Kanarraville, Utah

Kanarraville, Utah: Small town charm

It may have been heavy rains that brought settlers to Kanarraville, Utah around 1862, but something special about the town kept them there – and continues to draw others in today. From small-town charm to stunning wildlife surroundings (and a taste of city life just 10 miles away), Kanarraville’s offerings make it the perfect place to build your custom home and your new life.


Kanarraville Lifestyle

With a population of around 400 people, Kannaraville is a small town with a tight-knit community in which neighbors respect and support one another. It’s a rural community with not many amenities or much in the way of dining, entertainment, and shopping but is quiet, simple, and peaceful. Since there are only a handful of local businesses, it’s likely that residents commute to work each day. With so many hiking opportunities and nearby outdoor amenities, it’s easy to live an active lifestyle.

Things To Do In Kanarraville

Kanaraville also has its own natural wonders along with some of Utah’s most prominent parks within driving distance. And along with the simple pleasures and peace, you’ll find inside city limits, there are cities with amenities and adventure just outside Kanarraville’s boundaries. Here’s what there is to do in and around town.

Explore Expansive Terrain

Kanarraville has more than 40 local hiking, biking, and ATV trails for every type of explorer – whether a beginner, intermediate, and expert. Along these trails, you’ll come across local plants, slip through narrows, see rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and other wildlife, and stand in awe of red Navajo sandstone cliffs. You may even find a natural waterslide or two to ride down into a swimming hole.

View through Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park with lush green meadow and red rock cliffsViews from along the hiking trail of sandstone cliff formations at the waterfall in Kanarra Creek Canyon by Zion National Park, Utah

Visit Kanarraville Gems

When people think of places to explore in Iron County, they often consider one of the famous national parks in close proximity to the county. These include Zion National Park, Arches National Park, or Capital Reef, to name a few. They may even choose to hike through the Dixie National Forest or make the day trip to the Grand Canyon. But inside Kanarraville, there are hidden gems that have only recently become a popular spot for hikers and tourists.

As one of Utah’s most photographed waterfalls, Kanarra Falls has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city to get their social media-worthy picture of the falls with its famous log ladder – which was unfortunately washed away in 2019. The falls have become so popular, you need a hiking permit to access them, and only 150 permits are given each day. While they can be busy, they’re worth the hike. Kanarra Falls is accessed through a slot canyon that requires hiking a few miles, sometimes in knee-deep water. A lesser-known Kanarraville attraction is Spring Creek, which starts a mile south of the city. On this hike, you’ll make your way up a canyon and into the narrows.

White blossom flower of an apple tree in New Harmony, UtahUpper Kanarra Falls in Kanarraville, Utah

Frequent the Unique Local Businesses

There aren’t many businesses in Kanarraville, but within the handful of local businesses within the town, you’ll find some unique places to frequent. There’s a fine art shop that sells watercolor landscape paintings from an award-winning artist and a snackery that serves cool treats like smoothies, snow cones, and frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. Kanarraville also has a two-room, boutique hotel that features a restaurant/coffee shop and antique shop.

Enjoy the Perks of Nearby Cities

Kanarraville is a small, rural town with simple pleasures and limited amenities, but just 10 miles away in Cedar City there are all of the conveniences and services of a big city. There, you’ll find, shopping, entertainment, and dining the features of global and hometown cuisine. You’ll also have access to numerous film, music, and community festivals each month, including the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Festival, Livestock and Heritage Festival, and the Festival of Homes.

For outdoor adventure, travel less than an hour to Brian Head, home to Brian Head Resort, a 650-acre year-round resort offering skiing, tubing, mountain biking, and zip-lining. For something a little less active, visit Parowan to taste the “best cinnamon rolls in the west” or take in the views of cedar trees, Pine Valley Mountain, and the Kolob Canyons in New Harmony.

Senior woman enjoying the view of the Red Rock Mountains of the Kolob Canyon part of Zion National Park, Utah, United Sates. Viewed from the Timber Creek Lookout at the top of East Kolob Canyon RoadEnjoy the view of the Red Rock Mountains of the Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah

Build a Home in Kanarraville  

Since the population is so small, you’ll likely find that the housing supply may be a little low. In fact, there may likely be more lots for sale than homes. Finding your dream home for sale in Kanarraville – and in your budget – may be difficult. Building your dream home in Kanarraville with everything customized to your wants and needs could be your best option.

Kanarraville Home Builders

When you’re building your custom home, it’s important to work with an experienced builder who understands the area and provides clear and constant communication throughout your build. Choice Builders has over 30 years of experience as a design-build firm that has helped people put down roots in various cities across Iron County.

You’ll see that through the entire process of building your home with us. Our 5-step design-build process includes:

  1. A complimentary consultation
  2. A detailed design of the home
  3. Permit pulling and guidance through important decision-making 
  4. The construction of your home
  5. The final walk-through of the home

We use sustainable concepts, work with top-quality vendors and provide a unique online portal for our clients to stay updated on their build. The portal includes easy access to documents, progress photos, and project schedules. You’ll be able to make selections and changes, review job logs and send messages all through the portal as you go through our design-build process. Because of the quality service and care we provide with every job, we’re proud to have been voted Iron County’s Home Builder of The Year, by the Iron County Home Builders Association. To see the quality of work in the homes we build, browse through the portfolio of custom homes.  

Exterior view of new custom home with all exterior lights on at twighlightA custom home built by Choice Builders in Kanarraville, Utah

If Kanarraville sounds like the place you want to build your next home, contact Choice Builders to learn more about the area and community and about our business and how we can turn your dream of homeownership into a reality. We’ll help guide you through all the details, starting with your time frame and budget and moving to the design of your new home and the materials we’ll use to make your vision come to life. We’ll handle the permits and contracts and then get to the exciting part – building your new home!

When you’re ready to make Kanarraville, Utah your new home, Choice Builders can help with the building process.


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