Steve's Road Trips 2014-15 travel blog

early views in the Red Canyon, before Bryce

No wonder it was so cold overnight

A couple miles before Kodachrome

 

 

 

 

Overlooking campground

 

 

Looking back over entry road

 

Nice photo op spot at the end. Not good on a windy...

 

 

 

dried up wash

cryptobionic soil crust. Many years in the making

This is actually within Bryce NP, but a long ways from the...

 

 

I don't recall water being here now either

Just a neat photo op

 

Campground resident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small cave in park

 

 

Bryce is up there

Interesting, because had walked along Paria River near Lee's Ferry

 

enroute to Boulder, along Hwy 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short section of ridge that Hwy 12 follows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhh, what an end to a great day!


Kodachrome Basin State Park



Largely overshadowed by nearby Bryce NP, Kodachrome Basin is a little jewel at the end of a paved road off of Hwy 12, in the Red Canyon area of Southern Utah. I wouldn’t have known about this, if not for a hint from fellow campers at Organ Pipe. Given the name by National Geographic folks in the 1940’s, due to the colors of the surrounding hills, this proved to be quite scenic with natural beauty, and much less crowded than Bryce – given the number of tour busses passed. I must say that I was a bit lucky in finding a campsite here, as I hadn’t made reservations, and this being spring break for some, places were rather busy. At any rate, the park only has about 30 total sites, with two first-come sites, and I got the last one. Some other folks were at the registration booth at the same time, and they had already spoken for the other. So was a lucky break.

As usual, pictures aren’t going to do this park justice, but will at least give a preview of what’s here.

A portion of this series of pictures was taken on a drive up Hwy 12 towards Boulder. Actually, my primary reason was to check out a hike at Calf Creek, also mentioned by fellow campers, but the day was passing by, so kept driving a bit longer. One of the staff at Pipe Springs had said this was her favorite drive, so I had to check it out – and glad I did. Hwy 12 is one of America’s Scenic Byways, passing through some very remote and interesting geography. The town of Boulder was the last town in the Continental United States to receive their mail by mule train, which ended in 1940. Some homes in the Boulder area didn’t receive electricity until 1953.

Located on the outskirts of Boulder is Anasazi State Park, which has preserved an actual archeological dig revealing Puebloan ruins, dating back to between 700-1000 AD. It’s interesting to see the remnants of their homes and structures, and wonder what it must have been like to live in those times.

“With beauty before me, may I walk

With beauty behind me, may I walk

With beauty above me, may I walk

With beauty below me, may I walk

With beauty all around me, may I walk

Wandering on the trail of beauty, may I walk” – Navajo: Walking Meditation





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