South Cottonwood Road

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South Cottonwood Creek follows its colorful namesake up into the ruggedly handsome Abajo Mountains. The first 8 miles of the trail are quite scenic as it crosses back and forth over Cottonwood Creek, but they are also largely on land owned by the Ute Nation and are generally marked with No Trespass... Read More
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Highlights of South Cottonwood Road

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Overland Category Icon Overland
Sand Category Icon Sand
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Highest Elevation
7696 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
182
Nearest Town
Blanding
Nearest Services
Blanding
Management Agency
Manti-La Sal National Forest
District
Monticello Ranger District

Overview

South Cottonwood Creek follows its colorful namesake up into the ruggedly handsome Abajo Mountains. The first 8 miles of the trail are quite scenic as it crosses back and forth over Cottonwood Creek, but they are also largely on land owned by the Ute Nation and are generally marked with No Trespassing signs. The upper stretch of the trail enters the Manti-L Sal National Forest. As you'd imagine by the name, Cottonwood Creek is lined with majestic cottonwood trees that turn magnificent gold in the Fall. With a backdrop of white sandstone cliffs, the drive along the little creek is a comforting symphony for your senses. At higher elevations, the cottonwoods give way to pines, a few aspens, and big tooth maples whose leaves turn fire-red each Fall. With the wind in the pines and shy deer peeking out from the shadows, the upper stretches of South Cottonwood Creek are amazingly relaxing.

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14 Waypoints
44 Trail Photos
1 Trail Concerns
2 Community Reviews
1 Video
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