MAY 2021

Boom or Bust!

Gulch Design Group • Matt Marten

Remember when toilet paper was the high-demand commodity during the early days of the pandemic?  Today it is construction services and building materials!

Last year when I wrote a letter to our clients and our community it was unclear how the pandemic would affect our business or the construction industry.  We feared a faltering economy and shutdowns would halt construction.  Little did we know that the pandemic would actually create a high demand for existing homes, remodels, and new home construction.  

As I write this letter, we are experiencing a construction boom!  This boom is nationwide and not unique to southern Utah.  With that said, southern Utah has been a very popular destination for those looking to relocate for sunny skies and proximity to National Parks, open spaces, and outdoor recreational opportunities.  Southern Utah is in demand.  

While we are experiencing a high-demand market, we are also faced with material shortages due to the pandemic and natural disasters that have occurred around the country causing issues with the supply chains.  Many trades and suppliers are scrambling to secure building materials and equipment in order to respond to the demand.  Right now, labor is also in high demand, but this dynamic might change as shortages of building materials slow down production.  Hopefully, we will see things start to stabilize as more vaccine becomes available around the world and Covid19 begins to wane.  

Design services for new custom homes are also in demand.  Due to the sudden explosion of interest in 2020, designers and architects have experienced a flood of inquiries.  Many of us have taken on a fair number of projects over the past year and we are working through the bottleneck.  Currently, Gulch Design Group is metering out our workload so that we can offer competent and quality service.  Right now, we are scheduling new design starts as far out as summer of 2022 with construction starts toward the end of 2022 and into 2023.  

These time frames are disappointing to some, as they are anxious to get rolling, but the best advice I can offer is to secure your place in the queue and if we can move things forward more rapidly, we will.  I checked around the area and with other home designers and architects and everyone is in the same boat.  In the end, I would not get too discouraged, but a fair amount of patience will be necessary.  It takes time to build the type of custom homes we are accustomed to in Kayenta.  Building a custom home in Kayenta should be looked at as a process and life experience.  Rushing or worrying about deadlines is not going to serve anyone right now.  Patience will be the name of the game for the next couple of years or so as we continue to navigate the landscape of COVID19 and hopefully post-COVID world.

While most Kayenta buyers prefer to build a completely custom home, options for pre-designed homes are on their way!  In order to help relieve the traffic jam we find ourselves in, we will be releasing a hand full of pre-designed home plans that might work for some of our clients.  These homes will be between 2,500 and 3,000 square feet.  The designs will feature the most popular elements in our home designs.  We should have a hand full of plans for release this summer.  We will share them as they become available.  In order to use them, we will need to verify that they work on a given building site.  These plans will help reduce the wait time for a custom home design.  

I ran across an article in the Deseret News on April 16, 2021, this excerpt confirms and sums up the dynamics we are currently navigating:

Builders struggling to keep up

Area home builders say they’re coping with delays caused by the pandemic.

The biggest issues are significant shortages of concrete, lumber, windows, plumbing fixtures, hardware, and appliances, said Mari Krashowetz, executive officer of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association.

She called the lack of some products without prior notice the biggest cause for the slowdown in building.

“The simplest material in the supply chain, such as resin that is used to manufacture (oriented strand board) came from mostly one factory in Texas and they were shut down. The reason for the material shortages is due to COVID delays and the housing boom we are experiencing. We also have a labor shortage to compound the delays,” Krashowetz said.

To keep up with demand, builders have needed to pivot on some building products and order different, sometimes more expensive materials, she said.

“Some builders have to order materials from northern Utah. They arrange for the trucking and pay extra to get the materials here. Home prices have been increasing because of material increases and labor shortages. Trade contractors have been working extra hours to try and keep up with demand,” Krashowetz said.

Many builders are now only selling completed homes, Krashowetz said.

“By doing this they can set the sales price based on actual costs and can avoid delays in delivering the home as promised at the time of sale. Other builders have made the decision to not keep waiting lists. Instead, they list a home and put it on the market so that it gives potential buyers the opportunity to put an offer in on the home,” she said.

In those instances, the offers are often “considerably higher” than list price, and the builder will choose the one that seems like the best fit, according to Krashowetz.

“This does not necessarily mean the highest price, sometimes it can simply be whoever seems like they will be easy to work with and the offer written up with the highest degree of professionalism,” she said.

Kayenta Arts Foundation

Festival of the Americaa

Free Family-Friendly Festival Celebrating the Early Culture of the Americas to be held in the Kayenta Art Village

The arts festival is an experience that celebrates the depth and beauty of the early cultures of the Americas through workshops, demonstrations and performances. The festival takes place at the outdoor setting of the Kayenta Arts Village in Ivins, Utah, the ancestral homeland of the Paiute. No other festival of this nature is offered in Utah.
This 3-day festival will feature more than 40 artisans and an array of cultural art forms and customs with a focus on Native American and Latino Cultures.
For more festival information please visit our website at
Thank you to our sponsors.

Festival of the Americans Sponsors

Kayenta Arts Exhibit
“Anything Goes”

Opens April 2nd

“Anything Goes” focus is on, you got it–anything. 

Any type of 2-D,  3-D or mixed media art (excluding photographs).

All works are for sale, with 25% of proceeds from art sales going to the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Main lobby

Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 pm

Exhibit runs April 2nd – May 26th, 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be having an openig reception for this exhibit.

Artist Ginny Northcott

Center for the Arts at Kayenta


The Full Monty

The Full Monty

The Full Monty

May 13-16 & 20-22

Heart, Humor, A Poignant Story Of Men Helping Men. (17+)

The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they’ll go “the full monty”—strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.

Jerry Harris, The Making of Plants

Jerry Harris, The Making of Plants

May 25

Voyager Lecture Series

Plants used to live only in water millions of years ago. In fact, they didn’t even look like today’s plants…plants’ ancestors were algae. Eventually, they evolved to find their way onto land and make use of a completely new environment. Even though moving to land had its perks, it also had its problems. Within their cells, plants had to figure out how to regulate the water being lost to the air. For this purpose, the waxy covering on top of leaves called a cuticle, evolved. This is why leaves are shiny, waxy, and it’s why water just rolls off. Human skin is actually quite similar. The oils on our skin help us retain internal water and defend against pathogens (and keep the epidermis flexible).

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

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.

April 2021 Recap of Ivins City Council Activities

Hello and Happy Spring!

Lighting Ordinance:  City Council voted to approve the following changes to the existing Outdoor Lighting Ordinance:

– prohibit electronic message boards

– raise allowable residential level from 2700k to 3000k

– lower allowable lumens on the flag illumination to 1500

A work meeting is being held Thursday, April 29th to discuss the rest of the proposed changes from the Planning Commission.  The meeting is open to the public, it’s at 5:30 pm at City Hall and we’ll be looking at the lights at the Rocky Vista parking lots later in the evening as part of the discussion about increasing the levels for commercial outdoor lighting.  I do not support the increases.

Black Desert Resort:   Council voted to not move forward at this time with the request to form a CRA (Community Reinvestment Area) for Black Desert.  We are waiting for Washington County and the School District to weigh in with their opinions relative to the request since they would have the largest stake relative to deferred tax payments.  I posted some information on NextDoor on April 13th and wanted to include it here in case anyone missed it.  Regardless of your position on Black Desert’s request, I feel it’s important to understand the facts about the PID and CRA requests:

“The request from BDR for the City to participate in a PID and CRA will not result in any current Ivin’s residents taxes increasing. Here’s why: The resort and golf course are already approved, what is up for discussion is whether or not the City will grant BDR the right to create a PID (Public Infrastructure District) which enables BDR to assess a higher property tax to people within the BDR property. This is similar to an HOA assessing a fee and is only applicable to people who own property within BDR. The CRA (Community Reinvestment Agency) is a legal entity that would be created by the City and be separate from the City. BDR is requesting the creation of a CRA for the BDR property only. As development occurs, the property value increases and the property tax goes up. BDR is asking the City to defer payment of 75% of the projected property taxes for 10 years. Those funds would be used to finance the construction of the underground parking structure via the purchase of bonds. IF BDR isn’t as successful as projected and can’t pay the bonds, the City isn’t a signer on the bonds and as such isn’t responsible. However, that is one of the risks associated with a CRA – that the City won’t receive the level of property taxes projected. BDR is making a case that they will be able to provide significantly more in property taxes to the City by going with Option A (underground parking) than Option B (surface parking). But, neither option will result in our property taxes increasing.”

Water – This is becoming a big topic of discussion in City Council.  We have requested Dale Coulam, City Attorney, to determine if it’s legal for Ivins to place a limit on the number of building permits approved each year as a way of limiting the increase in water demand.  In addition, we will be considering a number of ordinances related to water conservation such as limiting watering to evening hours to minimize evaporation.  Lastly, Ivins is evaluating building a facility to recycle sewage and use it for irrigation.  This would require a reservoir to hold the recycled water and Ivins is working with the Water Conservancy to determine an appropriate location.   

Take care – 



Kayenta HOmes & Properties


Stop by our Real Estate Gallery for a Complimentary Bottle of Water during the
Festival of the Americas.

Kayenta Homes & Properties welcomes the inaugural Festival of the Americas to Kayenta later this month. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique event to celebrate, through music, dance, workshops and other activities, the art and culture of the area’s earliest people. 

As you stroll through the Art Village, mingling with friends, neighbors, and festival artisans, take a moment to stop by the real estate office to say hello.  We’ll be providing complimentary bottled water to festival visitors and will be available to answer any questions you might have about homes and properties for sale in Kayenta.

Our office is open 7 days a week.
Your Kayenta Sales Team,

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick & Steve McAllister, Sale Agents

Up-to-date COVID-19 information for Washington County

Kayenta Art Village Rules of entering stores and Galleries



An 8-week class called Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism will be offered from May 1st* through June 19th on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am.  The cost is $50 for the class.  If you’re interested, please write your check to our sangha:  Tahri Marpo Ling.  Mail it to Kay Barickman, 1347 Indigo Way, Ivins, UT. 84738.  This will reserve your place in the Introductory Class.  If you have questions, please contact Lhamo Khandro at, or call 801-671-8758.

* Participants can start the second week, May 8th also.

Two ongoing weekly meditation practices are open to everyone:

Green Tara Practice, Fridays, 10-11 am

Awakened Mornings, Tuesdays, 10-11 am

If you go to our website,, you can read more about each of these meditation practices.

Our Virtual Buddhist Sangha is accessed by loading the Zoom app onto your computer by going to  Then use these numbers to join into our classes and meditation practices:

ID#: 461 992 6220, PASSCODE:  399 525

Our sangha went virtual, using the Zoom platform in March of 2020, due to Covid.  We’ve continued meeting virtually since then.  As our surroundings become safer, we’ll offer walking meditation at the Kayenta Labyrinth, with periodic Scones & Coffee gatherings or brunches to socialize a bit, and get to know each other better.

Thank you for your interest!

Lhamo Khandro

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

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 (even the 4-legged kind…:)

Check our website for pricing and hours. We are conveniently located in the Kayenta Art Village

(435) 225-0295

Trips & Trails

Monday, May 17th, 10 am

We will be going to Seegmiller Mountain on the AZ Strip.

Twenty miles of dirt road. Half-Day Trip. Bring a Lunch

Leave at 10 am from the main Kayenta Office, 800 Kayenta Parkway. Bring your lunch and remember your mask. Details call Charles Dillier: 435-656-1956

A NEW hiking experience, seeing the area on foot.

New to Kayenta or just not familiar with our trails?  Here’s your chance to extend your community connections, view our incredible space, and get exercise all at the same time.

Join Kayenta resident Chuck Warren as he and a group explore local Kayenta and Ivins’ trails.


For May, we will explore Kayenta and Taviawk Washes between Kwavasa Drive and Taviawk Drive, on trails completed within the last four years.


When: Monday, May 3rd
Time: 10am
Where: Meet at the main Kayenta office, 800 Kayenta Parkway.
We will start our hike here or carpool to trailheads to reduce car impact at trailheads.

Each group is limited to 10 participants. You must call Chuck to reserve your spot [and to learn more details—such as those with fear of heights may have difficulty with a 10-foot vertical wall and safety chain].

Plan on hiking 4-5 miles. Bring water, sunscreen, a mask, and a snack.
Contact: Chuck Warren at 435-668-1384

Note:  There will not be an organized Hiking Kayenta for June, July or August.

Reserve Your Seat at the Table

Petite Feast Dinner Club is Pleased to Announce our Return to In-House Dining

Sunday, July 25, 2021

July Beat the Summer Heat Dinner

(Limited In-house Seating Dinner)



Chilled Pea Soup Shooter

Sweet Hot Chicken Bites

Tipsy Gazpacho Cocktail


Compressed Watermelon with Tomato Basil Concasse and Saba 

Roasted Tomatoes on Zucchini Tagliatelle with Feta

 Pan-Seared Fillet of Halibut Pistou 

Raspberry Summer Pudding Presented with Vanilla Créme Anglaise

“My husband and I enjoyed our first Petite Feast dinner last night.  We are looking forward to becoming regulars for the in-person experience soon. Who says there’s no fine dining in the desert?” – Sabine Mann

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.

Petite Feast Dinner Club is the perfect opportunity to capture the brightness, hope, and renewal of the season. Let’s embrace and joyfully celebrate it – brighter flavors, sweeter desserts, tighter hugs and heartier laughter are in store for all of us!

It is in this spirit that we are delighted to set our communal tables again.  May and June’s Dinners sold out very quickly. New dates and menus have just been added to the website so please act quickly to reserve your spot at the table. Because we will be dining indoors and out, we respectfully request that all guests be fully vaccinated. Please know both my husband and I are fully vaccinated as is, Donna, my server. We will be following all current coronavirus safety guidelines for these reduced capacity events. Our guest’s health, comfort and dining pleasure are our greatest concern.

Petite Feast Dinner Club

Petite Feast’s Virtual Dinner Party Continues!

It all started on March 18, 2020, with Korean-style Rice Bowls with Chicken and Spicy-Sweet Chili Sauce.  The following week it was Spicy Shrimp Pasta in Parchment. Then on to Grilled Chicken Piadina, Fish Tacos with Citrus Salsa, Buffalo Chicken Burgers, Overnight Tabbouleh Salad and countless others. For the past 55 weeks our Virtual Dinner Party group has sliced, diced, braised, and sautéed together. We have shared our kitchen successes, experiments, and even our epic missteps that provided the very best learning experiences. But more importantly, by dining together we have shared our time, our thoughts, and our lives with each other – and happily, we’re still going strong!

We’re more than a year into this and I am thrilled to see what a committed and skilled group of home chefs you are. When I look back on your posts and photos, I am delighted by your passion and dedication to the work of cooking something good to eat. By your continued participation, you are proving that the best chef is the one standing right in your own kitchen.

The month of April asked our chefs: “Where can you find good Chinese take-out in St. George?” Our solution was Chinese-style Dan Dan Noodles.  Lisa Bernath leveled-up my recipe by adding purple asparagus picked from her Kayenta Gardens plot and using whole wheat noodles. Her smart additions not only made the dish more colorful but added a significant nutritional benefit.

The following week, Sunny Mavor seized the opportunity to revisit week #44’s popular Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos when she was dining without her shrimp-allergic husband. Trish Olsen suggested that next time Sunny try the Olsen family’s preferred recipe substitution of salmon instead of the shrimp. Trish uses Costco salmon burger patties in place of the called for shrimp but notes that the pineapple and spice mix in the original recipe are ESSENTIAL!

An impossibly easy and 100% delicious gyro-inspired sandwich was on our mid-April menu. Typically, spit-roasted lamb, pork or beef are used for gyros, but for this recipe, VDP-ers had garbanzo beans and diced zucchini showing off as time-saving vegetarian stand-ins.  Generous spice, pickled red onions and a highly addictive sesame yogurt sauce made our 53rd recipe spot-on delicious. Lois Andrews even gave the recipe a Latin vibe by adding avocado, pico de gallo and flour tortillas.

Our final recipe of the month was for fattoush, the Middle Eastern bread salad. New Virtual Dinner Party member, Sandy Jackson, embraced the ‘no-rules’ nature of the recipe when she added red and green bell peppers and used whole wheat bagels in place of the pita. And my favorite weekly VDP contributors, Lois and Paul Andrews, couldn’t wait to make this salad using fresh vegetables from their garden. Lois and Paul you rule!

If you are not a member of the Virtual Dinner Party Group but would like to become one, please join us through Nextdoor.  If you would rather just have access to the recipes, all of them are available at  I am thrilled so many of you have joined our club and are reaffirming the belief that preparing a good meal and sharing it with those you love is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Thanks for coming to the party and cook on! – Vic

Coyote Tales

Live Coyote Tales Storytelling Events

Coming Soon to CITY PARK and ZION BREWERY!

Thank you for tuning in to the Fourth Virtual Coyote Tales

We are delighted to share exciting news about our return to live Coyote Tales Storytelling events. This summer we are partnering with Ivins City to bring you an outdoor storytelling experience at City Park in Ivins. So get ready to pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to the park for an evening of great Stillhouse Road bluegrass music, community togetherness & true stories told live on stage the Coyote Tales way!

Coyote Tales will also be hosting live events at Zion Brewery Station II soon. Please watch the Coyote Tales website: and Kayenta Nextdoor for all the latest event details!

If you are interested in getting on stage for a live or virtual event, please contact me through the Coyote Tales website.  I’ll get you all the information so you can start crafting your tale.

Everyone has a story – Victoria


Kayenta resident Sue Gordhammer told this story on our virtual stage on March 26, 2021. The theme for the evening was, “Out of the Blue.”

Hear her winning tale, “Dropping in to Egypt 3”

Xetava Gardens Cafe

We are now open daily.

Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 5pm

Thursday – Friday 11:30am – 8pm

Saturday-Sunday 9 am-8 pm


Thank you very much for your continued support.

We are open for

Online Orders too.

Stay safe, support local
and still get your favorites.

Windhorse Relations

Windhorse Relations is a non-profit organization that partners with the American Wild Horse…right here in Ivins. Our programs are about “Creating Willing Relationships” with the American Wild Horse and maintaining its unbroken spirit and loving nature. We offer “Where Heart Meets Horse”  experiences at Kayenta Korrals during the winter.  This adventure connects humans with the spiritual nature of the wild horse and themselves.

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.

The cost is a $100 donation to benefit the Windhorse Herd. Reservations are required. 

Call (801) 557-1257

Gift Certificates are available

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

~ Edward Abbey

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) 

“Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the US and it’s especially popular in areas that attract active retirees.  Like you!!  It’s easy to learn, fast and fun and is a great fitness activity.  The Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) – 2021 is off to a roaring start with two dozen active members.   Drop-in play occurs on Mondays (women only); Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.  The start time is 9:00 and adjusts with the seasons.   There was a “trial run” tournament played in March and we anticipate more organized events planned for later in 2021.  If you’d like more information please contact Mike Hopwood @ or Trish Olson @  Join us – It’s a great game!

Sacred Space Spa

We are Open

I am booking massage appointments and follow strict COVID-19 guidelines for my industry and for your safety.

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

Find Your Joy Yoga Classes Return

Tuesday & Thursday FYJY with Aly at 9:30 am

You must register with Aly to participate in this class.


Elevate Fitness

ElevateFIT is Back!

Elevate Studio has resumed its popular ElevateFIT Class and Saturday Morning Yoga. ElevateFIT is offered M, W, & F at 9:30 am. This class is taught inside and outside. ElevateYOGA is offered Saturday mornigns at 10am. Participants MUST be vaccinated. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular. For class descriptions please visit our website.

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

Village Fitness Center

We are open

The Village Fitness Center is open but with limited class sizes. Following social distancing protocols for the safety of everyone, we are only allowing 4 participants for each class.

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.

Please contact Gloria Prahl for more information and to check on class availability.

435-674-2824    435-669-0430

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 

Don’t Risk Losing Your Best Friend

Inkas Microship Clinic

Low-Cost Microchip Clinic for Dogs and Cats

Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 10am to 1pm

Ivins Aminal Shelter and Adoption Center •  474 North 200 West

No Appointment Needed
$25.oo Includes Microchip and Lifetime Registration

Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier

If you have questions call Lois Hewitt at (435)414-4802 • Sponsored by INKAS

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.

Dogs and Cats

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Isabelle Kalantzes

NOTICE:  The Park is now open to all visitors.

Friends of Snow Canyon has two Zoom events scheduled for May. You must register in advance for these presentations

May 11, 5:30 pm • Desert Tortoise Fire Mortality within the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Join Ann McLuckie, Wildlife Biologist, to learn about the impacts of wildfires on the desert tortoise population within the Reserve.

May 19, 5:30 pm • Utah State Parks Dark Sky Initiative

What do we lose when we lose the stars? Natural dark sky areas are decreasing across the United States and around the world. But fortunately, Utah State Parks have some of the darkest night skies in North America. Utah State Parks’ Dark Sky Seasonal, Shelby Stock, will guide you through the basics of light pollution: what it is, how it affects us, and what we can do to fight it.

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: Nathan Dupre

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

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

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

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

As spring approaches, activities at the Arboretum are moving into full swing.  The Arboretum will be presenting to lectures during March and April.  We’re hoping to take advantage of Spring temperatures by holding the lectures at the Kayenta Outdoor Theater:

April 13, Lee Hughes, “Edible Plants of the Southwest Utah Area”
April 27, George Ottot, “The Geology of The Kayenta Area”

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:

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

May 10 & 24

Dumpster Dates

May 1 & 15

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 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

Looking for community during the COVID-19 pandemic? Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm on ZOOM for worship, music, and fellowship. 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. To join our Sunday service, email Father Lee Montgomery at with a request to join Sunday worship. You will receive a weekly email that provides the web link and passcode for ZOOM sign-in, along with all worship materials.

*Tahri Marpo Ling

Tibetan Buddhist Sangha


Join us on Friday and Sunday mornings, from 10-11 am.  Contact Lhamo Khandro by texting or calling 801-671-8758, to get ZOOM instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

Sunday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

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

*Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017, with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche.  Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and has been practicing Buddhism for 25 years.


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