kane83bcThe Under The Rim heritage area is named for its location beneath the redrock rims of the Colorado plateau.  Hollywood fell in love with the area and filmed Westerns like "Gunsmoke" here for decades.  The Kanab area has also become one of Utah's burgeoning arts communities where shops and galleries display fine art and photography as well as Western memorabilia and some of the highest quality Native American crafts and jewelry in the region.

    Mt. Carmel   Kanab   Pipe Springs    Big Water
Kane County

Mt. Carmel 83755

The town was settled by Dr. Priddy Meeks in 1864 and called Winsor.  As with many early Utah towns, Indian problems caused the town to be abandoned and resettled in 1871 when it was renamed Mount Carmel in honor of a mountain in Israel.

The Old Rock Church Art Gallery
(2610 South State Street: 435-648-2174)

Located in historic "Mormon United Order" country, this historic rock church displays local art that will help you catch some of the splendor and color of the land and her unique and peculiar people.  For a taste of our local art, visit our "Art Utah-Art That Lifts Web Site" www.artutah.com"


Thunderbird Resort


This is a great little resort with food, lodging and a fun little golf course.  From a heritage perspective, it's their gift shop that makes this a "must" on your heritage trip.  They carry hand loomed Navajo rugs by local artisan Dorothy Nez, pit fired pottery by Judy and Woody Allison, limited edition sculptures, dream catchers, mandelas, fine Indian jewelry and much, much more.


Golden Hills Restaurant

We were asked by local heritage businesses to include this restaurant in our directory.  The rugged beauty of this section of the Headwaters heritage area offers breathtaking heritage experiences, but not many places to dine, especially at night.  According to many locals, Golden Hills Restaurant offers top-notch food in a friendly environment.  After dinner, we invite you to stay at one of the bed and breakfast inns in the area.


Arrowhead Bed and Breakfast
(1-888-821-1670: 2 miles north of Mt. Carmel Junction)

We'll let Gene and Jane's advertisement about one of their four rooms speak for itself. "Awaken to sunlight, soft yellow roses, fresh coffee, and the smell of baking breads in your king size bed, with its fluffy homemade comforter and soft feather pillows. This room features a private pool entrance and a private bath with an extra large shower and a Jacuzzi tub for two." Horse rides are also available.

East Zion Trail Rides
(PO Box 96 Glendale, UT  84729 -Junction Highways 89 & 9 Mount Carmel Junction, UT.  84755 : 435-648-2570)
email address: coxtrailrides@scinternet.net

Ride with us to the top of Star Rock Mountain, to the beautiful hills of Sugar Knoll or to one of the incredible Mount Carmel Slot Canyon. So many visitors to Southern Utah hear of the gorgeous slot canyons in the East Zion area and want to visit. Take this opportunity to combine the adventure of horse back rides and the unique experience of viewing the slots canyons in person!

We offer 1 to 3 hour Rides and longer rides booked in advance. Hope to see you soon.  

Maynard Dixon Home and Studio
(Highway 89 Mile Marker 84 Mt. Carmel, UT 84755 : (435) 648-2653)

For over fifty years, Maynard Dixon painted the life and landscape of the American west. In paintings and murals, drawings and illustrations, he epitomized the beauty and grandeur of its deserts, mountains, canyons and valleys and record the life of its settlers and the ancient ways of its native Indians. Dixon is a world renowned artist who mastered the Southwest. Tours $20 per person. Open April 1st - Labor Day. Web Site: Maynard Dixon Location: Maynard Dixon home in Mount Carmel. Reservations: 1-435-648-2653

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Kanab 84741

The name "Kanab" is derived from an Indian word for a basket carried on a mother's back for transporting her baby.  The town was first settled in 1858, but was resettled several times due to Indian troubles. Beginning with Tom Mix's western "Deadwood Coach" near Kanab in 1922, the area in and around Kanab became a favorite site for the movie industry.

Utah Trails Resort & Tours
(Hwy 89 One Mile East of Kanab:
800-871-6811 )


Sleep in an authentic Tipi, enjoy cook-outs and campfire programs. Learn new skills, archery, tomahawk & spear throwing, sling shots, horseshoes, crafts, games and dress up.

Angel Canyon
(6 miles north of Kanab)

Angel Canyon was home to ancient Indians for over 10,000 years until drought drove them away.  Settlers arrived in the late 19th century and, beginning in the 1930's the canyon became the site for scores of movies and television series include the Lone Ranger.  Today the canyon is privately owned by the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary who offers tours.


Chuckwagon Cookouts, LLC.
(78 East Center Street: 435-644-2489)
(Located behind Denny's Wigwam)

Chuckwagon Cookouts, LLC offers much more than simply the best Cowboy Grub in Southern Utah.  After Lonnie serves up her chuckwagon, finger lickin', Dutch oven dinner and cowboy coffee, then it's casting time.....lights, camera, and action, for another episode of "How The West Was Lost".



Heritage House
(Main Street and 100 South)

This Victorian house is the former home of two early pioneers in Kanab. Built in 1894, the Heritage House is on the National Register and has been fully restored. Within its walls is a collection of relics and souvenirs, not only of the people who lived there but also of their friends and neighbors. One-hour tours from 9-5 during summer months. While you are there, pick up a copy of the 55 minute Heritage House Walking Tour of five historic homes, a turn-of-the-century hotel and an old general store.


Rocking V. Café
(97 West Center Street: 435-644-8001)

The Rocking V Café, serves fine southwestern fare.  Our pastries are crafted from scratch on site.  Our site was opened a century ago as a general store and later became a bank.  The old, room-size safe still works.  The Rafters Gallery Upstairs @ The Rocking V Cafe on the second floor, features the work of local artisans.

Parry Lodge
89 East Center Street: 1-800-748-4104)

This picturesque, white lodge in the middle of the rugged Colorado Plateau has been an oasis for stars such as John Wayne, Glen Ford, Charlton Heston, Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner since 1929.  Our restaurant is renowned for its home cooked quality and our gift shop carries authentic Indian jewelry, hand made items, original drawings and paintings.


Denny's Wigwam
(78 East Center Street: 1-435-644-2452)

Denny's Wigwam is one of the Southwest's most unique gift shops and western wear stores.  It offers the largest collection of Indian jewelry in the Southwest along with Navajo rugs, Kachina dolls and handmade Indian pottery.  Don't miss our western town complete with a blacksmith shop, old wagons, guns and all kinds of western stuff.


Moqui Cave
(5 and 1/2 miles north of Kanab:
P.O. Box 151, Kanab, Utah 84741


These dwellings are replicas of cliff dwellings inhabited in Southern Utah about 900 BC.  200 feet into Moqui Cave you discover an extensive collection of native American artifacts, one of the finest fluorescent mineral displays in the USA, view the largest gathering of dinosaur tracks in the Kanab area and shop at a unique gift shop.

The Old Barn Playhouse
(89 East Center Street: 1-800-748-4104)

The Old Barn Playhouse is the place to go in Kanab for fun entertainment. Located on the properties of Parry Lodge, this unique theater features live western melodrama. Cheer the hero, sigh for the heroin, and boo the villain at the show. Built at the turn of the century, for years the barn houses the horses of movie stars in town to film a Western.


Willow Creek
(263 South 100 East: 435-644-8884)

Your heritage experience along the Utah Heritage Highway can be even greater with quality heritage information and that's what you get at this special shop.  Whether you are looking for travel and hiking guides, southwestern fiction, local heritage and history books, cowboy poetry, or information on regional Native American art and culture, this is the place for you.  You can also buy the perfect outdoor gear to enjoy your heritage adventure or enjoy a cup of expresso.


Raven House Art Gallery
(99 East 100 North : 435-644-2744)

Rebecca Gaver painted the mural of local Indian petroglyphs and pictographs on the Visitors Information Center building on Highway 89.  Her art is on display at Raven House.  She and her husband live in this historic home, the Willis Little house, built in 1905.  Stop by or call for an appointment if you prefer.


Norma's Country Gifts
(310 South 100 East: 435-644-2700)

This little gift shop has all kinds of collectibles and features limited edition Beth Cooper dolls.  They also sell "Our Name Is Mud" cocoa, brownie and muffin mixes as well as marvelous locally crafted soaps and bath products.


Nature's Showcase
(288 West Center: 435-644-2396)

We are the home of "nature's most beautiful paintings".  Millions of years in the making, Mother Nature brings you Kanab Wonderstone.  Beautiful gifts from Mother Nature!


Special Tees
(11 West Center: 435-644-3597)

So why are we recommending that you visit a T-shirt shop?  Co-owner Terry Cottrell turns t-shirts into fabric art creations and John recreates the work of local photographers on t-shirts and gift items.  In addition, several local artisans display their work here including a small collection of Kathy Waters' silverwork.


Kanab Gazebo
(Center of Town: 1-800-733-5263)

Performances by local artists every Wednesday night can be enjoyed at 7:00 at the Gazebo in the center of town. Singers, cloggers, bands, even the Symphony of the Canyons can be heard at the Wednesday Night at the Gazebo performances.


Frontier Movie Town
(297 West Center: 435-644-5337)

Step back in time as you enjoy our Dutch oven dinners, hole-in-the-wall saloon, frontier photography, gift shop, Western museum, movie sets and "dress to kill" costume rental.  Call for dinner reservations.


Johnson Canyon
(Highway 89 east from Kanab to well marked, paved road to the left just short of where the Grand Staircase -Escalante Monument begins: 1-800-733-5263)

This is a lovely canyon, but it's fame lies in having been the set for Gunsmoke. Though located on private property, you can see the set including Miss Kitty's Longbranch Saloon, Doc's office and the rest from the road.


Cedar Post Trading Company
(91 West Center: 435-644-5239)

Come in and see our fine selection of Old Pawn Indian Jewelry. We also have antiques, guns, gold jewelry and many unusual and one of a kind items. Our building is one of the oldest buildings in Kanab. It was built in 1892, by H.E. Bowman & Co and originally housed a general store.


Grand Canyon Expeditions

Heritage expeditions! Learn of the challenges that Major Powell, George Flavell, Julius Stone, and the Kolb brothers encountered on their expeditions. Enjoy the mystery of the Honeymoon couple, Glen and Bessie Hyde. Wonder about the early people who left behind split-twig figurines that radiocarbon date 3,000 to 4,500 years ago.


Jacob's Outpost
(40 East Center: 435-644-5859)

Jacob Hamblin probably did more for peacefully bring together the Western and Native American cultures than any man.  Like Jacob, we bring together the best of these cultures so you can take home something special.  Unique western foods, desert picture rocks, handmade Indian jewelry, country handicrafts, Native American Pottery, felt and straw hats, southwest Tapes and CDs.


Trail West Gifts
(157 West Center: 435-644-2420)

Stop in and see our large selection of Navajo, Hope and Zuni jewelry, pottery, sandstone and kachinas in addition to a wide variety of souvenirs.


Deer Springs Ranch
(30 East Center: 435-644-2444)

Our old Pioneer Homestead is a working Ranch and offers you a cowboys experience as you stay in a modern cabin and rest each night in the cool plateau breezes and fall asleep to the sound of the coyote's song in the distance.


Center Street Gallery & Music
(10 East Center: 435-644-5230)

Featuring the incredible canyon photography of master photographer Terry Alderman, our gallery also shows the work of many other area artists.  We carry harps and folk instruments and a unique variety of other gift items.  We are also a full service matte and frame shop.


Red Rock Ride

We know there is a little bit of cowboy in all of us. So saddle up with the rest of us for an unforgettable seven-day horse ride vacation through some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landmarks in the world including three national parks. Our cowboys have been guiding riders for years and will lead you through the old trails used by cattle rustlers, Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, and Texas Ranger Elijah Moore.


Houston's Trails End
(32 East Center: 435-644-8840)

In every heritage area along the Utah Heritage Highway, we like to feature a long time, family-owned restaurant and Houston's Trails End is our pick "Under the Rim".  While you are waiting for the six gun toting waitresses to bring your meal, decide which work of Western art displayed along the wall you would like to buy.  Houston's is also an information center for the Red Rock Ride.


Gifts of the West
(24 East Center: 435-644-8840)  bkc@xpressweb.com

Gifts of the West is another of the fine gift shops along Kanab's Center Street featuring gifts which reflect southern Utah's western heritage.  Don't miss their top notch selection of gifts hand crafted by Native American artisans including Navajo fetishes, rings, bracelets, belt buckles, liquid silver necklaces, bolos, pottery, kachinas, and dreamcatchers,


Viola's Garden Bed and Breakfast
(250 North 100 West: 644-5949)

This delightful B&B was originally a bought through Sears Catalog in 1912, shipped from Chicago to Marysvale, Utah and brought to Kanab by team and wagon.  The kit including three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and pantry cost $664.  Now beautifully expanded to five bedrooms with a lovely wrap around porch, this is a truly unique heritage experience.



Nine Gables Inn
(106 West 100 North: 435-644-5079)

Southern Utah heritage shouts from this white stucco, adobe brick home.  From polished hardwood floors, rocking chairs in a warm sitting room, wood-burning stove and courthouse bench to oak slatted bed, Briar Rose pattern quilt, curly maple rolltop desk and breakfast with home grown raspberries, Nine Gables Inn is a true classic.  Known as "The House of Hospitality", dignitaries including Zane Grey, Buffalo Bill Cody and Mormon prophet Heber C. Grant all slept here!.


Terry's Camera Trading Company
(19 West Center Street: 435-644-5981)

Master photographer Terry G. Alderman offers 1-day photo workshops that take photographers to the lesser-known, lesser photographed backcountry of N. Arizona and Southern Utah.  Trips can be arranged on a drop in basis. While you are in his shop, don't miss his unique camera museum.   


The Wood Shop
(4820 E Vermillion Ave: 435-644-5228)

Antique Wood Swings - Gliders

The Campwagon Shop
(4675 E. Vermillion Ave: 435-644-5458)

Authentic Restorations

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Pipe Springs

Pipe Springs National Monument (West of Kanab): 520-643-7105)

From Kanab follow 89A to Fredonia.  Turn left onto AZ 389, drive 15 miles west.  American Indians first farmed and hunted near the springs.  By the early 1870's the Mormon Church had built a fort at the site and established a large cattle ranching operation.  Today a visitor center, guided tours of the fort, "living history" demonstrations, an orchard, garden, and half-mile loop trail offer a glimpse of American Indian and pioneer life in the Old West.

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Big Water 84741

Paria Outpost and Outfitters

Paria Outpost and Outfitters along with Paria Canyon Guest Ranch welcome you to a rustic western destination within the newest National Monument. "Gateway to the Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument and Paria Canyon Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area". Rustic lodging, Dutch oven dinners, horse trips, hayrides, rock shop. Explore pioneer cabins, historic mines, Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs

Old Paria Ghost Town
(East from Kanab on highway 89 for about 45 miles and turn left on the well marked dirt road: 1-800-733-5263)

This is western movie country and the industry's footprint has clearly been left behind.  Visit the site where Clint Eastwood's "The Outlaw Josie Wales" and other westerns were filmed.  Flash floods drove the settlers away years ago, but stop by the ghost town and cemetery.

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This page last updated on Friday, August 04, 2006