Have an artful encounter in Kayenta, Utah

Galleries abound in this southern Utah desert oasis

Utah desert garden

Desert Rose Labyrinth.

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Kayenta, Ut art galleries
Utah pottery studio and classes
Where to eat in Kayenta, UT

Why go in spring: This artsy desert community in Utah’s red rock country is in bloom.

Where it is: Within the town of Ivins, 7 miles northwest of St. George. Average March temp: 67°

Dress code: Sandals, shorts, and a hat to ward off the sun. Pack a fleece jacket for chilly evenings.

First stop:  Coyote Gulch Art Village, a cluster of galleries, shops, and a cafe with a backdrop of red rock mountains and desert gardens.

Eco bonus: The area’s green housing development was designed to blend into the landscape. Even the night sky is protected by lighting ordinances.

Don’t expect to see: Lawns. Kayenta is about drought-tolerant native plants. Learn about them at the Xetava Desert Arboretum (free; 811 N. Kayenta Pkwy.; 435/673-6628), where desert marigold should be in bloom.

History lesson: Mormon pioneers established a cotton-growing colony in the St. George area, which is why it’s often called Dixie.

Hollywood-style history: The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford, was filmed nearby.

Next: How to get there and things to do


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