Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin is a spectacular, small state park that can be reached by a well-paved road 7 miles south of Cannonville off Utah Route 12. It is due east of Bryce Canyon National Park and is completely surrounded by Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Park encompasses 2,240 acres.
Kodachrome Basin contains many multi-colored rock formations of red, yellow, pink, white and brown, as well as massive sandstone chimney spires geologists believe to be solidified sediment that filled ancient springs or geysers left standing after the softer surrounding sandstone eroded away. In a setting of clear blue skies and Great Basin Desert vegetation, the National Geographic Society, with the consent of the Kodak Film Corp., named the area Kodachrome Basin.
Rates & Fees
Entrance: $8.00 per day per vehicle.
Camping: $19 per night per site.
Seasons / Hours
Open year round, 24 hours a day.
Trail Head Station: Located in the center of the park, has a shop with ice, food, film and supplies for campers, hikers, bikers and sightseers.
Tours: Guided horseback and stagecoach tours can be scheduled here from April 1 until November 1.
There is no lodging available in the park. There are motels in Panguitch, Utah: 39 miles northwest with something for every taste and price range. For more information. Click Here. (Rates, availability and reservation online)
A 27-unit campground has modern rest rooms, showers and sewage disposal station. Fresh spring water and firewood are available year round. Fee is $10 per night per site and includes entrance fee. Elevation is 5,800 feet.
- Reservations Accepted: All Year
- Stay Limit: 14 Days
- Total Units: 27
- RV Trailer Sites: 24
- Maximum RV Length: 45 feet.
- Tent Sites: 24
- Camping Fee: $14
- Drinking Water
- Modern Rest Rooms
- Waste Disposal
- Elevation: 5,800 feet
Reservations can be made by calling Utah State Parks and Recreation at 800-322-3770,
Pets Pets are welcome at most state parks, however, they must be on a maximum six foot leash and not left unattended. Pets are not allowed in buildings, on beaches, or in the lakes or reservoirs. Please remember to pick up after your pets. Pets are not allowed at Rock Cliff (Jordanelle).
Quiet Hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
A pavilion area with picnic tables, fire pit, barbecue grills and electricity is available for picnicking and group outings.
Auto / 4WD Touring
Dirt tracks lead from the park south into the large wilderness of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Lake Powell National Recreation Area. Many colorful canyons, mesas and arches can be explored by 4WD vehicle. Notable areas are Cottonwood Canyon and the Paria River, as well as Grosvenor Arch, one of the largest double arches in the state, located 10 miles southeast.
Guided horseback and stagecoach tours are available at Trail Head Station for 1-hour, 2-hour and half-day rentals.
Kodachrome Basin has several short trails that lead to the most scenic views.
Panorama Trail: 3-mile, round trip goes to the Ballerina Slipper. Mountain Bikes are allowed.
Eagle's View Trail: 3/4 mile each way to Eagle's View Overlook. Steep, eroded and exposed -- definitely worth the climb, but not an easy hike.
Shakespeare Arch Trail: Easy, 1/4-mile goes to Shakespeare Arch.
Angel's Palace Trail: Easy, 1/2-mile trail to Angel's Palace.
Grand Parade Trail: Moderate 1-mile trail.
Big Bear Geyser/Cool Cave Trail: Medium 2-mile trail is an add-on to Panorama Trail.
Cities & Towns
- Cannonville, Utah: 7 miles north.
- Henrieville: 12 miles northeast.
- Escalante, Utah: 40 miles east.
- Boulder, Utah: 67 miles northeast.
- Tropic Utah: 18 miles north.
- Panguitch, Utah: 39 miles northwest.
- Kanab, Utah: 90 miles southwest.
Parks & Monuments
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Surrounds the park. Visitor Center is 40 miles east in Escalante.
- Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: 42 miles northeast in Escalante.
- Bryce Canyon National Park: 22 miles west.
- Capitol Reef National Park: 112 miles east.
- Cedar Breaks National Monuent: 88 miles west.
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: 90 miles southwest.
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
- Glen Canyon NRA (Wahweap Marina): 83 miles south.
- Dixie National Forest: 20 miles north.
Historic & Points of Interest
- Anasazi Indian Village: 68 miles north in Boulder.
P.O. Box 238
Cannonville, UT 84718-0238
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