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Soaring Southern Utah
Come experience southern Utah like never before at Soaring Southern Utah, Kanab’s newest local attraction. This virtual reality experience allows you to fly through some of our area’s most majestic landscapes including national parks, The Wave and the Maze. Unlike other virtual tours where you stare straight ahead at a screen, Soaring Southern Utah gives flyers complete control over their field of vision. You can look up, down, left, right, and even behind you, thanks to the individual virtual reality headgear – giving you the ability to shape your own experience.
Born and raised in southern Utah, creator and owner Daniel Thompson loves Utah’s incomparable landscape. Over the years, he has spent abundant time exploring hidden canyons and discovering parts only known to locals and experienced hikers.
Realizing that many locals haven’t seen some of these beautiful treasures in their own backyard, and that most visitors will never have the time to experience all southern Utah has to offer, Thompson created the perfect solution – using virtual reality technology to make Utah’s stunning features available to everyone.
Thompson’s inspiration for Soaring Southern Utah came while visiting Disney’s California Adventure. He was mesmerized by Soarin’ Over California. As he thought about the experience, he told his wife, “We have just as much to show here in southern Utah as in California.” His wife Amber, a California native, agreed, and they set off to create their own magical ride.
Creating the immersive visual experience proved more difficult than expected. For one, the technology to capture 360-degree footage during long helicopter flights did not exist. Undeterred by the opinion of industry experts, Thompson, an engineer, invented the technology himself.
Soaring Southern Utah offers a great way to rediscover the places you already love. It will take you to places you’ve never been and help you to reconnect with southern Utah from a whole new vantage point.
Soaring Southern Utah’s grand opening will be Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Discounted tickets and group rates will be available during this time at $10 per flyer, or $30 for a family of four, plus $5 for additional family members. Individuals must be at least seven years old to ride.
If you are ready for an epic adventure, experiencing our area like never before, stop in at Denny’s Wigwam, 78 East Center, Kanab, and surround yourself in stunning scenery and Soar Southern Utah!