Cottonwood Canyon Road
Escalante - Grand Staircase Natl. Monument
Leaving Kodachrome Basin, I decided to take on a small adventure. There are only a few roads that cut across the Escalante - Grand Staircase National Monument, and one of the most useful, and most scenic, is the Cottonwood Canyon Road. The 40 mile dirt path connects Cannonville with US 89.
Signs warn that Cottonwood Canyon Road is "un-maintained". That's not entirely true. While some sections are heavily wash-boarded, most areas are smooth. And during my trip, I saw road crews spreading a fresh layer of gravel.
For the first few miles past the turnoff to Kodachrome Basin, the road is flat and somewhat boring. Even during dry conditions, you will need to drive through at least one small stream, that runs over the road surface. I made it through easily in an economy rental car. But it's important to remember, conditions were very dry during my visit. If it has rained recently before your trip, this road may be impassible (even if you are driving a 4WD vehicle).
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