Cottonwood Canyon Road

Total Miles
38.7

Elevation

1,991.25 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

Cottonwood Canyon Road is a relatively easy route that serves as a shortcut between Bryce Canyon National Park / Utah SR-12, and Lake Powell / US-89. It follows Cottonwood Canyon and the Paria River, and the canyon is the dividing line for two different sections of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. To the west is the Grand Staircase, and to the east is the Kaiparowits Plateau. The scenery is constantly changing over the course of the road, with expansive views of the canyon and rock formations.

Photos of Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cottonwood Canyon Road
Cottonwood Canyon Road
Cottonwood Canyon Road

Difficulty

While the road surface is easy to contend with, there are large uphill and downhill sections with limited visibility. The presence of cows and other livestock is common on the road, as most of the National Monument is open range. Soft spots on the road are uncommon, but are possible with changing road texture. The road is not recommended in the winter or after rainfall, as the fine silt base of the road can make it extremely treacherous to attempt.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Mickey Denison
Apr 17, 2024
2014 RAM 2500
Open
Dusty
Normal
Washboard
Road dry and dusty. Recently maintained in sections. Heavily wash boarded.
Peter Henry
Mar 04, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Washboard
Daniel Wood
Oct 13, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Washboard
Phil F
Sep 18, 2023
2023 Chevrolet Colorado
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

The northern end of the road is at the intersection with Kodachrome Basin State Park, and the southern end directly connects with the US-89 which leads to Lake Powell.

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