Cottonwood Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 433 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

Rocky. Really, really rocky.

recorded Cottonwood Trail

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
23 days ago

horseback riding
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Fun trail to hike. The first mile and a half is pretty mundane but once you reach the canyon, the trail essentially follows the wash all the way through. And the canyon is beautiful. Occasionally the trail drops down into the wash and switches sides. There are cairns along the way to help direct you. We also found a cool little mined out tunnel through the cliff wall up on the right side of the wash on our way back. It looked as though the tunnel once ran a pipe through it. It’s kind of tough to spot but cool to check out if you see it. Overall had a great time hiking this trail!

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

I would not recommend biking. I would recommend pants, as the brush is very scratchy. However, the views were great and there was a stream that the dogs loved. Didn’t see a single person, nice easy change of pace, great early evening hike.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
8 months ago

I found the trail to be fairly difficult to navigate. In many places, it was hard to distinguish the trail from other open spots between the brush. I took my mountain bike, and some areas were pretty tough to ride because it would get pretty sandy. The brush wreaked havoc on my legs. One really cool and unexpected thing about the trail was the discovery of an irrigation tunnel chiseled into the sandstone by the pioneers. I climbed clear through the tunnel, which was maybe 50 or 60 ft long, and just tall enough to squat in.

hiking
8 months ago

good

hiking
8 months ago

we went about 1.6 miles from the trailhead. it is a nice hike once you drop into the was it gets a little tough. you are hiking on river rocks. we ran across a little rattle snake but he was nice enough to warn us of his position...

Tue Apr 16 2019

Just slogging through open desert. Can see the freeway the whole time. Got better going off trail down a wash.

Sat Feb 02 2019

really enjoyed this trail. not crowded at all, dogs loved it too. lots of cool stuff to look at and explore.

hiking
Thu Jan 24 2019

Only 4 stars because you hear the highway for approximately the first 1/3 of the way in.

Sun Jan 20 2019

Beautiful canyon. Middle of the week. Not a soul in sight.

hiking
rocky
Fri Jan 18 2019

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

We didn’t make it to the main canyon of interest. We’re a young family of all girls who don’t sweat, so even in the relatively mild temperatures of today (70’s), the exposed nature of this trail left all of them feeling plenty warm. Be sure to bring lots of water (like all southern Utah hikes).

Tue Mar 27 2018

Only went out 2 miles. Trail well marked first mile then people have made more trails here and there. Found the right trail returning though. Of course you can't get lost because there is only a main canyon.

Fri Oct 27 2017

Worth checking out.

Sat Feb 18 2017

Fun hike. Pretty simple for kids as well. Lots of rocks and places to explore when you get to the canyon.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

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