Bunting Trail is on the west side of Kanab, in a neighborhood called the Ranchos. It is a moderate to difficult hike, with some steep trails, hiking through sand and scrambling over rocks. The hike will take you to the tops of some red rock cliffs, where you will find scenic views of the Grand Staircase, Vermillion Cliffs and the town of Kanab. Along the way, if you pay attention, you can see dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs in the rock.
Follow Kanab Creek Drive to Stansfield Drive and turn right. Follow this road down a hill, at the bottom you will see a parking lot and the Bunting Trailhead on your right. There is another trailhead further up Stansfield Drive called Cottonwood, but this story is about Bunting Trail.
The trail starts on the valley floor and climbs over 800 feet to the top of the cliffs. The trail begins with easy walking through sand and a slight slope upward for the first ½ mile or so. (Keep an eye out for a sign that will point you towards some dinosaur tracks that branch off of the main trail.) After ½ mile, you will reach the base of the cliffs and the hike becomes more difficult, becoming rocky and steep.
This trail is open to foot and horse traffic, and you can bring your dog. At the trailhead there are bags available so that you can clean up after your dog, please pack out any waste. No bicycle or motorized vehicles are allowed. There are many viewpoints along the way where you can stop and enjoy views of the town of Kanab.
Once you reach the top, you will be able to see out across parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Grand Staircase is named such because of the different layers of cliffs in the area. To the north, you can see the pink/orange of Bryce Canyon, then down a step to the white cliffs north of Kanab, down another step to the red cliffs of Kanab, then down another step to the chocolate cliffs of Fredonia which is south of Kanab.
If you are staying at our property “Kanab Paradise”, this hike is only ¼ from the house. If you don’t want to take a strenuous hike, you can enjoy the stroll along the first ½ mile and view the cliffs from the bottom. Even going this far, you can still see the dinosaur tracks. Then go back to the house, relax and enjoy the sunset from the porch.