A Frac Sand Mine 10 miles from Zion National Park Is Threatening Kanab’s Future

Kanab is a rural town in Southern Utah known for its Western heritage and the filming location for many Western movies. It is also the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Tourists from all over the world visit Kanab.

Red Knoll is located a few miles north of Kanab on scenic Heritage Highway 89. This is an iconic Southwestern landscape with red sand dunes, towering red and white cliffs, and relic ponderosa groves.

Keep Kanab Unspoiled is a local grassroots organization dedicated to saving Kanab and its magnificent landscape from being spoiled by an industrial frac sand project that will destroy our community, our economy, and the beautiful lands.

The Southern Red Sands’ Industrial Frac Sand Mine Facility

Mining Claim at Red Knoll

Southern Red Sands LLC, an affiliate of the Gardner Company, is making plans to build a large frac sand mine and processing facility in the beautiful Red Knoll sand hills, just 10 miles from Zion National Park. This area is located on Utah’s Heritage Highway 89. It is the gateway to Kanab, a small tourist town in Southwest Utah that is situated between the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks, and the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Southern Red Sands plans to mine the sand hills down to the bare rock and holds mining claims to over 11,000 acres of unspoiled BLM land.

The Risks Posed by This Industrial Frac Sand Facility Are:

From bottom right, a conveyor carries sand from the crushing area to a wash plant tower to be washed and sorted by grain size at the Preferred Sands plant in Blair, Wis., on June 20, 2012. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
  • Devastation of an iconic Southwestern landscape and recreation area and wilderness quality lands.
  • Damage to Kanab’s tourism economy
  • Depletion of Kanab’s water aquifer
  • Destruction of Native American sites and artifacts

We Need Your Help

Please help us to save the Red Knoll sand hills and stop Southern Red Sands’ industrial frac sand project. We ask you to: