east of the House Rock Valley Road. This hike has a unique landscape and makes for a great playground to explore.

Sand Caves

The Sand Caves are located on 89 just past the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary entrance. You can park on the south side of the highway. There are trails right across the street from the parking. We opted for the trail to the far left as it was not as steep. Once you get up to the caves you can enjoy the views, nooks and crannies of the caves. I recommend keeping dogs on leash as there are other visitors and sheer drop offs.


Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen is a fantastic restaurant. Dogs are allowed on the patio all year long. In the cooler months, the patio is enclosed and they have heaters to keep you warm. Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen is conveniently located across the street from the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile.

Kanab Creek Bakery is next to Best Friends Roadhouse Roadhouse and Mercantile. Grab a cup of coffee, breakfast or delicious sandwich for the road as you enjoy a day of exploring. You and your pup can enjoy one of their pet-friendly outdoor tables. This is a popular place, so expect to have a bit of a wait. It will be worth it.

The Rocking V Café is an eclectic restaurant with great food and fun atmosphere. Their patio seating is dog-friendly.

Kanab is a “pawfect” pet-friendly destination full of adventure. We only scratched the surface and are looking forward to visiting again soon.

Waggin Tails, Happy Travels!

Krista and The Pups

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