Take a free guided tour through Angel Canyon

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit volunteers.bestfriends.org or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at volunteers@bestfriends.org or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.

We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Ready to experience the magic of Angel Canyon? Let us be your guide. Enjoy a driving guided tour led by one of our knowledgeable Sanctuary Ambassadors. We have no doubt that you'll fall in love with the canyon and the over 1,600 animals that call this place home. (Reservations highly recommended March-October.)

Grand Sanctuary tours

Seven days a week, closed Christmas Day
8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

These 90-minute tours begin at the Best Friends Welcome Center every day of the week. Please arrive at 10 minutes before tour time. On tour, you go inside a cat building to interact with a few cats and then on to a dog building where a dog will be brought out to visit in Dogtown. You will see other Sanctuary sites facilities from the tour van. Please register in advance online or by phone, as the word is out about Best Friends and our wonderful work. Please note that late arrivals may forfeit their seats due to wait lists.

If you are looking for an extended furry fix, as we are a working sanctuary, you will certainly want to volunteer for that hands on experience with the animals.

Special tours

For these tours, meet at the Welcome Center no later than 10 minutes before tour time.

Dogtown: Visit the three areas of Dogtown and see Sanctuary sites.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Behind the scenes of Old Dogtown: Stroll the streets of the original Dogtown to visit our canine friends (for adults 18 years and older).
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Cat World Headquarters: Learn how we help cats heal and thrive (for those 12 years and older).
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Guided hike in Angel Canyon: Join a Sanctuary Ambassador on a one-hour guided hike of a nearby trail. Discover the history of the sandstone walls, learn about native plants and animals all while enjoying the beauty of Angel Canyon. Hikes are considered moderate. Please pre-register 24 hours prior. Bring plenty of water. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. Children and leashed dogs allowed. Hikes may be influenced by weather, trail condition and staffing availability.
Sundays and Thursdays,10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Angels Rest Walking Tour: Enjoy the beauty and magic of the Best Friends cemetery called Angels Rest where there are over 8,000 special animals placed among 1,400 wind chimes.
Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 a.m. Meet at Angels Rest. Stop by the Welcome Center for a map by 8:45 a.m. if you don't know where to go. Not recommended for those with mobility issues.

Golden Circle member experiences

Golden Circle members are among the most devoted and loyal supporters of Best Friends Animal Society, and they are true friends to the animals, donating $1,000 or more per year. Not a Golden Circle member? Learn more about becoming a Golden Circle member.  

VIP backstage pass tour*: This special thank-you tour stops in five animal buildings, including the clinic, giving Golden Circle members an up-close and personal experience of the Sanctuary.

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Afternoon tea with a Best Friends co-founder*:  This is a great way to wind down and reflect after a busy day. Golden Circle members are invited to an intimate gathering to enjoy good company and intriguing conversation in a quiet setting overlooking the splendor of the lower canyon. Meet at the Village Café. 

Fridays, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

*Please note: Due to high demand and limited seating, your confirmation on this tour will be held until your donor status is verified.

Animal area tours

For these tours, please come by the Sanctuary Welcome Center 20 minutes prior to tour time for directions to meet at the specific animal headquarters. We really appreciate registration in advance. Please arrive on time as the tour starts promptly at listed times.
Please note: These tours may be canceled due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Horse Haven and Marshall’s Piggy Paradise
Monday, Wednesday
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Horse Haven Horsemanship Demo
Tuesday, Friday
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Parrot Garden
Daily (except Wednesdays)
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Bunny House
2 – 2:45 p.m.
Wild Friends
10:15 – 11 a.m.

Book your free Sanctuary tour

Welcome Center hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas Day

5001 Angel Canyon Road, five miles north of Kanab on Highway 89
435-644-2001, ext. 4537

Service animal policy

Important travel information

The Virgin River Gorge

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Monday that motorists should be prepared for around-the-clock restrictions and intermittent delays on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge beginning in early April and continuing through spring 2020.

During the first phases of the construction, northbound and southbound I-15 will be narrowed to one lane between mileposts 13 and 16, which will cause delays, especially during high-traffic times. ADOT is advising motorists to slow down and use caution around construction personnel and equipment. Drivers should also prepare to merge into the other lane.
Alternate route: Those seeking an alternate route to avoid traffic can take Highway 91, which can save travel time and reduce congestion in the gorge.

Virgin River Gorge

The highway bypasses the gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Exit 8 in Littlefield, Arizona, to the south and connecting to St. George at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. Attached is a map showing this alternate route. St. George Airport Closure The St. George airport will be closed to all flights from May 29-Sept. 26, 2019, for the runway repair and replacement project.
Alternate airport: Please keep in mind that you can fly into Cedar City, Utah, which is the same distance to Kanab as St. George, usually cheaper and the drive is very scenic.

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