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September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

My family of 5 adults and one 6 month old baby are renting a house in Kanab for 5 days. We plan on volunteering at Best Friends and visiting some of the local parks, ie. North Rim, Lake Powell?, Bryce? Looking for suggestions on not-to-miss excursions that we can all participate in. (Hiking the Narrows in Zion is obviously off the menu with a baby!)

Also wondering about driving times and how much we can do in one day since our trip is short. We will have a baby backpack for hiking.

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1. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

Kanab to Bryce is about 1.5 hours,Kanab to Zion just under an hour,Kanab to Lake Powell about 1.5 hours,Kanab to North rim about 2 hours.

Lake Powell(Page) has Antelope slot canyon,Glen Canyon Dam,Horseshoe Bend,and the smooth water raft trip.

www.raftthecanyon.com

Also in the area,Navajo Bridge,Lees Ferry,Lonely Dell Ranch.

Near Kanab,Moquoi Cave to see the glowing rocks,Coral Pink Dunes State Park,and Pipe Spring Natl Monument.

Bryce has the car tour thru the park and the views from the main amphiteater.And hikes into the canyon to see the Hoodoos.

Zion has several family friendly hikes.Riverside walk,Pa rus trail,Emerald Pools,Weeping Rock.Also interesting to see Canyon Overlook just outside the tunnel.

A fun loop road(some of it dirt) head Kanab to Coral Pink Dunes,head south from the campground to Hwy 59/389 at Cane Beds.West on the Hwy.Then head north on Smithsonian Butte Road to Rockville(see Grafton Ghost town onthe way)Go thru Zion,see Canyon Overlook,MT Carmel.Back to Kanab.

Another very long day trip is Hwy 89 to Page to Bitter Springs.Then take 89 alt over Navajo Bridges to Lees Ferry to Jacob Lake(gateway to GC north rim)Then see Le Fevre overlook of the Grand Staircase.Then back to Kanab.

Just a few ideas to think about.

Lexington, Kentucky
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2. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

Just what I was looking for...I knew about the big parks but the little ones sound intriguing also...the estimated times really help!

thanks so much!

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3. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

I think the only thing he didn't mention was Pipe Springs NM. It is a dot on the map, but very interesting history...better than Grafton if you are interested in the old west.

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4. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

Thanks for the suggestions. Is there a place in Kanab where I can pick up brochures for many of these smaller places?

Nallambal

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5. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

A couple things to look at are these guidebooks.One called Moon Handbook,the other Lonely Planet.Both have Zion and Bryce editions that pretty much cover all the National Parks in Utah.The Grand Canyon editions,would cover the northern AZ things.Available at any good bookstore where you live.

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6. Re: September Kanab family trip, suggestions for day trips?

Most hotels have a brochure rack. There are also plenty of visitors centers. The one for the Grand Staircase in Kanab. Also the BLM office there would have information available.

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