Moqui Caverns – Kanab Sand Caves

If you are driving in southern Utah and you are any place close to Kanab, it is value getting 45 minutes to an hour to visit the Moqui Caverns – also recognised as the Kanab Sand Caves. They are male-created caves created in the 1970’s for mining sand that was made use of in glass making. They almost certainly wouldn’t be a quit on a Utah itinerary, if it weren’t for Instagram and the powerful sights from the sand caves about sunset.

You can see the Moqui Caverns from Freeway 89 if you know in which to seem, so I bet quite a few men and women frequented in the past, but with out geotagging and social media sharing, they did not become a location till just lately.

Where by are the Moqui Caverns/Kanab Sand Caves?

 The Moqui Caverns are positioned 6.4 miles north of the Kanab Customer Centre via Highway 89. Make it possible for 10 minutes of driving time. From the Mount Carmel Junction, they are a 12-moment generate to the south. There is a NEW huge, signed parking whole lot for the Kanab sand caves, on the east aspect of Freeway 89. You no longer want to park on the west facet of the highway – and then sprint throughout it staying away from superior velocity automobiles, to attain the trailhead.

If you’re driving north from Kanab and you move the produced Moqui Cave Museum, then you’ve gone much too much, although several individuals will want to make a speedy cease and check out the museum or get a thing to take in.

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

Do you have to take a look at the Moqui Cave to go to the Moqui Caverns?

I was perplexed ahead of we did the hike to the Moqui Caverns/Kanab sand caves as to no matter if we experienced to access them by way of the Moqui Cave Natural Record Museum. You do not, so there is no payment if you only want to hike.

The hike starts from the NEW signed parking large amount about a mile to the south of the entrance to the Moqui Cave ON THE Similar Aspect OF THE Street. You are unable to park at Moqui Cave unless you are a shelling out consumer.

The museum is housed in the Moqui Cave – which at just one position was southern Utah’s initially dance hall and bar. With an admission fee of just $5 for each particular person, it’s a worthwhile prevent. The museum items are from the private collection of Garth Chamberlain, an proprietor of Moqui Cave from 1951 – 1988. Admire displays of Native American artifacts, fluorescent minerals together with rocks and fossils, and about 180 dinosaur tracks, all identified inside a 15-mile radius of the cave.

For additional information check out the Moqui Cave website.

What is the very best time of 12 months to pay a visit to the Moqui Caverns?

The location close to Kanab will get blazing scorching in the summer season, but for the reason that this is a limited hike, you in theory could do it any working day of the calendar year. On the other hand, if the slickrock segment was protected in snow, it would be dangerous with no the suitable footwear.

It’s normally a lot more pleasurable to hike when the temperature is average so aim for the shoulder seasons – spring and tumble. But if you are just passing by means of the location and you want to extend your legs, go for it. Just don’t ignore the h2o and sunscreen. If you have a dog with you on a sizzling day, be wary of burning their paws on warm sand – and they way too will will need lots of h2o.

Keep an eye on kids at the window ledge as there is about a 20-foot dropoff
Preserve an eye on young ones at the window ledge as there is about a 20-foot dropoff

The hike to Moqui Caverns

From the parking spot head for the sandy path with the smaller sign pictured two shots above. Abide by the Kanab sand cave path as it weaves via scrubby vegetation parallel to the freeway for about a quarter of a mile. The path is braided so take whatever path seems the most utilized. Seem up following rounding the corner and you really should be equipped to see the Kanab sand caves. 

Continue to keep walking on flat ground until the slope of the hill seems like it is safe and sound to climb. The slope gets fewer steep the further more north you get from the sand caves. At a issue that feel snug for you, hike up the hill, planting your full foot firmly on the rock. Friction will do the relaxation! The grip is fantastic so there is no need to bend more than like you see the people undertaking in the photograph under.

Once at the top rated of the hill, convert suitable and comply with the sandstone ledge as it heads toward the Kanab sand caves. Any one fearful of heights would do perfectly to focus on what is in advance. Choose your time, being very careful with foot placement and you will access the cave inside of 5 – 10 minutes – tops.

Idea: Footwear should really have great traction. This is no position for thong-like sandals.


Enter the roomy cave and commence checking out. You will detect how neat it is immediately – a address on a incredibly hot summer’s working day. The floor of the cave is sandy – yet another cause to use sneakers rather than sandals. John and I continued to the end of the cave – which is about 100 metres or 300 toes prolonged. It’s really dark at the pretty stop of the cave so this is a very good spot to use your phone’s flashlight to examine the ceiling and the partitions. The amount of money of graffiti is astounding – but please really don’t increase any more. 

There are many windows carved into the rock when it was made use of as a sand mine. The Kanab sand caves are spacious with quite a few “rooms” and enough head area that you shouldn’t experience claustrophobic. s this is a popular hike, be geared up to step apart so people can get their “shot”.

Consider to take a look at the sand caves afterwards in the day, about an hour just before sunset for the most effective lighting. The walls of the Kanab sand caves just about seemed to glow at moments.

The map exhibits the place of the newest parking whole lot (we applied it in slide 2022 and did not have to cross the highway!!), the museum and the Kanab sand caves them selves. I also integrated Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch the place we stayed for two nights, and the cities of Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab as a reference.

John and I put in one particular evening at Canyon’s Boutique Resort. It has a superb onsite cafe named Sego.

The closest place to stay to the Moqui Caverns – Kanab sand caves is Cave Lakes Canyon Ranch. It delivers glamping tents in a tranquil placing but there is no onsite restaurant.

If you are scheduling to check out some of Utah’s well-known national parks or the Moab location then I assume you are going to uncover several of the next weblogs beneficial.

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