The Moqui Caverns, also known as Kanab Sand Caves, are located along Highway US-89, just north of Kanab, Utah. They were originally constructed for the purpose of procuring sand to make glass. The caves are visible from the highway and there is an area available for parking across the highway heading south.
The start of climb up to the sand caves consists of scrambling over slickrock, and it can be slippery in sections, so hiking boots or shoes with good traction are recommended. When we went, we saw young children making the climb with their parents, so it is definitely doable for most. Once you pass the steep part, you can hike along the top of the slickrock directly to the entrance. Once inside, the caves provide a lot of shade which is very cool and a nice break from the hot summer sun.
There are also a lot of holes that you can sit and look directly out. It is a popular spot during golden hour and sunrise as the low light seeps through the holes and casts a beautiful glow against the windblown rock. We actually were there midday and had the entire caves to ourselves for a brief period. I was so impressed by the texture and rugged patterns and could have spent the entire day there.
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