Kanab Area

About Kanab

Kanab, Utah is located in the center of Utah's "Grand Circle" of National Parks, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon North Rim and Lake Powell. Established in 1870 by Mormon Pioneers, Kanab grew from a sleepy ranching community at the turn of the last century to “Utah’s Little Hollywood” through the middle of the 20th century. It is currently the recreation and commercial center of South Central Utah and the Arizona Strip. The name Kanab derives from the Indian term for willow.

Kanab Utah Demographics and Statistics


Kanab City : 2010 Census: 4,312  (2000 Census: 3,564)
Kane County: 2010 Cenus: 7,125 (2000 Census: 6,046)

ELEVATION: 4,950 feet

LAND USE (Kane County):

Total area: 4,373 square miles
State land: 412 square miles
Federal (BLM) land: 3,718 square miles
Private land: 218 square miles

LOCAL SERVICES: City library, county hospital, public swimming pool, senior center, tennis courts,baseball fields, 9-hole municipal golf course, city airport, municipal water and sewer systems, cooperative-owned electric company, high-speed internet service, cable and satellite television and much more.

Kanab Utah Area Links

Kanab, Utah Chamber of Commerce - Directory of Kanab area businesses
Southern Utah News - Kane County's weekly newspaper - sample edition available online
Kanabguide.com - Kanab, Utah area information, including national parks, activities, and area business listings, brought to you by the Southern Utah News.
Kane County Travel Council - Kane County's Office of Tourism and "Little Hollywood" Film Commission
City of Kanab, Utah - Kanab City official government site - featuring department information, business listings, ordinances, emergency information and events calendar.
Kane County, Utah - Official Kane County government site
Local Weather - Current Kanab weather information courtesy of Salt Lake City's KSL-TV
Kanab, Utah links, information and more from the local source, www.kanabutah.info


Kanab History

Kane County was named after Brigadier General Thomas L. Kane, a statesman who, according to LDS Church President David O. McKay, was the “truest, most loyal non-Mormon friend the Church had ever had.”

The first inhabitants of Kane County and the surrounding areas, including Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, were know as Anasazi,  meaning old enemies. The name was given by the Navajo as they entered the area and recognized that the dwellings were not from  their ancestors. Divided into 3 periods of The Basket Makers and 3 periods of Pueblos, the major primitive Indian settlements in Kane  County dated from about 200 AD and continued for over 1,000 years.

Only educated guesses explain why these inhabitants left the  area in the 14th century. The Kane County Anasazi are called the Moqui (Mo-kee), originally derived from Hopi meaning dead ones  or deceased ones. One theory is that the Moqui Indians moved into North Eastern Arizona and merged with the Hopi Indians who  are still occasionally referred to as Moqui. More recently, the Kane County and Arizona Strip area became the home to Paiute and  Navajo Indians.

Settlement began around 1858, with a few ranchers living in the region. Jacob Hamblin passed through the area on a mission to the Moqui Indians east of the Colorado and determined that Kanab would make a good outpost to protect the weak settlements of St. George, Santa Clara and the Virgin. Because of the Indian uprisings in Central and Southern Utah, a fort was authorized by Brigham Young to be built under Hamblin’s direction.

Kanab boasts having the first all-woman town council in history. These women were elected in 1912 – before women were given the right to vote in the U.S.

Until 1912 – the year work began on Highway 89 – Kane County was the most inaccessible county in the state of Utah. The first car to arrive in Kanab was in 1909, when two cars leaving Salt Lake arrived three days later. Because no gasoline was available south of Provo, can s of fuel were shipped by train to Marysvale, UT, where it was picked up by team and wagon and delivered to strategic spots along the way. The first car rode ahead with ax and shovel to fix any impassable place. A multitude of locals and Indians gathered to see the arrival. When a few of the bravest would reach their hands out to touch the car, the driver would honk the horn and there would be a scattering in all directions! Less than a dozen people had seen an automobile before.