August 2022

July 2022 Ivins City Council Update

Has Ivins Fire/EMS Service Flatlined? 

(Excerpt from Mike Scott’s City Council Update)

Five weeks ago, the Ivins City Council increased the budget for Fire/EMS to fund the re-staffing of the Center Street fire station. Santa Clara runs Fire/EMS for both cities (we run Law Enforcement). Santa Clara moved all the Center Street personnel to their Rachel station late last year without even telling us. That move leaves half of Ivins residents outside the standard 5-minute response time. 

City Council ems


Center Street should be staffed by now. It isn’t. Not only is it not staffed, Santa Clara fired at least seven volunteers and part-time Fire/EMS personnel in the past week. There are no words to describe how appalled our mayor and city council are over all of this. 

Special MeetingSo, we’re going to have a meeting of the two city councils on August 3rd at 5pm.
We need to fix this now. Our citizens are in jeopardy every day. But Santa Clara is in complete control. 

The meeting will be at the Santa Clara City Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive. The meeting is open to the public. It isn’t a public hearing so there’s no opportunity for public comment. But just showing up is a strong public comment by itself. If you can’t attend in person, check Santa Clara’s website at to see if you can watch from home.

Read the Rest of the July Ivins City Council Update Under Our Kayenta Community Section Below.

Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Changes

It’s that time of year when many of us are receiving our Notice of Property Valuation and Tax Changes from Washington County.  Undoubtedly, you’ve been surprised to see that the market value of your home, for property tax valuation purposes, has increased by as much as 50%, resulting in increases of up to $500,000 or more for some residents.  If your Kayenta home is your primary residence, then the impact of this unprecedented valuation increase will be softened somewhat by the 45% exemption from market value.  If the various taxing entities’ proposed 2022 budgets are approved, the resulting increase in property taxes per household will likely be in the 10-15% range.

Here at Kayenta Homes & Properties, we’ve prepared a list of the 27 homes which have sold during the past year, ranging in price from $675k to $2.995m and from $296 to $711 per square foot.  These sales generally support the county’s proposed increases in our market values for property tax calculation purposes.  Feel free to stop by our office in the Art Village to pick up your complimentary copy of this list, should you be considering filing an appeal to protest your market value.

KH&P Labor Day Weekend Pool Party

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our office is open 7 days a week.
We enjoy seeing our Kayenta community of friends and always welcome your visits.

Your Kayenta Sales Team,

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Naomi Doyle & Steve McAllister, Sale Agents

Kayenta Art Foundation

New Executive Director

Miranda Wright

Kayenta Arts Foundation is happy to announce the hiring of Miranda Wright as the new Executive Director for the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

Even with over 120 applicants, Miranda stood far above all the candidates with her vast experience, winning personality, youth, local ties, and extensive education. Please mark September 24th on your calendar to attend the Member Appreciation evening to meet Miranda in person. Here is a bit of info on her. 

Miranda Wright grew up in St. George and attended Southern Utah University before moving to Los Angeles, CA in 2006. Over the past decade, she has worked closely with remarkable theater and dance artists in Los Angeles and New York to produce boundary-pushing and engaging performances that have toured worldwide. 

Miranda founded Los Angeles Performance Practice in 2010, and the Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival in 2013. Performances produced through her company have toured Edinburgh (Scotland), Havana (Cuba), Kampala (Uganda), Sydney (Australia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Curitiba (Brazil), and across the United States. In Los Angeles, she has worked with Center Theatre Group, Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA, and CalArts Center for New Performance, among others, on special projects and initiatives. She is the 2014 recipient of Center Theatre Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award, and in 2015, was awarded a Cultural Exchange International Fellowship through the City of Los Angeles and the British Council to work with ArtsAdmin in London. Miranda is a member of the Creative & Independent Producers Alliance (CIPA) and the International Presenting Commons (IPC). Miranda holds a certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice In Performance at Wesleyan University, an MFA in Producing from California Institute of the Arts, and an Executive MBA from Hult International Business School.

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

KAF Giving Campaign

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Now is the time to double the impact of your membership. Help us reach our goal of raising $120,000 to support the Arts at Center for the Arts at Kayenta


August 2022


Save $ and get tickets to both 2022 Simon Fest Co. shows at CFAK: Evita and Man of La Mancha.
The package saves $10 on 2 adult tickets and $5 on 2 child/student tickets to each show.

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

August 3 - 6

The musical story of the “mad” knight Don Quixote

Experience the musical story of the “mad” knight Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by prisoners as they await hearings with the Spanish Inquisition.

The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre. 1965 musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion.


August 17-20

Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood.

Set in Argentina between 1934 and 1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

The events in Evita’s life are presented in song and commented on by the show’s narrator, Che. Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”

Winner! Seven 1980 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book

Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune

September 1 - 11

Nominated for a Tony Award, this play explores the fun of a blossoming new relationship in NYC, as they try to determine if they are soul mates or just mates for the night. This play contains mature subject matter.

Frankie, a waitress, has had more disappointments than delights in life. Johnny, a cook and veteran of one broken marriage already, is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she considers ridiculous. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a one-night stand begins to emerge.

This play contains mature subject matter, brief nudity, and adult language.

Make Space

Kayenta Artists are teaching at MakeSpace

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Two Different Encaustic’s classes - Kathy has been teaching encaustics for over 10 years! Sign up now, as the encaustics classes sell out every time we offer them.

Ginny NOrthcott

Ginny Northcott

Silverpoint Drawing Workshop will introduce you to the art of Silverpoint drawing. This medium involves drawing with a silver wire which is inserted into a mechanical pencil.

Liz Fortney & Alan Holben Workshop

Liz Fortney & Alan Holben

Led by these two esteemed, local photographers, this six week course in digital photography is meant for beginners and those interested in improving their skills.

Jeff Hepworth

Oil Painting Workshop: Painting Landscapes with a Calming Effect with Jeff Hepworth

In this one day workshop, on October 5th, you will learn techniques to create a quiet, calming effect in your landscape paintings.

Kim English

4-Day Plein Air Workshop with World Renowned Artist Kim English - “Figure in the Red Desert”

Do not miss the opportunity to spend four days in a small class environment, learning to paint figures in the Red Desert surroundings of Southern Utah!

Make Space


Kayenta Art Village

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective,
Exceptional Art.


Juniper Sky Gallery, Sculptor Chris Deverill

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

July 2022 Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Ivins Council Member

Article Continued from Top of Newsletter

550 Homes? 250 Short Term Rentals?

There will be a public hearing on August 4th to consider rezoning 113-acres from single-family/5-acre lots (RA-5) to Resort Mixed Use (RMU). Rize Capital is asking for the rezone. They want to build about 550 homes, townhomes, etc., with about half of them being short-term rentals. The current RA-5 zoning (RA-5) limits development to single-family homes on 5-acre lots. The property is just east of Puerto Drive and south of Mesa Vista Drive.

Ivins changed the land use on this property from Low Density Residential to Resort Mixed Use in September 2019. There was also a small amount of Neighborhood Commercial land use prior to the change. It was tucked into the southeast corner of the property next to Santa Clara. 

See additional discussion about land use and zoning issues for this property and a link to the developer’s Project Plan in the article on my website at 


Stream of Consciousness

Our home weather station says we’ve received 0.75 inches of rain so far this year. Patty and I are pretty sure we normally get at least 3 or 4 inches by now. None of us need a rain gauge to know we’re in a dramatically dry year. The lack of rain is making us all nervous. 

Last week I spent some time with the Ryan Rowland (Data Chief) and Tom Marston (Investigations Chief) of the USGS Utah Water Science Center to find out what’s happening to our water supply this year.  They showed me where I can get detailed historical information on streamflows as well current provisional streamflow data. The current data is almost “real time,” lagging by just 24 hours. 

In the first six months of 2022, the total streamflow on the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers combined was 43,880 acre-feet. Is that good? Well, here’s the positive spin. Looking at streamflows for the first six months of each year beginning with 2006, this year was better than five other years and well above the 35,000 acre-feet in the first six months of last year. 

That’s not saying much though. The average streamflow was 78,500 acre-feet for the first half of each year for the prior 16 years. This year’s flow is just 55% of the average. Can we catch up in the second half of the year? Anything is possible with Mother Nature, but it’s not likely. Over the past 16 years almost two-thirds of each year’s streamflow happened in the first half of each year. Streamflow was higher in the second half in only 5 of the 16 years. We may get more rain in the second half, but we lose the benefit of snowmelt. 

Streamflow is one source of water. Another source is from the Navajo/Kayenta and Upper Ash Creek aquifer system right below our feet. I don’t want to commandeer this entire issue of Kayenta Connections, so please see the rest of this article on my website at 

More information

Email me at for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you and what you think should be done. Visit my website at for regular updates.

Kayenta Deseret Arboretum

As we approach the end of our summer season we are looking forward to the completion of major improvements throughout the arboretum.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors we are near completion of installing electrical power outlets throughout the arboretum.  Once they are in place our next project will be the installation of low voltage pathway lights.  This project should be complete before the onset of winter darkness.  A low voltage lighting system will allow us to limit their use from dusk until the early evening hours.  It will also allow us to expand the holiday lighting celebration we provide each year.

Thanks to the work of many dedicated volunteers, the Desert Rose Labyrinth has been given a major facelift in the way of trail and walkway improvements and removal of unwanted undergrowth in our landscaped areas.  The Foundation is also expanding it’s landscaping footprint into a new area southwest of the Xetava Gardens Cafe.

As cooler weather approaches, stop by and say hi to our many volunteers and look for our tent at the Art in Kayenta Festival

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information.  Please contact Roger Head, or 435-632-1814.

Kayenta Desert Arboretum

Desert Preservation InitiativeAugust 2022 Update

Identifying and protecting the natives—and why it matters

As the Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI) moves forward with its work to protect the native desert ecosystem, in coordination with the Kayenta Planting and Landscaping Committee, we asked botanist and DPI secretary Terrence Walters what the issues are and why this matters.

How do you define a native species?

A native species is one that has originated and evolved in its surrounding ecosystem and has adapted to living in that particular habitat. Scientists generally consider that a species should be considered native to the U.S. if it was on the continent prior to the European occupation. Native species can, and often do, expand their ranges by dispersal of seeds or fruits by wind, animals, etc., into a new ecosystem, where they can eventually adapt and become part of that new ecosystem.

One native species that all of us appreciate and enjoy here is the Joshua Tree. This yucca relative is considered an endemic species, found only within the Mojave Desert between 1,300 and 5,000 ft. in elevation. 

Why are some plant species considered invasive?

The term “invasive species” is used to define, often incorrectly, species that are considered weeds or pests; they are called introduced, alien, and opportunistic species. While the definition varies considerably, I define them as species that are non-native to a particular ecosystem, having been introduced intentionally or accidentally by humans or non-native organisms. They typically cause great environmental and/or economic harm to the ecosystem by competing with the native species for food and resources. 

However, not all non-native species are considered invasive, including many food crops and horticultural species, such as those that we typically grow in our courtyards, around our homes, and in our gardens. Over time, invasive species can effectively replace the native species, often forcing the extinction of the natives and essentially creating a new ecosystem to ensure their survival and future success. 

While the majority of non-native species do not become invasive, a few cause tremendous environmental and economic hardship to the ecosystem. Those that become invasive typically have the ability to outcompete native species for food and resources. When non-native species have no predators/disease in the new ecosystem they can out-compete the native species that are kept in check by local predators/disease. 

What problems do invasive species create?

Right here where we live, we see the tremendous impact of the invasive species Tamarisk (also known as Saltcedar) on the survival and reproduction of our native species, especially those that protect our rare and fragile riparian ecosystems. Tamarisk has a significant and long-term impact on 1) the sustainability of the biological diversity within southwestern Utah, 2) the specialized and sensitive microhabitats within our ravines, arroyos, and waterways, and, 3) what I consider the most severe, changing our native fragile desert habitats into Tamarisk dominated habitats. This last impact is the most difficult and most costly to fix, which is why you see programs devoted to removing tamarisk throughout the Southwest. 

Invasive species demand massive costs and resources to manage or remove them from an ecosystem once they have gotten a foothold. Think about how much you spend on herbicides to kill invasives on your property, as well as the time you spend removing and spraying invasives to keep them out of your property and garden.  And that is just your small piece of property. 

What plants cause the primary problems in Kayenta?

Let me tell you my story. When we first moved to Kayenta in 2019, nine Tamarisk shrubs on my property had completely smothered the native shrubs in extensive areas and in some cases completely blocked my ravine forcing rainwater to cut through the previously stabilized banks. The leaf debris, which is high in salt concentrations, at some sites was close to six inches in depth. So, my very first task to protect and preserve the native desert habitat was to remove those massive shrubs. 

Next, I removed three massive Cow’s Tongue Cactus along my driveway. Like Tamarisk, this prickly pear cactus had also smothered my native cacti, Sand Sage, Ephedra, and Blackbrush. And I won’t even mention the alarming size of the desert rat nests I found at the base of these plants.

The Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI) is working to catalog invasive species here. So far, these include Puncturevine, Cheat Grass, and Russian Thistle (also called Tumbleweed). Recently, some new invasives, such as Silverleaf Nightshade and some yet unconfirmed species have been spotted in Kayenta. We are waiting on confirmation of the species names for these as being on Utah’s noxious weed list.  

When is a species considered opportunistic?

An opportunistic species is one that is able to take advantage of disturbances to the soil or to the existing vegetation in its native habitat so that its numbers dramatically increase. When disturbance to an ecosystem occurs, a native species that has the genetic potential for adapting to that disturbance will show rapid growth and increased reproductive potential allowing it to outcompete its neighbors for food and resources.  

A local example in Kayenta is Desert Willow, a native to the Southwest. In its native habitat, it is most commonly found in wash scrublands and deciduous riparian woodlands. Many of us have this beautiful species under our care on our properties, including me, due to its perfect size, open form, and colorful flowers. In undisturbed habitats, Desert Willow is not a dominant species indicating that it probably does not have strong competition characteristics.

Seeds of our planted Desert Willows have now found a new habitat in Kayenta where they can grow and reproduce on their own – our roadsides. The drainage off of our streets after a rain provides enough water for seeds to germinate and plants to grow and reproduce. The species no longer has to depend on a ravine. Most of our native desert species have not evolved to be able to adapt to the edges of asphalt streets. Therefore, we often see our roadsides without any plants – just rock and sand and plants of the hardy herbaceous perennials Palmer Penstemon and Desert Marigold. When Desert Willow seeds are dispersed to the roadside edges they do not have to compete for available resources and are able to quickly germinate and send up a large number of stems to begin tapping available resources. 

Finally, why does all of this matter?

Our work is committed to maintaining the health and natural beauty of our shared environment. People choose to live in Kayenta because of its unique landscape, recognizing that we are stewards for the other living creatures—plant and animal—that were here before we came. We aim to preserve this ecosystem, for the future. 

The Desert Preservation Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Southwest Utah. If you are interested in learning more or in volunteering or donating in support of DPI, please contact us at

Kayenta Invasives


The spiny fruit of Puncturevine fruit can puncture bicycle tires and even thin vehicle tires. (photo: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University,

Cow's Tongue

Cow’s Tongue Cactus can easily take over an entire area, and crowd out fragile native shrubs


The Russian Thistle or tumbleweed, fills canals, pools, and piles up against fences and dwellings creating a fire hazard. (photo Mary Ellen Harte,

Cheat Grass

Cheat Grass, when dry, provides excellent fuel for wildfire.

Petite Feast Dinner Club





Sunday, September 18th, 2022











Heirloom TomatoMany, many thanks to Dave Bigner and the other gardeners at Kayenta Community Gardens for sharing their beautiful produce with Petite Feast.
All of the guests around our tables have benefited from your passion and hard work.

 To reserve your seat at the table please click on the link below.

For the health and safety of all our guests, we request that all guests be fully vaccinated.

About Petite Feast Dinner Club: after 35 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party and cooking class.  And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests!  Events are announced monthly through the website and pricing for each event varies. Victoria is happy to accommodate your special celebration requests and dietary preferences whenever possible. I hope to see you soon – Victoria

“Thank you for another wonderful meal and delightful experience. I will be sorry to miss the next one, but I will look forward to September’s dinner. Thanks for providing this exceptional dining and social opportunity in our community.” ~ Jan

Petite Feast



My dad was an excellent cook. His specialties were Chicken Florentine, multi-tiered birthday cakes, and almost anything cooked on the grill. To me, the classic backyard-barbeque burgers of my childhood were legendary. The textural contrast of the crispy, slightly charred burger, the crunchy iceberg lettuce and the squishy white hamburger bun was summertime perfection. But now that I am an adult I like to think that my tastes have matured.  Don’t get me wrong, a classic burger cooked over an open flame still reigns supreme as my favorite summer meal, but sometimes I like to up the ante and zhuzh things up a bit.  So for Virtual Dinner Party #73, let’s take it outdoors and make Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Eggplant Caponata.

Ground turkey breast is lean and therefore has little moisture to prevent it from becoming dry and chalky when cooked.  Even more problematic is turkey’s timid flavor profile. This makes turning out a poultry burger with the meaty umami flavor that we’re after extra challenging.  But, by simply adding a small amount of fat, a little bit of binder, and a generous amount of goat cheese and pesto (huge flavor bump!)  you can turn out a burger that is every bit as satisfying as a traditional beef burger.  I usually grind my own meat, but feel free to use pre-ground if it is more convenient.  (93% lean ground turkey, which contains light and dark meat, instead of 99% lean ground turkey breast works best for burgers.)

Mastering burgers on the grill is a noble but elusive goal.  The high direct heat of the grill can burn your burger before the inside is cooked through. (Poultry burgers present an extra challenge because poultry must be cooked to a high internal temperature to prevent foodborne illness.) I have watched lots of backyard grillers (this mean you Uncle Lou) picking, prodding, pressing, and flipping their burgers as soon as they hit the grates. All of these are no-no’s in my book.  When grilling, I prefer the mostly hands-off method of burger cookery. Start with scrupulously clean grill grates and medium high heat. Once your burger is on the grill, flip it only one time mid-way through cooking.

This will help your burger hold together better and it yields an excellent exterior char and a perfectly cooked juicy center.  To compliment our burger, Tim, our sommelier, recommends a French Vouvray made from Chenin Blanc grapes but with a little more texture and body than some of the Chenin Blancs from the new world.  If you prefer red, he says, Pinot Noir should work due to its low tannins.

If you have not joined the Virtual Dinner Party but would like to dine with us, please prepare this recipe – or any other – and share it with your family, friends and neighbors. It is our group’s firm belief that by preparing something good to eat and sharing it with those we love, we are participating in one of life’s greatest joys. The connection, community and good will that come from it fill us with joy, hope and gratitude.   I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Thanks for coming to the party and Cook On!  – Victoria




½ slice sandwich bread torn into pieces

2 T  milk

3/4 # turkey meat (grind your own or use pre-ground)

2 T  minced onion

1 clove garlic, minced

2 t soy sauce

1/2 t cayenne pepper (or to taste)

½ t ground dry mustard

4 t minced parsley

2 oz.  goat cheese, cut into two 1 ¼”  disks and frozen

1 T prepared basil pesto (store bought or homemade)

salt and pepper

1 C  eggplant caponata (store bought or homemade *see recipe link below)

spinach or leaf lettuce

basil mayo (see recipe below)

high-quality hamburger buns


Pulse the bread in the food processor to coarse crumbs. Remove from work bowl and set aside.  Pulse onion and garlic in food processor until chopped fine.

In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, soy sauce, mustard, parsley and cayenne (if using). Add bread crumbs, milk, onion and garlic. Mix gently by hand until thoroughly combined taking care not to overwork the meat.

Divide meat into 2 portions and form into balls.  Flatten the ball slightly making an indentation to hold 1½ t pesto and a frozen disk of goat cheese. Shape meat over the pesto and cheese completely covering them. Form into a flat patty making sure no goat cheese or pesto is visible.  Refrigerate 30 minutes while you prepare grill.

Preheat grill to medium-high.  Clean and lightly oil cooking grate.  Brush burgers lightly with oil.  Season patties with S & P.  Place burgers on grill and cook, turning once only after a good sear has been achieved (5-6 minutes) on the original side, flip and finish cooking on the second side until cooked through.

Transfer burgers to a plate, tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes.  Toast buns lightly.  Assemble burgers and top with basil mayo, eggplant caponata and spinach or leaf lettuce.


Basil mayo – combine ½ C mayo (store bought or homemade) , ¼ C plain yogurt, 1 t lemon zest, 4 T minced basil, 1 T pesto.


Coyote Tales

Coytote Tales

Saturday, September 10th

At the Ivins City Heritage Days Festival at Ivins City Park

The Theme for the Evenings Stories is: Tradition

Please join us for this FREE event where we will welcome amateur and experienced storytellers to our stage to share their true tales of “TRADITION”.

The evening begins with a BYOP (bring your own picnic) pre-show party where potential storytellers put their name in the hat with the hope of being chosen to share their tale on stage. Linda Schmal of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty will be providing complimentary upscale waters and spirit-free beverages for thirsty story lovers. The pre-party starts at 7:00 PM with Stillhouse Road bluegrass music. Stories start at sundown.

We are delighted that photographer and acclaimed author of twenty-two books on the Western landscape, Stephen Trimble, and retired educator and co-author of “Lion Lights”, Shelly Pollock, will be on stage sharing their true tales of tradition. They will be joined by local storytellers from Kayenta and the surrounding area – This is one show you don’t want to miss!

– if you have a story to tell and would like to get on stage, please contact Victoria through the Coyote Tales website

Prepare a 5-minute story about customs, heritage, or birthright. Think: Folklore, wisdom, or ritual passed from generation to generation. Tell us YOUR story about connection to ancestry or times past.


Were you there? Are you the main character? Your involvement in the events as they unfold is essential.  We are after true, first-person narrative stories.

To find out more information or to get tips or tricks on crafting your own great tale, check out our website. While you’re there, you can listen to stories from previous live and virtual events. Let us know what you think!

Everyone has a story

Copies of many of the evening’s invited storyteller’s books will be available for sale at the event and at The Book Bungalow. The Book Bungalow is an independent bookstore located in downtown St. George at the corner of 100 West and Tabernacle Street.

 This project is funded by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, & Desert Dweller Realty

Trips and Trails

Trips and Trails

Resumes in October 2022

Join area expert Charles Dillier on monthly outings that explore southern Utah’s (and sometimes beyond) geographical and locational treasures.

Each trip is different, some requiring dirt road travel and your own packed lunch. The group meets in the Kayenta Design Center parking lot and then drives to the selected location. A great way to meet locals with a passion for venturing beyond Kayenta’s comfortable enclave.

The Kayenta Connection will post information for each month’s trip once they resume.
For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Xetava Gardens Cafe

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30am – 5pm


Thursday 11:30 – 8pm

Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 8pm

Sun 9am – 8pm (Brunch served 9-12)


Thank you very much for your continued support. Closing at 3: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day (to prepare for our special pre-sold dinner service) Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Blue Raven Bike RentalSpend an entire day in our beautiful environment.

With Blue Raven, there is no need to load the bikes onto your vehicle and drive to the trails. From our front doors, you can access any kind of riding you want, from paved trails through Snow Canyon to mountain bike adventures that can last from sunrise to sunset, and everything in between. With e-bikes, you can make the ride as easy or as challenging as you like.

We also have some pretty ingenious bikes to bring your kids along.

Check our website for pricing and hours.

(435) 225-0295 •

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Kayenta’s locally run gyms, fitness classes, spas,  group workouts, wellness activities and mindful experiences.

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.”


Elevate Fitness

Kayenta’s Boutique Fitness Studio

Elevate offers group fitness classes, and private, semi-private, and group training workouts.

Participants MUST be vaccinated. Class size is limited and subject to change. Pre-registration is required. For more information please visit our website.

Elevate Studio’s Class offerings!

ElevateFIT is offered M, W, & F at 9:30 am. This class is taught inside and outside. A fun, invigorating challenging class for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. 

ElevateYoga class is offered Saturday at 10:00 am and Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 pm.  This class is for yogis & yoginis with some experience.

Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Inquiries can be directed to John Yohman, Owner
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 •

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Check out these exciting new add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

$15~ Peppermint Foot Reflexology 

$15~Wild Child hair and scalp treatment

$15~CBD infused spot treatment

$20~Age Defying facial mask

Please call or text to schedule or with any questions! Please remember that I am usually booked at least 2 weeks out.

Namaste, Aly Hansen

For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743 •

Mindful Vinyasa Flow and Yin/Stretch

Kayenta Home Yoga

Pop-Up Classes in late August

Weekly classes begin in September

Happy Summer, Yoga Friends! Be on the lookout for Pop-up Yin/Stretch Yoga classes in late August. Weekly Yin and Hatha Yoga classes will be offered beginning in September. All classes will be held at my small Kayenta home studio. Email me with any questions you may have. I’m looking forward to seeing you on your mat!

Karen Kushner

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga

Class will be held in The Room for Thought in Kayenta Art Village (next to Kayenta Art Center) at 9:30 am on Thursdays.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.


Desert Rose Labyrinth

The labyrinth is sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal.

The Desert Rose Labyrinth & Sculpture Garden is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. The Labyrinth is maintained and funded by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact:

Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664

Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905

Village Fitness Center

Community Gym

Come join your neighbors in the FUN!

When: M/W/F at 8 am & Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am.
Cost: $4/Session- 1st session is FREE

Compact in size this local gym offers several equipment options including a suspension trainer, weighted rack system, free weights, and an elliptical trainer. Participants in the M/W/F sessions rotate through a timed circuit. 

Contact Gloria Prahl for more information.
Facility rental options are available.
The Village Fitness Center – Next to CFAK and Room for Thought in the Art Village
435-674-2824 or 435-669-0430

Javier’s Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

“I think he is a neighborhood treasure. He has a very nice casita where he works. I love his massage and he is a really nice, thoughtful, considerate, good guy.” ~ Christy Lueders

Call or text for an appointment:

Javier Guzman

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) 

Pickleball is one of the fast-growing sports in the US. It helps us stay fit; allows us to meet and make friends in our community and – most importantly – have fun!

Organized drop-in play occurs 4 mornings a week. The start time is currently 10:00, but changes with the seasons.

Mondays-Women’s League,
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
(Mixed drop-in play).

Currently, there are 30 active players in this thriving group of Kayenta residents. Players are welcome to set up their own matches, do drills and use the courts freely outside of those designated times.

Plans for 2022 include spring and fall skill sessions with a guest instructor, a KPG- member tournament in April and possible ‘field trips’ for social play in a new location. If you would like more information, please contact
Trish Olson: -or-
Barbara Vaughn:

Community Advocates

Are you a Kayenta resident? Do you have a cause or passion that you are personally involved with in the St. George area?
If so, let your neighbors know right here.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters (INKAS) is a 501(c)3 organization and a Registered Utah Charity. It was founded in 2010 with the mission of providing support to Ivins Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, now the Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter. In 2006 our shelter became the first no-kill municipal shelter in the state of Utah. Maintaining a no-kill shelter, as opposed to one that euthanizes animals after a set period of time, is more costly because the animal’s needs must be met at the shelter until they are reclaimed by their owners, adopted, or transferred to an animal rescue organization. Through a memorandum of understanding with Ivins City, INKAS provides support through veterinary care, specialty foods, and other needed supplies. Funds are raised through the sale of merchandise at various local events and through the donations of many generous animal lovers. You can help by designating INKAS as your charity on Amazon Smile or by donating on our website.

Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter

Bailee Mabe, Shelter Manager

474 North 200 West, Ivins


Hours by appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3 pm

Dogs and Cats

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Lori Capshaw


In-person events have returned! Friends of Snow Canyon will offer outdoor events in 2022! See the volunteer opportunities below as well as outdoor hike/lecture presentations. At this point, we are not planning indoor events due to the COVID situation. Zoom presentations remain available for your enjoyment at home. They are posted below the Event listings on this page.

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.

E-mail us at “Like” us on FriendsofSnowCanyon.

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Nathan Dupre & Kathi Fox

Nextdoor is a completely private on-line web-site environment and we now have ONE Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhood with two leaders Nathan Dupre and Kathi Fox.

Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle
Advocates: Emily Evans

Three Corners Woman's Giving CircleWe invite women and men residents of Kayenta to join us in our mission to fund local nonprofits that support women and girls of all ages in the southern Utah area. Through the strength of collective giving we make high impact grants to improve lives in our community. Please Join Us.



Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

Ivins Night SkyPlease visit the Initiative’s website for more information at or email them at

The mission of the Ivins Night Sky Initiative is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through education and information about environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and to serve as a resource for City officials, residents, and businesses.

Let us know if this Initiative is important to you, if you are willing to get involved, and what else you think we should be doing to improve, preserve, and protect the night skies in Ivins.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

Infinity Rehab at Home

Infinity Rehab at Home


Marijke Onsrud, Physical Therapist

What is Infinity Rehab at Home?

Take advantage of Infinity Rehab at Home and receive outpatient physical therapy services right where you live. Physical therapy sessions are one-on-one and personalized just for you. Take the hassle out of driving to an appointment or scheduling transportation by having therapy right in the comfort of your own home. Physical therapy can help you improve your strength and balance so you can do the activities you love, like hiking, biking, tennis, walking, and pickleball, to name a few. Additionally, it can help with chronic issues, like arthritis and pain. 

How does it work?

Infinity Rehab at Home therapists come to you and work directly with your physician and care team to ensure a collaborative approach. We work with Medicare and most HMO plans, and we always verify insurance prior to treatment. 

About Marijke

Marijke Onsrud is a physical therapist with Infinity Rehab at Home. She has over 35 years of experience with physical therapy. Marijke lives with her husband in the Kayenta community and has provided several of her neighbors with physical therapy services. She is based with Infinity Rehab at Home at Ovation Sienna Hills and their independent living community. You can reach her at or 435-538-3401, extension 1075 to find out more and schedule an appointment.

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.  The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Reservations or Pricing call:

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta

Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN Hair Artist embodies the artistic creativity and passion of the beauty industry. She thrives in creating natural, sexy cuts and color styles for men and women. She looks forward to pampering you.

924A Art Village Way, Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.

Services Include:

• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance

Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
401-258-9772 or

Art Classes

“Art is a series of trial and error, of discovery and hope, and determination”

Artwork by Sher

Classes Run for Six Weeks.
You will be able to sign up for another six weeks if you choose to continue.

PLACE • New Studio
Fire and Maintenance building in the Art Village
TIME • Mon. or Tues. from 10 AM to 1PM
PRICE • $210 per 6 week session (Six classes)
INSTRUCTOR • Sherrie Warren
BACKGROUND • Bachelor Fine Arts. Taught for 10 years. Worked in acrylics, oils, and pastels.

HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616

Kayenta Committees

Board opportunities, landscaping, and ACC & HOA contact information.

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series.  Please contact Roger Head, or 435-632-1814.

kayenta landscape committeeKayenta Landscaping Committee

Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email:

The Kayenta Concept

The Kayenta Concept is a philosophy that has steered the development of our exceptional community since its inception. The standards that underlie that concept are enforced by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), which serves both the Shonto Point and Taviawk HOAs. The pre-amble to the 2021 ACC Handbook lays out the basics of the architectural rules that have been followed to create the homes and land-scape we live in.

When your home was designed the Kayenta Concept was front and center. The ACC reviewed your design to evaluate whether it followed the rules, and the ACC monitored construction of your home through landscaping and occupation, again, reviewing adherence to design and construction standards. When you received your occupancy permit and construction deposit refund from the ACC, on-going compliance with the Kayenta Con-cept became the responsibility of your HOA Board of Directors. Your Board has the authority to perpetuate the Kayenta Concept into the future and gladly accepts that role.

The Kayenta Concept is worth reviewing to remind us that what we have here has only happened because of the rules Kayenta developer Terry Marten set up to own, build and live in Kayenta. His vision and the governing documents he developed to achieve and maintain that vision established the Kayenta HOAs and gave them the responsibility and authority to enforce the CC&Rs that underlie the beauty and value we all enjoy

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

September 12 & 26

Dumpster Dates

September 10 & 24

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

For Appointments with a specific department call:
Administration: 435-628-0606   
: 435-634-9753
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub

Kayenta Weavers

The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie at:

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm at 272 E Center Street, Suite 203, in Ivins for worship, music, and fellowship. The building is located across the street from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine on the second floor, west end. We welcome everyone to join us whether you are a visitor, a newcomer, an inquirer, or a member of another church or faith tradition. We are a Christian community that cares for one another, and we’d like to care for you, too. For additional information or questions, email Father Lee Montgomery at

*Tahri Marpo Ling Tibetan Buddhist Sangha

Weekly Meditation Practices:  OPEN TO ALL

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

Green Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas.  We engage in this practice to awaken our capacity for enlightened activity, present in the form of the feminine dimension of the primordial nature of mind.  Green Tara is known for her ability to dispel fear, anxiety and suffering.

Tuesday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

This practice begins with three guided meditations to focus the mind, open the heart, and generate compassion for all sentient beings.  Then, a short form of the Chenrezig practice is led, in English.  Chenrezig is known as the Buddha of Compassion.

Contact Lhamo Khandro by calling or texting 801-671-8758 or emailing

for Zoom instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

For more information on classes, weekly meditation practices and retreats, please go to our website:

Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017 with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche.  Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. 



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