By Dixie Brunner

Fresh off the press and inserted in this week’s SUN is the 2018 Southern Utah Vacation Guide. The guide is bigger and better this year, with 56 pages full of stories and photos of national parks, state parks, and many other exciting places along the way.

In keeping with Kane County/Kanab’s vision of new hiking trails, this year’s travel guide theme is “Take a Hike.”

Visitors can make Kanab their hub to explore the many scenic sites in the area! Take a hike in the national and state parks in the area, or try a new trail. Then return to Kanab at night to enjoy a meal at one of the great restaurants, take in a show at the theater, or go to the beautiful Jacob Hamblin Recreational Facility for tennis, skating, biking, basketball, swimming or just playing on the splash pad or relaxing on the lush, green grass.  

This year’s winning cover shot was taken by Cody Wilson of Kanab. The dramatic photo was taken at dusk at the Toadstools east of Kanab, which has become a very popular hiking trail. Wilson loves sharing his photographic talents where he works, at Action Photo Tours of Kanab.

Thanks to all who submitted photos in our contest, and a huge thank you to all the businesses that advertised in tour guide, for without your support, it would not be possible! 

A special thanks to Hilda Crutchfield, who sold most of the ads in the guide, as well as designing many of them!

Others who had photos pictured in the guide and will receive a one year’s subscription to the SUN include: David Swindler, Jill Williams, Stephen Dahl, Kyle Brunner, Doris Scholte, Barry Glazier, Lisa Ladd, Andrea Gilberg, Myrna Cox, Cody Brunner, Ken Koontz, Jeanne Hogseth, Mike Saemisch, and Angelina Randall.

New to our guide this year are interesting scenic and historic destinations reached by traveling north of Kane County on Highway 89, and into Garfield County on the extraordinary Scenic Byway 12. For more information on things to do along this route, check with the Garfield Office of Tourism at 555 Main Street in Panguitch, Utah.

The Kane County Office of Tourism often works jointly with the Garfield County Office of Tourism in promoting this area around the country and around the world.