Area: 3,904 square
miles; population: 5,169 (in 1990); county seat: Kanab; origin of county
name: after Thomas L. Kane, an influential supporter of the Mormons;
principal cities/towns: Kanab (3,289), Orderville (422), Glendale (282);
economy: tourism, services; points of interest: Lake Powell, Coral Pink
Sand Dunes, Kodachrome Basin, Old Paria, Navajo Lake, Hole-in-the Rock.
The high desert
landscape of Kane County belongs to the Colorado Plateau geographical
province. The waters of man-made Lake Powell on the Colorado River form
the county's eastern border, and, with the exception of the Virgin and Sevier rivers, all of the streams in Kane County are part of the Colorado
River system. The northwest corner of the county is forested.
prehistoric Indian dwellers were part of the Anasazi Culture. Archaeologists
have recorded hundreds of sites on Fifty Mile Mountain within the Glen
Canyon National Recreation Area, but few have been excavated because
of their remoteness. Historic Indian groups are primarily Southern Paiute.