In The Desert
Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
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Cottonwood Canyon road runs South from Kokachrome Basin to Paria, zoom in to see the road.
This is one of our best day trips in the desert out of St. George, Utah. It is also accessible from Kanab, Utah for day trips.
This is a very limited view of a really neat area that needs to be explored further. We left Bryce Canyon and went down Cottonwood Canyon to get back to Kanab. Here's a limited view of what to expect. Fairly nice roads passable in 2 wheel drive vehicles. Check for road conditions!
One of the many canyons you drop down into on the way. There are some really picturesque hiking trails that we heard about after traveling through this area. We did see a few cars left by hikers down near the bottom.
This one particular place had the neatest ---- well I really don't know what it was. Dried white mud or white mud that had hardened into rocks. And all through it were these piles of red dirt. This reminds me of the geology of the area near Babylon and the Stormont Mill. Wonder if there is any silver here?
What causes rocks to form like this? Sharp almost pointed nipples of rock all along this one area. Really interesting, but we're still curious what caused this or how it was formed. This rock on closer inspection had the same cracked look about it as the rock in the photo above.
Then there were areas like this --- so smooth and such a different coloration. I've never seen any rocks with this burnt brown color before. At least not glass smooth like this. We missed Kodachrome Basin, because of time constraints, but you really should stop there. There were so many canyons all the way that we didn't have time to explore, but we will go back!
There are many side roads we did not have time to investigate. Maybe the next time? The Grand Staircase in Escalante is noted for scenic off-road trails. Spend some time there!
Have fun ------
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