From the east entrance to Capitol Reef NP is an orientation pullout with maps and vault toilet. Across the highway is the beginning of Notom Road with UT-24, which is the gateway to the slot canyons on the east side of the national park.
Spring and Fall has best hiking weather.
Cottonwood Wash is one of several slot canyons that have a trailhead with a sign along Notom Road. These slots are typical sandstone canyons found throughout southern Utah.