|Old set from a Kenny Loggins concert|
|More movie sets|
|This stone building was actually made out of paper mache|
Just a few miles north of Kanab you can turn left onto a poorly maintained road which will eventually take you to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The name pretty much says it all, although when we were there the dunes were more orange than pink. According to the internet, they look pinker at sunset, but we decided not to sit around for 5 hours to find out. It is a beautiful site but the dune area
|The Coral Pink Dunes were actually pretty orange, but we can fix that.|
|Dune buggy on the dunes|
Beyond the park the road takes you south to the Arizona border where the pavement stops. We did see a couple of motor homes come up the road, so the dirt road down there must not be too bad, but we decided to turn around and go back the way we had come. One warning - if you have any loose fillings do not go to the dunes. The road in will shake them out of your head.
There are a lot of places in Utah which are recommended for "high clearance vehicles only". Our Forester has all wheel drive but sits pretty low to the ground. So we hired an outfit that gives Hummer Tours to take us out to Peek-a-boo Canyon. This is a slot canyon, vaguely similar to Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell. It is not as narrowly enclosed as Antelope but is still pretty interesting to hike through. We walked for about a quarter mile before we came to a place where I didn't feel I could safely negotiate the terrain, so I sat and relaxed while Vicki and our guide went the last couple hundred yards.
Eleven miles east of town is a road that goes north into Johnston Canyon. This little used road runs through mostly cattle country between two sets of cliffs in the lower reaches of the Grand Staircase.
|Old Gunsmoke set|
|Waiting to get into Zion|
|The Kolob Terrace Road|
When we came back down to Virgin a couple of hours later we decided to return through Hurricane rather than retrace our steps though the distance is about a wash. You take Utah 59 to Arizona 389 then over to Fredonia, AZ which is just 8 miles south of Kanab. I only knew Fredonia as the country that went to war in Duck Soup, but it turns out that the term was used as a humorous reference to the United States ever since the American Revolution. There are 17 towns called Fredonia in the US and one in Columbia. If you are ever in Fredonia, AZ, there is an excellent restaurant there called The Juniper Ridge. What it is doing there I have no idea but it is definitely worth the drive if you are staying in Kanab.
|Preparing to start the tour|
They also provide spaying and neutering services to try and decrease the number of unwanted animals out there. In fact, they have found that feral cats will not stay in an adoptive home, so they have a program where they just round them up in big bunches, neuter them and then release them back out into the wild.
We visited the shelter one afternoon while we were in
|Puppy who just got fixed|
|Sun going down in Johnson Canyon|
|The Kolob Reservoir|
|Ducklings in the reservoir|
|A mule deer crosses the Kolob Terrace Road|
|Along the Kolob Terrace Road|
|In the Cat House|
|Bird feeder at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary|