Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Red Hills
Surrounded on all sides by yawning canyons and dusky red cliffs, Best Western Red Hills is a comfy oasis in the arid landscape of southwestern Utah. The hotel is within about 30 minutes of Zion National Park, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Bryce Canyon. Relax in the outdoor hot tub or retire to spacious guest rooms after a day spent trekking through the desert. Each room is outfitted with a mini refrigerator, flat-screen Samsung TV with HBO, and free WiFi.
- Free hot breakfast served daily in the lobby
- Cardio machines and free weights are available in the fitness room.
- Guest laundry facilities mean you can pack a smaller suitcase.
- Nearby attraction: The Little Hollywood Movie Museum is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Kanab, Utah: Popular Filming Spot in the Heart of the Grand Circle
Kanab lies in the heart of the Grand Circle, an area of the southwest that has the highest concentration of national parks and monuments in the country; the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Lake Powell are all connected by scenic byways. Kanab is a gateway to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a 1.7-million-acre spot that boasts gaping canyons, paleontological sites, and the multicolored cliffs, plateaus, and mesas of the Grand Staircase. It’s just 80 miles from the north rim of the Grand Canyon, 40 miles from Zion National Park, and 70 miles from Bryce Canyon.
Kanab’s picturesque desert setting and pleasant weather—the city has approximately 250 sunny days per year—have made it an irresistible shooting location for movies, especially westerns. More than 100 films have been shot here, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and How the West Was Won, earning Kanab the nickname “Little Hollywood.” Visitors can check out some of the old sets at the free Little Hollywood Movie Museum.