U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Coyote Buttes Permit Area - Trailheads & Access Points
Cottonwood Cove Trailhead
House Rock Valley road is not maintained and may be impassable when wet. Four-wheel drive is mandatory and topographic maps are needed to access the trailhead. High clearance vehicles are suggested. During flood events, Buckskin Gulch may be impassable when trying to reach the access point from the north. Updated road conditions are available through the Kanab Field Office or theArizona Strip Field Office.
Water Availability/Hiking in Water
Visiting the Cottonwood Cove Trailhead requires backcountry navigation and driving skills. Four-wheel drive is mandatory, as are topographic maps. Please stop by the Paria Contact Station or the Kanab Field Office for maps, road conditions and navigation advice.
Hikers must be extremely cautious traveling in the area as it is easy to get turned around and geologic landmarks are difficult to locate. Hiking in the area requires good backcountry navigation skills. Elevation at the access point is above sea level: 5,500 feet (1,676 meters).
Biting deer flies can be bad in the late spring/early summer. Wear long pants to avoid bites. Heat-related injuries, dehydration or elevation sickness could be potential problems. Neither water nor cell coverage is available in the area. Hikers must carry a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day.
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