Moqui Caverns - Kanab Sand Caves

Moqui Caverns – Kanab Sand Caves

If you are driving in southern Utah and you’re wherever in the vicinity of Kanab, it is value using 45 minutes to an hour to stop by the Moqui Caverns – also recognized as the Kanab Sand Caves. They are gentleman-designed caves built in the 1970’s for mining sand that was employed in glass making. They almost certainly would not be a quit on a Utah itinerary, if it weren’t for Instagram and the powerful views from the sand caves close to sunset.

You can see the Moqui Caverns from Highway 89 if you know exactly where to glimpse, so I bet quite a few individuals frequented in the previous, but without the need of geotagging and social media sharing, they didn’t become a location till not too long ago.

Exactly where are the Moqui Caverns/Kanab Sand Caves?

 The Moqui Caverns are found 6.4 miles north of the Kanab Customer Centre by using Highway 89. Make it possible for 10 minutes of driving time. From the Mount Carmel Junction, they are a 12-moment drive to the south. There is a NEW big, signed parking lot for the Kanab sand caves, on the east side of Freeway 89. You no longer need to park on the west facet of the freeway – and then dash across it avoiding superior velocity motor vehicles, to get to the trailhead.

If you’re driving north from Kanab and you go the developed Moqui Cave Museum, then you’ve gone as well significantly, nevertheless a lot of people today will want to make a speedy end and check out the museum or get a little something to consume.

The start of the hike to the Sand Caves just outside of Kanab
The start off of the hike to the Sand Caves is just a 10-moment push north of Kanab

Do you have to pay a visit to the Moqui Cave to pay a visit to the Moqui Caverns?

I was puzzled right before we did the hike to the Moqui Caverns/Kanab sand caves as to no matter if we had to accessibility them through the Moqui Cave Natural Heritage Museum. You do not, so there is no fee if you only want to hike.

The hike commences from the NEW signed parking lot about a mile to the south of the entrance to the Moqui Cave ON THE Exact Side OF THE Road. You are not able to park at Moqui Cave until you are a paying out consumer.

The museum is housed in the Moqui Cave – which at a person place was southern Utah’s first dance hall and bar. With an admission fee of just $5 for every human being, it is a worthwhile halt. The museum pieces are from the own collection of Garth Chamberlain, an owner of Moqui Cave from 1951 – 1988. Admire exhibits of Indigenous American artifacts, fluorescent minerals alongside with rocks and fossils, and over 180 dinosaur tracks, all identified within a 15-mile radius of the cave.

For extra data check out out the Moqui Cave web page.

What is the ideal time of calendar year to visit the Moqui Caverns?

The area about Kanab will get blazing sizzling in the summertime, but for the reason that this is a brief hike, you in theory could do it any working day of the year. Having said that, if the slickrock portion was included in snow, it would be hazardous without the need of the suitable footwear.

It is constantly additional pleasurable to hike when the temperature is moderate so goal for the shoulder seasons – spring and tumble. But if you are just passing by way of the space and you want to stretch your legs, go for it. Just never fail to remember the h2o and sunscreen. If you have a pet with you on a sizzling day, be cautious of burning their paws on sizzling sand – and they also will need to have tons of h2o.

Keep an eye on kids at the window ledge as there is about a 20-foot dropoff
Hold an eye on children at the window ledge as there is about a 20-foot dropoff

The hike to Moqui Caverns

From the parking place head for the sandy route with the small sign pictured two shots higher than. Abide by the Kanab sand cave trail as it weaves through scrubby vegetation parallel to the freeway for about a quarter of a mile. The path is braided so get whatsoever trail seems to be the most used. Appear up right after rounding the corner and you ought to be in a position to see the Kanab sand caves. 

Hold strolling on flat floor until finally the slope of the hill appears like it is safe and sound to climb. The slope becomes fewer steep the further north you get from the sand caves. At a stage that truly feel at ease for you, hike up the hill, planting your whole foot firmly on the rock. Friction will do the rest! The grip is excellent so there is no require to bend more than like you see the people today doing in the photograph down below.

At the time at the top rated of the hill, flip ideal and comply with the sandstone ledge as it heads in direction of the Kanab sand caves. Any person fearful of heights would do effectively to concentration on what is in advance. Take your time, being mindful with foot placement and you’ll attain the cave in just 5 – 10 minutes – tops.

Suggestion: Footwear should really have excellent traction. This is no area for thong-like sandals.


Enter the spacious cave and start out exploring. You are going to notice how interesting it is promptly – a take care of on a warm summer’s working day. The flooring of the cave is sandy – a different reason to wear shoes instead than sandals. John and I continued to the finish of the cave – which is about 100 metres or 300 ft prolonged. It’s really dim at the quite conclusion of the cave so this is a very good spot to use your phone’s flashlight to examine the ceiling and the partitions. The quantity of graffiti is astounding – but be sure to really do not add any extra. 

There are numerous windows carved into the rock when it was utilized as a sand mine. The Kanab sand caves are spacious with various “rooms” and plenty of head place that you should not sense claustrophobic. s this is a popular hike, be organized to phase apart so folks can get their “shot”.

Consider to stop by the sand caves later in the working day, about an hour before sunset for the very best lights. The walls of the Kanab sand caves practically seemed to glow at times.

The map demonstrates the site of the newest parking good deal (we employed it in slide 2022 and did not have to cross the freeway!!), the museum and the Kanab sand caves themselves. I also bundled Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch where by we stayed for two nights, and the cities of Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab as a reference.

John and I used one particular evening at Canyon’s Boutique Resort. It has a wonderful onsite restaurant named Sego.

The closest location to remain to the Moqui Caverns – Kanab sand caves is Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch. It presents glamping tents in a tranquil setting but there is no onsite restaurant.

If you are planning to stop by some of Utah’s famous countrywide parks or the Moab location then I imagine you will find quite a few of the subsequent weblogs handy.

A huge thank you to Stop by Utah for hosting me. All thoughts and views are mine alone.

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