A unique destination vacation

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, along with our Sanctuary and Sanctuary-based lodging, are excited to welcome back guests from all across the country! Starting August 1, to keep visitors, staff members and volunteers healthy and safe, we will transition into our longer-term COVID-19 operating plan. This plan reflects the recommended best practices from current government guidelines and credible medical evidence.

While on Best Friends grounds, we ask everyone to adhere to the following safety measures:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Complete a required health screening questionnaire before being visiting, volunteering or staying in any of our lodging options.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Adhere to proper guidelines on social distancing.

Also, Best Friends is dedicated to keeping guests and visitors safe by taking the following measures:

  • Frequent disinfecting of highly touched and high-traffic areas
  • Limiting the number of visitors and volunteers who can access indoor spaces and high-traffic areas
  • Enforcing proper guidelines on social distancing
  • Complying with all CDC, national, state and local laws and guidelines, including any nonlocal stay-at-home orders

Although we are all going through an unprecedented time, we can come together to keep each other safe and healthy as we continue to Save Them All.

Thank you for your commitment to the animals and to each other.

This is no ordinary experience. This is no roadside diversion. This is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals, nestled in between the sprawling red rocks of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks. Lengthen your leash and experience for yourself the nature and nurture of the largest sanctuary of its kind in America.

What can you expect when you visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary?

Flip book of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Anyone who visits the Sanctuary will tell you: There’s just something special about this place. On any given day, about 1,600 animals call Best Friends Animal Sanctuary a home-between-homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs and other barnyard animals come here from all over the country, each and every one seeking a safe haven where they can find refuge, love and acceptance.

Every inch of the Sanctuary — from the majestic red rocks to the spacious animal communities — is filled with hope and kindness shown by caregivers, thousands of volunteers and so many compassionate people like you.

There truly is no place else on earth like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll come experience the magic for yourself.

Click here to launch a flip book tour of the Sanctuary

Best Friends: A dream vacation for animal lovers

In her groundbreaking series World 3.0, Yahoo's global news anchor Katie Couric takes you on a virtual tour of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah and shows why it's a top vacation destination for animal lovers.

Watch the video below and see why everyone is talking about Best Friends as the premiere volunteer vacation.

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit volunteers.bestfriends.org or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at volunteers@bestfriends.org or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.

We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Service animal policy

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, Utah 84741-5000
Welcome Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT, every day