If you have ever heard of the “Kanab Creek Overlook,” you would think you would have to go to Kanab, Utah to view it. Anyone who has been there will tell you how beautiful it is, and as a result, you decide that you would like to see this site for yourself.
Unless you have been very careful to ask questions, or decide to take a guide with you, you will find that this place is a very hard spot to find. In fact, without that guide you may never find this place. It is not found in Utah, but in the arid portions of Northern Arizona.
We gathered together a group of men and women from our Hurricane Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, and with a trusty guide, began our quest to find this lovely picturesque location.
As you head out of Hurricane, you go up the hill toward the community of Fredonia. Before you get there, some 10 miles before, you will come to a large gravel road that goes off to the right of the highway. This road will take you to Toroweap or Mt. Trumbull. As you turn on to this road, the view ahead is one of total desolation. It is flat and arid for, it looks like, many miles in any direction.
If you have not been told, you will learn that you will be on this dusty, washboardy road for about 30 to 40 miles. There are a few herds of cattle along the way, and you wonder how they survive on what little vegetation there is. Among the cattle you may, if your lucky, spot an antelope or two. Despite the arid look to the land, these cattle appear to be fat and in great condition.
As you are motoring along this bumpy, wide, dust filled road, if you are not careful, you will pass the unmarked “cow trail” that comes off it that will take you to the Overlook. Actually, it is more than a “cow trail,” but barely. As you carefully wind down this twisty rock strewn path in your four wheeler, you must be watchful for the tree stumps that are found in the middle of the way. At the point you turn off on this small road, there are found a few Cedar and Juniper trees, and as you progress they become more numerous, until you find yourself among a great many of them.
You follow this path, or roadway, for another 10 to 15 miles. As you go, off to the left you begin to see what appears to be large breaks in the landscape off to the right of the road. It has seemed an “eternity” since you began this trip, and you wonder if you are even on the right path. Could it be that you have become lost? How did anyone ever find this area in the first place! What possessed any human being to come out here in a wagon in the early days, or even in a jeep or truck.
It is at this point that the road opens up just a little. You must turn, or drive off the cliff into one of the most spectacular vistas perhaps on the earth. If you have been to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, or the South Rim, you have beheld an incredible view. But you have missed one of the more excellent panoramas of that canyon. The view is breath taking, and you decide that perhaps that long eternity of a drive was worth the price after all.