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.
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When the area became a state park in , it was named Chimney Rock State Park instead because of legal concerns, but later, Kodak granted permission and Kodachrome stuck.
Their multicolored sandstone layers are beautiful and seem to glow in juxtaposition to any sky, be it a cloudy day or the bold blue hues on a clear day. Some geologists believe that these spires were formed because the area was once filled with hot springs and geysers.
These eventually filled and solidified, while over time, the surrounding Entrada sandstone eroded. The pipes range from six feet tall to Kodachrome Basin covers 2, acres of canyon country and is surrounded by Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on three sides.
With its close proximity to other popular destinations down Cottonwood Road, it makes for a spectacular basecamp or a stop on an event-filled day in the desert with friends. There are also natural arches, views for days, and a stunningly stark landscape. Take your pick at any number of the exceptional hikes in the park, or do several.
For starters, the Nature Loop Trail is an easy half-mile hike on a hard surface that is ADA accessible — the trailhead is near the Basin Campground on the north end of the park. If you can handle a 3. There are slight slopes, so be sure to pay attention around them when hiking with children. This hike climbs up high, so you can see views in all directions of the park; the scenery is simply outstanding.
An added bonus, like most parks, once you venture a mile off the road, you will be well away from the crowds. From the Panorama Loop, you can also tack on an additional 2.
Rounding out the activities in the park, a concessionaire offers horseback rides and other activities and services. Because of the lack of light pollution in the area, it is a stunning place to stargaze should you decide to camp here. Who is Going to Love It The notion that National Geographic Society named the park after color film should be a hint that this natural space will appeal to photographers.
But there are interpretive trails that are handicap-accessible and hiking trails for all levels. Visitors can stay in one of the two campgrounds, which offer access restrooms, electric hookups and group facilities.
Check in at the Visitor Center to register for a site and get other helpful travel information and tips for getting the most out of the park. This park is open year-round, 6 a. Dogs are allowed in the park, but must be kept on leash at all times.
Difficulty: 1 - 2. Bryce Canyon invites discovery.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
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. The commissions help support Moderately Adventurous stay alive and kicking. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
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.
Hiking in Kodachrome Basin State Park Utah (from a Local)
When the area became a state park in , it was named Chimney Rock State Park instead because of legal concerns, but later, Kodak granted permission and Kodachrome stuck. Their multicolored sandstone layers are beautiful and seem to glow in juxtaposition to any sky, be it a cloudy day or the bold blue hues on a clear day. Some geologists believe that these spires were formed because the area was once filled with hot springs and geysers. These eventually filled and solidified, while over time, the surrounding Entrada sandstone eroded. The pipes range from six feet tall to Kodachrome Basin covers 2, acres of canyon country and is surrounded by Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on three sides.