The unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road is a cross-country route, starting just past Kodachrome Basin State Park and ending near milepost 18 US 89. Some sections of the road are rather steep and narrow, with overhanging rocks, although 2WD cars usually can make the 47 mile journey, for a few hours after heavy rains the route may be impassable even by 4WD vehicles. The surrounding land has much of interest to explore; slot canyons, arches, springs and endless colorful, eroded rocky scenery.
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Lake Kaweah is fed by the Kaweah River, which originates in the Sierra Nevada at Sequoia National Park in California. Long ago, Yokuts, Wukchumne, and Kaweah people lived and hunted along this river. Spaniards were the first Europeans to explore this area two centuries ago. Settlers arrived fifty years later.