Cottonwood Trail Hike – Then On the Road North

Kanab, UT

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.

Good-bye Kanab Creek Bakery

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.

Heading north on I-15

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.

The view from our window

Deep snow covers the peaks east of Provo

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 . . .

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31 Responses to Cottonwood Trail Hike – Then On the Road North

  1. exploRVistas says:

    Wow…that is an amazing snowpack! This has been quite the year, John and Pam!

  2. Richard Savage says:

    Still enjoying all your hikes. While in Provo you were about a mile from my house. You were also near some fun hike in the area. Next time look into some those hikes.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Richard! Glad to have you along. This stop was a last minute pick since we had to change plans with the wet weather. There is a lot of hiking in your area and last time we stopped we took advantage of a couple hikes.

  3. Your posts are some of my favorites. Beautiful captures of the area.

  4. Ingrid says:

    Love that header photo! Talk about a crazy weather month. Fortunately, Phoenix has seen temps 20 degrees below normal for this time of year which has worked great for us, but we’ll be hitting the road soon and hoping the weather settles soon.

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Ingrid! The weather has been crazy wet and cool. Even back in Boulder City it is much cooler and wetter than normal. It’s great for you to have cool weather in May for a change.

  5. Jeff Pierce says:

    The mountains covered in snow look perfect under the blue sky. The Sierra has received enough snow that Mammoth wants to keep the ski slopes open into August. Lots of snow this year

    • placestheygo says:

      We were lucky to have a few beautiful breaks in the clouds as we moved north, Jeff, so the snowy mountains really lit up. I heard that Mammoth was staying open in to the summer. No hiking at the higher elevations for a long time.

  6. The weather is crazy this May, making great photos.

  7. Jim and Barb says:

    Having spent a little time in Salt Lake we know that state park pretty well but I cannot believe you let a little cold and snow scare you away from Bryce! To be honest we have yet to be there for the same reason, every time we were in that area there was way too much snow!

    • placestheygo says:

      We weren’t too disappointed about missing Bryce, Jim. We’ve been there three times prior and got snowed on twice. I know what the clay trails are like after all the snow and rain, not fun! Hope you get there one day on a sunny, dry day. They do exist!

  8. Too bad about Bryce…it’s our favourite park visited to date. Safe travels!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Steve and Dianne! We have had the opportunity to hike Bryce twice on prior visits so we weren’t too disappointed. We’ll be back again I’m sure. It is a special place.

  9. Jodee Gravel says:

    I’m so glad to see there’s now a decent park in Kanab!! That was the one thing we didn’t like about our stay there, so we’ll definitely be back now. Bummer you missed Bryce this time, but it’ll still be there when you come back. You’re getting such a beautiful show with all those snow covered mountains in late May!

    • placestheygo says:

      We were pleased to see a more wide open park with a wide road in Kanab. The other parks have some charm but are so tight for the larger rigs. We were okay with missing Bryce since we’ve visited prior but it is a fun place return to. Yes, the late spring has given us beautiful mountains everywhere. But enough of the wet weather.

  10. Nancy says:

    That Header photo is SPECTACULAR! Weather has been crazy everywhere… but I’m sorry Bryce didn’t workout for you guys. But look at those snow covered mountains! Gorgeous!

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Enjoy!

  11. Well, it’s a good thing snow is so pretty, cuz it sure has been a royal pain in the backside this Spring. Looks like you found another great hike in Kanab. The photos with you all in them are really helpful. It’s hard to understand the scale of these rock formations, walls, and mountains without someone in them. Your photos do an excellent job communicating how impressive these places are.

    Anyway, I hope for all of our sakes, the weather starts seriously improving. Safe travels!

    • placestheygo says:

      You are so right, Laura! It IS a good thing the snow is so beautiful but we have had enough now. We are ready for something different. It hasn’t been much better for you in the east. Enjoy your time back in the east. Be safe!!

  12. This has been one weird weather spring all over the west! Hopefully things will dry up enough soon that you can enjoy some more hiking!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s a good thing that the west dries out so quickly because there has been so much rain and snow. We really do need the water so it’s tough to be upset with it.

  13. Gaty says:

    Thanks for the heads on J&J RV Park as Kanab has been on the list for sometime. A perfect hike to end your stay…gorgeous colors ! Cant wait to see what you find to do in Lander. It is a possible stop for us this summer.

    • placestheygo says:

      J&J RV Park is nice addition to Kanab since the other parks are rather old and made for shorter rigs. Kanab has so much to offer. We only touched the surface for all the hiking available. If the rain ever stops, we might be able to get out in Lander.

  14. geogypsy2u says:

    At least the Kanab area offers plenty of options, including the bakery. Snow is almost all melted finally and now we have rain at Bryce. Nice to hear there’s a new RV park in Kanab.

    • placestheygo says:

      We had no problem extending our stay in Kanab. I’m just sorry it rained our last two days and we didn’t get to hike more. But we’ll be back! The new RV park is a much needed addition to the town with a wide road and long level sites.

  15. Laurel says:

    That Cottonwood Hike is gorgeous! And the campground looks great.
    The weather has been so challenging this winter and spring for our friends out west. Glad you could be flexible and avoid the worst of it. The snow is really beautiful—at a distance, LOL.

    • placestheygo says:

      I agree that the snow is beautiful from a distance…haha! Luckily, we were able to easily change our plans and only cancel a park we’ve visited several times so all worked out.

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