August 10, Kodachrome Basin State Park Kodachrome Basin is a sweet little state park that sees much less traffic than nearby national parks and has a mysterious past. Kodachrome is well-known for its monolithic sandstone spires, around which the origin is hotly debated in the science community. Consider taking a brief detour into Kodachrome Basin State Park on your next visit to the area. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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This is a pit stop on your road trip through the Utah National parks you should definitely include. All you have to do is say a park is dog-friendly and I will be going to visit.
Kodachrome has much more to offer than just being dog-friendly though. There are plenty of things to do in Kodachrome like primitive camping, mountain biking, horse back riding, atv trails and plenty of hiking.
It is also where you can see the unique cryptobiotic crust a soil bacteria that takes hundreds of years to form because many of the trails are virtually undisturbed.
These rock formations seem to shoot up out of the ground into the air with no reasonable explanation as to why. Some of these spires can rise nearly feet into the air, with different colorations striating the spire making for a unique natural structure.
There was one spire that I could not figure out for the life of me if it was a petrified tree or just an odd rock. Arches in this park are, uniquely, on the tops of the mountain rather than closer to the ground like in Arches National Park.
The Grosvenor Arch is one of these arches that is located about 11 miles from Kodachrome Basin that is the most well-known arch in this area. A white towering arch that is the perfect place for those epic Instagram photos. There are 67 different monolithic stone spires identified in Kodachrome Basin State Park. Geologists are still baffled by their formation to this day.
Several theories are circulating as to how, when and why these spires were formed. One of these theories is this area used to be covered in water and over time the area wore the stone down and the waters dried up leaving Kodachrome Basin as we know it today.
Dogs are allowed in Kodachrome Basin State Park. You should be aware the reflection of the sun off the Sandstone rocks in the summer adds additional heat, and can burn your dogs paws so be sure to bring some doggie booties for them. There is little to no water on any of the trails so you will need to bring your own.
When is the best time to visit Kodachrome basin? Spring and fall are going to be a bit busier, but you will also be welcomed by wild flowers. I personally go in the midst of winter on the warmer weekends, you really have the whole place to yourself. Just before you get to Dixie National Forest you are going to swing a left onto I towards Cannonville.
You will see Cottonwood canyon road, which is paved, and make your way to the pay station. It is an easy drive, but I would not try and drive the route from Salt Lake City if it is snowing. The roads can be very dangerous with multiple slide-offs. If you are coming from Las Vega in the winter, that drive will have clearer roads without snow. Another option is to fly into the St George Airport. It is much smaller than the Salt Lake Airport, and may require a little more money to get there.
You have another option of flying into Las Vegas and driving three and a half hours to Kodachrome Basin State Park as well. The drive to this area is much prettier driving from Salt Lake rather than Vegas.
With hiking trails, horseback riding trails, mountain biking trails, ATV trails and with all the unique rock formations, is truly a photographers paradise. Bree my roommate and I had so much fun imagining what the rock formations looked like, just as you would imagine shapes in the clouds. There were a few of the rock formations that had us in stitches from laughing. In the winter there are no restrooms open, nor are there any garbage cans - so be prepared before you go. As you start this trail it is deceivingly marked with arrows that point to the right way.
What you want to do is get over the hill onto the other side. There is a cliff with an unbelievable view of the valley below. We spent quite a bit of time here, taking pictures, enjoying the view and wishing we could pitch a tent in this spot and forget the world and let nature heal our souls.
If you do not have time to do any other trail, this is the trail I would suggest doing. It is 1. It is an exposed trail to the sun, so it is fantastic to hike in winter and will be quite hot in the winter. The trail had fun little areas that you could explore the riverbed and a beautiful view of a surrounding valley.
This trail is not well marked and is a 2. There is no water here for you or your dogs. Most trails in Kodachrome Basin are exposed to the sun, with very little shade. When we arrived at the Arch it was disappointing. Not exactly a reward for the 2. Despite the Arch now being collapsed, I still feel that this trail is worthwhile to hike on. The parking area will be on the right hand side, it looks like a sandy turnout. Be sure to stop by the BLM office to ensure the slot canyon is safe.
If there is rain, imminent rain, or recent flash flood it may not be safe to hike this area. Make your way to Harris Wash large dried up river bed , and follow this on the left hand side all the way to the slot canyon opening. I suggest looking this up on Google Earth and printing a map that will lead you to the slot entrance.
There are lots of people that get lost here because they make their own trails trying to find the entrance. Leave your packs at the beginning of the trail because it can get really tight squeezing down the slot canyon at certain points.
I suggest a Camelbak backpack because in the summer these areas can get really hot. If you keep exploring this trail, you will also find an Indian Cave clearly marked. It truly is a trail for the whole family, including your dog. I definitely would NOT do this hike in summer though. The full exposure to the sun will be really hot on your dog, and those in your party.
The start of the trail is across from the first parking lot on the right hand side after the information booth. This is a paved road to the Kodachrome State Park turnoff. Continue on Cottonwood Canyon Road, a graded dirt road, for another 10 miles to the Grosvenor Arch parking lot. If you thought Arch was impressive, you will certainly be impressed with these.
Giant off-white sandstone arches that rise abruptly from the ground. Sandpipes and Rock Formations These are best seen from the Grand Parade area on the east side of the park. Kodachrome Basin State Park is unique because of the single monolithic spires that dot the park. Why Visit Kodachrome Basin? Kodachrome Basin is definitely a place I will return to, it is off the beaten path.
It is unique and has locations that have not been over Instagrammed and feel special when you visit. The colors of this area are striking, and around every corner, you will have both shocking and spectacular surprises.
There is so much to explore in this Park. I would give yourself at least three days to explore all the corners of Kodachrome basin adequately. Most of these camping areas are very safe to stay in but make sure to keep your dogs on a leash as there are bobcats and coyotes in the area.
Park rangers come by around am and check cars for the campsite tickets in the window. The Park Rangers compare it to their list of envelope drops and how much you paid. If they catch you staying without paying, you can get a large fine.
Kodachrome Basin State Park can have unpredictable and harsh weather changes at all hours of the day. Many of the campsites are also closed in the Kodachrome Basin area without restroom facilities. This hotel is just outside Bryce Canyon National Park and allows dogs both inside the hotel rooms and inside the common areas, but not in the grocery store. If the weather is too harsh, they have loads of activities both in the winter and in the summer.
There is an indoor pool, grocery store, convenience store, shows, restrooms, even a fireplace with cozy chairs and couches that you can crack open a book and feel as if you are staying in a grandiose cabin.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Geology[ edit ] Box Canyon at Kodachrome The geologic interest of the park are sandstone spires and columns called sand pipes, believed to be found nowhere else on earth. Differing geological explanations of the features in Kodachrome Basin State Park exist. One explanation is that the area was once similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers , which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Through time, the Entrada sandstone surrounding the solidified geysers eroded, leaving large sand pipes. Sixty-seven sand pipes ranging from two to 52 meters have been identified in the park. Indications for this model include the concentric vertical ring structure of the columns themselves where each of the three vertical rings of sandstone, central, inner, and outer, can be traced and matched to a distinct sedimentary formation below. The river conglomerates are truncated by the sheet conglomerates.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
This is a pit stop on your road trip through the Utah National parks you should definitely include. All you have to do is say a park is dog-friendly and I will be going to visit. Kodachrome has much more to offer than just being dog-friendly though. There are plenty of things to do in Kodachrome like primitive camping, mountain biking, horse back riding, atv trails and plenty of hiking. It is also where you can see the unique cryptobiotic crust a soil bacteria that takes hundreds of years to form because many of the trails are virtually undisturbed. These rock formations seem to shoot up out of the ground into the air with no reasonable explanation as to why. Some of these spires can rise nearly feet into the air, with different colorations striating the spire making for a unique natural structure.
Hiking in Kodachrome Basin State Park Utah (from a Local)
Kodachrome Basin is 20 miles southeast All hotels in Bryce Canyon - Affiliate disclosure Kodachrome Basin is a small, popular state park a few miles south of UT 12 due east of Bryce Canyon , and reached by a paved road, from Cannonville. The basin contains eroded, multicolored rock formations in various shades of red, yellow, pink, white and brown; together with the usually deep blue sky and occasional green vegetation this combination led the National Geographical Society to name the area, in , with the permission of Kodak Film Corporation. The one unique feature of the park is the presence of over 60 spires or chimneys of rock, known as sand pipes, which are thought to be solidified sediment that filled ancient springs or geysers, left standing after the softer surrounding Entrada sandstone weathered away. The tallest is feet high. The Entrada layer makes up most of the red rocks in the park, while the overlying whitish strata are from the Dakota and Tropic Shale formations. Map of Kodachrome Basin State Park Trails and Facilities The main activities in the state park are camping and hiking, and all trails and features can be explored in one day, or at most two. The easiest place to see the sand pipes and other formations is the Grand Parade area on the east side of the park road, and two short footpaths wind through the nearby rocks, both 1.