America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

Parry Lodge

Parry Lodge, Kanab, Utah

It's a story about a lodge that lured Hollywood to Kanab to make motion pictures there. Yet, it's as much a story of Kanab itself, for its unique Utah flare, and its gateway to the awesome sites that surround it. You can stay here and visit the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks, and so many more. And if you're lucky enough to stay, or just visit, historic Parry Lodge, established in 1892 and upgraded in 1931 to the vista you see today. It has been named one of the best roadside inns along the way, then, boy, you've had a western treat of nature and history. Image above: Parry Lodge, Kanab, Utah, 2019, Mramoeba. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons C.C. 4.0.

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Parry Lodge

Parry Lodge, Kanab, Utah

How did it start? Well, as a farmhouse, one and one half stories that took in visitors along Highway 89 who were searching for lodging as they took in the sites, or went hunting for treasure in this town just north of the Arizona border in Kanab, Utah. By 1924, it was a lodge that began to house Hollywood folks who loved to film their westerns in the surrounding area. The Parry Brothers were famous for their guiding business at Zion National Park and began luring influential filmmakers to their town and lodge. First film located there, Deadwood Coach. With this sudden influx of famous folks, the Parry Brothers decided to build a roadside inn to better house them in 1931, the Inn you will see today.

And who has stayed and/or filmed here more than one hundred times, yes, one hundred films. John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Maureen O'Hara, Dean Martin, Roy Rogers, and Ronald Reagan. And what famous films? How about the Lone Ranger and the Outlaw Josey Wales.

And it should come as no surprise that today it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It sits along two blocks of Kanab's main street with five buildings and eighty-nine rooms. It has a heated pool, restaurant, and the Old Barn Theater.

Image above: Parry Lodge, unknown date or author. Below: Center Street of Kanab, Utah, Highway 89, 2013, P199. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons C.C. 3.0.

Kanab Center Street, Highway 89

Where Is It

Parry Lodge is located at 89 East Center Street, Kanab, Utah 84741. As noted, it is just over the northern border of Arizona in southern Utah, and it is in the center of a lot of everything. Grand Staircase-Escalante is only fifteen miles away. Zion National Park is thirty miles away. Bryce Canyon, seventy-six miles away and the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, eighty miles from the lodge.

What is There Now

Parry Lodge

The site includes the iconic front, a coffee shop and restaurant that serves a home style American breakfast buffet, and rooms of various styles, from cottages to traditional roadside motel rooms once stayed in by Hollywood royalty. The Johnson Farm House is still there, plus other buildings like the Old Barn Theater and Movie One and Movie Two. Yes, there's also a pool. Find out later who paid for it.

When Open and How Much

Year round operation with rooms that cost $99 to $159 per night. Discounts for three night stays.

Fees subject to change.

Parry Lodge
Kanab Visitor Center, Bureau of Land Management
Kane County Visitor Center

History Nearby

Surrounded by so much natural beauty, plus those unique spots in Kanab itself, you'll have plenty to see, and probably not enough time to see it all.

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