How to get to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Please note:
To keep our staff, guests and the animals safe, we’re reopening to the nearby public on June 25, 2020. This means that residents of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico or Wyoming who drive to the Sanctuary are welcome to book lodging, reserve a tour or sign up for a volunteer shift. We look forward to inviting guests from all locations soon and thank you for your understanding.

Traveling to Kanab, Utah, is fairly easy whether you are traveling by car or by air. Once you arrive, just follow the signs for directions to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Flying into Las Vegas

McCarran International Airport (LAS), in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the closest major airport to Kanab. Car rentals are available at the airport. The drive from Las Vegas to Kanab takes roughly four hours. (Please note Kanab is on Mountain time, an hour later than Las Vegas, which is on Pacific time.)

Flying into St. George, Utah

If you’re traveling from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Denver and a few other cities, you can fly into St. George Municipal Airport (SGC) in St. George, Utah. Car rentals are available at the airport. The drive from St. George to Kanab is roughly 1.5 hours.

Flying into Page, Arizona

If you’re flying in from Las Vegas or Phoenix, you can fly into Page Municipal Airport (PGA) in Page, Arizona. Car rentals are available at the airport. The drive from Page to Kanab is about one hour and 15 minutes.

By car

Most major car rental companies have locations at the Las Vegas, St. George and Page airports. Use your preferred internet map service to navigate directions to Kanab, Utah.

Please note that there is no public transportation in Kanab. Xpress Rent-a-Car offers rental cars in Kanab, and there is a free shuttle to and from the Sanctuary, accessible in town from the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile.

Location of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

The Sanctuary entrance is about five miles north of Kanab on the east (right) side of Highway 89, between the 69 and 70-mile markers. A blue highway sign indicates that the Best Friends entrance is coming up and that you should turn into Kanab Canyon when you see the big Best Friends sign. It’s about a 1.5-mile drive to the Best Friends Welcome Center, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except Christmas Day.

There is plenty of free parking in front of the welcome center, including space for RV vehicles. You’ll see the parking area on the left as you drive in from the south entrance. Be sure to watch for signs. Sorry, overnight parking is not allowed; however, Best Friends has RV sites available for rent.

Important: In the interest of safety and avoiding fines, please observe speed limits. Mule deer are plentiful in the area from fall through spring, so take care when driving, particularly from dusk to dawn.

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