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Site 4, Cottonwood Canyon
This three-mile-long canyon provided grazing and firewood, both of which had been scarce throughout the Escalante Desert.  Access into the canyon required the construction of rock fill/embankments which the pioneers commonly referred to as dugways.

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Hole-in-the-Rock/River Gorge - winter conditions, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Cottonwod Canyon
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Cottonwood Canyon as seen from the top of The Hole-in-the-Rock, Gregory Crampton Photo
View of Cottonwood Canyon from Hole-in-the-Rock
A section of rock fill leading out of the Colorado River bottom now under the water of Lake Powel.
First dugway/rock fill
Register Rocks, a sandstone pannel at the head of Cottonwood Canyon where a few of the pioneers engraved their names. The names were destroyed when Lake Powell was filled. Georgy Crampton Photo
Register Rocks inscription
Cottonwood Canyon vegetation, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Cottonwood Canyon vegetation/springs
The original pioneer trail is clearly visible near the end of Cottonwood Canyon, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Original trail near the end of Cottonwood Canyon
Possibly the remains of Charles Hall's corrals. Charles Hall lived in Cottonwood Canyon while he operated the ferry at the Hole-in-the-Rock crossing. Lamont Crabtree Photo
Remnant of old corrals possibly used by the ferry operator Charles Hall
Near the end of Cottonwood Canyon, rock fill/dugways angle up the side of the canyon as the pionners' wagon road begins to ascend Cottonwood Hill. Lamont Crabtree photo
Dugway/rock fill leading up/out of Cottonwood Canyon
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