2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT - Site K23

Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT - Site K23, another view

Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT - Site K23, and another

Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT - Site K23, and even another

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 0 - our route - 24...

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 1

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 2

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 3

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 4

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 5

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 6

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 7

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 8

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 9

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 10

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 11

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 12 - the small town of...

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 13

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 14

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 15

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 16

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 17

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 18

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 19

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 20

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 21

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 22

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 23

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 24 - coming into Kodachrome Basin

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 25

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 26

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 27

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 28

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 29

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 30

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 31

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 32

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 33 - campground ahead!

Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin SP 34

Nature Trail 1

Nature Trail 2

Nature Trail 3

Nature Trail 4 - these are thick right now and do not...

Nature Trail 5

Nature Trail 6

Nature Trail 7 - a lily of some type

Nature Trail 8

Nature Trail 9

Nature Trail 10 - one of the many twisted Pinon Pines

Nature Trail 11

Nature Trail 12 - what they call 'slickrock' which isn't very slick...

Angel's Palace Trail 1 - the start of the trail

Angel's Palace Trail 2 - a little further up the canyon

Angel's Palace Trail 3

Angel's Palace Trail 4

Angel's Palace Trail 5 - what are we getting into

Angel's Palace Trail 6

Angel's Palace Trail 7 - it appears the trail is getting a...

Angel's Palace Trail 8

Angel's Palace Trail 9

Angel's Palace Trail 10

Angel's Palace Trail 11

Angel's Palace Trail 12 - a view of the campground - can...

Angel's Palace Trail 13 - there she is !

Angel's Palace Trail 14

Angel's Palace Trail 15 - it's about noon and most campsites are...

Angel's Palace Trail 16

Angel's Palace Trail 17

Angel's Palace Trail 18

Angel's Palace Trail 19

Angel's Palace Trail 20

Angel's Palace Trail 21

Angel's Palace Trail 22

Angel's Palace Trail 23

Angel's Palace Trail 24 - some wildflowers growing in I know not...

Angel's Palace Trail 25 - the trail wasn't quite as easy as...

Angel's Palace Trail 26 - see what I mean!

Angel's Palace Trail 27

Angel's Palace Trail 28 - more of the lilies we saw on...

Angel's Palace Trail 29 - coming off the mountain and back down...

Shakespeare Arch Trail 1

Shakespeare Arch Trail 2 - more of the Grand Staircase Escalante of...

Shakespeare Arch Trail 3 - more of the Grand Staircase Escalante of...

Shakespeare Arch Trail 4

Shakespeare Arch Trail 5

Shakespeare Arch Trail 6

Shakespeare Arch Trail 7

Shakespeare Arch Trail 8 - Shakespeare Arch - the shot you saw...

Shakespeare Arch Trail 9

Shakespeare Arch Trail 10 - we saw more than a few of...

Shakespeare Arch Trail 11 - another one

Shakespeare Arch Trail 12


Our trip from Bryce Canyon to Kodachrome Basin State Park was a short 24 miles, a good bit of it coming down an 8% grade that portends things to come as we travel farther along Scenic Highway 12 to Capital Reef National Park. We stopped at the Grand Staircase Escalante Visitor Center in Cannonville, UT and got my passport stamped as well as gaining info on the area. We still arrived at the campground a little after noon and commenced to spending almost an hour trying to get the Mothership leveled. We finally managed it after using many boards under the front tires as well as the jacks. This has to be the most unlevel site we have been in. We are dry camping with no hookups or Verizon service but the view at the campground is astounding. The only problem with the dry camping is they only allow you to run the generators between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. which means you have to manage your battery drains so that you can last 20 hours without recharging. It also makes preparing meals more difficult – good thing we like sandwiches. :)

Shortly after getting set up, we hiked the Nature Trail which goes back into some of the formations about a half-mile, with explanations of the different plants, shrubs and trees you see. It was a leisurely hike and the easiest we have done recently.

Friday we went on two hikes. The first was the Angel’s Palace Trail which winds through a canyon and then up on the mountain amongst many formations. It provided some tremendous views of the formations and surrounding area. I included a lot of pictures of this trail as there was something new around every corner.

We then hiked the Shakespeare Arch Trail after using Libby to transport us along a long gravel road to the trail head. It was getting late in the day by now and the heat proved to be almost too much for me. If there is one thing my body dislikes is getting hot during strenuous exercise that gets my heart racing. We did manage to finish the trail and see the arch though we didn’t take the much more strenuous route to the area behind the arch.

We did get back home in time to watch the Lady Gator softball team beat the Oregon Ducks in the first game of the super regional’s. If they can win one of two possible games tomorrow, they will be headed to Oklahoma City and the College World Series.

We had a great time here and the scenery is amazing. Tomorrow we head for Escalante, UT for two nights. Hopefully we will have Verizon there and I can get his posted.

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