Take a free guided tour through Angel Canyon
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 from March-October.)
Painting on the Patio
Every Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Painting on the Patio
Start your morning off creating a masterpiece while enjoying the beautiful views of Horse Haven and Angel Canyon. This class is a fun and relaxing way to make a memory and create a painting that will remind you of your time here at the nation's largest animal sanctuary. Local artist and instructor, Jennifer Andrews, will walk you through painting over a copy of the picture your choosing (see choices below). Class is $25 per person and includes an 9x12 canvas, paints, brushes, artist instruction, and light refreshments. No prior painting experience is needed and all ages are welcome!
Contact Jennifer at email@example.com or call 435-689-1324.
Choices: Georgia - Vicktory dog, Rocky from Horse Haven or Hermes from Quincy House.
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 two-hour tours begin at the Best Friends Welcome Center every day of the week. You’ll watch a brief video and then board our van for a 90 minute ride. You will go inside a cat building to interact with a few cats and then on to a dog building where one dog will be brought out to visit in Dogtown. You will see other Sanctuary sites from the tour van. Please register in advance online or by phone, as the word is out about Best Friends and our wonderful work.
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.
Dogtown: Watch a brief video, then visit the three areas of Dogtown and see Sanctuary sites.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 10:30 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, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Cat World Headquarters: Learn how we help cats heal and thrive (for those 12 years and older).
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:30 – 3:00 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.
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.
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