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Best Friends Redux

in town, Kanab, Utah, there are some new chain hotels that are pet friendly such as Comfort suites, Holiday inn, and Hampton inn with pet fees of $10 or twenty per pet per night and also a few others that are not chains such as Parry lodge, which also has a coffee shop. if you are visiting Best friends, it is easier to get around by staying right in kanab. there are other properties that are twenty or thirty miles away. these are pet friendly but then you have to drive forty to sixty miles a day, if you are volunteering.


The prices from April until September, high season, are higher than at other times of the year. The weather in the summer can be very humid and hot. Cici and I visited during mid-March and it is already in the 80’s, the prices are not so high and there are not as many tourists, although as we drove through Zion, it was pretty filled up and crowded with hikers.


Please call the Best Friends Welcome Center at 435-644-2001, ext. 4537 or email them at welcomecenter@bestfriends.org  and ask to be scheduled on a tour.

Tour times are:
8:30 a.m.10 a.m.,  1 p.m.  or  2:30 p.m.


I asked about the rest of the Vicktory Dogs who are still there. The Welcome Center does include info about them during the tour.

This is what I was told.
“One of them is court-ordered to stay here for life and the other three  have special circumstances that make it likely that they will live out their lives here which is just fine with their caregivers who love them. The Vicktory Dogs who are still here are not comfortable with strangers so actually meeting the dogs isn’t possible. Mya and Curly are extremely shy. Next January will be the 10th anniversary of their arrival here. So time is marching on. Out of the 22 who came to Best Friends, we are happy that 13 of them were able to be adopted.”








I also visited the little store that BFAS has in town because they had a sign that said cat cuddling. i WAS game.  there were only two cats in there but one of them reminded me of my baby boy Abundance, a black cat with some white on his chest and paws. Had not expected that. Touched my heart.


Also got to spend some time chatting with Kevin Johnson, now retired, who used to work at BFAS, his wife still does. They adopted Ray one of the V-dogs, who passed a couple of years ago. Now they have three other pit bulls, Bosco, Bubba and Turtle and numerous parrots and a cat. Each have their own challenges. We shared pit bull stories and specific instances of dogs and love and opportunities of being a guardian of the furry creatures. Of course, Cici slobbered all over Kevin’s legs and showed off her belly.





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Utah pet friendly

Is your local shelter participating in Just One Day, Monday, June 11, 2012, a day of No Kill across the nation? More info…


Speaking of No Kill shelters…

Visiting Best Friends…

You know you want to visit Best Friends. It’s a gorgeous scenic place and wonderful for animal lovers. The Red Rocks are what I remember most fondly as well as the general ambience. Happy dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, burros and all kinds of critters live here. And now, a few of the former V dogs do, too. Happy at home in this 33,000 acre sanctuary, the largest no-kill in the USA. Best times to visit are Fall and Spring… In between seasons, before winter and summer. It gets very hot in summer and cold in winter.  Be sure to take a tour of the property to get the lay of the land and eat at least one yummy healthy organic meal… filled with camaderie.

Kanab is a very small town about an hour away from St. George in southern Utah. St. George, Cedar City, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon North Rim are nearby.


Kanab is located in the Golden Circle of southern Utah, which offers a breathtaking assortment of outdoor adventures for people who like to hike, bike, or just tour the open roads taking in the scenery.  It’s called the Golden Circle because it is close to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with its miles and miles of unadulterated, varied landscape is like no place else on earth.  It has such dramatic scenery; there are places that you’ll swear you’re on the moon.  But don’t fret; the refreshing plunge of Lake Powell, which reminds many people of an undisclosed island in the Mediterranean, is just a few miles away.  The above describes the surrounding area of Kanab, let’s talk about Kanab itself.  Besides being home to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, it’s got vast expanses of untouched BLM land just waiting to be explored.  It is also home to Kanab Creek, where you can also let your dog cool off before exploring one of the hundreds of trails in and around the grounds of Best Friends.  If you’re looking to reconnect with the natural world, this is the place to be.

Best Friends Animal Society

5001 Angel Canyon Road  Kanab, UT 84741
(435) 644-2001

While you are touring or volunteering at the sanctuary, it is important that your pet remain contained in a safe and comfortable place. BF does not offer any kind of “day care” for visiting pets. So if you want to bring a pet, please make your own arrangements. (Your car is not an option during the warm season.) The one exception is for people who are visiting the sanctuary for the purpose of adopting a pet. In this case, they strongly encourage you to bring other pets with you to the adoption area (only), in order to introduce your pets before finalizing an adoption. Many of the motels in Kanab will allow pets, as long as they are supervised. Additionally, there is a pet store in town, Critter Corner, that sells premium food and supplies.



According to my friend on Facebook Catherine who visited last year:

“It was wonderful and I highly recommend it – one of my favorite vacations ever. If you go, find a place to stay that allows dogs and Best Friends will let you take a dog on a sleepover one night. You can take them everywhere with you, out to dinner, for socializing.”  (not sure if that is only for folks who want to adopt a dog, so call and make sure).


Mr. Cherry Garcia stayed with his adopted family at the XbarH Lodge, while they got to know one another before his adoption, near to Best Friends…  no weight, size nor breed restrictions…no extra fee… all of the rooms are pet friendly… and according to Cherry, “It’s a beautiful place, great hiking, and JC, Michele, and Jack are some of the nicest people on earth!!! They will even watch your animal while you voluteer at BF!!! All for no extra charge!!!”


XbarH Lodge

708 Red Rock Dr.

Orderville UT  84758


Other pet friendly lodging options:

• The Avoca House The Avoca House, owned and operated by Grandma Bonnie, is a premier Bed & Breakfast located in Kanab, Utah. Why stay in a hotel or motel when visiting Southern Utah’s Little Hollywood? The Avoca House, built in 1912, quaintly nestled perfectly between Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon North Rim.  The  Avoca House Inn provides its visitors a breathtaking ‘base camp’ setting, perfect for avid hiker and casual sightseer. (435) 644-3172

• Purple Sage B&B The Purple Sage Inn was built in 1884 for Mormon pioneer William Derby Johnson, Jr., and his four wives. The house was built in two stages. The first part was a two-story part on the front followed by a one-story addition. (877) 644.5377

RV Parks

• Hitchin’ Post RV Park (435) 644-2142

• Kanab RV Corral (435) 644-5330

• Crazy Horse Camp Park (435) 644-2782

• Wahweap RV Park & Camping, (928) 645-2433

• Mt Carmel Trailer Park (435) 648-2323


• Ponderosa Campground (435) 644-2672
7 miles from Best Friends, primitive camping, $5/night.

• Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park 1-800-322-3770
12 miles from Best Friends, amenities, reservations recommended.

• Wahweap RV Park & Camping, (928) 645-2433

• Jacob Lake Campground, (928) 643-7395

 Cedar Breaks & Bryce Canyon
Sisters in geology, colors and appearance… the “Breaks” and Bryce Canyon are within an easy drive of Zion National Park. Both the Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon regions offer fantastic overlooks and hiking and horseback riding in season. The two parks are famous for the pastel-colored ridges and pinnacles that extend like ruined castles out from steep cliffs. Clouds often drift in and about the rock towers giving one a sense of forgetfulness in the multi-hued amphitheaters. Summers are cool, while in winter the parks often have snow.

Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon


no extra charge for pets, most rooms allow pets

Bryce Cyn Resort


$10 Fee per night per pet

Victorian Inn

190 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Victorian Inn is an ideal place while touring southern Utah if you are tired of hotel chains. As Kanabs only Boutique style hotel, the Victorian Inn features all of the amenities of a large hotel chain, delivered in a more intimate setting. This beautiful hotel is emerging from a full renovation which began in early 2010 and recently ended 2011. The hotel now boasts well appointed luxurious rooms, free of charge high speed internet, a flat screen TV in every room and full hot breakfast every morning. You can also take advantage of free parking, business center, and fitness room.

Best Western


Pet Policy: Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with a 80 pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc) may be accepted at the hotel’s discretion. Pet rate is $10.00 per day with a $100 per week maximum.

125 W Center Street, Kanab, Utah, 84741-3417, US
Phone: 435/644-2675

Holiday Inn


$20 pet fee per night, limited amt of pet rooms


Treasure Trail motel


Best Friends Visitors Welcome

Treasure Trail Motel is
Canine & Feline Friendly

Offers discounts for Best Friends Visitors and Volunteers. Pet rooms are limited so please inquire online or at the front desk. Also ask about the pet yard and pet-friendly golf course.

Rodeway Inn Kanab

70 S. 200 West
Kanab, UT 84741

The hotel is located in downtown Kanab, close to shopping and the area’s restaurants. Kanab is the jumping off point for southern Utah’s national parks, state parks and regional attractions. The hotel features comfortable rooms with free high-speed internet and cable TVs. Micro-Fridges are available and a continental breakfast is served daily. Pet accommodation: 6.00/night, per pet. Limit of 100lbs. and under. The pet must be crated or removed if the guest wants maid service.

Comfort Inn Kanab

815 East Highway 89
Kanab, UT 84741
Property is centrally located to Best Friends Animal Society, Bryce Canyon National Park, Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Grand Canyon North Rim, Grand Staircase Escalate Visitor Center, Lake Powell and Zion National Park. Area activities include guided ATV tours and rentals, Horseback Riding and hiking trails. Pet accommodation: 10.00/night per pet. Pet Limit: max 2 pets per room, up to 75 pounds. Pets allowed in designated rooms only.

Shilo Inns Kanab

296 W 100 North
Kanab, UT 84741

The Shilo Inn Suites in Kanab is located within an easy drive to six national parks and monuments, which harbor some of the most beautiful canyons and landscape. Each guest room is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, ironing unit, hair dryer, and in-room movies and entertainment. . Free amenities include continental breakfast, high speed internet access, fresh coffee, free newspaper, free unlimited local and domestic long distance calls and airport shuttle. Facilities include a guest laundry and an outdoor heated pool *seasonal* and spa. Shilo Inns is 100 percent smoke free.

Dog friendly hiking

Dogs are welcome on the Negro Bill Canyon Trail in the Colorado River National Recreation Area that leads to the sixth longest stone arch in the United States.

Utah State Parks
1594 W North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
(801) 538-7220

Zion National Park
“The brightest star next to the seat of God” aptly designates this park, one of the grandfathers of the national park system. Zion Canyon, up to 2,400 feet deep in places, cuts its way through the multi-color sheered cliffs and monolithic sandstone formations that define the region. Zion’s beauty is accessible the entire year with easy interstate access from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas (about 3-4 hours away), and the surrounding areas. A hiker’s and photographer’s paradise, Zion National Park is the cornerstone of the Zion – Bryce Canyon – Grand Canyon triangle.

At Zion, leashed pets are permitted on the Pa’rus Trail. Pets should not be left unattended in campgrounds. Essentially, this means that if you take your pet into the parks they can be with you in the campgrounds and inside your vehicle, and you can walk them in parking areas, but that’s about it.

Although pets are not permitted on practically any of the trails or in the backcountry in Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, those traveling with their dogs can hike with them over miles of trails administered by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, adjacent to both national parks. Pets are also welcome, even on trails, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (administered by the BLM) and in Utah’s state parks.


Pets should never be left in closed vehicles, where temperatures can soar to over 120°F (49°C) in minutes, resulting in brain damage or death, and there is no punishment too severe for the human who subjects a dog or cat to that torture. Outside Bryce Canyon National Park, Doggy Day Camp (tel. 435/690-9616) operates a boarding kennel; and pet boarding is available near Zion, in the community of Rockville, at Doggy Dude Ranch (tel. 435/772-3105; www.doggyduderanch.com).

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/brycecanyonnationalpark/1561028783.html#ixzz1x4dfzzGU

Should you wish to contact Zion National Park, here are a couple of phone numbers:

Zion National Park Rangers – (435) 772-3256
Zion Natural History Association – (435) 772-3264

Best Western Zion Park Inn

1215 Zion Park Blvd. • Springdale, UT 84767
Phone. (435) 772-3200 Toll Free. (800) 934-7275


Lake Powell area

A couple of hours away from Kanab / Best Friends, 139 miles northeast of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon lies the city of Page, Arizona – home to the Glen Canyon Dam. Lake Powell is the second largest man-made reservoir in the country.

With over 1,800 miles of coastline, and 186 miles long, Lake Powell is a sightseer’s paradise. Whether by boat, on foot, or by vehicle the park offers access to remote, primordial areas of the Southwest most people cannot even imagine exist. Vistas are stunning, with Lake Powell’s blue-green color starkly contrasting the red-orange hues of the surrounding Canyonlands.


General Pet Policy: All Pets must be kept on a leash at all times when in public. Pets must never be left unattended. Guest must clean up after their own pets.

Houseboat Pet Policy: $10.00 per pet, per day fee charged and must be paid at time of boat pick-up. There is no limit as to how many pets. Pets are not allowed on the 75′ Odyssey, 75′ Excursion, 62 journey.

Powerboat Pet Policy: Pets are allowed on the 19′ Powerboats with no fee. Pets are allowed on the 36′ Weekender. Pets are not allowed on the 20′ Ski Boats or 23′ Centurians.

Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in Standard Rooms only at Lake Powell Resort. A $20.00 non-refundable deposit per pet per night is required.

Pet Policy: The Defiance House Lodge is pet friendly with all room types allowing pets. There is a $10.00 pet fee per pet per night. Owners need to be aware that they are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are not to be left unattended. There are 4 rooms that are designated as ‘Pet Free’ for guests who have allergies.


Grand Canyon North Rim
Only about a 2-hour drive away, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers more world-class views for all to enjoy. Be sure to take your camera. Due to its high elevation, the Grand Canyon North Rim is only accessible after the winter snows have melted around May, and it closes again after the snow flies in the late fall.


Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…


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