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Cottonwood Canyon

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Geological Attractions

A drive through Cottonwood Canyon reveals a shifting landscape of open wilderness, rock formations, and rugged canyon. The unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road, which winds through the canyon along Cottonwood Wash for most of the way, cuts a path through this remote region of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Traveling south on Cottonwood Canyon Road, past Kodachrome Basin State Park, leads to Cottonwood Wash Narrows. This slot canyon is an easy-to-moderate hike, following along the Cockscomb ridge and enclosed by tall Navajo sandstone cliffs. 

To get to Cottonwood Canyon Road from Kanab, travel about 32 miles east toward Page on US89 then turn north (left) at the signpost between mile markers 17 and 18. Drive 25.5 miles north on Cottonwood Road from US89 and the unmarked trailhead is on the west (left) side of the road, about 3.5 miles before the turnoff for Grosvenor Arch

Travelers should check with the visitor center prior to heading out, as wet conditions can make Cottonwood Canyon Road impassable. Grand Staircase Visitor Center phone number is (435) 644-1300. 

If you click on the map tab and click "get directions" from Kanab, it will take you the long way heading north on 89 rather than heading east from Kanab toward Page. The route is shorter going toward Page and then turning left on Cottonwood Road as mentioned above. 

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