May 2020

Taking Baby Steps Forward

The Kayenta Connection is a bit late this month as we were waiting for the Utah Governor’s office to update the states COVID-19 risk assessment. Our businesses and theater needed these guidelines to determine their opening schedules.

Thank-you for your patience as we prepare to take baby-steps into our reopening plans.

Reopening: Navigating a New Landscape



As we enter a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, the governor has moved us from the Red Phase (high risk) into the Orange Phase (moderate risk) for operations and conduct. 

Here are two handy links, to read more of what is expected as we reopen businesses in southern Utah and our community. 


As you have learned by now, there are some new rules that we need to live by in order to reopen and ensure that we can stay open – they include:

 • Social Distancing

• No large gatherings

• Washing hands and using sanitizers

Both customers and employees wear face covering  – this is actually part of the stated guidelines for retail establishments right now.  Restaurant and dining do not have this requirement for customers however distancing and other measures do need to be observed.  Restaurant workers will be required to wear facemasks, gloves, etc.


Kwavasa Drive is still closed as the city builds new storm drainage.  This project is expected to be completed in mid- June – July now.  Given the current situation, these projects may take longer as they rely on the availability of workers and materials.


It is our plan to reopen the Kayenta Art Village Friday, May 8th.  Hours of operation will be determined by each business.   Xetava Gardens Café along with the art galleries and studios will post their individual hours and days of operations.   At first, there may be limited hours or extended hours on some days.

kayenta Art Village Rules of Entering

Gallery 873


With the cooperation of the village, Xetava will now offer outdoor dining areas through the village.  This will offer a different type of experience that we hope everyone will enjoy.  Guests will choose an open table and orders will be taken and paid for via your smart phone or tablet.  This offers you the ability to be out of your house for a meal while maintaining social distancing or being social at a distance!


Kayenta Homes and PropertiesKAYENTA HOMES & PROPERTIES

Kayenta Homes & Properties has remained open but the team has been working by appointment only.  We hope to resume regular hours as things begin to reopen in the village.

The annual Memorial Day Weekend Pool party will not be held this year.  We are hopeful that our Labor Day Pool Party will still be able to take place.



 Gulch Design Group has remained open but has been working by appointment only. We desperately miss our normal way of living and we are looking forward to seeing you again in a few days!



JENN is currently OPEN for her existing clients. Call to schedule your next visit.



Elevate Studio is offering a limited participant outdoor fitness class. No more than 4 participants per class and you are required to bring your own equipment. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular.   



Sacred Space Spa is happy to announce that we are resuming yoga classes and massage therapy beginning May 2nd. Having been in contact with the Southern Utah Health Department, and given the go ahead to reopen with CDC precautionary guidelines, we are ready to greet you once again! Of course, with a Namaste rather than a hug, but still!

Yoga class size will be limited so be sure to contact the Spa to reserver your space before you arrive.


Kayenta Homes and Properties

KAYENTA and COVID-19: The New Normal

COVID-19.  Shelter in place!  Stay at home!  Flatten the curve!  At the beginning of 2020, none of these phrases meant a thing to those of us who aren’t infectious disease specialists.   Flash forward to today…less than four months later, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t uncomfortably familiar with these terms as they relate to a global pandemic that seems straight out of the script of a futuristic science fiction movie.   

The coronavirus has accomplished something that has never been done before in the history of humanity.  It’s brought every corner of the world to a complete economic and social standstill.  It’s forced each of us to reconsider the way that we live, work, relax, recreate and engage with others.  The silver lining (if one is to be found in such chaos and uncertainty) is that the virus is making us realize how truly dependent we all are on each other to get through this challenging time successfully. 

At Kayenta Homes & Properties, a successful 2020 St. George Area Parade of Homes in late February led to several new homes listed for sale and many prospective buyers passing through our office.  So, in mid-March, when the decision was made to close the Kayenta Art Village in accordance with directives from state and federal health officials and political leaders, we immediately began implementing new and innovative ways of marketing and selling Kayenta’s homes and lots. 

The results thus far have been encouraging (since March 1st, our office has closed 4 homes with another 2 pending).  So, what’s different?  Since mid-March, our brick and mortar office in the Village has been operating on limited hours and by appointment only. However, we remain accessible 7 days per week via telephone and email and remain committed to communicating regularly with home sellers and interested buyers. 

Some of the other proactive steps that we’ve implemented (or enhanced) include the following:

  • Work from home as much as possible and leverage phones and email more effectively
  • Leverage the use of electronic documents whenever possible to make offers and finalize real estate purchase contracts
  • Keep a minimum of 6 feet between people when showing a Kayenta home
  • Limit the number of people visiting a home during a showing
  • Travel to/from showings in separate cars to maintain social distancing
  • Ask homeowners to turn on all lights in the home and to leave doors ajar to avoid physical contact with items in the home
  • Have sellers sanitize all commonly-used surfaces before and after showings
  • Require the use of face masks and encourage other preventative measures
  • Request that buyers refrain from touching anything during showings
  • Require buyers (and agents!) to sanitize their hands before and after showings

Of course, implementing these new ways of working require focus and repetition until they become second nature to everyone.  However, we fully expect that in a post-pandemic work environment, many of these steps will become part of our new normal way of doing business.  We’re hopeful and cautiously optimistic that our collective efforts at social distancing to flatten the curve are working and we will come out stronger on the other side.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Thank you for your continued support.

Your Kayenta Sales Team,

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
Steve McAllister, Sale Agent


Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Center for the Arts at Kayenta Reopening Survey

The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is looking forward to re-opening the theater doors sometime this summer or fall! The Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) Board of Directors and Center Staff needs to hear from YOU! Please give us two minutes and complete this anonymous four question survey. The most important and relevant opinion is yours. We need to hear from you, our patrons and benefactors. Your response is critical to our success.



See you at the theater as soon as it is safe!

Jan Broberg

Thank you to for his talent and photography used to promote many Center for the Arts at Kayenta and Kayenta Arts Foundation shows and events.
All programing is subject to change.

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

Chettro Pool Opening Update

Please follow this link to download the Chettro Pool Operation Guidelines.


Petite Feast Dinner Club


During these tough times the concept of community and connection are taking on new meaning and importance. Nowadays, being social means something completely different than it did just six weeks ago. Please know how grateful I am for the opportunity to cook and share food with you through the Virtual Dinner Party. The work is keeping me productive and sane during these difficult times.

I am thrilled so many of you are embracing the concept of ‘cooking from the pantry’ and proving that the best chef is the one who is standing right in your own kitchen. Last month our club turned out some inspired dishes. Well done! Creative chefs prepared Grilled Chicken Piadina – complete with making homemade flatbreads, two red pepper sauces for sprucing up a simple dinner, bright, tasty and fresh fish tacos, and a super simple no-cook tabbouleh salad. And for VDP #6, we even celebrated a virtual cocktail party with optional red-carpet attire!  I thank you all for your enthusiastic participation and your instructive comments.  You are helping me become a better chef and recipe writer while also keeping the spirit of communal dining alive and well during social distancing.

Tim and Judy Terrell have been gracious in sharing their wine expertise and recommendations.  Their suggestions are always spot on and really add to the dining experience. We thank them for sharing their knowledge.

If you have not joined, we would love to have you on the guest list.  Please head to Nextdoor Kayenta and join the Virtual Dinner Party Group. Thanks and keep cooking – Victoria

Jessie Ehrlich

Coyote Tales

The Show Will Go On…Again!

Thank you to everyone for participating in the first Virtual Coyote Tales.  It was a huge success!  We had over 220 votes and every storyteller was an audience member’s favorite.  I have heard many positive comments from story lovers about this event that it makes me realize that sharing our stories really means something to so many of us. As an example, Mort, my neighbor who is a former New York resident, told me about the effect the evening had on him.  He and his wife have recently lost several close friends to the coronavirus. To have a night of laughter was a welcome reprieve. The comfort given through well told stories was exactly what they needed in their lives right now. How can I thank you all for watching the stories, supporting the tellers and voting for your favorite tale?

The Evening’s Results? Kayenta resident, Jesse Ehrlich’s story, “This Here Boy’s A Runner,” was the evening’s favorite tale.  He wins the $200.00 prize money provided by Utah Humanities and the bragging rights. Congratulations to you, Jesse.  It was a hard won win.  Votes were close and every story was in the running to come out on top. It was only 4 votes that separated Jesse from the runner-up. Clearly, it was an evening of great storytelling. If you missed it, I encourage you to watch the show @

We hope that we will be able to gather together for a live Coyote Tales event at the brewery soon but until then, we’re planning Virtual Coyote Tales #2 and we want to hear your tale. The date for the event is Friday, June 26th and the evening’s theme is, “Gratitude.” If you are interested in submitting a story, please contact Victoria through the Coyote Tales website and we will give you all the details.

Jesse wanted to share these thoughts with our community.  

“To my fellow storytellers—you are all amazing!  We shared the challenge of telling a meaningful story in two minutes from our bedrooms, dens and kitchens.  I loved all of your tales and I appreciate your dedication to this special craft which is a lot harder than it looks.  I hope to hear more from all of you.

Finally, I am grateful to the international audience who watched and participated in this event.  Sharing our stories reaffirms our humanity and helps to connect us during these challenging times.  We may be physically distancing, but Coyote Tales brings us closer and reminds us of the stories that define all of our lives.

A year ago, I stood on stage staring like a deer into the blinding spotlight wondering what I was doing.  I could never have imagined the friends that I would meet and the doors that would open for me.  If I can do it, I know that you can too.  Coyote Tales is waiting for you.  Please—I’d love to hear your story!” – Jesse Ehrlich


A million thanks to this community for believing in the power of stories,


Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

Fitness Events

Trips and Trails


For more details on upcoming events call Charles Dillier at 656-1956

Elevate Fitness


Elevate Studio is offering a limited participant outdoor fitness class. No more than 4 participants per class and you are required to bring your own equipment. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular.
Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering group fitness classes, and private, semi-private and group training workouts. Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

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

Sacred Space Spa

Reopening May 2

The guidelines for Sacred Space reopening are as follows:

1. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival (touchless infrared thermometer). This is an extra precaution not mandatory but I think it will make us all feel safer. Hand sanitizer will be widely available for your use and both bathrooms will be provided with antibacterial soap. You are also welcome to wear a mask.

2. During massage appointments I will be wearing a mask.

3. If you have traveled outside of Utah, please do not come to class. Wait the 14-day period before you join a class. This goes for massage as well.

4. If you do not feel comfortable with these guidelines, or if you are at all under the weather, please stay home. I love you and I support your decision and I will be here for you when you are ready to join us.

5. Strongly consider getting tested. Antibody tests are still not widely available but testing for COVID-19 is available in our state and open to anyone regardless of whether or not you have any symptoms. Go to

Sacred Space is a boutique-like day spa offering world renowned spa treatments as well as a wonderful selection of products, books, teas, and gifts. All spa treatments are performed by licensed professional therapists and estheticians that have been extensively trained and are extremely talented body workers and healers.

For more information on our services, pricing and monthly discounts visit our website. Your neighborhood day spa and yoga studio.

Tel: 435-862-7743

Find Your Joy Yoga Classes

Reopening May 2

The guidelines for Find Your Joy Yoga reopening are as follows:

1. Yoga class size will be limited to 10 to accommodate additional space between participants

2. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival (touchless infrared thermometer). This is an extra precaution not mandatory but I think it will make us all feel safer. Hand sanitizer will be widely available for your use and both bathrooms will be provided with antibacterial soap. You are also welcome to wear a mask.

3. If you have traveled outside of Utah, please do not come to class. Wait the 14-day period before you join a class. This goes for massage as well.

4. If you do not feel comfortable with these guidelines, or if you are at all under the weather, please stay home. I love you and I support your decision and I will be here for you when you are ready to join us.

5. Strongly consider getting tested. Antibody tests are still not widely available but testing for COVID-19 is available in our state and open to anyone regardless of whether or not you have any symptoms. Go to

Tuesday & Thursday FYJY with Aly at 9:30am

Saturday Restorative Yoga/Level 2 alternating with Aly at 10am

Space is limited. Contact Aly for details, pricing and for sign up info at 435-863-7743.

Fitness Yoga


Friday mornings 9 to 10:30 am, except most of June, July, and August.

These 90 minute sessions emphasize breathing, strength, flexibility, and balance. The level is intermediate and the style is hatha flow.   We are a warm and welcoming group with an average of 8–14 participants.  The location is the Room for Thought, a multi-purpose room in Kayenta’s Art Village.

If you have some experience and would like to join in the fun, please call first at 435-619-3475 for more details.

Kayenta Pickleball Group

We have a women’s league on Monday mornings and mixed doubles drop-in play on Tues, Thurs & Saturday mornings. Contact one of the members below for the current start times.  Players’ abilities vary, with some playing in competitive tournaments others more focused on great exercise and having fun on the courts with neighbors.  If you’re thinking about giving pickleball a try, please contact a member of the committee or any active member for details about joining. It’s a great game! Members in good standing may access the secured courts at any time.  See you on the courts!

Joel Lueders:
Michael Hopwood:
Trish Olson:

Village Fitness Center


The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($4 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun. Drop in some morning or contact Gloria Prahl.

435-674-2824    435-669-0430

Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

If you haven’t visited the arboretum, take advantage of this unique attraction in our community.  The arboretum was expanded last year and now extends from the north parking lot of Coyote Village to the Desert Rose Labyrinth.

Each year we need volunteers to keep this Kayenta treasure looking its best.  Whether you have volunteered in the past or not, please let us know if you can help with the occasional maintenance needed to keep it beautiful.  We are developing a permanent list of arboretum volunteers.  Please contact Roger Head, or 435-632-1814.

Kayenta 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:

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 

Ensuring the well being of our pets

The coronavirus has introduced a good deal of uncertainty into all our lives. Along with attempts to avoid the known human to human transmission, there has been concern about transmission of from pets to humans. This has lead some people to consider giving up their pets as a way of protecting themselves and their families. According to the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization there is NO evidence that family pets can transmit the virus. This is comforting news for all of us who are pet owners. However, with preparedness on everyone’s mind, it is a good time to think about what steps should be taken to ensure the well-being of our pets, especially in the event of self-quarantine or hospitalization. Following are some recommendations:

• Have adequate food, medications and other supplies on hand to avoid extra trips to the store and veterinarian.

• Arrange for someone to care for your pets should you be unable to do so. Shelters and rescues will not be able to handle a large influx of animals being surrendered.

• Keep all vaccinations up-to-date. This will be especially important should you need to board your pets.

•If you do become ill avoid physical contact with your pets. This is a type of surface contact so it could lead to the virus being transmitted to others in your household.

The Ivins Animal Shelter
Bailee Sleppy, Manager
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 8AM – 3PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Lois Hewitt: President. 435-414-4802
Sara Dupre: Secretary. 206-724-5902
Please visit our website to read INKAS accomplishments! Remember the pets waiting for adoptions or fostering at the Ivins City Animal Shelter.
INKAS is a 501(c) 3 organization and is a Registered Utah Charity. 
You can also check us out on Facebook.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Isabelle Kalantzes

NOTICE:  The Park is now open to all visitors.

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
Advocates: 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.

Ivins Night Sky Initiative

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Nathan Dupre

The Initiative’s mission 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. To accomplish that mission, the new board identified a number of action steps for 2020 and will meet again next week to finalize their 2020 plan.

Please 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

Staying Put in Kayenta

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

Happy 2 Help

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service eager to help you.

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

Crescent Moon Inn

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. Relax and enjoy the picturesque desert surroundings and an unobstructed view of the night sky. 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 Crescent Moon Inn Reservations or Pricing call

JENN Hair Artist

Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN 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 and helping you visualize your natural beauty!

JENN is located in the Kayenta Art Village
924A Art Village Way
Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)
Book online at

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

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

May 11 & 25

Dumpster Dates

May 16

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, Pubic Works Employees will be unable to help unload. Please place heavy items on the ground.

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices remain CLOSED to Public due to COVID-19

In an effort to slow COVID-19, we have closed our doors to the public.  You can make payments, apply for services (new), submit building permits (new), etc… via email/online submission.

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

Due to COVID-19 the City has also decided to cancel all city events through the end of April.

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

Every Sunday at 3 pm in Kayenta’s Room for Thought. For details contact Katie Mays at 435-628-3552.

The Tahri Marpo Ling Buddhist Sangha


Join us on Friday and Sunday Mornings from 9:00am – 10:00am at the Sacred Space Spa at the Kayenta Art Village.

Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Green Tara Practice

Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Awakened Mornings

Visit our website: for ongoing information about classes and retreats.


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