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Kayenta Art Village

Like a Marfa, Texas, or Paonia, Colorado, Kayenta is often regarded as an artist colony of sorts. Kayenta's Coyote Gulch Art Village is a hub of cultural and social activity for locals and visitors alike.

Nestled against the Red Mountain in true red rock country, just seven miles north of St. George, near Ivins, Utah, lies the hamlet of Kayenta, and its famed ZionBryce CanyonLake Powell, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Mesa Verde, so there is no lack of options for your adventures.

If you want to explore the surrounding area, there are many hiking trails around, including Rock Park, the largest park in the center of Kayenta; Elephant Rock, with access from East Evening Star Drive; Hell Hole Canyon with its natural waterfall feature; and Three Mile Wash, following the fall line off the Kayenta Cliffs in Hell Hole Canyon.

There is also a network of dirt roads with access to hundreds of acres for mountain biking. In order to preserve the quiet and sanctity of the natural landscape for bikers and hikers, no motorized vehicles are allowed on these roads. If paved roads are more your riding preference, you will find a perfect blend of easy and moderate terrain for a relaxing and mellow ride.

Whether you are an aspiring artist looking for creative vision or an adventurer looking to explore the beautiful state of Utah, Kayenta is a great place to grab a paintbrush or your road bike and enjoy the ride.

A great time to visit the village is during one of the many art festivals that take place throughout the year that include street painting, the President’s Day Gallery Walk, and many more. You can check out the Coyote Gulch Art Village website for a complete and up-to-date listing of events.  The village is open to the public daily from 10 am-5:30 pm, and is located at 875 Coyote Gulch Court in Ivins.

Xetava Gardens Café is open daily from 8 a.m.  to 5 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the cafe stays open for dinner. The Sacred Space Spa is open Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

GPS Coordinates: 37.185035, -113.706456

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