Kayenta Connection December 2023

Holiday CheerKayenta Art Village Holiday Sale

December 16th, 10 am – 7 pm

Light Refreshments • Music • Demonstrations

15% Discounts on Select Items • And More!

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Kayenta Arts Foundation


Looking for a perfect gift to give that someone who has everything? Consider giving a Membership to the Center for the Arts at Kayenta—providing them with a season of personal experiences not available elsewhere in Southern Utah. Your gift will also provide support for the CFAK as it embarks on a new chapter of world-class performances featuring professional guests from across the U.S. as well as local artists and student groups studying in the arts. 

Under the leadership of new Executive Director, Miranda Wright, CFAK is leaning into its mission and vision to develop and create a vibrant, intimate, professional theater where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. Some highlights of the upcoming Winter program include:

  • January 12: award-winning blues musician Eric Ramsey
  • January 19-20: the return of Repertory Dance Theatre!
  • February 2: the launch of a new monthly partnership with DOCUtah
  • February 10: award-winning composer and pianist Adam Tendler

Have a safe and joyful holiday season and I hope I see you and your friends at the theater!

Laurel Bryant, Chair
Kayenta Arts Foundation 

Visit our website for ways to support the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.


Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Upcoming Events

Kayenta Center for the Arts Talent Show

Preliminaries: December 14-16 at 7:30 pm

FINALE! Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 pm

Join us for the inaugural Twinkling Tinsel Talent Show at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta! This holiday season, we are celebrating community and finding joy in local talent of all types. Three acts will be selected from each of our Preliminary evenings, and will compete for a $1,000 grand prize during the Twinkling Tinsel Finale on Wednesday, December 20!


Thursday, December 14:

  • Liv Harter
  • Liz Fortney & Friends
  • Christian Erickson
  • Aisa, Maika, Josaia & Malakai Naivalu
  • Ashlyn Holt
  • Chase McPhie
  • Sarah Osness
  • Reese Wheeler
  • Lilly Mae Stover
  • Violet Vox
  • Mike Bearden
  • SageEnya Fulgenzio

Friday, December 15:

  • Lauren Pratt
  • Main Ohana Movement
  • Nathan & Malory Myers
  • Julie Wright
  • Plexi Glass
  • Brinli Zion Smith
  • Trey Paterson
  • Lainee Stevens & Halle McDonald
  • Brighton LeRoy
  • Alex Muno

Saturday, December 16:

  • Josaia Naivalu
  • Preslee Heppler
  • Megan & Ezekiel
  • Roxie Sparling
  • Michael Kruse
  • Roy Eckman
  • Encore
  • Taylor Thompson
  • Lydia & Penny Ricks
  • Braylyn Larson
  • Candace Washburn

For more information and tickets to the amazing events please visit our website.

We look for to seeing you at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta.

Call for Entries

Photography by Nancy Forman

Open call for the next Kayenta Center for the Arts photography show.

Surely this year’s theme is one no photographer can resist:

“People, Places and Ponies”

Whether it’s color, black and white, abstract, or representational— enter your photograph in any or all of those subjects. Art drop-off day is Wednesday, December 27th from 3 – 6 p.m. only. The opening reception – a great time to meet your neighbors – will follow on Wednesday, January 3 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta. Entry forms and all info can be found in the link below.

Stop Sign Graphic



Making it safer for residents and visitors

New Kayenta Stop Sign

Pedestrian, bicycle, and car traffic continue to increase and for everyone’s safety, Ivins has agreed to make the intersection a four-way stop.

Windhorse Wisdom

Where Heart Meets Horse Adventure

See the Mustangs
Interacting in the Herd

In this two-hour adventure, participants come to understand the horse’s perspective toward humans and learn to observe the horse’s nonverbal language. A critical component of this training is to create a safe space for the horse and the participant. 

No Horse Experience Required

Most participants have little or no prior experience with horses. In fact, many participants arrive with a fear of horses then learn to overcome their fear. Fear, stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and anger are replaced with peace, strength, and emotional balance. This transformation occurs within the horse as well as the participant. This is our introductory experience.

The cost is $150 per person donation to benefit the Windhorse Herd. Reservations are required. Call (801) 557-1257, Gift Certificates are available and make wonderful holiday gifts. Please visit our website for more information.

Windhorse Wisdom
Mailing Address: 988 Tuomppian Ct., Ivins, Utah 84738

(801) 557-1257 • Hours: By Appointment


Kayenta Homes & Properties Annual

Kayenta Homes and Properties Open House

We invite Kayenta residents to stop by and join in the festivities,
libation, and food, catered by Petite Feast.

We will have our “World Famous” hot chocolate bar
along with some delectable eatables.

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

February 1st, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 pm

Please RSVP before January 20th, 2024 so that we can prepare for the event.

This party is open house style, utilizing the lobby space, and outdoor patio for everyone’s comfort.

Please dress for the weather.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Holiday Season!

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

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Kayenta Community

The local perspective. Our businesses and residents news and events.
Brent and Pam Layton

Resident Spotlight

Janell Bassett, Editor

Pam and Brent Layton

Adventure and fun—it’s been a wild and crazy ride

Pam and Brent Layton admit they tested their nerves when Brent bungee jumped off the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand, reputedly the world’s first bungee jump bridge, which offers a thrill equivalent to leaping off a 13-story building. They followed that up by repelling deep into the Waitomo Caves to go Black Water Rafting on a totally darkened underground river. But trying new things seems to have defined the Layton’s world-spanning life over and over again.

Brent, born in Ogden, Utah, and Pam, from Albany, New York, met when Pam interviewed Brent for a job at the Boeing Company in Seattle. Brent went on to head a team that produced marketing, advertising and airline promotion films and videos and helped create one of the largest corporate in-house film and television facilities in the country. Building on a Ph.D. in Mass Communications and a minor in Management, Pam directed Employee Development, Executive Development, and Succession Planning positions in three major corporations. She also taught classes at six universities on television writing, production and employee and executive development.

The corporate world was their platform for living in Prague, where Pam was Director of Employee Development for Oscar Mobile, a start-up cell phone company.  “For the first 6 months,” she reports, “we had to travel to a different country once a month, until I got my work visa.  Such a burden.” In France, they took some “do-it-yourself” canal boats cruises.  Pam handled fore and aft lines while communicating with the lock tenders.  Brent worked the wheel and throttle while enjoying a cold beer.  “He tried the ‘Captain thing,’” she says, “giving orders, that were often acknowledged with a frown and expressive hand gesture.”

Along the way, they followed Brent’s passion for racing to see the Formula One, Hungarian Grand Prix.  “At times it was hard to hear the cars over the thousands of Italian fans cheering on the Ferrari team,” says Brent, who went on to graduate from the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona to help qualify for a competition license.

They stumbled onto Kayenta in 1998 while looking for a warm, dry location to retire after living in the Pacific NW.  Drawn to Kayenta by “it’s interesting, friendly and welcoming residents,” they supported the creation of the Kayenta Center for the Arts from its inception. Pam organized Kayenta cocktail parties to build community until the events got too big for people’s homes while Brent joined other Kayenta volunteers in becoming a certified Wild Land Firefighter.  Along the way they joined Kayenta friends for a week-long rafting trip down the Colorado River and went to Burning Man, “before it was discovered by celebrities and billionaires.”

These days, Brent pursues his love of historic race cars, “motorcycle touring on our BMW ‘2-up’ with Pam, traveling anywhere overseas, photography, and bicycle riding with friends.” Pam “loves attending opera in New York City and Santa Fe with lady friends, reading, cooking, and any kind of dance.” They started as colleagues, became best friends, and after 13 years, got married. Thirty years later, Pam says, “we still like one another, a lot.”

Brent and Pam Layton
Brent and Pam Layton
Brent and Pam Layton

Editors note. If you know someone that you think should be featured in our monthly Kayenta Connection under our NEW “Resident Spotlight” section please email the Kayenta Connection at kayentaconnection@rdicreative.com. Our intent is to focus on the incredible people living in our community– be they seasoned residents or new recruits. 

Now Open Full Time

Preholiday Appointments still Available

A haircut and color specialist right here in Kayenta. JENN is warm, friendly, and optimistic with a professional energy and a contagious smile!  She looks forward to pampering you and helping you visualize your natural beauty!  

Kayenta Art Village: 924 A, Art Village Way

Please call or text for appointments or more information.


Make Space

Unlock your Creativity at MakeSpace Art School and Studios

Located in beautiful Kayenta.

MakeSpace has a variety of classes available in all types of mediums and for all levels of artists.  Make some new friends and some new art right here in our neighborhood! Visit our website (link below) to see all our class offerings.

Make Space Kayenta

Ron Larson

December is full of new art classes at MakeSpace, your local not-for-profit art school located here in Kayenta. Come learn how to make 3D sculptures in encaustics or try your skills at printmaking in the linocut card printing workshop.  There are painting and mixed media classes too including an introduction to oil painting for absolute beginners.  And, check out the upcoming workshop being taught by Ron Larson, a favorite local artist and instructor!  Ron’s workshop is called Capturing Light in the Utah Landscape” and it starts on January 8th.

MakeSpace has gift cards available too!  Give your family and friends the chance to join one of our amazing art classes by purchasing a gift card to use on any class!  A perfect gift for the holidays.

MakeSpace Kayenta

Your Community. Your Classes. Your Space. 

View the full schedule online.

And, while you are there, register your email to receive monthly updates on classes.


Petite Feast
Petite Feast
Petite Feast

Petite Feast Dinner Club


The holiday season is upon us and this dinner is full of delicious root vegetables, brassicas, apples and pears and other tasty delights that showcase winter’s bounty. An entrée of comforting roast chicken and chestnut puree is a classic combination that is guaranteed to set the perfect tone for a bright and joyful holiday season. Cheers!















“Thank you for a wonderful dinner and the warmth of your and Matt’s hospitality. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you for making the adjustments to the menu for us.  You were so kind and thoughtful to do that for us and we greatly appreciate it. Thank you!” Con and Gail 

“Thank you for sharing your talents and your beautiful home.  Everything was wonderful, but I always love experiencing new dishes. Your carrot panna cotta was unlike anything I’ve ever had before and it was so delicious!” – Debra

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

**The exact address and driving directions will be emailed 1 week prior to the event


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. 

Petite Feast Dinner Party
Petite Feast Dinner Party
Petite Feast Dinner Party
Petite Feast Dinner Party
Petite Feast Dinner Party
Petite Feast Dinner Party

Virtual Dinner Party #90


Our annual Friendsgiving Celebration was three days ago and I’m still feeling a bit groggy from the carbohydrate and tryptophan-induced stupor brought on by the traditional Thanksgiving offerings. We gathered with 35 friends and family members to share a meal and reflect on our many, many blessings. We dined on standard Thanksgiving fare but were also treated to many of our guests’ holiday favorites. It was marvelous. But once the feasting was through, the last guest had gone, and the dishes were done, I found myself staring down a refrigerator groaning with containers of leftovers.

Happily, leftovers present an opportunity to improvise and experiment. Since the big day, they have been featured in one form or another in almost every meal we have eaten.  Turkey on wheat with brie and Sue Williams’ excellent cranberry orange relish, a pair of poached eggs atop a slice of Lois Andrews’ savory carrot tart, or a tasty strata made with the last bit of stuffing and the remnants of Brent Smith’s creamed onions have all been as delicious and memorable as the main event. This year my leftover repurposing efforts have been monumental!

One of my favorite dinnertime creations was curried turkey pot pie with filo topping.  It checked all the boxes for the bright, punchy flavors and lighter fare I had been craving after days of starchy carb-filled meals.  Ho-hum turkey was given new life with the addition of fresh carrots, onions, leftover cauliflower, and sweet potatoes.  I employed a healthy Indian-style preparation that took my leftover salvaging to new levels. To keep things light, I used store-bought filo dough (leftover from my sister Stephanie’s T-day afternoon hors d’oeuvre selection) in place of the usual pate brisee, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.  Please think of this month’s recipe as a roadmap – most ingredients can be swapped out for whatever bits and bobs of leftovers you happen to have in your refrigerator. Just keep in mind you may need to adjust cooking time to accommodate for the addition of already cooked vegetables in place of the fresh ones I’ve used here.

Tim and Judy are thinking a white wine would work best with this recipe, a Chardonnay (preferably Oregon and not California), or a Riesling or Pinot Gris (not Italian Pinot Grigio) from Alsace. They say if you prefer a red, then a Pinot Noir would go nicely.

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 goodwill that come from it fill us with joy, hope, and gratitude.   I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very merry New Year.

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


1 # cooked turkey breast cut into bite size pieces
2 T olive oil, divided
½ small white onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 t curry powder
2 T all-purpose flour
1 ¼ C low-sodium chicken broth
½ cauliflower, cut into small florets
½ zucchini, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
½ green bell pepper, diced
½ sweet potato, peeled and diced
3 T raisins
½ C coconut milk
Salt and black pepper
8 sheets filo dough
2 T cashews, chopped
1 T cilantro, minced
black nigella seeds (optional)
olive oil pan spray

*Cooked, leftover vegetables may be substituted for what I’ve suggested here.  You may need to reduce cooking times to accommodate.

Prepare filling:  Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat with 2 T olive oil.  Add onion and cook until softened but not browned.  Add garlic and curry powder and remaining oil to pan.  Sauté until fragrant.  Add 2T flour, cook stirring constantly, until completely incorporated.  Slowly whisk in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.  Add diced sweet potatoes and cook until almost tender, 10-12 minutes.  Add cauliflower florets, peppers, zucchini and raisins.  Simmer until vegetables are tender and cooked through.  Stir in coconut milk and diced turkey.  Simmer until heated through, about 3 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prepare topping.
Prepare filo topping:  Place filo sheets on a clean, dry surface.  Carefully cover with plastic film and a damp towel.  Remove 1 sheet from filo stack and spray lightly with olive oil spray.  Sprinkle with chopped cashews and cilantro.  Top with second piece of filo and spray lightly with olive oil spray.  Carefully bunch up the filo in a loose ball and place it on top of the curried chicken mixture.  Repeat with remaining filo until top of skillet is covered.  Sprinkle top of casserole with nigella seeds. Bake 12-15 minutes until filling is bubbly and filo is nicely browned.
Take care to keep filo sheets that you are not working with covered with a sheet of plastic film and a well-wrung-out damp tea towel to prevent them from drying out.

Xetava Gardens Cafe


Xetava Cafe and Tapas+Bar is locally owned, and unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. Designed to be a respite from the bustle of modern life, the building is nestled under the giant red cliffs of Ivins, surrounded by the Kayenta Art Village and Center for the Arts. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the views while you choose between our new Tapas+Bar area or the original Cafe.

Hours of Operation


CAFE 11-5 • TAPAS+BAR 4-8



CAFE 11-8 • TAPAS+BAR 4-9


CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-9


CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-8

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

Mother Teresa

Elevate Fitness

Elevate studio

Current Class Offerings 

ElevateFit • 9:30 am, Mon, Wed, Fri

Elevate Yoga • 9:30 am Thur, 10 am Sat

Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com

 Class size is limited and subject to change.
Pre-registration is required. Contact John before attending your first class.
Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Kayenta Home Yoga

“The land is whispering feelings of deep rest,
the sense of it landing softly
in each being’s bones and flesh
like gentle fog.”
-Brigit Anna McNeill

October’s cooler weather is an invitation to slow down and reconnect with the structure of scheduled classes, if summer’s activities took you away from home and away from your practice.

We will pick up where we left off:  Noticing the breath, paying attention to the body, and focusing the mind.

Class Schedule
9:30 – 10:45 Tuesday: Vigorous Vinyasa
9:30 – 10:45 Wednesday: Relaxing Yin/Stretch
9:30 – 10:45 Thursday: Vigorous Vinyasa

Please contact me for more information.  Pre-registration is required.

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find your Joy Yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga

Tuesdays at 9:30 am

At John Yohmans’s Elevate Fitness Studio in Kayenta!

Classes are $15 • Punch cards are available for $75 (5 classes)

No sign-up is required!

I will also be offering Sacred Healing Classes one Saturday morning a month
at my most sacred place, my home.

Classes include:
Sacred Tea Ceremony • Meditation • Yoga
Class/workshop will be 2 hours.
Please email me for a list of upcoming classes and dates.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.

Call/text: 435-862-7743

Sacred Space Spa

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Ask about our add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

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

Javier’s Massage

Javier Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

Hi, I’m Javier Guzman a licensed massage therapist who resides in the beautiful community of Kayenta. My handcrafted massages are designed for you whether you want relaxation, deep therapeutic, stress reducing, pain relieving, or just to improve overall health & well-being. Don’t delay your journey to a healthier you!

“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)

Does Pickleball Pique Your Interest?

If you have an interest in joining or have played very little to even not at all and would like to try it prior to paying dues, contact Denton Zubke by email at dbzubke@gmail.com or by phone or text at 701-570-4043. It’s a great way to meet other Kayenta residents and enjoy some fun and get some great exercise.

We’re planning on more organized events such as clinics, beginner classes, and round robins in 2023.  Join us in learning to play.  It’s fun the first day, infectious, and great for fitness.  Please email Denton Zubke or Erin at the Kayenta office for more information.

Trips and Trails

Parowan Gap

Kayenta Exploration Group

December, 2023

There will be no trip this December. Enjoy your holidays and look for our next trip in January 2024.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Desert Rose Labyrinth

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

Desert Rose Labyrinth
792 Kayenta Pkwy, Ivins UT

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.

Veterans Memorial Concept Ivins Cemetary

Veterans Memorial Project / Ivins Cemetary
Advocate: Kathy Nied

The Veterans Memorial Project/Ivins Cemetery seeks to create a lasting tribute to veterans
by creating a physical monument at the Ivins City Cemetery.

This beautiful Memorial will consist of granite panels, a flag array, benches and a brick base sponsored by donors who would like to support the project. The Veterans Memorial Monument will be a place of honor and reflection for all citizens who would like to remember a Veteran or those who sacrificed to make our communities a great and free place to live.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Humanity
Advocate: Patrick Barickman

To learn more about our projects and mission please visit our website.

835 South Bluff Street, St. George, UT. 84770

Desert Preservation InitiativeDPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

Learning to build a safer, more connected community

Education brings evolution. Our thinking evolves as we understand how things work and what’s important. The same is true for practitioners of a discipline—they learn the risks and challenges of different approaches to a given problem.

Inviting Kayenta residents to learn more about the values driving the work of the Desert Preservation Initiative was the reason behind the first educational tamarisk walk led by DPI President Chuck Warren in mid-November.

Walking through the completed tamarisk removal in the Acequia Court Wash, DPI’s biggest project to date, gave those attending the chance to see firsthand how the landscape has recovered, with native plants appearing, including some not seen previously. In an area where the tamarisk was so thick a person could not walk through, the newly opened landscape now has more abundant water flowing and is moving away from a mono-culture to a landscape of greater variety. In addition, the overall risk of fire posed by tamarisk is greatly reduced.

Showcasing the work done, Warren noted how the removal practices of the non-profit have also evolved. One change has been from carrying out all the cuttings to leaving some cut tamarisk debris in place to prevent erosion and add organic plant material to the soil. In addition, while burning debris in place was discussed, that option has been taken off the table with large trunks and limbs hauled offsite for chipping and burning elsewhere. Some large trunks, however, are provided to the Southern Utah Woodturners clubs whose members create art pieces for sale at Gallery 873, which support the financial needs of DPI—a great community collaboration.

As tamarisk cannot be killed by cutting or burning, DPI uses the careful administration of herbicide to prevent regrowth, with renewed treatments every three months for a year. Each site is also monitored to track new plants emerging.

“Now I understand the process,” says Melanie Hess, after seeing the changes at Acequia Court. She and her husband Frank are now actively removing tamarisk on their property.

And that, Warren says, is a key value for DPI, “the community coming together, a bonding and uniting to meet the goals of fire safety and restoration of the beautiful desert plant life.”

Chuck Warren, right, explains the process of cutting and treating tamarisk in a previously impassable wash and why the debris was left in the wash channel.

Won’t you join us? If you are interested in learning more, volunteering, or having a review of invasive plants on your property, please contact Chuck Warren, president, (chuckwarren222@ gmail.com) or Dan Beck, volunteer coordinator (danbeck2@me.com).

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

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

Ivins Night Sky launched on January 8th, 2019. We are a 100% volunteer, not-for-profit, citizen organization. We registered as a Utah nonprofit corporation in February 2019 and received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS in March.

Our mission is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through 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.

Friends of Snow Canyon

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Lori Capshaw


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 website.

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Advocate: Ray Borg

Nextdoor is a completely private online website environment for all of the Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhoods. Special thanks to Ray Borg for being our fearless leader.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

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:

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

Good Medicine beauty lab

Good Medicine Intuitive Skin Care

Good Medicine Beauty Lab is a small women-owned company, that creates high-quality face and skincare products. The products are all hand-crafted in our Kayenta lab, from ethically sourced ingredients and wild desert botanicals.

• Unique face and body care products.

• Safe, natural, and locally sourced wild botanical ingredients

Stop by and test all our products, we will be open every day from 9-5!

Kayenta Art Village: 873 Coyote Gulch Ct. Suite C, walk towards the Center for the Arts & look for the bright purple door.

Happy up your home

Is your Home dated, and in desperate need of a complete makeover? I can completely update the look and feel of your home without costly remodeling. I can help with affordable solutions that will transform your space. You will have a home that is organized, more current, and looks beautiful.

Are you building a New Home and need the finishing Touches? I can help with all the decorative touches, from home furnishings to tile, paint & more!

Happy Up Your Home with Home Stylist Nancy Weezy Forman, Kayenta Resident


Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

As fall approaches our Arboretum volunteers are making plans for the cooler months of the year. Check out our booth at Art in Kayenta where we will have plants and plant decorations available for sale.  Once again we are planning our lighting display which will highlight the holiday season.  Strolling through the pathways in the evening will be much easier this year as a result of a new pathway lighting system installed during the spring and summer.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this project possible.

We continue to welcome landscaping-minded volunteers who maintain and continue to make improvements to the arboretum and the Desert Rose Labyrinth. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or just looking for information about the arboretum contact Roger Head, rbhkayenta@gmail.com 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

Shonto Point HOA Meetings
The Shonto HOA Board meets regularly during the year avoiding some summer months. All meetings are from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in the Theatre for the Arts, located in the Kayenta Art Village. The next meeting will be in September

Taviawk 2023 HOA Board  Meetings
The Board plans to meet on the Thursday after the ACC meeting (which is the 3rd Tuesday of each month) bi-monthly at 9:30 am at F1 Property Management. Dates are: July 20, September 21 & November 16

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


Ivins City Dumpster Dates and Blucan Recycling Calendars

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 group meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie


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New Years Open House

Our Holiday inspired open house turned into a New Years’ celebration as our party had to be rescheduled due to unseasonably cold December weather. We want to thank everyone who joined us in front of our Art Village office on Monday, January 3rd, with a special thank you going to Victoria Topham and Petite Feast for the delicious food and treats. What’s not to love about a Hot Chocolate Bar? You all showed us the true spirit of Kayenta and why we have chosen to call this incredible place home. Enjoy the slide show below.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our office is open 7-days a week to help with all your Kayenta real estate needs.

Your Kayenta Home and Properties Sales Team:

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

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com