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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Explore Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin is a little-known gem, a Utah state park that is often overlooked because it is sandwiched between some of Utah's major tourist attractions. It is a wonderful destination that deserves exploration, and fall is the perfect time to visit the park and surrounding area.

Kodachrome is located just south of All American Hwy 12, about 22 miles from Bryce Canyon. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument wraps almost completely around the park. The area offers mild weather during spring and fall. Auto touring, camping, hiking and horseback riding are very popular here.

The Las Vegas Review Journal has this interesting article showcasing Kodachrome Basin. The Journal notes that the park is about 270 miles from Las Vegas. Interestingly, the park is about 285 miles from Salt Lake City. Southern Utah is a prime playground for people living in southern Nevada.

Below are excerpts from the article.

The 2,240-acre park protects unusual formations with origins still not completely understood. Called sand pipes or chimney rocks, nearly 70 stone monoliths point skyward throughout the park, ranging from 6 feet to more than 170 feet tall. These might be the remains mineralized geyser columns through semiliquid or even solidified layers. The minerals deposited were harder than the surrounding layers. When erosion wore away the stone layers, the strange spires were left standing.

Kodachrome Basin offers picnicking, camping, a visitor center, ranger programs, restrooms and water. A trail system includes miles of hiking within the park. Some trails are open to mountain bikers and equestrians as well as hikers. Expect to pay a $6-per-vehicle day-use fee in Kodachrome Basin. The park campground contains 36 individual sites and two group areas. Campers have access to water, hot showers, firewood and an RV dump station. Camping costs $16 per night for sites without hookups and $25 for the four RV sites with full hookups. Only a few campsites are available without reservations. Reserve campsites at 800-322-3770, especially if your visit falls on a weekend or holiday.

Vehicles must stay on established roads in the park. The surrounding area offers great opportunity for off-highway Jeep, ATV and mountain bike excursions.

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