Cottonwood Canyon Narrows

Cannonville, Utah 84718

Cottonwood Canyon Narrows

Cottonwood Canyon Narrows Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cottonwood Creek, an often-dry stream course, has, over the ages, carved a long, deep, and winding canyon through the steeply tilted rock beds of The Cockscomb, ranging from the shadowed confines of narrow slots to a broad open wash.

This fine short hike leads through the final narrow gorge of Cottonwood Creek before the canyon opens up and begins its long, straight journey to the confluence with the Paria River. The hike leads through the most easily accessible section of narrows along Cottonwood Creek, offering a rewarding scenic diversion for anyone taking a drive down remote Cottonwood Canyon Road."

Cottonwood Canyon Narrows Trip Reports

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Easy level hike. While this hike is nowhere as dramatic as some of the slot canyons in the area it still is worth spending a couple of hours exploring its colorful confines and enjoy the shaded relief the canyon offers. I recommend walking back along the Cottonwood Road to your car as this particular stretch of road offers some of the most colorful and scenic views in Cottonwood Canyon.
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This is a nice hike if you're new to hiking narrows or if you have children with you. The entrance into the canyon is right along Cottonwood Road where you park and you simply walk down into the canyon. You turn left and head down the canyon which will eventually bring you back to Cottonwood Road. From there, you can walk back up the road to your car or return back through the canyon. You can also go to your right when you first enter the canyon and head up the canyon for a short way where the walls are much narrower and more interesting. You eventually come to an area that is blocked by boulders at which point you will need to return the way you came. I would highly recommend doing this first and then heading south in the canyon. The canyon walls are not nearly as close together as many of the other narrows or slot canyons in the area, but it is pretty back there and is a nice shorter hike. If you do this hike, be sure and take a few extra minutes when you're finished and check out Grosvenor Arch. You can find it by driving just a few miles north of Cottonwood Canyon Narrows. There is a sign for Grosvenor Arch at a dirt road on the east side of Cottonwood Road. It's an impressive double arch that you can see from the parking area or stroll up a sidewalk to get a closer look, and is worth the very short side trip.
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2 hours
Apr through early June; Sept through Oct
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