It is unbelievable how many incredibly stunning things there are to see and do around Kanab. That’s why folks come here and why you should too.
Places to explore
Best Friends Animal Society —14 miles from BC37°
Bryce Canyon National Park — 88 miles from BC37°
Cedar Breaks National Monument — 81 miles from BC37°
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park — 29 miles from BC37°
Grand Canyon National Park — 65 miles from BC37°
Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument — 10 miles from BC37°
Hog Canyon ATV Trail Network — 12 miles from BC37°
House Rock Valley Road — 40 miles from BC37°
Kodachrome Basin State Park — 90 miles from BC37°
Lake Powell — 63 miles from BC37°
The Wave — 45 miles from BC37°
White Pocket — 45 miles from BC37°
Zion National Park — 39 miles from BC37°
BaseCamp 37° Hike, Bike, and Ride
The Chocolate Cliffs rise above BaseCamp 37° to the east and west, with both rims having ample areas for hiking with hidden treasures of petrified wood. Biking requires some skill, with fat tires needed for deep sand above the cliffs, and good stamina needed to tackle the many washouts on the local jeep trails. Riding, however, is a completely different story. Only your gas tank and imagination will limit how far you can go on the extensive network of BLM roads and jeep trails accessed right from your canvas door.
The Visit Southern Utah website has a great collection of maps to many local destinations within a few miles of BaseCamp 37°. Click here to print.
Check out what a 6 day plan looks like to really soak in the beauty Southern Utah.
A big part of the Kanab community, Best Friends is one of the largest animal sanctuaries in North America. Best Friends has a visitor center in Kanab. The sanctuary itself, is north of town, 16 miles from BaseCamp 37°. Insider tidbit: The cafeteria is open to the public for lunch. $5 all you can eat vegan buffet. The views from the deck are breathtaking.
One of our favorites! Cool temps dampen the crowds in the shoulder season, while the high elevation of Bryce Canyon tempers the summertime heat of Southern Utah. We enjoy the back way to Bryce, via the Skutumpah Road (weather permitting) for a quick view of Royal Bull Gorge and an easy side trip down Willis Creek Slot Canyon.
Another favorite to beat the summertime heat in Southern Utah. The rim at Cedar Breaks sits about 10,000 feet above sea level and overlooks a fabulous natural amphitheatre of orange and pink formations. For those seeking even thinner air, Brian Head Peak is just up the road, where a gravel road will take you to the top at 11,307 feet.
The most accurately named State Park in Utah, over 3000 acres of dunes in hues of pink and coral. This is basically an ATV park, with most of the terrain available to off road enthusiasts. The road to the state park is paved, however, all of the side roads feature deep sand. We tend to leave our Toyota FJ near the pavement and explore these areas via ATV.
BaseCamp 37° is 89 easy miles from the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge. Arizona Highway 67 provides the main access to the North Rim. Stop for cookies at Jacob Lake to add to your picnic. Its always cool up there, so this is a great option to take a break from the summer time heat.
Most facilities at the North Rim close every year on October 15 and reopen in Mid May. You can still make day trips to the North Rim until Arizona Highway 67 is closed for the winter, usually around December 1.
This mammoth area features several access points with an untold amounts of colorful formations, slot canyons, and desolation. GSENM starts about 15 miles east of BaseCamp 37°. We strongly advising using the resources provided at the GSEMN Visitor Center in Kanab. The friendly folks at the BLM will have updated road conditions as well as suggested itineraries. Some of our favorites include the primary shooting location for The Outlaw Josey Wales (Paria Townsite), the Toad Stools (very easy access) and the Hackberry slot canyon.
This vast area of trails lies just north of BaseCamp 37° on top of the Vermillion Cliffs. Technically, one could ride from BaseCamp 37°, however we prefer to trailer up to one of the trailheads in Johnson Canyon. The trails are well signed with difficulty levels displayed.
House Rock Valley Road
On most days, we can call it a road, but there are times when this stretch of dirt and gravel is only passable for a helicopter flying above it. Be safe! Always check with the GSENM Visitor Center in Kanab for the latest conditions for House Rock Valley Road. This backcountry byway is your access to the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. HRVR is home to some of the most unique and photogenic rock formations in the American Southwest; The Wave, Cottonwood Cove, White Pocket, Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch, and Paw Hole. Guests to BaseCamp 37° with sturdy 4×4’s or ATV’s can access House Rock Valley the back way, venturing across Muggins Flat, joining up with the Winter Road to climb up and over Buckskin Mountain to House Rock Valley.
This area was “discovered” after appearing in the Sept. 1949 issue of National Geographic. Later it was named after the famous brand of film. Off the beaten path with a good network of trails for hiking and mountain biking, Kodachrome Basin State Park can be reached on pavement from Bryce Canyon or from the south via the Cottonwood Canyon road. This byway suffers frequent closures, always check with the GSENM Visitor Center in Kanab for updated conditions. We enjoy this southern approach when conditions permit. Favorites along the way include quick hikes into Hackberry Slot Canyon, the Cottonwood Narrows, and Grosvenor Arch.
With 1900 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell offers precious few places when one can simply drive up to a beach to enjoy a picnic and a swim. Lone Rock Beach is the only reasonable option. Located 62 miles east of BaseCamp 37°, the beach is great spot for kayaking, swimming, and watching amateurs get vehicles stuck in the sand or in the rising waters of Lake Powell.
Scoring a Wave permit is difficult at best. The Kanab GSENM Visitor Center runs a walkin lottery every day between March and October for ten total permits. During the winter months (November-February), you can improve your chances by stopping in on a Friday, as they conduct three days worth of lotteries each Friday. The next best thing to securing a Wave permit is having a back-up plan to see the lesser known, but equally stunning siblings of The Wave. We can help you formulate such a plan. For those with an adventurous spirit and vehicle to match, the trailhead for The Wave can be reached directly from BaseCamp 37° without driving a single stretch of asphalt.
For our money, White Pocket is every bit as impressive as The Wave and does not require a permit, just the fortitude and skill required to navigate the sandy roads within the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Local guides offer trips for those without a proper vehicle. BaseCamp 37° has detailed maps and directions to White Pocket for those equipped and daring enough to drive themselves.
Everyone should go. But the reality is, Zion is having growing pains. Parking lots fill early in the day and shuttle buses are cramped. BaseCamp 37° can help you formulate a plan to negotiate the congestion in Zion Canyon. Or, we can point you to the less crowded eastern sections of the park, 39 “fun to drive” miles from Basecamp 37°.
Wire Pass Trailhead & Permits
The Wave — requires North Coyote Buttes permit, difficult to obtain
Teepee Valley — no permit required
Wirepass — no permit required
Buckskin Gulch — no permit required for day use
Lone Tree Reservoir Trailhead & Permits
Cottonwood Cove — requires South Coyote Buttes permit, much easier to obtain
Paw Hole — requires South Coyote Buttes permit, much easier to obtain
North Teepees — no permit required
South Teepees — no permit required
White Pocket — no permit required
Steamboat Rock — no permit required