Even after the Indian farm was abandoned by federal officials, the Pahvants at Corn Creek continued to farm. Surrounding Mormon settlers gave them some assistance. And although Kanosh was involved in the negotiations of the 1865 Spanish Fork treaty in which Utes agreed to move to the Uinta Basin, Kanosh and his group continued at Corn Creek until a grasshopper invasion in 1868 destroyed most of their crops. However, Kanosh and his people did not always remain in the Uinta Basin; they returned often to Corn Creek to farm, forage, and beg from Mormon settlers.
In 1872 hundreds of Utes including Kanosh and his followers gathered in the Sanpete area. Kanosh also attended a council at Springville and joined in the complaints to federal officials and Mormon Church leaders about conditions at the Uinta reservation. That fall federal officials sent a group of Ute leaders to Washington, D.C., to negotiation peace and further land cessions in Colorado. Kanosh went and promised President U.S. Grant to remain on the reservation in return for supplies and stock. During that trip John Wesley Powell described Kanosh as a man of "ability" and "influence."