The Cottonwood Wash is positioned in the heart of the San Rafael Swell, which provides two arches and quite a few petroglyphs to view. It is a quite simple hike, as the canyon is flat. The hardest aspect is walking up a 100 ft section of trail major to the petroglyphs. That getting stated, this is a terrific canyon to discover with youngsters. The most effective time to check out is early Spring and late Fall when the day time temps remain beneath 70F – in October the Cottonwoods had been bursting in yellow!
Bring plenty of water year-round, as you and the dogs can nonetheless get dehydrated and thirsty. The hardest aspect about exploring this location? The drive down the Cottonwood Wash Road. It is an eight mile drive down a “Jeep Road” that will take you close to an hour to attain the actual trailhead, due to how slow you will want to drive along the road. This road is NOT appropriate for smaller vehicles – make positive you only take SUVs or bigger and with some clearance.
Browsing for petroglyphs is entertaining – but please never touch! These are quite fragile pieces left from ancient Indians that have lasted more than 800 years. Let’s retain our history alive!
Distance: two miles RT
Elevation obtain: 250 ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes!
Make positive you turn down this route for Cottonwood Wash Road (not the extra Eastern route). Reset your odometer.
At two.three miles pass Huge Hole Wash.
Go by way of the gate, creating positive to close it immediately after.
At eight.three miles turn suitable for Cottonwood Canyon.
Pass 1 extra sign.
At the finish of the road is a massive turn about, fire pit, and the trailhead.
Drop down the wash and start out hiking up the canyon, West.
Truly cool “huecos” in the wall. Huecos are depressions in a wall exactly where the rock layer was weak, and sooner or later collapsed, leaving what appears like holes in a wall.
Stroll up the wash about 500 ft. I’ utilised my 30L LITE Waymark Gear Co pack and it worked terrific for a quick hike! Get 10% off your pack order applying the code “GOAH19” more than at WaymarkGearCo.com
Right after 500 ft or so, hike up what appears like a ramp major to the cliff base.
Right here you will locate quite a few petroglyphs.
Seeking West into the canyon.
Truly cool petroglyphs!
1881 was a large year for Pioneers as they produced their way West.
Do you feel the sheep are getting led, or getting killed for meals?
The dogs had been fairly delighted to locate clean water to cool off in, even although it wasn’t even 60F!
Exploring new terrain with my child.
Can you spot Cottonwood Wash Arch?
At 1st we missed the subsequent set of petroglyphs and kept hiking – this rock formation reminded me of a fortress.
Totally dry wash in October.
Not that hot (55-60F), however the dogs had been thirsty!
We hiked a total of 1 mile down Cottonwood Wash and did not spot something else so we turned about.
On the way back we lastly saw the other set of petroglyphs (not all are pictured).
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