Ruth & I were lucky. We were in Kanab, UT on a national holiday. Only one of the 2 grocery stores was opened as was only one of the tourist offices, the Kane County Info Center. We have no idea what the Grand Staircase Escalante VC is like because it was closed. However, the much-muraled Info Center was both opened and interesting. It was being run that day by a local woman who lived in Orderville and had been a rodeo barrel rider when much younger. She really knew the area well and was great fun to talk to. We were there just after visiting Best Friends.
The outdoor murals seem to focus on Kanab’s movie-making past and animals. One reviewer for Tripadvisor called this VC both well-organized and professional. It was certainly both. Another praised it as “a good place to start your adventure”. A third person said it was worth visiting more than once and very helpful for planning day trips to both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, which are nearby and accessible. This visitor center certainly rated its excellent evaluations.
I regret I did not get the lady’s name who was so informative. She seemed to be focused on her town’s future, especially its watery needs in a parched landscape. We told her that the Native American guide at Pipe Spring National Monument nearby expressed concern about fast-growing, close by St. George, UT while her facility was losing its water rights. The VC woman told us that her town could support a population of 35,000 with existing water, so she was not too worried. I hope she’s right!