Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile – Utah – Pet Friendly

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile is a lovely new pet-friendly lodging option in Kanab, Utah. It’s the perfect complement to a Best Friends Animal Sanctuary volunteer trip or the ideal place to stay with pets while traveling in Southern Utah.


I wrote about Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile last October when we toured the Roadhouse before their grand opening. This is an updated post after our stay in January.

It truly is the most pet-friendly hotel! Our dog, Allen, gave it 5 stars. He thought the pullout pet bed was awesome. He also was impressed with the small touches like his personalized nameplate, welcome treats from the staff, and his very own drinking fountain. He loved the fenced pet park for running, playing ball, and meeting new friends. All of this and the pets stay free.


Look at that smile…

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The pet park is quite spacious with plenty of running room and has a splash zone for hot summer days. There is also a smaller fenced area for little dogs. Other pet amenities include a pet washing station, pet walking service or pet visits from the staff. There is a fee for the walking service and visits.


This is the walk back to the pet park area. The mural is so beautiful and there’s a great spot to sit and enjoy a bonfire.


Allen loved shopping at the mercantile and visiting with the staff.

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Best Friends Roadhouse has a stage for upcoming community events and entertainment.


We were also super impressed with the technology. The internet worked great and these iPads were so nice with all the information about the Roadhouse and surrounding area.

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Another added benefit is that you can walk to restaurants from Best Friends Roadhouse. You can read about our Top 5 Restaurants in Kanab by clicking HERE. This time we checked out Jakey Leigh’s Coffee Shop and the fresh-baked bagels lived up to the hype.

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Our stay was unexpected. Our dog, Utah, passed away while we were traveling in Arizona. We brought her back to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary to lay her to rest at Angels Rest within the sanctuary.

The staff at the Roadhouse went above and beyond to help us through this hard time. I can’t say enough about their warmth and hospitality. We are incredibly thankful for them and everyone at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.


Sunset view from our room…

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Please message me with any questions about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Roadhouse or Kanab. It’s a magical place!

©Tracy Blowers

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4 thoughts on “Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile – Utah – Pet Friendly

  1. Dear Tracy and Terry,
    It was a joy to have you with us, and we are so grateful for your kindness in helping to tell others about the new Roadhouse! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your wonderful blog post. I look forward to seeing you, and thanking you in person the next time you are in Kanab. Grateful thanks from Best Friends and the entire Roadhouse team,
    Brooks Bradbury
    GM Hospitality, BFAS

    1. Hi Brooks,
      Thank you so much for the message! We were having a hard time after our dog passed away and the staff was amazing. We love JoAnne and Julie! They are genuine and both go above and beyond. Kanab is starting to feel like our second home and we can’t wait to come back in April. We look forward to seeing you!

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