May 2022

Desert Rose LabyrinthDesert Rose Labyrinth and Sculpture Garden Spring Clean up

When: Friday, May 6, 2022, 9am-noon

Where: The Desert Rose Labyrinth, Kayenta Parkway

Why: The labyrinth is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. Kayenta volunteers maintain this sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal. 

Please come lend a hand if you have the time. Tools (lopper, rakes, shovels, clippers) and wheelbarrows are needed. Water, a hat, and gloves will keep you comfortable.

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 sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal. It is maintained by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or group reservations, please contact Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664, or Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905,

Special Event Traffic Impact Notification
for Kayenta

MAY 7, 2022

On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office and The IRONMAN Group will welcome nearly 3500 world-class athletes (and their support teams) for the Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission. This epic triathlon (swim, bike and run) starts at beautiful Sand Hollow State Park and finishes in downtown St. George, traversing 140.6 miles across Hurricane, Washington City, Ivins, Gunlock, Veyo and Snow Canyon State Park.

This letter provides specific information for your neighborhood to help residents adjust plans to accommodate the race and to minimize impacts to your day.

Ironman road closures


Expect road closures, delays and detours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Center Street will be significantly impacted with limited access and subject to delays.

How to get around

• Access out of neighborhoods above Center Street will be from specific access points of Painted Hills, Main Street, and 400 E

• It is recommended when returning home during the race to use these same access points

• For residents below Center Street, head south, avoiding Kwavasa and Old Hwy 91

• Access out of Snow Canyon Drive will be WEST on Tuacahn Drive, then you can head south and be metered across Center Street to go south or east

• Traffic will be permitted eastbound only between Kwavasa Dr and Splitrock.

• Traffic will be permitted eastbound and westbound between Splitrock and 1400 E Athletes will be on course

• Athletes will be riding WEST on Center Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. using the westbound lane and shoulder



Festival of hte Americas

Friday and Saturday 9 am – 6 pm • Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

The Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) is honored to present the Festival of the Americas May 13-15, 2022. This three-day festival will feature an array of cultural art forms and customs. Artisan booths will include native American jewelry, weavings, metalwork and wood, sculpture, rugs, beading, carving, pottery, paintings, and native foods. Some of the featured activities and demonstrations will include traditional drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling, weaving, flint knapping, and traditional weapons among other demonstrations.

Much of this year’s festival will focus on Native American art and culture and takes place in the outdoor setting of Kayenta Art Village and Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The area was once the ancestral home of Paiute Indians and showcases the stunning natural beauty of Kayenta.

Memorial Day Pool Party

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

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

Your Kayenta Sales Team,

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

Center for the Arts at Kayenta


May 2022

CFAK Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit

May 4 - June 1

“Fantasy, Imagination & Dreams: 2D And 3D Open”

Kayenta Arts Foundation believes art in all forms enhances our lives, nurtures our spirits, and builds community bonds. The KAF Art Exhibits in the Center for the Arts at Kayenta enliven the community spaces in the Center, promote local artists, and broaden our support from the wider community in southern Utah.

There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

Art will be on display to the public during regular staff business hours
(Monday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00 PM), and during scheduled performances.

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company

May 6 - 7

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is Utah’s most established institution for contemporary dance.

The Company actively embraces and commissions the work of contemporary choreographers, tours worldwide, and develops dynamic education and community outreach programming. Through performance and educational undertakings, the Company pursues its mission to make dance a viable part of everyone’s life– whether it be as creators, performers, dance educators, critics, or as participating audience members. Over the 58 years of its history, Ririe-Woodbury has toured nationally and internationally, always advocating the philosophy that “dance is for everybody.”

Youth Symphony of Southern Utah

Youth Symphony of Southern Utah

May 9

Performed by the Students of Vista School

Youth Symphony of Southern Utah was founded in 2018 by Vista School in Ivins. Youth Symphony of Southern Utah is an auditioned group for 9th-12th grade students in the St. George area. Students rehearse weekly and perform at many venues throughout the year. Their director is Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, a Juilliard graduate and Teacher of the Year from the American String Teachers Association for the state of Utah. Students who participate in this group have the opportunity to play with other dedicated musicians who have chosen to make music a priority in their lives.

Tickets are FREE but seating will be limited, so come early to reserve your seat.

Festival of the Americas

Festival of the Americas

May 13 - 15

Native American Activities, Music & Dance, Demonstrations, 40 Artisans, Native Food

The Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) is honored to present the Festival of the Americas May 13-15, 2022. This three-day festival will feature an array of cultural art forms and customs. Artisan booths will include native American jewelry, weavings, metalwork and wood, sculpture, rugs, beading, carving, pottery, paintings, and native foods. Some of the featured activities and demonstrations will include traditional drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling, weaving, flint knapping, and traditional weapons among other demonstrations.

Anita Lehmann

5 Day Artist Workshop with Anita Lehmann

May 16- 20

Workshop is limited so don’t wait to book tickets.

This 5 day workshop is great for artists of ALL LEVELS. Anita will begin by observing the environment of an arts-oriented desert community set in the beautiful Red Rock area and its surrounding context of Southern Utah, a few miles outside of St. George.

A small group of 12 participants provides opportunities for plenty of one-on-one learning, lessons, critiques, and demos: Fields trips in the surrounding area for gathering evidence and experiencing the incredible landscape together with a home base studio classroom at Center for the Arts at Kayenta located in the heart of the Kayenta Arts Village.

Voyager Lecture Series

Voyage Leccture Series Presented by Ron Smith

May 17

Mercury: Planet of Fire and Ice

Mercury conjures up different images for different people. For some, it’s a classic car. Chemists and physicists think of it as an element. Scholars of ancient history know it’s one of the Roman gods. For astronomers, it’s a planet of subtle fascination.

Facts you probably don’t know about Mercury:
– The second closest planet to earth.
– Vast quantities of water ice.
– Requires just several months to reach, not several years.
– It is both the 2nd hottest and 2nd coldest Planet in our solar system.
– Despite being close to the sun, this scorched world has vast regions with mild, earth-like temperatures.

Please join Ron Smith on a fascinating journey to a planet of both fire and ice.

Artist in Italy

An Artist’s Adventure

May 19

Through The Hill Towns Of Italy

In the late summer and early fall of 2013, Anita Lehmann was the recipient of a mid-career fellowship awarded by the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy/Civita Institute and began a creative exploration that resulted in an extraordinary collection of drawings. Based at the Civita Institute in Civita di Bagnoregio, arguably the most romantic hill town in all of Italy, Anita’s drawings began to unfold into stories of her daily experiences.

Come learn how Anita’s drawings recorded her daily engagement with the architecture and life in Civita di Bagnoregio, an ancient Etruscan city known famously as “the dying city” – la città che muore. Her drawings are a rich and poetic experience.


Bach Concerto Extravaganza

May 21

An extravaganza of famous Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach!

Join Dr. Ka Wai Yu and Urs Rutishauser for a night of extraordinary Chamber Music. The chamber orchestra includes Trumpet, Violin, Harpsichord, Flute, and Recorder soloists.

Chamber players and soloists from our area and Las Vegas will combine their skills to present three of the most exciting Brandenburg Concertos plus the Double Violin work. An ensemble of this size will rarely appear at Kayenta – don’t miss this unique opportunity.

MakeSpace Kayenta

Beat the Heat and Be Creative


Capture the Moment Photography

Capture the Moment Photography

June 8th - July 13th on Wednesdays

Instructors: Alan Holben & Liz Fortney

This 6-week series in Photography on Wednesdays is led by two esteemed, local photographers; Alan Holben & Liz Fortney.  This six-week course in digital photography is meant for beginners and those interested in improving their skills.  With a mix of in-studio classes and time in the field, it will be a fun opportunity to learn and explore!

All students will need to have their own digital camera or phone to use in the course.

An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

An Introduction to Acrylic Painting

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructor: Carol Bold

A single afternoon class to learn all about Acrylics, with Carol Bold! This class is intended for those who are brand new to art and intrigued about painting with acrylics.

The best way to try out a new craft is by starting with a good teacher and high-quality materials. All you need to bring is an open mind and a desire to learn. Practicing several techniques in class, students will leave with a strong base knowledge of the process and materials associated with this surprisingly versatile, non-toxic medium. All supplies are included.

Watercolor impressionism

Watercolor Impressionism

May 25-27

Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf

Watercolor impressionism with visiting artist Kristi Grussendorf

A three-day workshop 9-4 daily (with a lunch break)

In this workshop you will learn how to trust the medium and put water, gravity, and paper to work for you. We will practice the “french bead” technique and let the color mix on the paper or develop our color by “charging” or “glazing”. It’s time to have a relationship with watercolor instead of trying to control it.

Beginning Encaustics - "Yearn to Burn”

Beginning Encaustics

May 21 & 22

Instructor: Kathy Johnson

“Yearn to Burn”
Only 3 spots left in the Beginning Encaustics weekend workshop on May 21 & 22 with Kathy Johnson, the most experienced encaustics teacher in Utah. This weekend workshop is from 10-5 each day (with a lunch break).

This unique art form is the art of painting with hot wax, with a wide variety of colors and textures. Enjoy the process of learning and practicing multiple techniques, creating your own unique art pieces. No experience is necessary.

Make Space


Little Free LIbrary

Kayenta’s Little Free Library

Kayenta Art Village’s Outdoor Theater, Next to the Pink Door

9 am – 4 pm the first Friday of each month

Bring a book, take a book or simply bring a book to share.

Ben Behunin

Kayenta Art Village

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective,
Exceptional Art.


Datura Gallery, Ben Behunin, Pottery 

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

The Risk of Fire in Kayenta

Asked to identify his greatest concerns about fire in the Ivins/Santa Clara area, Andrew Parker, Fire Chief of Santa Clara Ivins Fire and Rescue, is quick to name the area in greatest danger—the western side, in particular, the communities of Kayenta and Indigo Trails and the area southwest of Highway 91.

Key factors in his assessment are the continuous vegetation, much of which grows right up to homes and other structures, and distance and accessibility, which pose greater challenges for his department on the western side. “We can mitigate a fire much quicker in town,” he says, noting that Indigo Trails, being just off the highway, is more accessible than Kayenta.

Although he is relatively new to the job, having just taken the position in February of this year, Chief Parker brings two decades of experience as a fire captain, paramedic, and emergency medical technician to his work. As he surveys the 495 square miles for which his department is responsible, which includes Big Red Mountain, Ivins, Kayenta, Hellhole, Coyote Gulch, and Snow Canyon State Park, among other areas, Chief Parker is focused on developing a pre-plan for each area. This would include information on staging areas where the department could locate equipment and personnel to respond to an emergency, access routes, challenges related to the specific terrain, and information on previous burns.

Chief Parker is also looking to do Structure Threat Assessments, a risk assessment of a structure based on vegetation clearance, roof and construction materials, upkeep, and surrounding factors such as wood or propane storage on a property. (Homeowners can request an assessment of their property through City Hall and the fire department will schedule an hour to discuss and recommend fuel modifications with the homeowner.) 

The goals, the Chief says, are “to identify defensible space and to always work with property owners.” 

In meeting with Chuck Warren, a Kayenta resident who is leading the Desert Preservation Initiative effort to remove tamarisk in Kayenta, the Chief notes that tamarisk burns quickly and hot, which makes it a clear fire risk. As Warren is focused on dealing with tamarisk in the Kayenta Wash as a first priority, Chief Parker agrees that that area could be especially vulnerable, particularly as the fire department could not get crews or equipment into the wash. Basically, he says, “we don’t fight downhill, we fight uphill,” to deal with the fact that fire spreads fastest uphill. If a fire started in the bottom of the wash it might need to be attacked through airplane dumps of fire-retardant chemicals since crews could not reach it. 

Overall, the department’s strategy in the wildland interface is to mitigate defensively. That fits in with Warren’s objective of removing tamarisk to minimize fire risk and to preserve the natural environment. The fire department will be applying for a grant which would enable the department to provide crew to assist with tamarisk removal.

Limited resources are a major challenge for Chief Parker and home and property owners in the areas he covers. Limited funds mean that the department currently has one 2-person crew on per day at the Rachel Station in Santa Clara, says Parker. “If a fire call comes in, they jump on the fire engine, if a medical, they jump on the ambulance.  If they are out on the ambulance, then if a fire call comes in, there is no one on duty to respond to the fire call.  

“We are attempting to change this,” he continues, “and as of July 1st we are looking to have one 3-person Fire Engine Crew and one 2-person ambulance crew, 24/7/365.  Ideally, we would have this same staffing at our Ivins Station.  This allows us to handle both medical and fire call simultaneously and to respond to any larger vegetation fires effectively.”

The Chief is actively seeking to hire additional firefighter/paramedics as well as seasonal wildland firefighters and working to lobby for additional funds. Funding is shared between Ivins and Santa Clara, but, Chief Parker points out, “much of our vegetation threat stems from Washington County.” He is meeting with the City Manager’s office and the county to discuss additional funding for Santa Clara Ivins Fire Rescue. And, he is “1000%” in favor of citizen support in seeking additional funding from municipal and county sources.

While pre-planning efforts are in progress, the immediate future presents the most dangerous time of year. As the days get longer and the heat increases, the local fuel load becomes ever more combustible. South-facing areas, Chief Parker points out, are particularly vulnerable as potential fuels become pre-heated between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00.

Ivins City Council April Update

Mike Scott, Council Member

We Are Close to a Water Conservation Ordinance

There will be a public hearing on a proposed water conservation ordinance for new construction at either the City Council’s May 5th meeting or its May 19th meeting. You can download the draft ordinance at 

Granted, reading this ordinance isn’t going to be a lot of fun. But it’s all about our future. So please download the draft ordinance and send the City Council your comments and/or speak at the upcoming public hearing. (email addresses at

Some of us would probably recommend no grass, no pools, no water features because we are in a severe drought. But it’s unlikely that would be approved. Some of us would probably say that since we pay for the water we use we should be able to do what we want. Given our water situation, that’s also unlikely to be approved.

Please help us navigate between these two extremes. Also, keep in mind that this new ordinance will only apply to new construction. The Washington County Water Conservancy District is working on other actions to encourage water conservation in existing development.

Land Use & General Plan Update

The Planning Commission decided at its last meeting to have a public hearing at the May 3rd meeting about proposed changes to the Land Use Map. The agenda for that meeting should be posted on the Ivins website at on April 29th, so check the agenda to find out if the public hearing is happening. 

Regulating Building Colors

At its April 21st meeting the City Council agreed that the current ordinance regulating building colors was too subjective. That has created confusion, frustration, and expense for property owners. 

I did some research and found other “deserty” communities (Springdale, Sedona, Scottsdale) used the Munsell Book of Color to regulate building colors objectively. So, the Council agreed to use that book as well. It will take a while to study the book, determine color palettes, and write a new ordinance that is objective. 

For more information, see two of my recent posts, “Eliminating Building Color subjectivity” at and “Should We Continue Regulating color” at Then share your comments and ideas with me.

Example: Munsell Book of Color

Munsell Book of Color

More information

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

Petite Feast Dinner Club





SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2022










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

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

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

“Another amazing evening with superior and beautifully plated courses. Thank you so much for these culinary pleasures to look forward to each month!” ~ Eve Wetten

“Rob and I would love to attend more of your Petite Feasts! We enjoyed every minute!” ~ Paula


Potato Chips (preferably from a very large Costco size bag) are my go-to snack food. I love their crispy, salty, eat by the handful deliciousness. If you are like me, you probably have strong opinions about which chips are best. Plain, ridged, sour cream and onion are all tasty, but let’s be honest: barbeque chips are where it’s at. Their sweet, tangy, savory, and smoky flavor makes for the perfect any time of day snack.

Recently, the previously mentioned big box store ditched my favorite 2# bag of Lay’s BBQ chips and now stocks only Ms. Vickie’s Salt and Vinegar style crisps. But after purchasing a bag, I have to say; this switch has me reorganizing my favorite flavor chip line-up. Ms. Vickie’s Salt and Vinegar chips are a simple but elegant taste bud revelation. The satisfying saltiness is perfectly balanced with the bright acidic punch of vinegar. They are unexpectedly delicious.

All this chip eating got me thinking…..Because potatoes, salt and vinegar taste so great in chip form, why not shake things up and try the combo for a dinner worthy side dish? To make things easy and clean-up friendly, I placed new potatoes, garlic, herbs, olive oil, and a generous splash of apple cider vinegar in a parchment packet. After 45 undisturbed minutes in a 400 degree oven, I opened the packet to find perfectly cooked potatoes waiting for a final assertive splash of vinegar and a generous sprinkling of fresh herbs.

The dish is perfect to serve alongside your favorite roast or grilled chicken, but if you want to keep that potato chip vibe going, serve it as I did, straight from the open parchment bag with a creamy yogurt dill dip on the side. You could even serve them as an upscale nosh for a casual finger food party.

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 fills 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

Petite Feast Virtual Dinner Party

1 # small new potatoes, washed
3 T olive oil
2 t kosher salt
2 t freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed but left whole
3 T apple cider vinegar – you can use white wine vinegar for a more pronounced vinegar flavor
2 T chopped parsley, dill or thyme
Flaky sea salt and sprinkling of additional vinegar for serving
Optional: Yogurt dill dip for serving. ( Combine ½ C Greek yogurt, 2 T mayonnaise, 2 t fresh lemon juice and 1 t lemon zest, 3 T minced fresh dill in a bowl and whisk to combine)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Whisk vinegar and oil in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic and washed new potatoes. Toss gently to coat.
Place a large sheet of parchment on your counter and fold in half and then place on a rimmed baking sheet. Open the parchment like the pages of a book. Place potatoes on the bottom ‘page.’ Top with herb sprigs and then crimp the edges of the parchment to completely seal the packet. Place in preheated oven and roast for 40-45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Carefully open the packet and sprinkle with additional vinegar, chopped herbs and flaky sea salt to taste.
Potatoes may be served directly from the parchment packet or placed in a serving bowl. Passing yogurt dill sauce separately, if desired.
Serves 2-4

Trips and Trail May 2022

Trips and Trails

Monday, May 23, 2022

Going to the oldest ghost town in Utah – Old Iron Town west of Cedar City

Meet and the Kayenta Design Center at 10 am.

Bring a lunch • No dirt road • Half day trip.

For details call Charles Dilllier at 435-656-1956

Coyote Tales

Coyote Tales

Silver Linings

Coyote Tales has become a much-anticipated part of the community arts culture scene, and the most recent event, held April 30th at Ivins City Park, did not disappoint. Nine storytellers captivated the audience with lively, funny, and touching narratives based on the theme, Silver Linings.

Saturday’s event was a welcome start to our 2022 storytelling season. While picnicking and basking in Red Mountain’s beauty, audience members were treated to experienced and novice tellers fearlessly sharing some of their lives’ most meaningful events. Many thanks go to Sara Nash and Ivins City Parks and Recreation for transforming the park into our theater.

The evening began with a pre-show BYOP (bring your own picnic) and bluegrass music provided by Joe and Paula Ferario of Stillhouse Road. Once the stories began, the audience was transfixed by each teller’s unique and authentic performance. Five local tellers were joined on stage by visiting storytellers, Jesse Parent, Todd Petersen, and Jeffrey Owens. But it was local author and storyteller Lyman Hafen’s telling of the first time he remembered seeing the towering cliffs of Zion as a boy that masterfully demonstrated why he is one of southern Utah’s favorite sons. His tender remembrance of his father’s fingers under his chin, gently raising his eyes to admire the cliffs of Zion had many audience members (myself included) tearing up.

The evening’s stories brought together a diverse audience made up of individuals from a broad cross-section of Ivins’ residents. We were as one as we listened to each storyteller’s unique voice. It is our hope that each event will foster community spirit through the telling of these well-crafted tales. Our stage is a no-pressure arena to celebrate our diversity, our community and our experiences. By sharing our stories, Coyote Tales believes we – as a community – become more connected and involved. 

Coyote Tales is planning a June event (exact date and location TBD) and we are delighted to say that we will be on stage Saturday, September 10th as part of Ivins City’s Heritage Days Festival. We have some amazing tellers lined up, but there is room on the stage for you too.

For more information on Coyote Tales, to hear audio of previous events or to see future dates and themes for upcoming events, please check out our website 


Everyone has a story – Victoria

Coyote Tales events are sponsored by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties & Desert Dweller Realty. All proceeds from previous live events have been donated to local nonprofits.
Thanks to our event photographer George Kalantzes @

Xetava Gardens Cafe

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30am – 5pm


Thursday 11:30 – 8pm

Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 8pm

Sun 9am – 8pm (Brunch served 9-12)


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

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

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

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

Check our website for pricing and hours.

(435) 225-0295 •

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old—we grow old because we stop exercising.”
Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) 

Pickleball is one of the fast-growing sports in the US.

It helps us stay fit; allows us to meet and make friends in our community and – most importantly – have fun!

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

Mondays-Women’s League,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – Mixed drop-in play.
Currently, there are 30 active players in this thriving group of Kayenta residents.

Players are welcome to set up their own matches, do drills and use the courts freely outside of those designated times.

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

Kayenta PIckleball Group Members

About Me

I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years and instructing yoga classes for 15 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  I have certifications in Slow-Flow Vinyasa, Alignment-based Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga.

I look forward to seeing you on your mat!

Karen Kushner

Mindful Vinyasa Flow and Yin/Stretch

Beginning March 15th I will be offering 2 weekly yoga classes
from my small home studio in Kayenta

Your first class is free!  Thereafter, each class is $15.

Limit is 6 students per class on a first-come, first-served basis due to the small size of my studio.

Mindful Vinyasa Flow Tuesdays  9:30 – 10:30am

While this class is slower-paced, it is sequenced around a peak pose and is not a beginner class.  Expect lots of up and down movement as we flow through chaturangas (yoga pushups), balance work, and core strengthening. This class is designed to cultivate more mindfulness, which in turn calms the nervous system and opens the body.

Yin/Deep Stretch Thursdays  9:30 – 10:30am

Yin/Stretch is an all-levels, floor-based class that holds many different stretches with the aim of increasing or maintaining our range of motion, enabling us to move through life with grace and ease.  Yin class balances the Yang, or muscular, activity in our lives (such as running, biking, hiking, tennis), and helps counter our habitual postural tendencies. This class also cultivates an inner awareness and mindfulness.

How to Sign Up:
To sign up for class, please reply to with the date(s) you would like to attend.

A confirmation email will be sent to you prior to class.
(If class size of 6 is full, you will receive an email placing your name on a waitlist.)

What to know before you come:

• Please bring a yoga mat, a yoga strap (a necktie or long belt can substitute), and a yoga blanket (or a thick towel).   Yoga blocks are useful if you have them!

• Enter the studio through the garage.  The studio will be open 10 minutes prior to class.  Classes begin promptly at 9:30am

• Payment:  $15 cash or Venmo @yogakaren  (your first class is free)

Elevate Fitness

Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering group fitness classes, and private, semi-private, and group training workouts.

Class sizes are limited due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant. Participants MUST be vaccinated. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular. For more information please visit our website.

Elevate Studio’s Class offerings!

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

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

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

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

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

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

$15~ Peppermint Foot Reflexology 

$15~Wild Child hair and scalp treatment

$15~CBD infused spot treatment

$20~Age Defying facial mask

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

Namaste, Aly Hansen


For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743 •

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

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga Classes
resume February 3rd 2022.

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

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.


Javier’s Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

Call or text for an appointment:

“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

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 

What is INKAS’ history?

While INKAS was incorporated in November 2010, our roots run far deeper.  In 2003 two of our founders, Connie Butterfield and Lesley Mendenhall, collaborated with Ivins City officials to introduce the no-kill philosophy to the Ivins City Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.  In 2006 the Ivins Shelter became the first municipality in Utah to adopt the no-kill philosophy by city ordinance.

Today INKAS continues to maintain a presence at community events and we use all available media to be vocal and visible advocates for animals in need.  We continue to gain increased community support and our generous donors are growing in size.  INKAS annual yard sale remains one of our most popular and highly attended fundraisers.

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


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

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

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

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Nathan Dupre & Kathi Fox

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

Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle
Advocates: Emily Evans

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



Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

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

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

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

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

Infinity Rehab at Home

Infinity Rehab at Home


Marijke Onsrud, Physical Therapist

What is Infinity Rehab at Home?

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

How does it work?

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

About Marijke

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

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

For Reservations or Pricing call:

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

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta

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

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

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.

Services Include:

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

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

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

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

kayenta landscape committeeKayenta Landscaping Committee

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

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

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

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email:

The Kayenta Concept

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

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

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

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

May 9 & 23

Dumpster Dates

May 7 & 21

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

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

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

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

Kayenta Weavers

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

For information contact Katie at:

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

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

*Tahri Marpo Ling Tibetan Buddhist Sangha

Weekly Meditation Practices:  OPEN TO ALL

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

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

Tuesday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

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

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

for Zoom instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

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

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



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