Explore the most popular trails in The Cockscomb Wilderness Study Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome scenery

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Watch for the cairns high up after 1 hour to spot the dinosaur.

When there’s no threat of rain, it’s safe to drive this road. The last mile or so is closed to traffic. If you want to see the old movie set, you’ll have to walk out there. The trail is not hard. It’s flat, but if there’s water in the river, getting to the set is a challenge. The river runs over clay and deep sand. We didn’t get to cross to the movie set as the river in that area was wide and we aren’t used to traversing these kinds of terrain. So if the road is wet. Don’t drive on it as clay will become wet, making it impossible to drive on.

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
off trail
9 months ago

Get to the end of the road where the monument marker is at highway 89, then begin hiking. You’ll get stunning views in all directions of the majestic, unbelievably real, striped giants that exist out there AND you’ll most like to have the whole valley to yourself. Navi skills recommended. I just followed the river north through the valley until I decided to turn back (about a mile). Water is ankle deep. Expect to get your feet wet. Beware of biting flies of all sorts. They’re murder!

The trailhead was so buggy, I thought we were in for a nightmare, but once you get on the trail there are none. The trail itself is straight-forward, as any are when I’m an obvious canyon. Truly beautiful. Very sandy. I had taken my shoes off for most of it because it was easier to walk barefoot. Feet were definitely worn out from trying to grip and uneven terrain the next day. Someone had mentioned quicksand. Luckily, I had no encounters with it (and neither did my puppy who covered a lot more ground than me), but that’s not to say it’s not there somewhere! It gets a little overgrown depending on how close to the riverbed you stay, but nothing major. We didn’t do the whole 11.8...did 8.2. It was starting to get dark, and as beautiful as it was, I didn’t anticipate there being a climax point.

hiking
washed out
10 months ago

The best part of this hike is seven miles up where you come to a rockfall. The first seven miles are full of prime hammock spots if you prefer to keep your pack light now ditch the tent for a hammock. My dog had the time of his life and so did I. Be careful for cacti, and as always make sure you check the weather. If weather looks questionable, make sure you camp at least 2.5 miles in where things open up and you can get up on higher and safer ground. I forgot to track the trip up, so be mindful the recording was downhill with water flow, and couple of breaks.

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely a beautiful hike! My two dogs and I loved it! I especially loved the constant change of red rock from light pink to deep red. Also, be careful of quicksand if you try to walk in the stream during the hike. both my dogs and I got stuck in patches with one patch of quicksand enveloping me all the way to my hip and I'm 5ft 10 in and claimed my right shoe, so be careful and watch out.

backpacking
11 months ago

Pretty nice hike along the creek, water was never more than a couple inches deep. After a couple miles in the cow pies are everywhere, including in the creek. Never saw cows but they are definitely there. Make sure to filter water carefully.

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 31 2019

I enjoyed the trail. Definitely spent most of the trip with our feet in the water but never more than 2 inches. About a quarter of the way (maybe 3.5 miles?) in we encountered a homemade bar wire fence. It could easily be climbed over but we decided it was a good turning around point. Not sure what the fence was for, there weren't any signs on it. Someone we asked about it later said it might be to keep cattle out, but that was just a guess

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 10 2019

Fun & easy trail. Most any 4WD vehicle could complete this. Some great views halfway in. Found some awesome campsites that we will definitely be back to camp. Enjoy!

It’s a beautiful trail with low traffic! Shoes get wet and there are some slippery areas due to clay and sand. Looks like a flash flood prone area and I would recommend going after monsoon season! Pet friendly and secluded.

Was a nice hike up the canyon. My wife made it up slowly with 4stops. Nice views and yellow mountain was worth it. Carry lots of water. First week of June was 100degrees. Be careful on cottonwood road. Lots of blind curves and surprising amount of traffic.

hiking
Fri May 18 2018

Your feet will get wet, it is a long washboard road but really worth it! did 2.5 miles, then the canyon widens

This is a great day/afternoon hike that offers an incredibly diverse view. We ended up doing this hike, per recommendation of a local, on our way out of page, AZ. Cottonwood canyon road is an easy dirt road that can take you close to the “head” of this trail. Note* there is know Trail sign that will let you know where to start. We parked at the junction of cotton wood canyon and the other dirt road/path that comes from the east. If you’ve driven up to hackleberry canyon trail, you can hike from there as well you just have to head south to get to the point where you hike up to yellow rock. If you can make your way to the base of the mountain (through river bed (maybe an inch of spotty water when we went in mid feb), you can kinda see a dirt-rock path that’s been carved out that heads straight up. It’s not scary (unless you’re afraid of heights) and this trail doesn’t have steep drop offs- id say its a fairly friendly trail. There is loose rock and dirt heading up/down from the creek bed so just be careful there, other than that it was easy and you really can’t miss yellow rock! It’s like exploring another planet. We did the trail in 2 hours, hiked up in less than 20/25 min and enjoyed our time on the rock. Saw some antelope and some mountain lion foot prints! Pretty cool!

Happened upon this trail driving through on Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Hiked about 1.5 miles in with our two dogs. Trail is mostly flat through this area but with some heavy sand. Water was mostly frozen when we started around Noon on a January afternoon, so we opted to walk on it where it was solid instead of the sand. Some less frozen areas couldn't be avoided, especially on the way out, but waterproof shoes helped. Trail crosses back and forth across the water and wasn't always easy to spot. Loved the winding canyon, sound of water, and birds chirping. Would love to return to camp and do the full 11 miles.

Made the drive a number of times when hiking or traveling through the area. It is a springboard for many hikes.

I thought this would be a great hike but I was surprised that this was one of the top 5 hikes I’ve ever done. We went up about 3 miles and the trees, water, and canyon walls were breathtaking. It’s a pretty easy hike...at lest the 6 miles round trip we completed.

Great surprise with this trail as the cool water was refreshing and the rocks were spectacular. I would not rate it difficult as long as you don't mind walking in some sand at the beginning. Very serene and private!

Killer rise of about 500' over very rocky 45 degree incline to get up to the saddle. Beyond there, absolutely spectacular. We wandered around for hours. We parked at the junction of Cottonwood Road and Brigham Plains Road (430). We found two rock cairns just across Cottonwood Rd that indicated the start of the trail. Looking southwest, aim for an opening in the Cockscomb, and once you cross the river, the trail leads up this opening. Follow the cairns to the steep rocky rise. From the saddle, follow the occasionally cairned trail as best you can. Another 500' of elevation gain from the saddle to the top of the Yellow Rocks. 360 pano view.

I have driven between Zion/Bryce and Page three times. This is truly scenic driving.

hiking
Sat Oct 08 2016

walked about 3 miles upstream in October and it was the most spectacular hike of a week of hiking various trails near Kanab. Beautiful fall colors, just enough water to make it interesting and grand Canyon walls.

The slot canyon was quite beautiful but do not expect to exit the canyon that way. Easier to find a game trail out of the canyon, if you plan on leaving through the north end. The north half has no water source so pack a good 6-7 liters. Wasn't the prettiest place to backpack but still worth a go at least once.

Drive this very scenic road on the way to Coyote Bluffs and the wave the most recent time but have been on this road many time on the way to Lake Powell

Much of this road follows the Vermillion Cliffs, the first of three "steps" of the Grand Staircase. An interesting side trip is to Old Paria, an old movie set that is near the abandoned town of the same name.

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