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Things to do in Escalante, Utah

About Escalante, UT

The serene town of Escalante, Utah, and its backyard, the Grand Staircase National Monument, are a natural paradise nestled deep in Southern Utah near Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. 

 

This ideal and distinctive location makes the quiet city of Escalante a must-see stop on your vacation exploring Utah’s most unique natural wonders.

 

Trying to find the best things to do in Escalante? A guided tour through the canyons of the Grand Staircase is the ultimate experience. ROAM offers four guided adventures through these breathtaking bucket list locations.

ICONIc Peek-a-Boo Slot CanyoN UTV TOUR

The Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon tour is our most popular ATV tour for a reason–your adrenaline will soar as you ride through sand dunes to one of the most beautiful and legendary slot canyons in Southern Utah. 

 

Wind your way through the slot canyon on foot with our expert guides to explore ancient sandstone walls over 100 feet high.

 

Peek A Boo Slot Canyon is located near Kanab and the Zion National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante area.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Group Sizes: 1-20

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  A camera, hiking shoes

What's provided: Everything you need 

Distance: 8.5 miles round trip

Elevation: trailhead 4,960 feet

Total elevation: 880 feet

Best seasons:  Year round

Tour type:  Guided UTV

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

"The Combo" Peek-a-boo canyon & great chamber

Experience the best of both worlds in one thrilling Southern Utah UTV guided tour. Start your day with an adrenaline rush ride to The Great Chamber. After relaxing in the epic 200-foot cove, we’ll zip over the sand dunes to experience the narrow walls of the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon.

 

This 3.5-hour experience is great for the whole family.

Duration:  3.5  hours

Tour type:  Guided UTV

Group Sizes: 1-12

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  A camera, hiking shoes

What's provided: Helmet and water

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"The half day'er" Peek-a-boo canyon, the great chamber, and hoodoo

The Half Day-er is our longest UTV tour and packs an adventurous punch. You’ll experience the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon, The Great Chamber, and a surprise site you don’t want to miss. 

 

Join our expert guides on a combo hiking-and-UTV tour packed with adventure near Kanab and Zion National Park.

*Moderate hiking required in each location

Duration:  4-5  hours

Tour type:  Guided UTV

Group Sizes: 1-24

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  A camera, hiking shoes

What's provided: Helmet and water

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

the great chamber utv tour

Embark on the outdoor adventure of a lifetime with our adrenaline-pumping UTV tour of The Great Chamber in Kanab–a colossal 200-foot tall hidden cove and massive sandhill shaped by desert winds over thousands of years. We’ll take a short hike with an uphill, sandy ascent to the cove. If the hike doesn’t leave you breathless, this natural wonder's stunning views and incredible scale will.

Duration:  2.5-3  hours

Tour type:  Guided UTV

Group Sizes: 1-24

Ages: 1-100

What to bring: Hiking shoes

What's provided: Helmet and water

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

Visiting Kanab, Utah

Kanab is a small town home to 4,300 residents in Southern Utah. The town is the hub of the Southwest’s national parks, including Zion and Bryce Canyon, popular tourist areas like Grand Staircase and Lake Powell, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

In the past, it was one of the most isolated cities in the country, cut off from travelers by the Colorado River and accessed only by rough terrain. Today, Kanab is scenic and friendly, with remnants of its original “old west” spirit. The area’s red rocky terrain and unique geological formations will call you back time and time again. You will never run out of things to do in Kanab, Utah.

 

 

What Makes Kanab the Perfect Vacation Spot?

Kanab is the perfect central location to experience Southern Utah’s adventures. As a hidden gem in the heart of the American Southwest, the city is the ideal base camp for taking memorable adventures, finding unforgettable vistas, and exploring breathtaking landscapes. 

 

From mesmerizing slot canyons and enchanting hiking trails to heart-pumping ATV tours and surreal sand caves, Kanab is full of captivating natural highlights.

 

Slot Canyons: Nature’s Art

Kanab is known for its stunning slot canyons, each with its own unique character and charm. For all the adventure seekers out there, ROAM offers action-packed slot canyon tours through Kanab and its surrounding areas’ unique landscapes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons

A slot canyon adventurer’s dreamscape, Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons are famous for their vibrant, swirling sandstone walls and narrow passageways. The light and shadows bounce around within the canyons, creating a surreal, unearthly atmosphere. At some points in Spooky Gulch, you may have to remove your backpack to squeeze through. 

Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch is one of the longest slot canyons on earth. Hiking through its twisting corridors (sometimes only 10 feet wide!) is an otherworldly experience and feels like a journey into the heart of the world.

Red Cave

Aptly named, the Red Cave Slot Canyon has crimson-hued, winding walls. It is a relatively accessible canyon, and the winding passages contrast beautifully with the blue skies above.

 

Hiking Trails: Journey Through Nature

Kanab is a natural paradise for hikers with trails that guide you to some of the world’s most visually stunning destinations. You can choose to hike these iconic spots on your own or opt for a guided hiking tour with ROAM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wave

The Wave is one of the most famous hikes in the country, providing surreal sandstone formations and captivating landscapes. This hike should be on every outdoor adventurer’s bucket list. Permits are required for this trial, so plan ahead.

 

South Coyote Buttes

The South Coyote Buttes offer a quiet, stunning alternative to the crowded North Coyote Buttes. You will find a myriad of natural wonders, including The Paw Hole, The Cottonwood Teepees, and more. 

ATV Tours: Adrenaline in the Desert

For all the adrenaline seekers out there, ROAM offers thrilling ATV tours through Kanab’s unique landscapes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Race your ATV over the soft pink sands of this dune field. It is an unparalleled adventure that feels like a desert rollercoaster.

 

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

Combine your love of touring slot canyons and off-roading by embarking on an ATV tour through this stunning slot canyon.

 

The Great Chamber

Explore the hidden treasures of The Great Chamber, a massive, 200-foot-tall cove hidden deep in the heart of the desert.

 

 

Sand Caves: Secrets Under the Surface

Kanab’s sand caves offer an alternative adventure where you can explore and tour the world hidden just beneath the desert floor. These underground wonders are truly one of the most unique things to do in Kanab, Utah. The caves offer exploration of ancient geological formations untouched by the modern world.

 

Belly of the Dragon

The Belly of the Dragon is a surreal subterranean experience carved by the elements over several millennia. Venture into the depths of this incredible sandstone cavern outside of Kanab, Utah.

 

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

You can explore the Coral Pink Sand Dunes above and below ground. The sandy expanse offers a unique vantage of the desert’s hidden treasures.

 

 

Scenic Drives: Journey and Destination

Kanab’s scenic drives offer breathtaking vistas around every curve, so buckle up in a ROAM jeep and soak in the area’s natural beauty.

 

Scenic Byway 12

A drive along this iconic route, also known as the All-American Road, takes you on a tour through red rock canyons, past towering plateaus, and offers countless memorable photo opportunities.

Johnson Canyon Road

Discover the wonders of Johnson Canyon and its petroglyphs on this picturesque drive.

 

House Rock Valley Road

This scenic route offers spectacular views of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and takes you to the Buckskin Gulch trailhead.

 

State Route 67

Witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon from the less-popular but not-less-magnificent North Rim from State Route 67.

 

 

 

 

How to Get to Kanab

Arriving in Kanab is an adventure in itself, so you may need a combo of air travel and driving to reach your final destination.

Distance from Major Commercial Airports

  • 311 miles: Las Vegas, NV (LAS / KLAS) Harry Reid International Airport

  • 316 miles: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC / KSLC) Salt Lake City International Airport

  • 354 miles: Phoenix, AZ (PHX / KPHX) Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

 

Distance from Regional Airports

There are some more accessible, smaller airports within driving distance of Kanab, Utah.

 

  • 135 miles: Cedar City, UT (CDC / KCDC) Cedar City Regional Airport

  • 194 miles: Page, AZ (PGA / KPGA) Page Municipal Airport

  • 199 miles: Saint George, UT (SGU / KSGU) St. George Municipal Airport

  • 203 miles: Moab, UT (CNY / KCNY) Canyonlands Field

  • 235 miles: Provo, UT (PVU / KPVU) Provo Municipal Airport

 

Upon arriving at your airport, you must rent a car, camper, travel trailer, or RV to drive the rest of the way to Kanab. 

How Many Days to Spend in Kanab?

Because of Kanab’s central location, we recommend staying at least four or five nights in the area. This will give you time to experience the natural wonders of Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Staircase, and the Grand Canyon while also enjoying local tours with Roam Adventure Tours.

 

Best Time of Year to Visit

The best time for a trip to Kanab and its surrounding National Parks and Monuments is mid-April through September. During these months, the temperatures range from a comfortable 65 to a hot 92 degrees Fahrenheit, creating ideal conditions for outdoor activities.

 

Visiting during the winter months is not as highly recommended due to colder temperatures, snowfall, and more dangerous driving conditions. 

 

It is worth noting that while the chances of precipitation are generally low during the spring and summer, they are not absent. Due to possible hazardous conditions, thunderstorms and potential flash floods could impact your ability to visit the canyons and go out on select hikes, ATV tours, and scenic drives. Please stay weather-aware during your visits to Kanab and the surrounding areas.

Where to Stay

No matter the size of your party, there are unique places to stay that can accommodate your needs. In Kanab, you can rest up for exploration in hotels, cabins, historic homes, townhouses, luxury vacation homes, and yurts, or try out glamping at the luxurious Cave Lakes Glamping Resort

Of course, parking a camper, travel trailer, or RV off the beaten path or pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars is also a fantastic option for the more adventurous traveler.

Kanab, Something for Everyone

If you're still wondering, if Kanab is the right destination for you, the answer is yes! Kanab is the ultimate destination in Southern Utah, you. Adventure and discovery are around every corner, regardless of age or skill level. 

 

Most activities in Kanab are kid-friendly, and ROAM Outdoor Adventure Tours were created for people of all ages to enjoy. 

 

If you’re ready to book your tour or have more questions about things to do in Kanab, Utah, reach out today and ROAM Kanab like never before.

A narrow red rock slot canyon
A picture of the sky and slot canyon walls
The Wave red rock formation filled with water
Coral pink sand dunes
A ROAM jeep driving through water
A Cave Lakes glamping tent next to pond
A Cave Lakes cabin next to red rocks

Glamping tents and cabins for rent at Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch in Kanab, Utah.

  • What is your refund policy?
    Full refund with within 48 hours of activity. 50% is refundable after that until the activity day. No refund given for a no-show or past 30 minutes late. $100 rescheduling fee within 24 hours.
  • Do you need canyoneering or rappelling experience to do the Via Ferrata or Canyoneering trip?
    NOPE! You don't need any canyoneering experience to do either of those adventures! The only thing you need is some grit and love for adventure!
  • The UTV's are guided, but can I still drive?"
    Yes! You just have to be over the age of 21 with a current drivers license. Just let your guide know you would like to drive and they will gladly accommodate!
  • What do you provide on an UTV tour?
    Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold! We also provide helmets and googles.
  • Do you do UTV rentals or just Guided UTV tours?
    We do not rent our UTVs. Our UTV experiences are guided which means a guide does come with you. Don't worry, they are excellent and knowledgeable about the area and also dub as your own personal photographers for the day! If you need a rental for the day checkout our Jeep Gladiators!
  • What do you provide on Hiking and Canyoneering tours?
    Transportation to the trail entrance and a yummy lunch will be provided. Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold!
  • What should we bring?
    ATV tours: Bring water, sunscreen, face gaitor / bandana for dust, and good hiking shoes. Each of our destinations requires a bit of hiking! Via Ferrata: Bring bug repellent for possible mosquitos in the canyon and if you'd like to climb with your phone to take photos, wear something with secure pockets or bring a carrying case that can stay close to your body. Horseback Rides: Bring bug repellent, sunscreen, long pants, and closed toed shoes. Hiking and Half day canyoneering: Bring good hiking shoes, a Hydration backpack for water or no less than 2 liters of water, and snacks. You do not want to bring a loose backpack that can potentially fall off your body while rappelling. And of course, remember to bring money to tip your guide if you love your experience!!
  • How do I obtain a permit for the wave hiking tour?
    A permit is required to hike the Wave. You must obtain a permit before contacting us. Click here to put in for a permit.
  • Are dogs allowed on your tours?
    Dogs are only allowed on the ATV tours
  • Is gratuity added or should I tip my guide?
    Yes please tip your guide! If you have a good time, please show them some love with a tip. They work hard and they work for tips! Most guides have venmo as well.
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