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Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

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Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

Wondering if anyone knows how long (time wise) the trip up Cottonwood Canyon Rd is,from the Big Water area,if you were to drive right through in ideal conditions ? Trying to plan a day trip photographing the area. I know conditions are probably never "ideal",and am aware of the hazards associated with this road. Just trying to plan the day. :)

I will certainly be checking with the BLM before the trip.

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11. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

We never got to see Grosvenor Arch! Please be advised that once you leave the black top road from Tropic you will get on to a dirt track. OK for a short while, this track RAPIDLY DETERIORATES, with damage from flash floods and rain water causing sudden steep gullies that any 2-wheel drive vehicle may have trouble with.

Although the track is graded by earthmovers, I would strongly advise AGAINST attempting this rough road. Even a good 4-wheel drive vehicle will prove to be a very uncomfortable ride.

We turned back after 4 miles, please don't try it by car at all.

Sand Springs Ok
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12. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

We drove this road going north from highway 89, using a Chrysler Town & Country van and had no trouble getting through. The scenery was very impressive and the traffic light. We did it in June 2012 and the weather had been dry for some time, so mud was not a problem. We did stop at the BLM station / museum just to the east of the south entrance and talked with the ranger and also someone who had just come down the road from the north.

If you have the time, this is well worth the time it takes! Just don't try it in a vette!

Salt Lake City, UT
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Interesting that this thread got bumped after a couple of years. The bottom line is that conditions on a road such as Cottonwood Road are highly variable, sometimes fine (if bumpy) for passenger cars with decent clearance, other times impassable to all vehicles. The poster from Scotland might be referencing a different road, however. The pavement doesn't end in Tropic for the Cottonwood Road...it ends south of Cannonville, at a junction where one turns into Kodachrome Basin SP.

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14. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

Surprised this thread is this there....

Wilmslow
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Thanks for the info, was that driving a standard clearance vehicle?

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16. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

We already drove this road 20+ years ago with a Ford Thunderbird. Little did we know then. Guess we were just lucky because the road was dry. Later we did this drive by awd SUV after asking for roadconditions first. Never drive this road when wet and you'll also void your rentalcarcontract.

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This road always has variable conditions. One year, the rangers at the Paria and kanab offices, said it was the smoothest grade job they'd ever seen on the road. No problem in a 2wd. A couple months later there were washed out sections from flash floods. You never know what you may get on the this road. Definitely check with BLM before you drive it. Better safe than sorry.

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Wow, great pics. In stable dry weather, (Early October) is this do-able in a Subaru AWD Outback?

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19. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

Yes, that's doable in dry conditions with a car like that.

Spokane, Washington
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20. Re: Cottonwood Canyon Road - driving time

Thanks. watching the weather at this point. looks interesting. we did the Burr trail several weeks ago with no problem.

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