MY FAVORITE PLACES TO GO -
THE GERMAN SPY HIDE-OUT
The next place is some thirty miles east of Kanab, Utah. It
can be found as a side trip while traveling to Lake Powell.
According to news stories in the "Garfield County News" of
March, 1953. In that February, a local cattleman, Harvey
Chyoweth, while looking for livestock found a cave and metal
structure that was supposed to be used by a German Spy
during World War II. The cache had food, weapons, and radio equipment.
According to Alan Boyack there was a spy during the
Second World War. "This would be the perfect spot for one,
just close enough to Southern California, but out in the
nowhere for radio contact."
To find what is left of the cache it is a good idea to have
with you, the small book, "Hiking and Exploring the Paria
River, II by Michael Kesey. This can be found at many of our
local book stores.
I found that I had to spend a lot of time looking for the spot.
The book is not exact. Use US GS map "Smoky Mountain" or
"Paria," to get better map reading.
To find the parking spot follow Highway 89 east toward
Page, Arizona to mile post, between 17 and 18. Turn north
(right) on the Cottonwood Wash dirt road. This is just to the
east of the Paria Ranger Station. It was a fair road, but you
may want a pickup with high clearance. Drive about ten miles
to where the confluence of Cottonwood of the Paria and
Cottonwood, The roads run north, just as it turns into
Cottonwood Wash, turn west and drive to some large
Cottonwood trees. There are old foundations of building built
by Alex Joseph's group many years ago. Park there. Hike into
the "box" or narrows of Paria Canyon. Follow the river bed
past two small washes on the right (north). Just past these, find
a fence across the canyon. Just past the fence a small canyon
to the north of left should be located. Walk up this canyon a
short distance. About 300 yards the small wash floor levels
out. One can find the metal building. The cave is just behind the
metal buildings. These buildings look more like grain bins.
Good luck. Always, let someone know where you are going
and carry extra water and emergency equipment.
Pictured: The Cottonwood trees and building foundations
where you park your vehicle.