Kayenta Connection July 2023

Happy 4th of July

As a reminder, Ivins City has designated Kayenta a
NO-firework zone.

St George FIreworks

Join the City of St. George for the 2023 4th of July Celebration!

The fun begins at 6:30 am with a parade. There will be music, food booths, a carnival, contests, Slip-n-Slides, a parade, 4k race, tons of games, and countless memories! Be sure to come out to Town Square and join this Independence Day for a celebration like no other!  Events will be going on all day long, so there will be something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy! Join the City for the fireworks at 10:00pm which will launch from Dixie State University Trailblazer Stadium. Fireworks will be launched off of the old airport ridge. This will be the most spectacular show St. George has ever put on!! Tune to 99.9 KONY Country for a Patriotic Tribute to America with Music and Narration synced to the fireworks.

For more information follow the link below.

kayenta Utah

No Man’s Land
Open Space and Stewardship of the Land

By Matt Marten

We all enjoy the open space that surrounds our community, but we might not all be familiar with who holds the land or how it is managed.

We generally refer to open space as any land that seems to be in its wild state with the exception of an occasional dirt road or trail.  This undeveloped land appears as desert that nobody owns, a sort of no man’s land.  I guarantee you this is not the case.  Surrounding Kayenta we have a mix of land that is owned and managed by different entities and individuals that make up the land that we think of as open space.  The land surrounding Kayenta is a mix of Federal Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Tribal Land in trust for the Shivwits Band of Paiutes, State Institutional Trust Administration (SITLA) lands, and a potpourri of private ownerships.  

Public vs. Private

The big difference between public land vs. private land is taxation, liability, and access.  In a nutshell, public lands are managed by governments and taxpayers collectively shoulder any burden of maintenance and management.  Municipal projects such as a city park or trail are managed with local dollars while National Parks are managed with federal money.  It is a bit more complicated than that, but we will not get into those details here!  Privately held land is taxed by the county as property taxes – all private owners pay them unless you are a church or non-profit.   Most of us understand that we have to pay our property tax bill annually on the lot or house we own.  This is also true of privately held undeveloped lots and land.  

We, (I will use the term “we” to refer to land held in private ownership who are friendly to the Kayenta Concept) hold roughly 1,200 acres of what we refer to as open space but in reality, it should be referred to as land in planning and future development.  All of this land is taxed.  Hopefully, all of the taxes paid will be recouped when the land is sold.  Holding land for too long may be a liability as taxes and development costs eat away at any profit.  One hopes the land continues to increase in value to offset the expenses of taxes, land management, and development costs.  

Some might say owning land is akin to owning a boat.  As the old joke goes, the two best days in a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it.

Once the land is sold and changes hands the tax burden and liabilities are transferred to the new owner.  

Stewardship: The Design of Our Community

As we all know, Kayenta is a rare and unusual place.  Since its inception, Terry Marten’s concept has been to create large lots that carry the stipulation that only a percentage of the land can be developed.  The rules state that the largest portion of the lot must remain natural and undisturbed.  In our subdivisions, the undeveloped portion of the lot varies from 60% to 75%.  We ask each land/lot owner to maintain this open space for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of the community.  This concept makes every lot owner in Kayenta a steward of the natural landscape and open space of their property.  Historically, the way in which we develop Kayenta requires about sixty percent of the land to be left in open space.  Collectively, we have maintained on the order of over 500 acres of land in open space and eventually, if things go as planned, we will maintain something in the order of 1,200 acres or more. These are rough numbers, but they should give you an idea of the impact of the Kayenta Concept.  In the end, approximately 60 percent of all land within the boundaries of Kayenta will be left in natural open space.  

Designated Open Space in Our Community

Years ago, there were a few spots in Kayenta that Terry determined were too rare and unusual to build on.  He turned over this acreage to Ivins City and it was designated as natural park space.  These natural features are known as Rock Park, Elephant Rocks, Pyramid, and Humpback.  Some developers may have exploited and built on top of these geological formations, but it was determined by Terry that these areas were too special to let that happen.  Once the land was donated to the municipality, the designation was changed, and the liability and tax burden of private ownership were transferred to the city where there is no tax on the publicly owned space.  

Another area that has been earmarked to turn over to Ivins City for future open space (natural park) is Dry Wash.  This is the area that has been earmarked for a reservoir by WCWCD and Ivins City.  As you may know, our position is to maintain the natural wash instead of reshaping and removing the natural vegetation, rock formations, and wildlife to create a man-made reservoir. 

Ownerships of Surrounding Land

We are surrounded by BLM lands (Federal Public Land) to the north and east, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes unincorporated tribal land to the west.  We have considered these lands as open space, but they should not be considered protected.  The BLM land overlaps with Desert Tortoise Preserve and some of the steeper elevations would be difficult to use or build on.  The likelihood of it being leases or developed is very low but open to debate.  It all depends on the current administration in charge and their views on protecting or exploiting federal lands.  The tribal land is yet another story.  This land is held in trust by the federal government as Native American tribal land.  While it cannot be sold it can be developed or co-developed as the Shivwits Band sees fit for their benefit.  Casinos and gas stations seem to be popular income ventures for tribal lands.  

Large swaths of State Institutional Trust Land Administration land have been undeveloped and mixed in with the footprint we call Kayenta.  For decades, Terry has been negotiating and working to secure the land for future development in order to protect the Kayenta footprint and expand his vision.  Just in the past year, the Martens have secured SITLA land for the benefit of our community.  This land is south of the Chettro Pool, it crosses Kwavasa Drive where the pickleball courts are, and stretches south to Highway 91.  It also stretches west along Highway 91 where Kayenta Parkway crosses it.  Had this land purchase not occurred the land would have been sold to developers not concerned with our concept and sensibilities.    

Acquisition and Holding for the Benefit of Kayenta

As you might imagine years of negotiation, the acquisition of land, and the maintenance to hold onto the land is a daunting task.  Many would never try to do it.  For Terry Marten it has been a challenge and a game of chess or checkers.  He acquired as much land as possible to protect the Kayenta Concept and stretched our boundaries from the original fourteen-hundred acres to now over twenty-one hundred acres.  

The vision is to continue to grow and build the community until all of the privately held land is developed into the Kayenta Concept.  We hope our community continues to support that vision and embrace future development.  

For decades the sale of lots in Kayenta has provided the funds to purchase more raw land to expand Kayenta’s boundaries.  The process of buying raw land, subdividing and developing lots, and selling lots has allowed for the purchase of more land.  This has been the cycle for as long as I can remember.  Today we hold more land that we can quickly develop while maintaining our standards.  Instead of hundreds of lots and homes per year, we only sell an average of fifteen to twenty lots per year and build that same number of homes.  Today, the profits from lot sales go to cover development expenses, staff, subcontractors’ fees, and taxes.  In order to maintain slow and metered development we must continue to develop and sell lots to cover liabilities and expenses.  In short, without continued development/sales we cannot cover the cost to hold land and pay taxes.  

Securing Zoning

To date, we have secured as much land as possible with the intention it will fold into the Kayenta Development Concept.  

Right now, Kayenta Development is in the process of planning and securing zoning for future development.  Until zoning is established it is difficult to complete any master planning.  This leaves the overall design of our Kayenta neighborhoods up in the air.  It is our goal to be the planner of Kayenta and develop the areas we can.  In short, we want to control the vision rather than allow others to develop in a way that is inconsistent with the Kayenta Concept.  The only reason we have been diligent about securing land that surrounds our current footprint is to have a voice in the type of development that occurs on it.  Stopping development completely is not an option.  If we were to stop development, we would shutter the business of Kayenta and the undeveloped land would need to be sold off.  This opens the door to other developers who may or may not continue with the Kayenta Concept. Planning and zoning now are critical in order to develop a more secure master plan.  This does not mean that hundreds of homes will be built over the next few years, but it does mean we need to plan for their eventual exitance.  I know that some may bristle at the idea of more development in an around our community but it is necessary to stay the course and continue to grow Kayenta and its unparalleled concept.   

City Topics

Highway 91 Construction Project

By now you must be aware of the big Highway 91 construction project.  While final construction configurations might not take place for a few more years the Highway will consist of two lanes in each direction plus a center turn-lane or median (5 lanes).  In addition, there will be bike lanes and a paved walking path.  Eventually, four or five traffic roundabouts will also be installed.  Some of the construction is happening now and other parts will happen over time.  

Right now there is some debate on how many lanes to build now.  If a section of the road between 100 East and Kwavasa Drive can be built into the 5-lane configuration, now, there is a chance that Rocky Mountain Power and the City of St. George will need to drop the power lines underground.  Dropping the power lines would be a huge plus to the aesthetics of the area plus the construction would be completed now instead of another construction project in a few years.  July 20th City Council will be prioritizing spending on such projects so your voice your opinion prior to that date.  

State Building Code Changes

On July 1, 2023, a Utah State Code will prohibit the regulation of residential building design standards.  Building Code safety standards remain intact however the state is taking an anything-goes attitude and does not allow a city to regulate things such as color, materials, ornamentation, or roof type or pitch.  

After years of working on color and design guidelines for the city, the state now prohibits cities from regulating design standards.  Height is still regulated so perhaps the city can tie some guidelines to a height requirement or allow taller buildings if they comply with a color and materials requirement.  It is difficult to know what all the unintended consequences are but we are about to find out.  The city needs to hear some creative ways to help maintain some control on the look and design standards of our city.  

Don’t paint your house hot pink just yet!  Kayenta subdivisions and other planned developments with CCR’s and design guidelines will continue to be regulated by HOA’s.  

For more information on the code:  Utah Code Section 10-9a-534

Regulation of building design elements prohibited.

On these topics:

Join the conversation now and learn more about these projects by attending City Planning and City Council Meetings.  Communicate your opinion to the mayor, city council, planning commission, and staff.  Visit ivins.com for contact information.

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

CineSizzle – A Summer Soiree of Independent Film

Escape the sizzling summer heat in July, and join us for a curated film series featuring some of the most compelling independent films from recent festivals.


Center for the Arts at Kayenta July Films

Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Kayenta Homes & Properties

Kayenta’s Real Estate Experts

Kayenta Homes & Properties is Kayenta’s ONLY on-site real estate team. The agents have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to guide you through your real estate transaction. Trained to put your needs first, we will act as your advocate in each phase of the buying or planning and design process as well as the settling-in process, long after your purchase is over.

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


Kayenta Art Village

 Studios, Galleries,
Businesses & Dining Options

Good Medicine beauty lab

Our artisanal beauty products are all lovingly made in Kayenta from safe, natural, and locally-sourced wild botanical ingredients.

Because of the inherent qualities they convey, we call them Good Medicine.

Come visit us in our Kayenta Art Village Location
877 Coyote Gulch Ct. Suite A

Kayenta Community

The local perspective. Our businesses and residents news and events.

Make Space

MakeSpace for YOU this Summer

An assortment of art classes from oil painting to acrylic pour and so much more. Desert dwellers stay cool this summer in our solar-powered studio.

Find our complete list of classes on our website.  Link below.

Make Space Class

Abraham McCowan

3-day Printing Workshop: Large Scale Black and White Linocuts

When: July 3 – 5
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm 

Join local artist and professional art instructor Abe McCowan for this unique printmaking opportunity!

Whether you are new to carving and printing or have years of experience, this class will help you master new ways of expressing yourself through large-scale black-and-white prints. As you design, carve, and print your own unique piece of art you will learn Western carving techniques and principles of design that make a large black-and-white image successful.

Make Space Class

Darcy Lee Saxton

Fun With Acrylic Pour

When:  July 19
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of art play and exploration as we learn the basics of working with fluid acrylic. This mesmerizing medium is wonderful for anyone wanting to try something new and get their creative juices flowing. In this class, we will overview composition and color as we create small acrylic pour paintings.

Open Studio for those who have taken
“Fun with Acrylic Pour”

When:  July 26
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Make Space Class

Cassandra Wood

Sumi-e for Beginners

When: August 14
12:00 pm-2:30 pm

Sumi-e is a simple, yet elegant art form handed down to Japan from China. Artists use a minimal amount of brush strokes to create subtle ink paintings that stimulate the imagination. In this class, Cassandra will introduce you to this intriguing technique, driven by simplicity and spontaneity as we experiment with ink sticks, blocks and bamboo brushes.  Inspired by objects from nature and photo references, you will complete the class with several small pieces. No prior drawing experience is necessary.

MakeSpace Kayenta

Your Community. Your Classes. Your Space. 

For registration and information on all our classes please click here.

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


June Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Council Member

Will You Still Love Me When I’m 64?

We use our roads, sewer lines, and storm drains every day, but do we ever really think about them? Most of that infrastructure was paid for by developers in impact fees on new construction. But when it all wears out, the replacement cost falls to us. So, will you still love it when it’s 64? 

More importantly, the philosopher McCarney asked two other pivotal questions. Will you still need it? Will you still feed it? The answers are obvious, except for the last one: Will you still “feed” it? Replacing our infrastructure will be expensive.

Fortunately, most of it is still relatively young. We shouldn’t see the need for significant replacements for another twenty years, maybe longer. But that doesn’t mean we should adopt the J. Wellington Wimpy philosophy; I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. It’s a stretch to say we are “enjoying” our sewer lines today, but we are using them every day, and they are slowly wearing out. 

I believe it’s our responsibility as a city, as a community, to figure out what our long-term infrastructure needs are and plan for replacement. We have not been doing that, and we’re not alone. I believe few if any cities in the state have taken that leap. To paraphrase, let’s not kick the road down the road.

The good news is, we are taking the first step. I have been working with city staff to figure out how much infrastructure we have, how long it will last, and what it will cost to replace. I’ve been at it for a little over a month and it will take at least a few more months to figure everything out.

But here’s a preliminary look at where we’re at. We need to set aside $3.5 million a year starting now to replace our roads, sewer lines, and storm drains when they wear out. The final numbers will probably be higher. To put that in perspective, Ivins expects to collect a little more than $4 million dollars in the next year from property, sales, and use taxes and all of that money (and more) is needed just for the normal day-to-day operation of the city.

We have four options for dealing with our infrastructure. We can (1) do nothing, (2) do something, (3) do everything, or (4) just do the math so everyone knows what’s ahead. Doing nothing is what we’ve been doing but it’s not a good option. I believe that prioritizing infrastructure replacement is critical to the long-term sustainability and livability of our community. But it’s expensive. So help me out. What option do we choose and how do we get there?

Ivins City Council update, capital expense chartYou’ve Got Mail, or Do You?

There is a primary election for three City Council positions on September 5th. That will whittle down the number of candidates from nine currently to six finalists who will be on the ballot for the general election on November 21st.

These are both awkward dates. You may be out of town. You may think you’ve got things covered because you are getting your mail forwarded to your out-of-town address. Bad news. That won’t work. The post office will not forward election ballots.

So, to be sure you get your ballot if you are out of town, you need to “update” your mailing address at https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html 

Ivins City Council update, update voting registration graphic 

“Out of the Desert”

The Ivins City Arts Commission is kicking off “Out of the Desert,” an ambitious and exciting plan to develop a vibrant visual Arts Corridor stretching from the Kayenta Arts Village, down Kwavasa Drive, through the City along Center Street, up to Tuachan and along Snow Canyon Parkway to the Black Desert Mustang Roundabout. Proposed projects include:

• Sculptures for current and future roundabouts

• A mural on the fire station facing Heritage Park, celebrating Ivins City 100th Anniversary

• Wrapping the large roadside utility boxes with art by local artists

The Commission in partnership with Kayenta Arts Foundation is applying for matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to double the impact of individual and business donations. The goal is to raise $150,000 in donations and pledges by the end of July and apply for the grant in August.

The City Council has already set aside $20,000 of RAP tax funds for this.  All contributions will be received by Kayenta Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.

Please consider making a one-time, annual, or monthly contribution to support this worthwhile project. Pledges may be fulfilled over the next three years. To Donate/Pledge Online: https://dsnp.co/ISd8RM 

Ivins City Council update, arts corridor headline

More City Information

I try to keep these articles relatively concise. Not doing too well at that. It’s frustrating because there’s so much I want to discuss. So, please email me at Mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you. Visit my website at www.MikeScott4Ivins.com for regular updates.

Petite Feast Dinner Club


Resesrve Your Seat at the Table










Vegetarian entree available as well – contact Victoria through the website to discuss options.


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

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.

“Thank you for another beautiful meal. Coming to a Petite Feast Dinner is like coming home.” – Laela Gaylord

“It was a wonderful evening. We so appreciate you and Matt opening your home to us and for sharing your amazing talents. I know what you pulled off was no easy feat. We look forward to participating again! Thank you so much.” – Mary and Tom Gerstle

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


I believe that pie baking is an art form. The science and artistry involved in bringing such disparate ingredients harmoniously together to create the perfect dessert is a beautiful thing. The best pies have a flaky, tender crust, well balanced flavorful filling and an appealing and tasty topping. Each component must work together to create a singular, mouthwatering bite.

Each season has its own favorite pie. What is autumn without apple pie? Would it even be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? And don’t even get me started on summer. Sweet juicy stone fruit combined with the sparkle of fresh seasonal berries can’t be beat. So in honor of the start of summer and the First Annual Ivins City Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest, I propose that VDP members SHOW US HOW YOU ROLL and bake your version of the perfect pie this month.

To get you started, I’ve included my recipe for lattice topped blueberry nectarine pie. The crust comes together easily using a food processor and the filling can be customized with minimal tweaking and experimentation which allows you to create your own masterpiece. If you turn out a winner, please consider entering The City’s pie baking contest on September 9th. I’ve included the link to the rules, entry form and information on the prizes below. Because, who knows, your creation might just be the grand prize winner.

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

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


3 C + 2 T all-purpose flour
3 T sugar
1 t salt
¾ C unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
¼ C all vegetable shortening, cold, cut into small cubes
¾ C ice water
2 T apple cider vinegar

¾ C sugar
4 T + 2 t tapioca flour (basically the same thing as tapioca pearls but ground fine)
3 C fresh nectarines pitted and sliced
2 C fresh blueberries
1 T fresh lemon juice
¼ t freshly grated nutmeg
2 T unsalted butter


Prepare pie dough: Stir together flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of food processor. Add cubed butter and shortening and pulse briefly to combine. Using a quick on-off pulsing action process mixture until shortening and butter are roughly pea-size and well distributed throughout the mixture. The food processor makes short work of the process but you can also do it by hand or with a mixer using the paddle attachment.

Stir water and vinegar together. Add ice cubes to make about 1 ¼ C. Taking care not to add ice cubes, sprinkle about half the liquid over flour mixture. Pulse briefly. Add half of the remaining liquid (minus the ice cubes) and pulse again until a shaggy dough is formed in the bowl of the processor. * You may need to add some of the extra liquid if the dough is too dry.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times just until dough holds together.

Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a flat disk about 6” in diameter. Wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for at least an hour or for up to three days. (disks may also be frozen at this point for later use)

Prepare Pie: Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl whisk sugar and tapioca flour together. Add fruit, lemon juice, and grated nutmeg. Toss until well combined and let rest until fruit begins to release its juice.

While fruit rests, remove dough from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. When softened, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 12” diameter circle. Transfer to a 9” pie plate, pressing bottom and up sides. Trim dough to a 1” overhang. Fill with fruit mixture and dot with small pieces of butter.

Roll out the remaining disk to cover top of pie decoratively and crimp edges. Freeze pie for 20 minutes. Chef’s Tip: This step is not required, but I think it helps reduce pie crust shrinkage and slump in oven. Remove from freezer and place on rimmed, parchment lined baking sheet. Brush top of pie with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425 and then reduce oven temperature to 375. Continue to bake until filling has thickened and is bubbly. 45-50 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours before serving.

Show us how you roll

First Annual Ivins City Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest

Calling all non-professional Ivins bakers for the First Annual Ivins City Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest
Saturday, September 9th at Ball Field at Ivins City Heritage Park (50N 50W)

Grand Prize – Bosch Universal Plus Mixer
Second Place Prize – Baker’s ingredient specialty gift basket
Third Place Prize – Professional quality whisk/spatula set

Prizes generously provided by Bosch, L’Chef, Petite Feast and Red Mountain Market

Peter Frick-Wright
Robert Perkins
David Lindes
Coyote Tales


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Join us for Coyote Tales Live Storytelling Under the Stars at Ivins City Heritage Days Festival at Ivins City Park.

The Theme for the Evening’s Stories is:


Coyote Tales is pleased to welcome audio producer and writer, Peter Frick-Wright, who has reported from Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, and Bolivia. He is a contributing editor to Outside Magazine and is also the host of the podcast Missed Fortune @ https://apple.co/Missed_Fortune. Joining him on stage will be singer/storyteller and songwriter, David Lindes, and explorer, writer, and naturalist, Robert Perkins. They promise to throw down some WILD tales but there is room on the stage for you too.

The evening begins with a BYOP (bring your own picnic) pre-party with great Stillhouse Road Bluegrass music where potential storytellers put their name in the hat with the hope of being chosen to share their tale on stage. Kayenta Homes and Properties will be hosting the upscale water trough providing FREE beverages and cookies for story lovers. Everyone is welcome!

Pre-party starts at 7:00. Stories start at sundown. THIS EVENT IS FREE!

If you are interested in sharing a story on stage, please contact Victoria through the Coyote Tales website. Everyone has a story – Vic

Coyote Tales events are funded by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties, Desert Dweller Realty, and SBDance. All proceeds from indoor events have been donated to local nonprofits and all outdoor events are FREE.

Coyote Tales “Meet the Author” Benefit Luncheon

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Petite Feast will host a special Luncheon with invited Coyote Tales storyteller and author, David Lindes. During the luncheon, David will share his remarks, answer questions, and perform.

David’s book “Mi tierra—Homeland” is an intimate look at his journey from Guatemala to the US. In eight chapters, each accompanied by an original song and included in both Spanish and English, David addresses themes of migration, identity, justice, and belonging. At times poignant and at times defiant, it’s a vivid take on the Latino immigrant experience in today’s America.

His work has been featured on PRI’s The World and NPR. Born in Guatemala City, he immigrated to the United States at age 9 and spent his adolescence in the agricultural communities of California’s Central Coast. He later graduated in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University.

The book has been released to the academic community, for use in University Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Human Development courses in digital format. Physical and general market releases are forthcoming.

Reservations and Tickets are required.

*Please know that all proceeds from this event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah.

For information on Coyote Tales including stories in our archives please visit our website.


Xetava Gardens Cafe


Locally owned and operated cafe under the giant red cliffs of southern Utah. Full espresso bar, beer/wine, patio dining…with local, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.

Hours of Operation

espresso bar 10-11
lunch/dinner 11-5



espresso bar 10-11
lunch/dinner 11-8

brunch 9-12
lunch/dinner 12-8

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“A 30-minute workout is just two percent of your day. No excuses.”


Elevate Fitness

A new focus with new classes to inspire and motivate everyone.
Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Elevate Rise & Shine Intro/beginner Yoga • 8:00 am Tues

Elevate Cardio • 8:00 am Wed

Step & Strength • 8:00 am Thur

ElevateFit • 9:30 am, Mon, Wed, Fri

Ali’s Yoga • 9:30 am Tues

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

Elevate Zen Stretch • 10:45 am Mon, Fri

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

Participants MUST be vaccinated. 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!

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

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

Trips and Trails

Kayenta Exploration Group

We are on summer hiatus and will resume trips in the fall.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Javier’s 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 Home Yoga

Kayenta Home Yoga classes will resume in the Fall. Enjoy your summer.

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

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.

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.
Jon Dimond and Marc Hatch, general contractor
Donated carpet for the house in Shivwits
Jon Dimond, Director of Operations

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Humanity
Advocate: Patrick Barickman

A Place to Call Home

Many of you reading this, maybe most, can relate to the challenges of bringing a building project to completion. I thought a lot about those challenges after meeting with Jon Dimond and Marc Hatch from Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah the other day. 

  We met at the house being remodeled in the Shivwits Reservation community, which I wrote about in the May and June newsletters. I came away after just a brief talk with them with a new appreciation for 1) the amount of effort it takes to build or re-build even a modest family home. And 2) how much can be accomplished with the community support of time, labor, and resources. 

While there are tasks that remain to be completed, materials donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets and carpeting will be used when possible. 

If you would like more information about this Habitat for Humanity project, send an email to Jon Dimond at outreach@habitatswu.org or call 435/674-7669.

Also, There will be a “Meet the Storyteller Luncheon” in conjunction with September  9th’s  Coyote Tales event. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Habitat for Humanity. To find out more, visit: https://petitefeastutah.com/product/lunch-with-the-author-sunday-september-10-2023/

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

Desert Preservation InitiativeDPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

We are group of volunteers dedicated to identifying, managing, and removing invasive species and restoring the native landscape. While we recognize that the native species present today are not necessarily the same as those that were here 200 years ago, we work to rebuild the native habitat with an eye to what has been present historically.

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 SkyThe 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.

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

Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

This is the month our gardens are the showiest.

Be sure to take a stroll through the arboretum to experience the beauty of desert landscaping.  Our latest major improvement can be found along the pathway and the back side of the Desert Rose Labyrinth.  Thanks to the efforts of DPI, all tamarisk has been removed from the area.  A great big thank you to the dedicated volunteers of this organization!  For the next several months we will be planning for the landscaping that will continue to improve the beauty of this area.  We are hopeful to be able use these new areas where tamarisk has been removed to add additional sculptures to this pathway experience.  We welcome any thoughts and ideas from the community.

Other improvements in progress include the removal and replacement of older plants in the arboretum and an ongoing low voltage pathway lighting project.

We are looking for landscaping-minded volunteers to continue the upkeep and improvement of the arboretum. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or just looking for information about the arboretum contact Roger Head, 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

Blue Can Recycling

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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