Louise Speaks: Day 9: Well our Utah trip is almost over so we are heading south and heading home. We did find a few quirky things to see on the way home, but interesting as well. Turns out Kanab, Utah is a cute town that you could spend a few days in. But it was the drive to Kanab that we found the “Quirky” things.
The first stop was the Mysterious Concrete Totem Pole. It is right along the highway behind a gated fence. Apparently at one time it was a roadside stop as there is a pull off space off the highway and there are picnic tables behind the fence. Something must have happened to have it fenced off now. We actually drove by it the first time, but if you’re looking for it, it is pretty easy to spot.
Just a mile or so up the highway from the Totem Pole is the Moqui Cave. Moqui Cave is located just five and a half miles north of Kanab on Highway 89, and is a museum of artifacts, fossils and history, depicting life in southern Utah spanning the centuries. The cave’s history is as interesting as its artifacts. A cool room in the back once housed a fully operational tavern, where those wanting to imbibe could hide their “devil’s brew” from prohibitionists. The late Garth and Laura Chamberlain purchased the cave in 1951, rescuing it from years of disuse. The Chamberlains, along with their five children who helped operate the cave, worked hard at making Moqui Cave a first class tourist attraction. That same goal has been continued today by Garth’s son and daughter-in-law, Lex and Lee Ann Chamberlain who live in Kanab. Your imagination will be piqued when you enter the cool sandstone cave and see the large collection of dinosaur tracks that once inhabited the area. The cave also boasts one of the largest fluorescent and fossil mineral displays in the U.S. Moqui Cave also has a gift store in a side sandstone chamber which features items for purchase, including Indian arts and crafts, kachina dolls, rugs, pottery and turquoise. We didn’t pay for the tour but we did visit the gift shop and were able to see the inside of the cave. We were also told this was the location of many old films, as we found out later, the entire area of Kanab is knick named “Little Hollywood.
Finally we approached the small, quaint town of Kanab. Once in town we could tell why Kanab is known as “Little Hollywood”. It has several spots of actually movie sets. Our first step was known as “Frontier Movie Town”. It is a museum and gift shop that continues outside. Behind the museum were some old movie sets. When I say old I don’t only mean old movies or TV shows but old sets. They were not even recognizable. They were just facades and it looked like an old town or old parts of buildings…not a true movie set.
Back in town, we had to track down the “Worlds Largest Shopping Cart”. We were told that it was in the Honey Marketplace parking lot. It is actually right on the curbside on the street, and it is HUGE! They turned it into a place to display plants and they set it right next to a normal size shopping cart so that you can see the difference in size.
While at the store we decided to get a few things and right at the door to the store is a talking truck. It is so cute. It looks like out of the movie cars except it talks. It announces store specials, nutritional facts and it just welcomes you as you enter the store.
We also found the best RV park right in Kanab. It had the best cable channels and the fastest internet that we had on the whole trip. They had a community dog that loved to come over and visit Gracie. Because today was a short day, it was nice to have an early day and be at a great RV park.
All in all I would rate the town of Kanab an A. It’s a great town with lots to see and lots to do. I don’t think I could spend a week here but I could definitely spend a few days here and have many things to keep me busy.