Bring good shoes and comfortable clothes for hiking.
Recommended time of the year
The summers in Kanab can be very hot.
About This Day
This day in Kanab, Utah, is full of adventure, wonder and exploration. It combines a longer, morning hike of exploring slot canyons along the Wire Pass Trail with a short, easy hike to the Moqui Caverns later in the day. When your family is ready for dinner, head to Sego for a truly special meal.
For the first mile (1.6 km) of this trail, you will walk along a wide stream bed between low sandstone cliffs. It’s a bit of a boring trail in the beginning, but once you hit the slots, you are in for such a treat. Go slow and take your time through the slots. Enjoy the quiet solitude and beauty of the light streaming in from above. You will go in and out of slots for about half a mile (0.8 km), and then the cliffs will open up wide. This is where Wire Pass and another slot canyon hike, Buckskin Gulch, intersect. Make sure to check out the Native American petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings) on the wall to your right just before the corner turns. You can go up both ways and explore the Buckskin Gulch slots for a bit. However, there is usually water to wade through, and it can get quite deep. From here, turn around and head back the way you came.
DIRECTIONS From Kanab, Utah, take Highway 89 east for 38 miles (61 km). You will turn right onto House Rock Valley Road. For eight miles (12.9 km), you will drive on a scenic but slow and bumpy dirt road. Most cars should be able to navigate this dirt road just fine in dry conditions. From Kanab, the drive will take you about one hour.
TIP The most difficult part of this trail is the 8-foot (2.4 m) drop at the beginning of the first slot. There are stacked trees to help people get up and down. For those who are nervous about the drop, there is a way to bypass this section by going up and around to the right. Also, don't forget to bring cash for the day use fee of $6 per person.
The Moqui Caverns is an easy and short, quarter-mile (0.4 km) hike that takes you to beautiful, light-filled caves. There is tons of sand for the kids to play in and lots of exploring to do.
DIRECTIONS The trail to the Moqui Caverns is located in between the Moqui Caves and the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary exits on Highway 89. The caves are on the east side of the road, on the same side as the Moqui Caves. (Please note, the Moqui Caves and the Moqui Caverns are two very different things.) You can look up and see the caves from the road. You will park in a little pullout area on the west side of the road, right across from the caves.
TIP The short hike to the caves is easy and family-friendly. You will have to scale up a wall for a very short distance, but if you have good traction on your shoes, it won't be a problem. Shoes with good traction are a must!
Sego is not exactly a family restaurant, but if you're a foodie in Kanab, then you can't miss it (even if you are with your kids!). The restaurant caters to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and well-behaved children are welcome. The food is art, and every dish we tried was phenomenal. We actually met Chef Shon when we were there, and it was very apparent that he puts his heart and soul into every dish he prepares.
DIRECTIONS Sego is located on Highway 89, on the far north side of Kanab. It is located inside the Canyons Boutique Hotel.
TIP While we were there, we tried the artichoke and foraged mushroom toast, grilled Caesar, duck lo main, AZ. beef filet and shrimp. They were all amazing, but our favorite was the artichoke and foraged mushroom toast. Open 5-9 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday. Reservations are recommended.