For what turned out to be our last hike in Kanab we headed just south of town to the Cottonwood Trailhead. To get there we drove south on US-89A less than a mile from the traffic light and turned right (west) on Kanab Creek Drive. After two miles we turned right on to Stanfield Drive, which terminates at the trailhead just below a water tower.
The trail begins by going up the road towards the water tower. Just a short distance before the tower follow the trail sign to the left.
The trail is easy to follow with some steep spots and a lot of ups and downs as it crosses several ravines and washes.
The Cottonwood Trail goes west for about four miles before ending. We went two and half miles out before turning around and returning as the wind picked up and the clouds darkened.
We had one more hike planned but two days of rain put an end to that. We had intended to stay in Kanab for a week before continuing north to Bryce Canyon. But heavy snow in Bryce and rain all over southeast Utah forced us to stay put a bit longer than planned. But we did enjoy ourselves the entire time, despite the spells of poor weather.
While in Kanab we stayed at J & J RV Park, a half mile east of the junction of US-89 and US-89A. It is a basic commercial park with a wide paved road and gravel sites. The park is fairly new so all the utilities are excellent. We enjoyed the park and will stay there again if we visit Kanab in the future (a good possibility).
Finally, on Friday the weather cleared sufficiently for us to continue our journey. We were up early and on the road headed north on US-89.
As we said, we had planned a four day stay at Bryce Canyon, but snow and cold caused us to cancel that. We also had an overnight planned at Jordanelle Lake State Park outside Park City, UT. But the weather there had snow in the forecast so we booked a site for one night at Utah Lake State Park in Provo, located at a lower elevation.
We have stayed in this park twice in past travels through the area so we knew they had nice pull over sites that would accommodate us, with great views of the mountains to the east.
In the morning (Saturday) we will head northeast into Wyoming for a week-long visit in Lander, located in the Wind River Mountains. The nimble hiker has been busy researching hikes in the area so we will certainly keep busy.
More on that later . . .