Take a free guided tour through Angel Canyon
COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Monday, March 16, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will be closed to all visitors and non-local volunteers until further notice. Best Friends cares deeply about the health and well-being of our staff and visitors and, although this is a difficult decision to make, we believe it is the best thing to do for everyone’s welfare. You can find additional information here along with contact information should you have any questions or concerns
Ready to experience the magic of Angel Canyon? Let us be your guide. Enjoy a driving guided tour led by one of our knowledgeable Sanctuary Ambassadors. We have no doubt that you'll fall in love with the canyon and the over 1,600 animals that call this place home. (Reservations highly recommended March-October.) For same day reservations, please call 435-644-2001, ext. 4537.
Grand Sanctuary tours
Seven days a week, closed Christmas Day
8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
These 90-minute tours begin at the Best Friends Welcome Center every day of the week. Please arrive at 10 minutes before tour time. On tour, you go inside a cat building to interact with a few cats and then on to a dog building where a dog will be brought out to visit in Dogtown. You will see other Sanctuary sites facilities from the tour van. Please register in advance online or by phone, as the word is out about Best Friends and our wonderful work. Please note that late arrivals may forfeit their seats due to wait lists.
If you are looking for an extended furry fix, as we are a working sanctuary, you will certainly want to volunteer for that hands on experience with the animals.
For these tours, meet at the Welcome Center no later than 10 minutes before tour time.
Dogtown: Visit the three areas of Dogtown and see Sanctuary sites.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Behind the scenes of Old Dogtown: Stroll the streets of the original Dogtown to visit our canine friends (for adults 18 years and older).
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Cat World Headquarters: Learn how we help cats heal and thrive (for those 12 years and older).
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Guided hike in Angel Canyon: Join a Sanctuary Ambassador on a one-hour guided hike of a nearby trail. Discover the history of the sandstone walls, learn about native plants and animals all while enjoying the beauty of Angel Canyon. Hikes are considered moderate. Please pre-register 24 hours prior. Bring plenty of water. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Children and leashed dogs allowed. Hikes may be influenced by weather, trail condition and staffing availability.
Sundays and Thursdays,10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Angels Rest Walking Tour: Enjoy the beauty and magic of the Best Friends cemetery called Angels Rest where there are over 8,000 special animals placed among 1,400 wind chimes.
Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 a.m. Meet at Angels Rest. Stop by the Welcome Center for a map by 8:45 a.m. if you don't know where to go. Not recommended for those with mobility issues.
Golden Circle member experiences
Golden Circle members are among the most devoted and loyal supporters of Best Friends Animal Society, and they are true friends to the animals, donating $1,000 or more per year. Not a Golden Circle member? Learn more about becoming a Golden Circle member.
VIP backstage pass tour*: This special thank-you tour stops in five animal buildings, including the clinic, giving Golden Circle members an up-close and personal experience of the Sanctuary.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Afternoon tea with a Best Friends co-founder*: This is a great way to wind down and reflect after a busy day. Golden Circle members are invited to an intimate gathering to enjoy good company and intriguing conversation in a quiet setting overlooking the splendor of the lower canyon. Meet at the Village Café.
Fridays, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
*Please note: Due to high demand and limited seating, your confirmation on this tour will be held until your donor status is verified.
Animal area tours
For these tours, please come by the Sanctuary Welcome Center 20 minutes prior to tour time for directions to meet at the specific animal headquarters. We really appreciate registration in advance. Please arrive on time as the tour starts promptly at listed times.
Please note: These tours may be canceled due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
Horse Haven and Marshall’s Piggy Paradise
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Horse Haven Horsemanship Demo
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Daily (except Wednesdays)
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
2 – 2:45 p.m.
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Piggy Social event at Piggy Paradise
Welcome Center hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas Day
5001 Angel Canyon Road, five miles north of Kanab on Highway 89
435-644-2001, ext. 4537