Where? : Cottonwood Road (#400) is a scenic 40-mile dirt road in Kane County, Utah. The north-south direction road connects U.S. Route 89 to South Kodachrome Road (near the town of Cannonville on hwy 12) at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
What? : This well maintained all-vehicle dirt road (when it is not wet) that cut through Grand Staircase-Escalante and pass along the major Cockscomb mountain fold in this harsh remote desert land.
There are few attractions to visit along the road and it is interesting way to cross from hwy 89 to hwy 12 north or south. You can drive it in 3 hr without a stop but plan for a day trip stopping at some of the nice canyon and arches attractions along the way.
When? : All year, when it dry it is good condition to all-vehicles, not recommended when it is wet or after heavy rain.
Due note 1: The road is well maintained and without many bumps but after rain it become muddy and not doable in some places, so it is not recommended to do this drive when it is not dry (consult at BLM Kanab offices).
Due note 2: Bring enough fuel and water for the ride.
Due note 3: Highly recommend camping for the night (before or after the ride) at Kodachrome State Park.
My thoughts: Instead of taking the long main road loop from Kanab to Bryce this is another option to combine day drive + some nice hikes at canyons. If you are going north bound it is highly recommend spending the night at Kodachrome State Park just at the end of the road trail.
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