Kanab Sand Caves

The sand caves (also known as Moqui Caverns) are located north of Kanab and are accessed by a short ½ mile hike. The caves were used to harvest sand for glass production in the 1970s and now they provide awesome views of the area.

This hike is family-friendly and is not strenuous but keep a close eye on your children because there are steep drop-offs from the caves down the sandstone walls. Play in the sand and enjoy the views, but please be respectful and do not add pictures or carvings to the sandstone walls. Also, wear good hiking shoes as you will be heading up a short wall of rock to the caves.

The caves are nice and cool, providing a nice break from southern Utah’s heat. The kids have fun playing in the sand, finding peepholes in the rock, and hearing their voice echo through the caves. If you are here at sunset, the caves are lit up nicely.

To get here, drive 12 miles north of Kanab on Highway 89. Just after you pass the turn off to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, look up and you will see the caves on the right side of the road. If you see the sign for Moqui Cave, you have gone too far. There is a pullout area on the west side of the road right across from the caves. Park here, and carefully cross the road. The trail isn’t marked but you will be able to see a well-traveled path. Just keep the caves in sight, and you’ll have no problem making your way up to them.

You can also visit Moqui Cave while you are at the sand caves. It is a natural history museum with Native American artifacts and a collection of dinosaur tracks. You can learn of the ancient as well as more recent history of Kanab.

Another nearby family-friendly trail is the Belly of the Dragon, also found along Highway 89. Or head a mile or so north to Highway 9 and check out the magnificent Zion National Park.

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