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map showing location of Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah USA

The two RV Gypsies
at Kodachrome Basin State Park
in Utah

August 12, 2012

This State Park was just as nice as most of the National Parks. Amazing.

importantKodachrome Basin was amazingly beautiful, and there are a lot of photos, so Kodachrome has been divided into two pages which will allow the photos to load faster, although the photos may still take several minutes - they will be worth the wait.. This is PAGE 1 OF 2

The roadside scenery just before the two RV Gypsies entered Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah.

roadside scenery
roadside scenery
roadside scenery
roadside scenery

Kodachrome Basin is a state park in Utah. It is situated 5,800 feet above sea level, 12 miles south of Utah Route 12, and 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park, and is completely surrounded by Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (which can be seen from the Utah menu link below). The Park encompasses 2,240 acres.

sign: Kodachrome Basin State Park

Geology: Geologists believe Kodachrome Basin State Park 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.

 

The two RV Gypsies drove the Grand Parade area of the Kodachrome Basin and stopped at pull-offs to see the various Entrada sandstone formations as shown below.

Grand Parade area of the Kodachrome Basin
2 formations in Grand Parade area of the Kodachrome Basin
the two RV Gypsies at Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah
stone formation
stone formation
4 stone formations
stone formation
stone formation

Without a doubt, the sand pipes are the main attraction at Kodachrome Basin State Park, with the largest spire, Chimney Rock, towering at 170 feet tall. Chimney Rock is the feature that brought national attention to this area back in the 1940's (according to an info plaque located next to the structure) Kodachrome Basin earned its name when National Geographic photographers came here in the late 1940's to test out a new type of color film.

sign about Chimney Rock

In the photo below, notice the people at the bottom of Chimney Rock and how small they appear.

Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock

Photographing Chimney Rock with a wide angle camera made it look totally different.

Karen Duquette at Chimney Rock
Karen Duquette at Chimney Rock
Karen Duquette at Chimney Rock

The view from the side of Chimney Rock. The pointed formation in the image below is called the Colossus of Cannonville. (Cannonville is 9 miles away). It is on the Bureau of Land Management land, and was the site of a spectacular climb a few years ago. The Colossus of Cannonville is on BLM land (climbing is now forbidden within Kodachrome).

The view from the side of Chimney Rock
panorama by Chimney Rock
Lee Duquette photographing The Colossus of Cannonville
The Colossus of Cannonville

The Colossus of Cannonville is a fine-grained formation of Entrada sandstone and Henrieville sandstone (the lighter layer). This was the site of a radically difficult climb by Steve “Crusher” Bartlett, a solo climb. The climb was so difficult that he only averaged about 60 feet per day, as the grainy surface crumbled like hard sugar.

Kodachrome Basin rangers stopped by to watch a part of the climb in total amazement. It took Mr. Bartlett six days to climb the 400 foot tower. He was the first person to stand on the summit.

The Colossus of Cannonville
The Colossus of Cannonville

Looking far into the distance to the right of Chimney Rock

view from Chimney Rock
view from Chimney Rock

Next, the two RV Gypsies embarked on a popular hike, the easy 1/4-mile trail to Shakespeare Arch, the only large natural arch within the park.

the easy 1/4-mile trail to Shakespeare Arch

Photo of the two RV Gypsies at Kodachrome Basin State Park were taken with a self-timer camera set on a rock, so they are a bit-lopsided. They did not have to hike or climb any closer to the hoodoos, as the trail runs alongside the formations.

Photo of the two RV Gypsies at Kodachrome Basin State Park

view from the trail to Shakespeare Arch

view from the trail to Shakespeare Arch
view from the trail to Shakespeare Arch
view from the trail to Shakespeare Arch

Some of the eerie sandstone hoodoos on the Shakespeare Arch trail.

eerie sandstone hoodoos on the Shakespeare Arch trail.
eerie sandstone hoodoos on the Shakespeare Arch trail.

Shakespeare Arch peeks out of a hoodoo-laden sandstone formation in Kodachrome Basin, and stands 180 feet over the trail. Note the unusual tiered structure of Shakespeare Arch.

Shakespeare Arch peeks out of a hoodoo-laden sandstone formation in Kodachrome Basin
Shakespeare Arch

Thanks to a close-up lens, the two RV Gypsies got the photograph of the Arch that they wanted, and decided not to hike any further.

Shakespeare Arch
Karen Duquette

The short Shakespeare Arch trail has a few features other than the hoodoos and the distant views of Grand Staircase Escalante.

distant views of Grand Staircase Escalante
hoodoos
Karen Duquette
informative sign
dead tree in the desert
Lee Duquette by an eerie dead tree in the desert
scenery
flowers

Grand Parade Sand Pipe

Grand Parade Sand Pipe
Grand Parade Sand Pipe
Karen Duquette approaching the Grand Parade Sand Pipe
Karen Duquette approaching the Grand Parade Sand Pipe
Karen Duquette by the Grand Parade Sand Pipe
the Grand Parade Sand Pipe
overview of  scenery
flowers

next page of Kodachrome photosPlease continue on to page 2 at Kodachrome Basin: Big Stoney, Ballerina Geyser, a giant slickrock and more