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Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Rated  Favorite Wish List UT > Southwest
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Distance One Way 47 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,659 feet
Interest Perennial Creek
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2  2018-05-05 AZWanderingBear
4  2018-05-01 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 88
Routes 59
Photos 2,395
Trips 158 map ( 710 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → Early
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:15am - 6:08pm
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Nearby Area Water
Paria River Rimrock Toadstools
Paria River Rimrock Toadstools
1.5 mi away
3.9 mi
500 ft
Paria Canyon
Paria Canyon
2.9 mi away
38.0 mi
Long Canyon - West Clark Bench
4.5 mi away
1.5 mi
94 ft
Middle Route Trailhead to Cobra Arch
Middle Route Trailhead to Cobra Arch
5.8 mi away
6.6 mi
300 ft
Cat Stair Canyon - Car Wash
Cat Stair Canyon - Car Wash
6.7 mi away
0.5 mi
63 ft
Buck Tank Draw to Birthday Arch
Buck Tank Draw to Birthday Arch
7.9 mi away
4.0 mi
454 ft
Wahweap Hoodoos
Wahweap Hoodoos
8.7 mi away
9.2 mi
230 ft
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass
9.0 mi away
4.4 mi
White Pocket
White Pocket
10.7 mi away
1.7 mi
200 ft
Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails
11.0 mi away
12.5 mi
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by Steph_and_Blake

This 47-mile long drive between Kanab and Cannonville, Utah, is one of changing scenery and colors. Roughly paralleling the East Kaibab Monocline (commonly known as the Cockscomb), the drive begins (or ends) about 32 miles east of Kanab on Route 89.

Starting off amid light gray badlands the road takes you down into the Paria River valley. Keep your eyes open for pronghorn (and cows).

After getting into the valley you’ll find yourself driving past white, pink, tan, rusty red, and yellow sandstone and crumbling clay-like formations. Occasionally you’re offered views of distant peaks and ranges. Along the way are several hikes, Grosvenor Arch, and the beautiful Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Most of the road is graded gravel and is passable by most any 2WD vehicle. Note that there are some steep sections, the road is often barely wide enough for two vehicles, and there are many blind turns. So, be aware. Also, it may be impassable when wet. Once into the metropolis of Cannonville the valley widens and you’re back on pavement.

Google Maps will route you on a big C-shaped drive from Kanab to Cannonville when, in fact (given good road conditions) it’s just as fast to drive up Cottonwood Canyon. But then, it’s not about the time or the destination. It’s about the journey.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your scenic drive to support this local community.

2018-05-10 Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To scenic drive
    From the Glen Canyon Dam north of Page, AZ, drive northwest on Highway 89 for 24 miles. Cottonwood Canyon will be on your right and is signed.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on May 10 2018 8:09 am
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