Yellow Rock near Cottonwood Canyon is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paria, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

2.7 miles
882 feet



nature trips



Yellow Rock is a giant hill of multi-colored slickrock that is somewhat unique for its lack of standard slickrock features. There are no hoodoos, no loose rocks on the surface, no canyons, and almost no vegetation. Still, it is well worth visiting for its interesting colors and great views. Yellow rock is not marked with a name on topograhic maps, but it is strikingly conspicuous on Google Earth.  Yellow Rock is located about 2 miles north of the confluence of Cottonwood Creek and the Paria River in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It is accessed from the Cottonwood Canyon Road.   This hike is well described at, so there is no need to repeat the details. The hike is short, but the initial climb is quite steep and strenuous. It is equally difficult coming down on the loose scree. Once you leave Cottonwood Creek, there is a well defined "trail" marked with cairns at critical points. This hike can be done in 3 hours or less, but plan to spend the whole day. There are lots of other great rocks to explore once you get up there.

1 month ago

We hiked this in December of 2017 and loved it! It was a really great hike, albeit windy up on the rock. The colors are amazing!