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Oct 8, 2017 - Kodachrome State Park

10/8-10/10 Kodacrome Basin State Park. Utah More red rocks, this time over 70 towering sandstone chimneys reaching as high as 170 ft. The color and contract in this region is spellbinding. Today it was a Tiffany blue sky, rust red rocks and bright ponderosa pines. An artist couldn't have painted it any more beautiful. It was cold. 21 last night and 40s in the day so we called it a car tour day and we put 100 miles on the car enjoying the sunshine and the unbelievable views.

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Mar 30, 2015 - Kodachrome Basin State Park

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...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Kodachrome State Park

One of the annoying things about national parks is that dogs can only be walked on paved paths and parking lots. Some of them only allow the parking lot and that’s it. Buddy and I headed out to “Kodachrome State Park” for some hiking and exploring. This state park only requires that the dog be a on a leash but all trails are okay. By using my 25 foot retractable leash with Buddy and clipping it on my belt loop, Buddy can explore a bit ahead of me while I hold my camera etc. My only concern is that if Buddy goes after a squirrel I might have...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

We awoke to another brisk morning of 32 degree weather, a result of the clear skies overnight. Bryce Canyon is the second most "dark" place in America; no light pollution at all. We thought we would see another unbelievable night sky, but forgot to take into account the near full moon that you could honestly read a newspaper by. Oh, well. After breakfast we took the Vue downhill a bit (well, around 3000 feet in elevation) over to Kodachrome Basin State Park. The scenery is unusual here, dominated by monolithic stone spires called...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Impressions From Utah

Fred here. :) We're just getting ready to finish up a 2 month stint camphosting at Kodachrome Basin State Park in southern Utah, 9 miles south of Cannonville, a town of 160 people. To say we are in the boonies is an understatement of the first order. When we signed on for this gig we knew it was in a remote part of Utah, but in retrospect, we didn't know what remote really is. There is one east west road, Highway 12 that goes north east from Hwy 89 through three counties, Kane, Garfield and Wayne. These three counties are larger than the...

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May 27, 2011 - Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

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...

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Apr 27, 2011 - Kodachrome Basin State Pk

Today we visited Kodachrome Basin, an area filled with towering sandstone chimneys which change in color and shadow from red-tinged spires against a beautiful blue sky to soft evening light settling over the desert. This color and contrast is what prompted the National Geographic Society in 1949, with consent from the Kodak Film Corp., of course, to name the park Kodachrome. We chose to hike the “Angels Palace Trail,” which is a moderate hike of 1.5 miles rising 150 ft. The trail affords magnificent views of Kodachrome Basin, Bryce Canyon...

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Yellowstone 2011

Apr 5, 2010 - Kodachrome Basin State Park near Canonville, Utah

This morning we headed over to Kodachrome Basin State Park which is near Canonville, Utah. The main features of the park are the many sedimentary pipes (also called geysers) in the area. The park contains 67 of these pipes which geologists believe to have originated in one of two ways: as injections of liquefied sand triggered by earthquakes, or as remnants of ancient springs. The spires were left standing after the softer Entrada Sandstone surrounding them eroded away. The name of the park came from a National Geographic Society...

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May 6, 2009 - Utah!Kodachrome Basin & Bryce

Who says a drive across Utah can’t contain elements of a safari? During a side trip from Bryce to explore Kodachrome Basin State Park, we encountered a very handsome cow standing on the side of the road. Never mind that there was no farm in sight and nothing nearby that seemed worth grazing on. Although obviously not as dramatic as Bryce Canyon, Kodachrome Basin (name courtesy of the National Geographic Society) has its own brand of beauty: the rock formations are awash in soft corals, pinks and creams. On the way back to Bryce we stopped...

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Nov 10, 2008 - Grosvenor Arch and Kodachrome Basin

After quite a long journey the day before we decided to have a reasonably quiet day. By taking the Cotton Wood Canyon Scenic Backway (A dirt and sometime interesting road!) from Cannoville we found ourselves at the rather magnificent Grosvenor Arch. A hidden treasure! Returning back towards Cannonville we stopped and walked in the Kodachrome Basin State Park. The park has a number of spectacular towering chimneys which change in colour and shadow according to the time of day and weather. The colour and contrast prompted the National...

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