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CAVE LAKES CANYON

An Unbelievable Hidden Treasure
Your Next Vacation Destination


Discovered a thousand years ago by the Native Americans, now this spectacular private canyon is yours for personal exploration!
Whether your looking for a destination for serenity or outdoor adventure, Cave Lakes Canyon will go beyond your expectations.

How it Started:

George La Forge and Randel Aleman purchased and assembled Cave Lakes Canyon in 1996.  George and Randel have been friends for thirty years, and have bought and sold over 500 million dollars of real estate in Southern Utah and Nevada. Of all the properties they have owned, Cave Lakes remains their most treasured property.

Both George and Randel had a vision about Cave Lakes Canyon. In order to follow their dream they dedicated a lot of time, energy and money into acquiring the property. After three years of legal battles solving seller's litigation and risking to lose several hundred thousands of dollars in the process, their dream finally came to realization. The final purchase of the first 568 concluded in 1998.  Since then they have quietly assembled close to 1370 acres.  The Cave Lakes is thought by many to be the most beautiful, privately owned property in Southern Utah; truly a bold statement as Southern Utah is known for its breath taking properties. 

The canyon is truly a phenomenon! It features a 150-acre canyon floor bordered with 200 foot red sandstone walls.  One hundred and ten (110) springs are running along its path, forming  a multitude of caves some of them featuring a lake. Following their vision George and Randel designed and created seven additional  lakes cascading into each other.  They imported 800 tons of red sandstone boulders to create spectacular waterfalls, adding to the ambiance of this magnificent canyon. Numerous historic treasures are also featured all along the canyon dating back 200 BC to the Anasazi Indians and later to the official exploration of the Grand Canyon in the late the 1800's.

After twelve years of careful and strategic planning, Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch in now designed to be one of Utah's most enjoyable Vacation Destinations.

 

Welcome:
Welcome to Cave Lakes Canyon, located just five miles north of Kanab, Utah on Scenic Highway 89. Our location is absolutely perfect for staying in one place and experiencing the natural wonders of this region.

Location We are central to...

  • Bryce Canyon National Park (77 miles)

  • Cedar Break National Monument (40 miles)

  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles)

  • Grand Canyon North Rim (82 miles)

  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (15 miles)

  • Lake Powell (75 miles)

  • Pipe Spring National Monument (14 miles)

  • Zion National Park (44 miles)

There is no place in America that is better situated for access to so much scenic diversity.
 

Activities Take your pick...


Serenity
Cave Lakes Canyon is 2.5 miles in length and it winds through a lower plateau between Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The size of this private canyon means you will be able to find quiet spaces to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the natural world, without having to go far from your lodging. You can look around the world and not find a better location for your next vacation experience. We invite you to call us today to learn more.

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2.5 Mile Private Canyon

You'll enjoy the seclusion of our private canyon. Majestic sandstone walls rise over 200 vertical feet and 110 springs supply moisture to small lakes within the canyon and inside caves. Experience the grandeur of the American West.

 

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Central To America's Greatest Scenic Wonders

Cave Lakes Canyon absolutely is one of the most perfectly located destinations from which to base as you explore Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon north rim, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, the Grand Staircase, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Pipe Spring National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and much more. Take one look at a map and you'll see this is true. Each of these attractions is found within a small radius of Cave Lakes Canyon.

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The options for adventure or scenic serenity are so diverse that a week-long stay is just not enough. Plan on staying as long as you can, and then come back again soon, so you can experience Via Ferrata, hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, rock climbing, ATV or Jeep tours, and so much more. If you are looking for the a more serene experience, then you've still made the right choice. Solitude and scenic splendor is found literally, in every direction. Call us today to learn more!

 

The Lakes
The lakes within the caves are all naturally formed, but we have gone to great lengths to expand the lakes in the central canyon area. Water has always flowed through the canyon and we have not only added lakes but have added water cascades and other features to enhance the aesthetic qualities of the canyon.


West Canyon
This 2.5 mile long canyon has different and interesting characteristics through the length of the canyon. The upper (western) sections of the canyon offer lower cliffs and convuluted twists and turns in the narrow spaces of the canyons beginnings.

The canyon floor descends in elevation as it moves east and it also gains depth and width as it flows this direction. Canyon walls become more vertical and more lakes become visible.

Central and East Canyon
The central and eastern portions of the canyon are where many of the caves are found and within some of these caves are pristine small lakes.

Location

Cave Lakes Canyon is found on highway 89, just five miles north of Kanab, Utah.  Our location truly is at the center of the eight scenic attractions that are either national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, or state parks (see above map). 

  • Bryce Canyon National Park (77 miles) 

  • Cedar Break National Monument (40 miles)

  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes (12 miles)

  • Grand Canyon North Rim (82 miles) 

  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (15 miles) 

  • Lake Powell (75 miles) 

  • Pipe Spring National Monument (14 miles)

  • Zion National Park (44 miles) 
    There is no place in America that is better situated for access to so much scenic diversity.

It  seems that Mother Nature rounded up all the scenic areas and placed them close together, yet each National Park is so uniquely different.

Grand Staircase Escalante
The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab should be your first stop when planning a visit to this vast and remote region. Inquire here about canyoneering, hiking, mountain biking, ATV trails, scenic drives, adventure tours, maps and more. The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center is located on East Center Street and is open year round.

A scenic drive through Cottonwood Canyon is a great way to begin exploring Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Gas up and check with the visitor center in Kanab for road closures prior to heading out. Take US-89 for 32 miles until you reach Cottonwood Canyon Road, then head north. The unpaved road follows Cottonwood Wash as it winds through rugged cliffs, red rock formations and open wilderness. You'll pass the old Paria movie set. About 25.5 miles north of US-89, you'll reach the unmarked trailhead for Cottonwood Wash Narrows. A moderate hike along Cockscomb ridge leads deep into this popular slot canyon enclosed by sheer sandstone walls. Next, continue north to nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park or to Grosvenor Arch, a massive natural sandstone arch standing 152 feet high and spanning 92 feet across.

For a trace of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument's Old West heritage, try a scenic backcountry drive through Johnson Canyon. Johnson Canyon Road offers breathtaking views of Vermillion, White, and Pink steps of the Grand Staircase. You'll pass the old Gunsmoke movie set, the largest set constructed in the Kanab area, which can be viewed from the road about five miles from the US-89 turnoff. The partially paved Johnson Canyon Road also leads to Bull Valley Gorge, one of the narrowest and deepest slot canyons within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Adventurers who complete the challenging full-day hike into Bull Valley Gorge will be see something unusual: an old pickup wedged between a bridge of boulders and tree trunks.

Heading north on US-89 leads to Scenic Byway 12, Utah's first All-American road which winds throughout parts of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Visit the rock formations in Devil's Garden, located along Hole-in-the-Rock Road or continue on the Burr Trial. Head east on US-89 for about 60 miles from Kanab to the white stone Wahweap Hoodoos on the edge of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The four-mile hike through Wahweap Wash is fairly easy, and leads to two more challenging hikes to reach additional coves of hoodoos. Head back west about 12 miles for a short hike to the Rimrock Hoodoos.

Common hikes within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument include the 5.5-mile moderately strenuous hike along a developed trail through Lower Calf Creek Falls and more challenging hikes such as Death Hollow, The Gulch, and Twenty-mile Wash. Permits are required for extended backcountry hikes, and can be obtained at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab.

Directions to Cave Lakes Canyon:

From the South / Interstate 15:  Just past St. George / I-15 take the Hurricane Exit 9 and go east to Hurricane, Utah.  In downtown Hurricane follow the signs that point to Grand Canyon / Kanab. Travel to Fredonia, Arizona and turn north to Kanab. Go through Kanab (north) along Highway 89 till you see Moqui Cave on the left.  Just past Moqui Cave (500 yards) you will see a road turning left (west) into a canyon. This is Cave Lakes Canyon. Map to Kanab, Utah from St. George, Utah

From the North (Salt Lake City):  Go south on Interstate 15 until till just past Beaver, Utah. You will see a sign leading east to Bryce Canyon. This is Highway 20. Go east to Highway 89 and turn south toward Panguitch, Utah. In Panguitch turn left at the main stop sign (flashing yellow light), and follow Highway 89 as it winds east and then south toward Kanab. Five miles before you arrive in Kanab you will see Moqui Cave ahead. On your left (500 yards before Moqui Cave) is a road going into a canyon on your right. This is Cave Lakes Canyon. 

From Phoenix / Flagstaff:  Go north on Highway 17 through Flagstaff.  Follow signs to continue north on highway 89.  Go past Cameron Arizona to the Bitter Springs and follow the road to Navajo Bridge where it crosses Marble Canyon.   Follow 80 west to Jacob Lake, and then north to Fredonia and Kanab.  Go through Kanab (north) along Highway 89 till you see Moqui Cave on the left.  Just past Moqui Cave (500 yards) you will see a road turning left (west) into a canyon.  This is Cave Lakes Canyon. 
 

Location:

Latitude - 37.125.   Longitude – 12.569.72

Coral Sand Dunes State Park........................................................3 miles
Kanab.............................................................................................5 Miles
Zion National Park:.......................................................................33 miles
Bryce Canyon...............................................................................69 miles
Lake Powell & Glen Canyon Recreation Area............................. 70 miles
St. George....................................................................................75 miles
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim-..................................... 85 miles
Monument Valley........................................................................ 200 miles
Las Vegas, NV............................................................................ 200 miles
Canyon de Chelly........................................................................243 miles
Salt Lake City..............................................................................303 miles
Mesa Verde......... .......................................................................315 miles
Arches National Park..................................................................321 miles
Phoenix, AZ................................................................................345 miles

Climate:   Temperatures throughout the year a generally very pleasant. Summertime months highs are in the 90's with nighttime lows in the 60's.   

Wildlife:  Some of the common visitors or residents to Cave Lakes Canyon are; Mule Deers, Lynx, Blue Herons, Partridges, migrating Wild geese to name a few lakes with tout, large mouth bass or crayfish
Cave Lakes Canyon is found in Utah which is referred to as the Beehive State.
  

What To Do In Cave Lakes Canyon:

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VIA FERRATA

We provide the only Via Ferrata experience in Kanab! 

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CANYONEERING

Take a guided hiking and rappelling tour with our experienced guides through the area's most popular slot canyon

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ATV TOUR

Take an adrenaline pumping ATV adventure ride through sand dunes.

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