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Cane Beds, Arizona
Cane Beds Road in 2004
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Cane Beds, Arizona is located in Arizona
Cane Beds, Arizona
Cane Beds, Arizona
Location in Arizona
Cane Beds, Arizona is located in the United States
Cane Beds, Arizona
Cane Beds, Arizona
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Arizona
County Mohave
 • Total 8.29 sq mi (21.46 km2)
 • Land 8.29 sq mi (21.46 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,046 ft (1,538 m)
 • Total 466
 • Density 56.25/sq mi (21.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
FIPS code 04-09900
GNIS feature ID 2582747

Cane Beds is a census-designated place (CDP) that is also a populated place with the same name in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. It lies two miles south of the border with Utah in the Arizona Strip, and is supported by services in Utah as well as some in Nevada.

The population was 466 at the 2020 census. The community is historically Mormon, and presently also includes several families from breakaway Mormon groups. It has a small tourism industry because of nearby scenic hiking trails.


Cane Beds is located at 36°56′03″N 112°54′42″W / 36.93417°N 112.91167°W / 36.93417; -112.91167 (36.934154, -112.911788). According to the United States Geological Survey, the CDP has a total area of 8.28 square miles (21.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 5
1920 42 740.0%
1930 40 −4.8%
1940 36 −10.0%
2010 448
2020 466 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Pre-1940 data from U.S. survey

As of the 2010 census, there were 448 people living in the CDP: 231 male and 217 female. 171 were 19 years old or younger, 78 were ages 20–34, 65 were between the ages of 35 and 49, 66 were between 50 and 64, and the remaining 68 were aged 65 and above. The median age was 29.2 years.

The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.4% White, 2.2% Native American, 0.7% Black or African American, 0.2% from Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races. 2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 142 households in the CDP, 106 family households (74.6%) and 36 non-family households (25.4%), with an average household size of 3.15. Of the family households, there were 84 married couples living together, 13 single fathers, and 9 single mothers. Of the non-family households, 31 were a single person living alone, 16 male and 15 female.

The CDP contained 168 housing units, of which 142 were occupied and 26 were vacant.


It is divided between Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District, in nearby Coconino County, and Colorado City Unified School District, principally serving the former Short Creek Community. For four years in the 2000s, the Colorado City Unified School District was placed under state intervention because of the high rates of polygamy practiced in Colorado City and Hildale, Utah, the other towns in the district. Cane Beds students originally began to be educated in the Short Creek school district as there were only five students from the town, and districts needed eight students to justify a school, so the districts had been merged.



2016-03-20 12 42 21 View east along Arizona State Route 389 near milepost 10.6 in Mohave County, Arizona
State Route 389 near Cane Beds

The nearest airport is Colorado City Municipal Airport; the nearest airport in regular service is St. George Regional Airport in St. George, Utah, approximately an hour away. The nearest international airport is Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.

A two-mile stretch of Yellowstone Road in the Cane Beds area was renamed for LaVoy Finicum in 2017; while residents supported the motion, believing local man Finicum died defending his beliefs, the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Department only passed it 3-2, with the two opposing votes citing Finicum's lawlessness. Those who voted in favor said the move would celebrate the long history of Finicum's family in the area, not his armed activism. Reportedly, Finicum had previously requested that the stretch of road be named for him. It goes from Arizona State Route 389 (SR 389) to Cane Beds.

In 1950, there were efforts in the area to promote improvement of roads and infrastructure, and on March 14 that year a town hall-style meeting was held and an organization formed to better the community of Cane Beds and others nearby. Cane Beds Road is a stretch of county road 91 (former U.S. Route 91), and has a confluence with Interstate 15 (I-15) for about a mile. I-15 connects the town to Utah and Nevada. A railroad used to follow U.S. Route 89/89A where it passes by the town. SR 389 also passes close to Cane Beds.


Cane Beds is supported by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Kane County Sheriff's Office in southern Utah.

Major hospitals serving Cane Beds residents are in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Local medical facilities are at the Creek Valley Health Clinic in Colorado City and Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

The Cox Family Cemetery, also known as the Cane Beds Cemetery, is in the town. The town receives most of its local television from translators of Utah stations serving Hildale, with the exception of one Mohave County-owned translator of KSAZ-TV, the Fox station in Phoenix.

Notable residents

  • Benjamin Bistline, historian
  • LaVoy Finicum, militant
  • Grove Karl Gilbert, during his geologic expedition
  • John D. Lee, pioneer, helped settle the area

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