Suspicion of outsiders is still very much alive. In particular, locals are wary of the "dog lovers" who come from around the nation to work at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
Located in a red-rock canyon just outside Kanab, Best Friends is the county's biggest employer. But fifth-generation ranchers don't know quite what to make of the shelter's vegetarian buffets, its bunny rescues and its commitment to saving even the mangiest stray.
"It's a different group," said Truman Lynch, 79, who raised five children in Kanab. "Different standards. Different lifestyles."
The newcomers haven't much changed the look of Kanab. An espresso bar sells veggie burgers and stocks its magazine racks with the New Yorker. "But there are no New Age-y stores. No people walking around in freaky clothes," said Catherine Ives, 65, who moved here from New York City in 1985 and still considers herself an outsider.
To Kanab natives, however, the threat is clear. They've already lost control of their land and their economy. They don't want to lose the core of who they are.