Want to see the arch in the photo above? It's less than an hour's drive from your room and Kanab to the mouth of Cottonwood canyon road, about four miles past the Paria River Bridge on highway 89. Take highway 89 east about 45 miles, and you'll see a small sign pointing to Cottonwood Canyon on your left, as you come to the top of the rise after leaving the paria valley. About halfway to the Kodachrome Basin, as you travel one of the most scenic backroads in America, you'll see Grosvenors Arch. This is a great place to hike about, and the photo opportunities are all around you. This is a favorite spot of travelers to The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Traveling farther north on Cottonwood Canyon Road will take you to the spectacular Redrock Country of Kodachrome Basin State Park.Spires and chimneys, called pipe intrusions, reach out of the canyon floor, and tower into the sky. As the sun travels through the sky, the rocks change colors, reflecting the different angles of light from the multi-colored stone. Many hiking trails among and around the spires are available. This is great area for mountain biking, and photography.
Great Food, good company, and a relaxing country atmosphere can be found at the Paria Outpost and Outfitters, at the junction of hwy 89 and the Paria River Bridge. Paria Outpost also has maps, literature, and helpful suggestions for traveling Kane County.
Other National Parks in the area: