Trail Riding, Running, Walking in Spectacular Southern Utah

Horseback riding southern Utah

A group of my best girlfriends came to Kanab for a few days a couple of weeks ago. So fun hanging out with the girls at out Western Star Bungalow, putting in a few hikes and generally hanging out in the sun!
One of our nicest afternoons was hiking the Cottonwood Trail. Just 5 min. from the house, it really felt like we were in the outback.
There is a really nice picnic spot with stone table and benches in the NorthWest corner of the parking area.

ACE – American Conservation Experience has been working in partnership with Kanab, BLM Field Office (Bureau of Land Management). The planning, design, and approval of the Cottonwood Trail has been in the works for nearly 18 years and has culminated this past year with ACE constructing 3.5 miles of brand new trail.

Come explore southern Utah’s high desert spectacular washes and ravines,
vertical cliffs, beautiful colors and plant life.

Kanab Cottonwood trail building

Directions to Trailhead (Distance to trailhead: 3.8 miles)
Starting at the center of town, at the stoplight at Center and Main Street, go east on Hwy 89 then continue south
on 89A (toward Fredonia). Turn right on
Kanab Creek Drive. Go about 2 miles, then 
turn right (West) on Stanfield Dr. The trailhead 
is up the hill and at the end of Stanfield Rd.

Description of Trail
The trailhead parking area is large (holding several horse
 trailers) and below the concrete water storage tank.
A scenic picnic area and fire pit is accessed on the north end of the parking area. This trail offers beautiful panorama views in all directions. The trail is an easy to moderate hike and ideal for horseback rides. The trail crosses several ravines and washes and you can ride as far as you want Return to the trailhead using the same trail.

Length (round trip): – 6 miles / 9.7 km
Hike Time (round trip): – About 4 hours
Start Elevation: – 5040 ft / 1536 m
Top Elevation: – 5190 ft / 1582 m
Elevation Gain: – 150 ft / 46 m
Trailhead – Coordinates (lat/lon): – N 37° 03’ 34.9” W 112° 30’ 25.2”
Point of Interest: – Remote beauty and picnic area.
Family Friendly: – Yes
Dog Friendly – Yes
Equestrian Friendly: – Yes
Trailhead Restrooms: – No


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