Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

The Kodachrome Basin State Park features a unique collection of huge sandstone chimneys in a colorful array which range from six feet tall to over 170 feet.

  • Kodachrome Basin State Park features 67 unique sandstone chimneys in an array of colors
  • Open all year round 6am-10pm, daily fee $8
  • 9 miles south of Cannonville, off SR12
  • Various hiking, equestrian and mountain biking trails
  • 27 sites on main campground cost $19 per night

Overview

The Kodachrome Basin Utah is must-see. The small park covers just 2,240 acres at an elevation of 5,800 feet and its 67 sand pipes or chimney formations are only found here. The sandstone chimneys have been formed over a period of 180 million years from multi-hued sandstone rocks which change with the light throughout the day. There are also other sandstone rock features and caves.

Highlights

  • Big Stoney
  • Chimney Rock
  • Shakespeare Arch
  • Ballerina Geyser

Location and Information 

Located 9 miles south of Cannonville off scenic SR 12, along Cottonwood Canyon Road.

Contact Kodachrome Basin State Park Utah at 435-679-8562 or visit their website.

Entrance Fees/Hours

  • Open 6am to 10pm daily all year round
  • Day Visits: $8 day-use
  • Annual passes $75, available at the park entrance

Mountain Biking/Equestrian Trails

  • Panorama Loop Trail
    3.5 miles
    Easy to moderate with slight slopes
    Suitable for non-motorized, hiking, biking, equestrian
  • Grand Parade Loop Trail
    1.75 miles
    Easy with very little slope
    Suitable for non-motorized, hiking, biking, equestrian

Hiking Trails

  • Nature Loop Trail
    0.5 miles
    Easy to moderate with a hard surface (ADA accessible)
  • Big Bear Geyser Cool Cave Loop Spur
    2.5 miles
  • Shakespeare Arch Trail
    1 mile
    Easy with very little slope
  • Sentinel Loop Trail
    1.7 miles
    Moderate to difficult (beyond Shakespeare Arch) over rough terrain
  • Angels Palace Trail
    1 mile
    Easy to moderate on a hard surface (ADA accessible),
    Gains 150 feet in elevation

Horseback Riding

Rides can be arranged from the trailhead store from early April to late October. Call: 435-679-8787.

Camping - Main Kodachrome State Park Campground

  • Reservations: 435-679-8562 or 1-800-322-3770
  • $19 per night ($28 with full hook-ups)
  • 27 campsites
  • 24 RV trailer sites
  • Modern restrooms
  • Hot showers and sewage disposal

Lodging - Red Stone Cabins

  • 6 deluxe cabin rentals available as concessions
  • Call : 435-679-8536

Fun Facts

The Kodachrome Basin was named by a National Geographic expedition in 1949 which was trying out new Kodak Chrome film and named the appropriately colorful state park after it.

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