The 1,600-square-mile Kaiparowits plateau rises thousands of feet from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Lake Powell to the south. In aerial imagery it appears as a strip of slight green among the otherwise red rock landscape surrounding Lake Powell and the Colorado river in this region. The green is due to the pinyon-juniper woodland clinging to the high elevation of many portions of the plateau.
The Kaiparowits plateau falls between the Grand Staircase region (to the west) and the Escalante Canyons region (to the northeast). It is separated from the proposed Grand Staircase National Monument by the Paria River.
This area is one of Utah's more scientifically significant landscapes due to its sedimentary rock formations containing an unbroken record of fossils spanning 30 million years of the Late Cretaceous Era. Life forms of all kinds are recorded here, including dinosaurs.
Included in this monument are Grosvenor Arch, the Cottonwood Canyon Narrows, Hackberry Canyon, the Cockscomb and the old Paria townsite.
1. Grosvenor Arch: A quarter-mile paved trail to the base of the arch for a picnic plus an optional hike to the top of the ridge. The trailhead is accessed on a dirt road about 10 miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin on Cottonwood Canyon Road.
2. Cottonwood Canyon Narrows: 3 miles. This fine short hike leads through the final narrow gorge of Cottonwood Creek before the canyon opens up and begins its long, straight journey to the confluence with the Paria River.