Kodachrome Basin State Park

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

Utah

(435) 679-8562

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Things To Do

Overview

Sixty-seven monolithic stone spires (technically called sedimentary pipes) accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers that reveal 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film. Geologists believe this site was once similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Through time, the Entrada sandstone surrounding the solidified geysers eroded, leaving large sand pipes. Sixty-seven sand pipes ranging from two to 52 meters have been identified in the park. Massive sandstone chimneys, change from gray and white to shades of red depending on the day's mood. Numerous rocks and coves offer solitude, quiet and unique desert beauty.

Map of Kodachrome Basin (UT)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.518518, -111.996790

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Opportunities include hiking, biking, and photography.

  • Hiking

    There are both interpretive trails and more challenging trails offered in the park.

  • Picnicking

    Overnight camping facilities, drinking water, modern rest rooms, hot showers and sewage disposal station are available. A group area offers picnic tables, fire pit, barbecue grills and electricity.

  • RVing

    Off-highway vehicle riding areas are available nearby.

Directions

Driving

From Salt Lake City drive south on I-15 to U-20, then east to U-89 then south through Panguitch to U-12, then east to Cannonville, then proceed south nine miles to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 679-8562

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