Kodachrome Basin State Park Travel Guide

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Things to Do

  • Kodachrome Nature Trail

    This is a very short trail at .5 miles and is a hard surface trail accessible for wheelchairs. Along the trail are interpretive signs along with quotes that are inspirational. Recommended for those who do not want to venture on a long hike or in the heat of the sun.

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  • The Shakespeare Trail

    The Shakespeare Arch Trail is a half-mile trail to a small natural arch of deep red rock. It can be combined with the one mile Sentinel Trail which brings you up over the rock formation in which the arch is situated and gives you nice views over the surprisingly treed valley. It's a fun trail with interesting terrain.

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  • Nature Trail

    There is also a short ½ mile paved nature trail that walks you by some nice rock formations and provides benches for quiet contemplation. The self-guided pamphlet is available at the visitor center.

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  • Panorama Trail

    The Panorama Trail is the longest in the park with quite a few spur trails. Depending on how many of these spurs you hike, it can be up to five miles round trip. It can take up to three hours if you do them all and linger a bit but there are some nice viewpoints and up close looks at spires and other rock formations.

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  • Angel's Palace Trail

    The Angel's Palace Trail is short but very sweet. In fact, if you can only do one hike in the park, this is likely it. This one-mile round trip hike follows a short canyon before rising up on top of a sandstone formation plateau. From there, you have great views over the valley with the primary spires of the park on prominent display.

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  • Grand Parade Trail

    The Grand Parade Trail runs a level one and a half miles and takes in a couple of interesting box canyons. There are good views of the main spires of the park and the canyons provide quite a bit of privacy though in one case it was not quite as much as we originally thought we had.

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  • Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock is a tall rock formation known as a sand pipe. It was formed when a geyser eventually shut down and its channel solidified due to the minerals in its waters. After thousands of years of erosion eroded the soils around the geyser, the resulting sand pipe was exposed.

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  • Watch Shooting Stars

    The night sky is the night life here. Sit on top of a rock cliff or recline in a blanket. Start counting those shooting stars! August is a great month for this, but we were very happy in May ( and not so hot!) with the many stars we saw. Ever if they stand still, it is the best star show I've ever seen! So many, I couldn't imagine more stars than...

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  • Eagle's View Trail

    Even if you don't trek all the way up this steep and grueling climb, try to at least do part of the trail. It will make your quads burn with its 40% grade and, if you fear heights, the narrow trail will give you some breathless moments, but the birds eye views of the park are worth the minimal discomfort. Eagle's View trail is located at the end of...

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Transportation

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    by LauraWest Updated May 2, 2005

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    Just want to share my experience of being a passenger in a friend's vehicle. The unique philosophy he held was "why go fast when you're on vacation?" Even after we exited the Park, he kept his speed at about 15 or 10 miles per hour! On an empty highway, you can "get away with this" since we wouldn't cause an accident.
    At this snail's pace, we really enjoyed the scenery! The music on his cassette deck added to the experience! It was a perfect outing. We stopped at Pirrea Canyon ( I think it was called). It was reallly beautiful to walk around there with my friends.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Local Customs

  • Utah State Parks are Great Value

    Kodachrome Basin State Park is part of Utah's extensive and well managed state park program. They can appear expensive and fee-laden at first but if you are camping and in need of a shower, they are a true haven. The entrance fee of $6 is per vehicle, not person so if in a group it's quite reasonable. This fee is included in your camping fees so if...

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  • Trail Restoration Project

    The volunterr groups have been hard at work in this park. The Eagle's View trail is one of the steepest trails as it ascends a slope of 40 percent grade. In order to make this trail available to non-technical hikers, the restoration project installed a series of steps leading up the steep incline. Its still a tough trek, but its doable thanks to...

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Narrow Trials, Steep drops

    Several trails in the park have side trails to vistas that are quite narrow on loose rock as seen in the picture. Although the park service warns people to stay at least 10 feet from the edge, they are making no effort to close trails such as the one in the photo which is clearly less than 10 feet across making it impossible to keep 10 feet from...

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  • Impassible roads

    The main road through the park is paved and open all year. Since the park is located in a valley at a mere 5,000 feet above sea level, there is little snow in the area. But several of the park's attractions, including Shakespeare Arch, are located along dirt roads. These roads may be impassible after rain or snow.

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  • Exposure

    Make sure to always stay on established trails. Its important not only to protect the landscape from damage, but for your own protection as well. Straying off the path on a trail like this could lead to a nasty spill.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The land before time

    Geologists speculate that Kodachrome was once geographically similar to Yellowstone National Park. If you've been to both, its hard to picture how these parks could have resembled each other. But, at one time, Kodachrome Basin was filled with hot springs and geysers. Today, only sandstone chimneys remain, fueling the speculation about what this...

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  • chukar partridge

    The chukar partridge is most native to Asia and is the national bird of Pakistan but is also found throughout Europe. Introduced in America as a game bird, it is considered one of the toughest birds to hunt due to its quick flight and tendency to run rather quickly from danger. The colorful bird prefers hilly rough terrains and its numbers are in...

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  • Fred Flintstone Rock

    The profile shot depicts the resemblance much better, but you can still see the shape of good ol' Fred.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Angel's Palace Trail

    This is one of the more popular hiking trails in the park. There is a large parking area at the trail head and route finding is fairly easy. However the trail does cross over on itself several times but it is in such a compact area that you would not miss any thing if you missed one of the small loops. The sign at the trail head states the trail is...

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  • Horseback riding

    Horseback riding tours of the park are offered. Riding trails include the very scenic Panorama Point trail, which riders share with hikers. Tours can be arranged by contacting the park headquarters.

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  • Mountain Biking

    Numerous park trails, including Panorama Point, are open to mountain bikers. Most are relatively flat, and don't offer quite the workout, but you can't best the scenery.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park Favorites

  • Kodachrome Basin State Park area info

    The other good thing about Kodachrome Basin State Park, they have showers! They were relatively cheap but you also have to pay the park entrance fee. Still a worth while addition if only to take a hot shower. Kodachrome Basin State Park is off of Cottonwood Canyon Road. The cool thing about this dirt road is that it will take you all the way to...

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  • the art of making pancakes

    Kodachrome is a small state park in Utah and while not quite in the league as Bryce or the state's other renowned National Parks, it is nonetheless a beautiful spot. The campground was far nicer than its counterpart at Bryce, with great privacy, some tree cover for shade or rain protection, and the aforementioned free showers. The park had a...

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  • pure calculation

    It was true that two couples sat in the same picnic shelter, rain pouring down in buckets. But one was enjoying the moment more than the other. My wife and I felt a certain satisfaction in knowing just how proficient we had become at what was now the routine of setting up camp and its accompanying tasks of cooking and cleaning up its residual...

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