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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins
Reviewed July 12, 2012

My sister and I stayed at the cabins at Best Friends for four nights. The good things were, first, the amazing setting. There are four cabins about a mile from the visitor center. They are clean and quiet. The setting is spectacular. You are surrounded by high mesas, juniper trees and red sand. It is quiet and secluded. We each had our own cabin which was good because they were very small. The cabins consist of a double bed, a bathroom and a small sink, fridge microwave area with a counter tucked under some cupboards. The room was so small I had trouble putting a yoga mat down to do some stretches. I felt cramped. My sister, however, liked the coziness of the space. There was literally nowhere to sit except for at the counter, but that was a challenge because your face would be in the cupboards. The bed was the other option for seating, or you could sit outside on the shared patio - nice but, in July, hot as heck. The bed was soft and sank in the middle. I have a bad back and had to sleep on the floor - again, a challenge given the space. We paid $75 a night. A real bargain if you can use the bed. People said the cottages are bigger with a sitting area. I hope the beds are newer !

The best thing about the trip was volunteering at the sanctuary and seeing first hand that the money we donate to them is well spent. This is a truly impressive place. If I went there again, I think I'd either stay in town (Kanab) or try the cottages with a reassurance that the beds would be newer.

I give the lodging a 3, the sanctuary a 5.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 19, 2009

During our anniversary trip to see Zion and Bryce National Parks, we wanted to make a stop in Kanab to see the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Unfortunately, we were a little short on time so we were only to spend a day volunteering there, but we did have a great opportunity to stay at Angel Canyon for 2 nights. While visiting the BFAS website, we came across some links on visiting the sanctuary and discovered that BFAS operates some cottages/cabins/RV sites on their large property used as lodging for visitors and travelers. The site compiles a daily list of bookings which we were surprised was so full so far out in time (we started looking in June for lodging in September/October and there were only a few dates open during the week). They do note that the regularly have last minute cancellations so it's worth a peek to visit the site if you tend to book a little closer to your trip date.

Accomodation: didn't see the cabins (though for 2 people that would have been a better value). We stayed in one of the cottages which is closer to the horse stables, goats, and pot-bellied pigs. Don't worry, it wasn't stinky at all :) The cottages offered a beautiful view of the horse field and the distant walls of the canyon. It was super quiet and peaceful - definitely a good vibe there! The cottages have a separate bedroom with 2 queen beds and a pull out couch. The beds in our cottage were "fair" - nothing to brag about, however, the accomodations were cozy... kind of felt like home - not to overdone and very practical. The kitchenette was nice - definitely good if you're staying out a little longer or have kids. The shower was nice and hot. You get a small bar of soap so make sure you bring your toiletries. Each cottage had its own parking spot just steps to the door. Free wireless internet service was available.

Service - as mainly an animal sanctuary, the service here is barebones - don't get me wrong, the service desk AT the BFAS main visitor center was great, but they are closed after about 5:30p. We got in at around 7p and were a little confused on where the cabins were located and if we could get in... we drove around a bit then found them tucked away by the horse stalls. The cabins were on a separate driveway east of the cottages. I recalled a note on the website about late check-ins but didn't have that printed up. We parked and tried the door - voila, it was open, but after logging in to the website, discovered that they'll leave the door open, but they'll have you pick up the key and take care of the bill the next morning. It worked out fine... the only thing is that if you leave the cottage for the evening with no one there, you can't lock it. The areas safe with a bunch of good-deed doers so we weren't worried about it when we went into town looking for dinner. There is no room service and I don't believe there is a daily cleaning service, unless otherwise requested. There's a phone and TV in the room. The kitchenette has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, automatic water kettle, and burner plate... table for 4 plus a breakfast counter with 2 stools. The kitchenette is stocked with glasses, dishes, coffee, sugar... all the basics. There's a balcony outside that overlooks a horse pasture. The place is air-conditioned/heated. Nothing there was fancy, but again, it felt very homey.

We went on a tour (sign up on the website - the volunteer coordinators are super speedy and efficient about returning e-mails) the next morning and decided to volunteer in the cat section. In retrospect, it would have been nice to spend another day there to volunteer in some other areas, but 1 day was a good taste of BFAS. One of the benefits to staying on property was that we had an easy opportunity to take a friend or two home to our cottage to stay overnight. It's a great program that helps so socialize the critters which may give them a better shot at finding a forever home. We purposely chose two GREAT kitties from the Calmar house because they were FELV+. My husband and I are animal-lovers with 3 cats and other critters. Because they tested positive for this disease (though they were NOT showing any signs of illness and may just be carriers), we knew no matter how much we fell in love with them, we could not take them home. It was so nice to have little friends at night to entertain us and to snuggle. We wish we could have had them longer! Now, many of the hotels in town are very animal friendly and encourage these overnight stays. If you are considering taking one of the critters, it's nice to have the opportunity to take them off campus and see what his/her personality is really like. The cottages/cabins on site will allow dogs and cats. The cottages come equipped with a nice doggy crate with a cushy pillow that can even plug in for extra heat. Great place to stay if you're bringing a doggy of your own. The cottages were also sponsoring an overnight pig program where you could take one of the pet pigs for an overnight stay. How cool! Again, I wish we had more time... the husband was okay with 2 wild and fun kitties for just 1 night :)

Obviously, the cottages are not meant for anyone experiencing animal allergies. There was no carpeting, but just to be safe, bring antihistamines if you are sensitive to critters. To get through the BFAS, you absolutely need your own transportation - they do not have any shuttles so be prepared to drive.

Kanab is a cute little town central to the Grand Canyon north rim, Bryce, and Zion. I suppose that it's a good location between all three if you were looking a ONE solid place to stay for a trip to all three. We stayed here, Springdale, and Tropic and preferred being a little closer to each park to allow us earlier access to avoid the crowds. From BFAS to Zion, it took about less than an hour to get to the east gate. To Bryce it would probably be about 2 hours. Not sure on the distance to AZ, but I think it's really close. We ate twice at a restaurant in town called Nedra's Too - great little place with delicious Mexican food. Ordered a burger to go the next day (so we could hange out with the kitteh's) and it was also good.

There were a few local sites that we didn't not have time to see around there including the Sand Dunes (had spent a day in Hurricane off-roading so that was OK) and Moqui cave. We didn't make the drive to Paria because of a time crunch, but we'd like to next time.

Overall, this was a great feel-good stay. Certainly would recommend staying here, especially if you are interested in visiting BFAS (not mandatory). It's also nice that our cost is going back to BFAS (the way it registered on the credit card makes me think that it can be written off too, but I need to check on that). You get a little bit of a discount if you are a BFAS member which is a minor donation of $25 yearly. It's nothing fancy, but it's in beautiful country - Angel Canyon itself is very picturesque and the next time we visit, we'll make more time to hike through it too.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins

Address: 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT
Location: United States > Utah > Kanab
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Kanab
Price Range: $70 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has become the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Nestled in gorgeous Angel Canyon, it’s a sight to behold — and a place of compassion unlike anywhere else on earth. On any given day, around 1,700 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and more call Best Friends their home-between-homes. Here, they’re given love, medical care and the chance to be adopted. Cottages: Shaded by the red cliffs of Angel Canyon, near the Best Friends Welcome Center, are eight guest cottages. Accommodating up to six people, each cottage has one bedroom containing two full-size beds, sitting room with sleeper sofa, kitchen, 3/4 bath (shower stall), and a balcony with a view of the horse pastures. Cabins: A smaller alternative to the cottages, the cabins accommodate one to two guests and are also conveniently located on Sanctuary property. Each has a studio setup with one queen-size bed, kitchenette and 3/4 bath (shower stall). RV Site: Two fully-equipped RV sites offer a spectacular view. Both are complete with 50-amp electricity, water, septic tank, 35' concrete platforms, and an unobstructed sight line for satellite TV. There are no length limitations; however, the sites are not pull-through, so you must be able to back your RV into or out of the site. These sites do not have shower or restroom facilities. ... more   less 
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