Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cannonville, Utah 84718

Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cottonwood Canyon Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Cottonwood Canyon Road Reviews

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Easy driving. Plan on a full day to appreciate this great drive. The far-stretching views are awesome. Grosvenor Arch and the short Cottonwood Narrows hike are must-do diversions. Vivid colors and stunning rock forms greet you at every turn. Unfortunately we didn't have too much time to explore other attractions along the way because of the threat of rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during monsoon season.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
2.5 hours
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,500 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Henrieville, Slickrock Bench, Butler Valley, Horse Flat, Calico Peak, Fivemile Valley, West Clark Bench, Bridger Point, Panguitch, Escalante, Smoky Mount
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Dec 2018