Cottonwood Canyon Road is a 61.6 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cannonville, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length61.6 kmElevation gain868 mRoute typePoint to point
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Do not attempt this trail is there is rain in the forecast or if it has recently rained as parts of it are extremely slippery when wet!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 22, 2022
OHV/Off-road driving

I wouldn’t call this a trail but drove the road in a SUV with no problems, road was hard packed and very little “washboard” sections. There look to be several great trailheads along the road that I’d love to go back and explore. Very little traffic and Grosvener Arch is beautiful. Glad I took the long way from Kanab to Escalante!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 28, 2021

Loved the drive, but the middle third was extremely muddy. I was able to make it by keeping my speed up and accelerating gently. We did pass a pickup truck that had slid off the road and needed help getting back

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2021
OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

We drive from Cannondale to Hwy 86, stopping at Gosvenor Arch. Really enjoyed the ride in our jeep, no trouble at all. Only passed a few cars. Picnic tables at the arch parking area.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 2, 2021
OHV/Off-road driving

What a blast! We headed over to Grosvernor Arch for a picnic then went on down the road to Cottonwood Narrows. We headed in from the south entrance did the whole trail and back to the car. Nice afternoon hike and drive.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 2, 2021
Scenic drivingGreat!

Definitely worth it !! 4x4 not necessary but definitely helped. Road was in good condition. A highlight of our trip

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 24, 2021
OHV/Off-road drivingBugs

Really special drive. You must stop at the double arches. Fun pass through to do Bryce next.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 9, 2021

Did the full road from Canonville to the 89 in a modified jeep wrangler, then all the way back to Canonville. The northern leg of the road was the "best". Great views of rock formations, cliffs, etc. Long steap climbs up around mountains. Several turnouts for hiking or side road adventures. The southern half, 10-15 miles north of the 89, I would skip. Road is super rough from all the traffic, the views and landscape are farely flat, rolling hills.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 3, 2021
OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Incredible road, lightly trafficked on a Saturday afternoon. We went from Highway 89 to Grosvenor Arch. We have a stock Subaru Outback and it handled the road with ease. The views are gobsmackingly stunning. Vermillon cliffs, hodos, a slot canyon, epic vistas....the list goes on. We saw a few 2WD sedans out there, which likely struggled on some of the inclines. There’s a few washboard sections that will give your vehicle a rough rumble. Also watch out for cows and bulls - they are on the road. Seriously, this drive was the best moment of our vacation!

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Scenic driving

The rock formations to see were very cool. And the road was alright. but me personally it was not all that great. I did like the hikes that this road lead to tho

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 1, 2021
Scenic drivingGreat!

Fantastic drive through beautiful, rugged landscapes. The road was dry and well maintained (3/31/2021). We stopped at Toadstools on the way in from Kanab, then at Cottonwood Canyon Narrows, and Grosvenor Arch. It took us almost six hours one way, stopping for a picnic lunch and three short hikes. Highly recommend it. As others have said, it is doable without AWD when it’s dry, but high clearance is advisable.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 23, 2021
HikingGreat!

Fantastic drive in dry weather. I would not attempt if it were wet. Road is well graded and nothing scary. Lots of places to stop and look or hike. Could easily spend a day or three here. Only one this time, will take three next time

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 8, 2021
OHV/Off-road driving

3/8 road is dry, 2wd very doable. Check road conditions at visitor center in cannonville

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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Great drive with many hikes and slot canyons. The road is in great shape

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 11, 2021
WalkingGreat!

Cottonwood Canyon Road is one of the most beautiful drives in the United States. And it is the gateway to some of the most amazing hikes through geologic wonderland in the world. Cottonwood Canyon Road itself is definitely not a hiking trail, unless you're up for about a 50-mile hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 15, 2021
Scenic driving

Standard dirt road, no need for 4wd. A nice alternative to get from Bryce to Lake Powell instead of the highway, and you can stop at the arch and narrows along the way.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 1, 2020
OHV/Off-road driving

Very beautiful road, shouldn’t be a problem in a dry weather for any car

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 26, 2020
Scenic drivingGreat!Off trail

Beautiful drive in the Fall. Road is not challenging in dry weather. Saw a few 2 wheel drive sedans go by. Great shortcut.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 14, 2020
OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Awesome scenic off road trail. Easy drive for all levels.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 12, 2020
OHV/Off-road driving

All dirt and gravel road, never needed 4 wheel drive but lots of washboard. The stop at cottonwood narrows north made it worth it

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 20, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful road to drive down in dry conditions. We also hiked through the Cottonwood Canyon Narrows trail - not listed on AllTrails but there’s signs for it on the road - starting from the Southern end. As a hike, it’s not that cool if you’ve done other canyon hiking in Utah. However, we’re also birdwatchers, and we saw three new species for us and a Black-chinned Hummingbird nest.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 1, 2020
Scenic driving

Beauty. We did about half of it back and forth to Cannonville. Prettier on the way back, from south to north. Easy drive with no mud and recently groomed road. Stopped at Kodackcrome and the arch, both are cool visits.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 19, 2020
HikingMuddySnowWashed out

Kanab to Bryce, even in the Jeep it was a bit scary. VERY muddy, sharp corners on hillsides, seriously thought we were going to slide right off the cliff. Saw 2 other vehicles on this road pulled off to the side because they couldn't get enough traction to keep going. Would not recommend doing this in snowy/wet conditions. Canyon was beautiful. So many colors!

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OHV/Off-road drivingMuddySnow

Drove this road north to south in the morning while all the mud was still frozen - not sure if it would have been passable once the mud was melted as there are some steep hills and lots of ruts (don't even try it in a sedan). Didn't see another vehicle the whole way. Stopped at Grosvenor Arch and Cottonwood Narrows. Still plenty of ice / snow on northern sections.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 16, 2019

It was a fun road we started in Kanab we went to Bryce Canyon. we loved going to the arch. it was an easy walk and the kids loved it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 20, 2018

Absolutely a beautiful drive from our visit to Bryce back to Kanab. The Grosvenor Arch is worth a stop. The road quite challenging at times but our suv made it through. Would have liked to stop at some hikes along the way but we were too tired after a long day at Bryce and just enjoyed scenery in late afternoon sun and with curious cows. Not many cars on the trail so able to go really slow.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 20, 2017
OHV/Off-road driving

Fantastic dirt road. Didnt see too many people on it. Definitely go see the arch and hike the narrows while youre there.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 4, 2017

great but NOT WHEN WET

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 6, 2017
Scenic driving

Beautiful

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 11, 2013
OHV/Off-road driving

I drove this trail from north to south. It is a very scenic drive! Don't miss the Grosvenor Arch near the north end. You should inquire locally about road conditions, as there are a couple of places that get very muddy after a rain.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 1, 2010
First to Review

Easy driving. Plan on a full day to appreciate this great drive. The far-stretching views are awesome. Grosvenor Arch and the short Cottonwood Narrows hike are must-do diversions. Vivid colors and stunning rock forms greet you at every turn. Unfortunately we didn't have too much time to explore other attractions along the way because of the threat of rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during monsoon season.

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