Cottonwood Wash Trail

Blanding, Utah

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This trail commences at the junction of FR 106 and FR 095, near the west end of Southeast #39: Blue Mountains Road, and it heads south through pine forest toward Blanding. It winds through forest before descending to join Cottonwood Wash. There is a section of shelf road, but it is wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass fairly easily. The trail surface is good in dry weather, but should not be attempted in wet weather as it would be very hard for even good mud tires to get an adequate grip. Special Attractions: Scenic descent from the Manti-La Sal National Forest to Cottonwood Wash; Can be combined with a choice of other forest roads to make a loop drive. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Utah

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Backcountry Adventures: Utah

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This trail commences at the junction of FR 106 and FR 095, near the west end of Southeast #39: Blue Mountains Road, and it heads south through pine forest toward Blanding. It winds through forest before descending to join Cottonwood Wash. There is a section of shelf road, but it is wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass fairly easily. The trail surface is good in dry weather, but should not be attempted in wet weather as it would be very hard for even good mud tires to get an adequate grip.

Special Attractions: Scenic descent from the Manti-La Sal National Forest to Cottonwood Wash; Can be combined with a choice of other forest roads to make a loop drive. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 24.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,800 feet
Local Contacts: Manti-La Sal National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chippean Rocks, Cream Pots, Mancos Jim Butte, Black Mesa Butte, Blanding
Driving Directions: Directions to Cottonwood Wash Trail

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