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Hiking Round Valley Draw - Paria Hiking Round Valley Draw
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Overview

RATING: Easy Hike
MAPS: SLICKROCK BENCH, UT

Sat

83 | 52

Sun

82 | 49

Mon

81 | 50

Tue

79 | 48

Wed

81 | 48

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SEASON: Any, hot in the summer
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None, bring all you will need.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate
NOTES: This hike requires a bit of scrambling. Reaching the trailhead is generally possibly in most vehicles, though high clearance is recommended. A short 10 m ( 33 ft. ) handline may be useful for beginners.

Sat

83 | 52

Sun

82 | 49

Mon

81 | 50

Tue

79 | 48

Wed

81 | 48

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view from near the old parking area

view from near the old parking area

Round Valley Draw is one of my favorite easy slots. A short approach, combined with an easy exit make and very beautiful narrows make this a family friendly outing that most will enjoy. Getting into the slot requires a minor bit of scrambling, but most will not have a problem, especially if a little team work is employed. I would compare this in some regard to Little Wild Horse in the San Rafael Swell.

This makes a good hike to combine with Bull Valley Gorge and/or Willis Creek in the same weekend since they are in relatively close proximity. This also can be a fantastic winter outing if the roads are dry and passable. My last visit was during Thanksgiving weekend a couple of years ago and was absolute perfect weather for visiting. Summers are do-able, but can be hot.

One of the early obstacles.

One of the early obstacles.

Nice colors and lines in Round Valley Draw

Nice colors and lines in Round Valley Draw

Getting There

Reaching the trailhead starts in the small town of Cannonville, UT, east of Bryce Canyon on highway 12.

From Cannonville, go south on the well signed Cottonwood Wash Road. Follow the paved road, passing Kodachrome Basin at 6.4 miles, and the road turning to dirt at 6.6 miles. At 12.9 miles from Cannonville, Road #422 goes off the Cottonwood Wash Road on the right. Take it, resetting your odometer.

Follow the road down the wash. At 1.5 miles from the Cottonwood Wash Road is the trailhead. The 4wd road that contiued past here is now closed. Please respect the closure.

Dark section of Round Valley

Dark section of Round Valley

Round Valley Slot

Round Valley Slot

Route

Approach (15 minutes from the trailhead)
Follow the wash/old road 0.75 miles to what used to be a parking area. Conitnue a couple of mmore minutes in the wash to where it drops into the Round Valley slot.

Canyon
The most difficult part of the trip is at the start of the slot where it drops about 2 m ( 7 ft. ), then about 5 m ( 17 ft. ) in quick succession. The first is fairly easy to help a person from below. The second, bigger drop is a good size and most will be able to scramble down without difficulty. A short rope may be a useful handline for some here.

Round Valley the amazing! As you head down canyon, the slot opens and narrows a bit in several places. A few minor obstacles are encountered along the way, but it is generally easy going.

As the canyon open, a side canyon comes in on the right, with large trees at the bottom. This is the exit canyon.

Exit (45-60 minutes)
Go up the side canyon on the hikers trail, heading north. It climbs out of the canyon and meets up with a road. Follow the road a few minutes, then leave it on the right, east, and follow the hikers trail as it contours along the rim of Round Valley Draw back up canyon. At a major side canyon (the north fork of Round Valley Draw), follow the trail down into the canyon, past some hoodoos and back to the old parking area, then back up the old road to the trailhead.


Maps

Route / 3.97 miles / Elevation Range 5,825 - 6,269 ft.
Printable Maps:
Exit

12S 418077mE 4144609mN

N37° 26' 41" W111° 55' 34"

Old Parking Area

12S 419435mE 4145539mN

N37° 27' 12" W111° 54' 39"

Trailhead

12S 420372mE 4145943mN

N37° 27' 25" W111° 54' 01"

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