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Kodachrome Basin State Park Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 82 photos
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.
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:Picturesque, quiet and well laid out
- Cons:A visit here takes time away from Bryce Canyon
- In a nutshell:A must, must, must see
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... more travel advice
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