I discovered my place and my tribe nestled amidst the scenic red rock in the idyllic city of Kanab after I accepted a position where I am responsible for advancing economic development initiatives in Kane County. I am a native southern Utahn, and after graduating high school, I left my little hometown like most kids who grow up in rural communities, in search of education and opportunity found in urban settings.
It took leaving southern Utah to realize my energy, appreciation, affinity, and my sense of place belongs in Kanab. I am one of the lucky ones in my age bracket who gets to live here. It was easy to fall in love with living in Kanab for a variety of reasons. My journey to Kanab was unexpected, and what was supposed to be a short one-year stint has turned into a decade.
I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I am an adventure-seeker and avid outdoorsman who is not easily found in my favorite shed-antler hunting areas, fly fishing in secluded trout streams, or high in the mountains traversing the famous Utah powder-covered slopes in the winter at Brian Head. I enjoy unparalleled access to some of the most varied landscape and terrain in the world. I live in a magical land surrounded by world-famous landmarks and stunning unexplored places.
Kanab is safe. There’s no traffic. There’s an abundance of clean water and air, and adventure is literally out my back door. In addition, we have better access to high-speed Internet than most urban communities. This wonderful community is becoming a food destination, as evidenced by our great selection of restaurants, rivaling any large city, including Sego restaurant, which was recently recognized as the 2018 Best Fine Dining Restaurant and by the Taste of Utah award by the Utah Restaurant Association. It’s spectacular any time of the year, and we enjoy the best weather in Utah. Kanab is the place to be!
~ Kelly Stowell