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Kanab to Grand Canyon Travel Guide

Kanab to Grand Canyon

Kanab, Utah is not only a gateway to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, it is also centrally located in the middle of Southern Utah's many amazing destinations. As far as recreational activities there are many world-class attractions close by, as well as some nice scenery right in town to enjoy before you head to the canyon.  The North Rim, Marble Canyon, Kanab Creek Wilderness and Toroweap are top Grand Canyon Destinations close to Kanab. Lake Powell, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Zion and Bryce Canyon and other nearby National Parks, along with many other stops in Southern UT, and Northern AZ, are just a half days drive or less from town.

Only a few miles from Fredonia and the Arizona border, Kanab is a larger town, with more amenities than its neighbor across the border, making it a great base camp for travel to Grand Canyon’s North Rim and East Rim. Kanab has a mix of long time local families along with retirees, federal employees, and some outdoor junkies that call this place home. There are a couple good restaurants, lodges, and a grocery store.  There is also a gear shop; coffee house and youth hostel right in town for tourists heading to Grand Canyon National Park. Read the guide below to learn more.

Kanab to Grand Canyon Travel

Driving Distance from Kanab, UT to Grand Canyon

  • Kanab to Grand Canyon North Rim is 75 miles, a 1 hour 25-minute drive.
  • Kanab to Grand Canyon East Rim is 76 miles, a 1 hour 25-minute drive.
  • Kanab to Grand Canyon South Rim is 215 miles, a 3 hour 50-minute drive.
  • Kanab to Grand Canyon West Rim is 317 miles, a 5 hour 10-minute drive.

Grand Canyon Tours from Kanab

There are a few local tour companies that provide trips to the North Rim and more remote parts of Grand Canyon National Park like Tuweep.  Nearby Marble Canyon/Lee’s Ferry is the is the launching point for Grand Canyon rafting expeditions and Page, AZ offers a one day smoothwater float to the Grand Canyon National Park.  Aside from the Grand Canyon, there are some amazing tour to nearby Southern Utah locations that are definitely worth including in your canyon vacation if you have some extra time.

Best Restaurants in Kanab and on the drive to Grand Canyon

Kanab has a great variety of restaurants for a small town including, Mexican, wood fired pizza, greasy spoons and a gastro pub. On the way to the Grand Canyon, Jacob Lake Restaurant is a good stop for North Rim travelers and Marble Canyon and Cameron Trading Post for folks heading to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Best Hotels in Kanab near Grand Canyon

Kanab is large enough to have several hotel and lodging option for visitors headed to the North Rim, or for people needing a place to stay before the drive to the South Rim or Grand Canyon National Park. It’s also a great base camp for more adventurous canyon travelers who want to explore Toroweap and the more remote North Rim destinations.

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