Cottonwood Canyon Road Professional Review and Guide
"Cottonwood Canyon Road is a backcountry byway, one of the dirt roads that slant down through the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Unlike most of the other roads that cross the monument on the plateaus, this one runs alongside Cottonwood Wash for most of its length, traveling through the very scenic Cottonwood Canyon. Special Attractions: Kodachrome Basin State Park; Grosvenor Arch—a natural double arch; Butler Valley and Cottonwood Canyon Narrows; Views of the Paria River.
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."