Cottonwood Canyon Narrows -
Grand Staircase Escalante
scenic, non-technical slot canyon suitable for
the whole family. The canyon is located off of
Cottonwood Canyon Road about 25 miles north of
Canyon Road is a 46 mile long
dirt road which connects Highway 89 (west of
Page, AZ) with Highway
12 (at Cannonville, UT) in southern Utah. From
the south, turn north on Cottonwood Canyon Road
and drive 25.5 miles to a point between two
passes next to some conical red & white rocks.
There is a small pull off on the right for
parking (if you have a gps, this point is
located at UTM 425014mE, 4139810mN).
||From the car
park, walk across the road and follow the foot
prints down into the dry wash on the other side
(you may have to do a small down climb to get
into the canyon). The loop hike heads down
canyon to the left, but there are some short
narrows up canyon that you might want to spend
15 minutes checking out. Just head right and
follow the canyon until it widens out again and
return. When ready, walk south down the canyon.
It's easy walking through a deep walled canyon.
There are a few side canyons on the right to
check out, but they all soon end in impassable
dry falls. Eventually, the canyon bends east and
you will wind up back on Cottonwood Canyon Road
at a trail register. Turn left and follow the
road back to your car.
|Rating (1-5 stars):
The author and his wife completed this hike
in a leisurely 1.5 hours.
||Trails Illustrated - Canyons of the Escalante
Exploring the Paria River -
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen
Canyon Region - Ron Adkison
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Typical view in the canyon.
The pointy rocks near the car park.