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Cottonwood Canyon Narrows - Grand Staircase Escalante

Summary: A short, scenic, non-technical slot canyon suitable for the whole family. The canyon is located off of Cottonwood Canyon Road about 25 miles north of Highway 89.
Directions: Cottonwood 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).
Road Conditions: Passenger Car
Navigation: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Date Hiked: May, 2003
Weather Conditions: Nice
Required Skills: None
Hike Description: 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.
Maps: Trails Illustrated - Canyons of the Escalante
Books:  Hiking and Exploring the Paria River - Michael Kelsey
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region - Ron Adkison
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Upper narrows. Typical view in the canyon. The pointy rocks near the car park.