"Picture Perfect" Top 5 Page for this destination Kodachrome Basin State Park by goingsolo

Capitol Reef may be Utah's most undervisited National Park, but this gem of a state park often goes unnoticed as well. It probably has a lot to do with its proximity to the more well known Bryce Canyon National Park, but that's no excuse for not enjoying at least a brief visit to this great place.

Utah's Hidden Gem

Kodachrome Basin is a mixture of colors and rocks in all shapes, sizes and forms. Here, the exotic hoodoos of Bryce are replaced by stall stone towers otherwise known as chimneys. Pinks, whites and just about every shade of brown make their presence known here, along with a good deal of green. Kodachrome is located in a valley area and situated at about half the elevation of Bryce. Summers are hotter, but winters are much less snow filled and the slightly warmer temperatures mean that hiking here may be possible when hiking in Bryce could possibly induce hypothermia.

The park was named by the National Geographic Society. As its name suggests, it is a place practically begging to be photographed. Kodachrome's hodgepodge of unique rock formations, interpersed throughout the park, make it a place to explore with child-like wonder.

Kodachrome has numerous great hiking options ranging from flat and level walks through gorgeous scenery to steep climbs to birds eye views. Numerous dirt trails lead to Kodachrome's arches as well.

I visited on a day in late November and didn't see another person. Its a bit eerie to find yourself completely alone in a park, as if you've been thrown into the backcountry. But I quickly forgot about that and became engrossed in the scenery and the dirt trails begging to be explored.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Picturesque, quiet and well laid out
  • Cons:A visit here takes time away from Bryce Canyon
  • In a nutshell:A must, must, must see
  • Last visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 4:16 AM

    It was one awesome campground at Kodachrome. No roof but an endless array of stars from your tent. :)

  • saraheg77's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    We would have missed this park if not for your tips!

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Agreed with ferdnbean - these are excellent pages about this gem of a park. Yessirree, maybe we'll keep it a secret so it's just as peaceful the next time we're back?

  • ferdnbean's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2005 at 8:27 PM

    I cannot believe that no one else has rated this page!!! You are the epitome of what VT pages should be all about. Great photos, comments and advice! I dub you the Rikki Steves of U.S. National and State Parks!!! Ferd


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