The cool canyon walls, radiant hot air balloons dotting the sky and the twinkle of glowing Chinese lanterns made for a magically unspoiled trip to Kanab, UT for the annual Balloons and Tunes Festival.

I found that the best way to start your trip off is with a visit to Kanab’s Office of Tourism. This darling little building is jam-packed with information on all things adventure in and around Kanab. DSC_0354

We started our morning out at the hot air balloon launch. The vibrancy of the balloons on a canvas of blue sky and red rock was absolutely stunning.

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We then spent the afternoon checking out Peek-A-Boo Canyon located just 40 minutes outside of Kanab, at the end of a sandy trail. I wouldn’t suggest taking the trail on without a vehicle that sits substantially high off the ground and is also equipped with 4-wheel drive.

So that’s why they call it Peek-A-Boo Canyon…
I am in love with even the smallest details of this earth.

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For our next stop on the adventure trail, we decided to hit up the east side of Kanab. This area is covered in roads and trails that each lead you to incredibly unique destinations. With this kind of beauty surrounding you, you literally CANNOT go wrong. Again, I simply suggest stopping in at the tourism office and picking out a couple of adventures that stand out to you. I even grabbed info on a few that would be awesome for a future trip to the area. DSC_0426 DSC_0439

At night the city puts on the most charming street fair… The sounds of local music, kids squealing and BBQ sizzling on the grill welcomes sundown as hot air balloons are launched and lit down the cutest little small-town main-street.

What I felt is hard describe. The vibe makes you want to believe in magic again… To be a kid again. A little girlish charm got me into the basket of one of the balloons. It was fun to feel the warm glow on my face as I fired it up. 😉

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The night was rounded out by the magical glimmer of a quaint lantern lighting. There’s something special about making a wish and sending it off into the darkness of a night sky that I can’t really describe for you… It’s just something you need to go and feel for yourself. And I hope you do.

I think the appropriate term is #squadgoals…

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The next morning we broke camp early (Pahaha, yeah right… We slept in until the sun was high in the sky) and set off for home. The beauty of road tripping around Southern Utah is that rather than a mundane truck stop for a potty break, you can hit up a National Park. Bryce Canyon National Park was far better than any gas station I’ve been to…

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If there’s one thing this trip taught me, it is the importance of taking time to rejuvenate. I just do not believe that God sent us here to this earth to run around being busy all the time. If that was the case, there would be absolutely no justification for the beauty surrounding us. So, I challenge you to go out and get lost. My little bit of red rock rehab picked me up and put me back together.

Author: Bradie Jill

I’m a mountain climber, filmmaker, globetrotter, lifestyle blogger, & TV personality. For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things beautiful. Whether it be words in a book, a breathtaking mountain landscape or an untold story. With this blog, I hope to bring you all of these things.