Cottonwood Canyon

Lovell, Wyoming 82431

Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The gap that is Cottonwood Canyon is visible from the west as you approach the Bighorn Mountains from the Bighorn Basin. The transition from desert badlands to mountain forests can be experienced on this steep hike.

This deep and narrow canyon is a bit of a unique hike for the Bighorn Mountains. It provides a lesson in elevation as it climbs up from the desert basin to the forested slopes of the mountains. Cottonwood Creek is a mere trickle of water for much of the year, although it gains volume during spring runoff and following major rains."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours
BLM Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn St., Cody, WY 82414, (307) 578-5900,;eld_ offices/Cody.html
Local Contacts
USDA Forest Service Bighorn National Forest, USGS Cottonwood Canyon
Local Maps

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Dec 2018