Friday, July 20, 2012

Kodachrome Basin State Park (Utah)

Katie's mom is from a small town of about 400 people 10 miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park called Tropic.  Katie's grandma is living in a care center in nearby Panguitch.  For this reason, we try to get down there at least once a year.  Each time we go there, I'm struck by the beauty of the area.  Some of the amazing nearby sites include Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Escalante, Boulder Mountain, and so on.  We didn't have as much time to explore as we would have liked to since Katie competed in the Bryce Canyon 1/2 Marathon on Saturday, but we did take a couple hours to go to Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Kodachrome Basin is about 30 minutes from Bryce Canyon.  It sits about 5,800 feet above sea level and is home to a few chimney rock formations, gorgeous red rocks and natural arches.  Other than our group of city slickers, the only other people we saw were some Granolas (made evident by the fact they had the $300 hiking backpack and drove a Subaru) and Germans (made evident by the fact the guys wore mid calf length shorts, white shoes and black church socks).  The park doesn't seem to be too heavily visited and it felt like we'd stumbled across a gorgeous little corner of the earth that not many people know about.

A lot of money has recently been spent to create a general store, build some small cabins that can be rented, several camping sites, and very well marked trails.  It cost $8 a car to enter the park, and it was well worth it.  We found a short little hike that took about an hour and was perfect for our family of 4 and Katie's two sisters with their families.  Now of course Gwen wants to go back in stay overnight in the little cabins.   I had never even heard of Kodachrome Basin before we were down there, and now it's a great little find that we all look forward to going back to some day.

Here is a link to rent those cabins.
Gwen on hike at Kodachrome Basin

Mason enjoying some shade

Does that left peck look saggy?

A view across the Grand Staircase

A rare picture of all 4 of us

Kodachrome State Park

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