Looking for a bit of quiet romance among the rugged rocks of Utah’s desert lands?
Kodachrome Basin Park is the perfect destination for that quiet holiday with the family, or romantic getaway for lovers. Surrounded by the majestic silence and staggering formations of 67 towering sedimentary chimney rocks, these ghostly beauties haunt the endless canyonlands of Kodachrome Basin State Park with their multi-hued sandstone layers that expose over 180 million years of geological time. Named after the famous Kodak color film, this destination is sure to be the perfect photo opt for your honeymoon retreat or family reunion.
Believed to have been pieces of solidified sediment filling the ancient geysers that once presided over the landscape, researchers speculate the area once closely resembled the geological formations of Yellow stone National Park. Overtime, however, the Entrada sandstone eroded, exposing the staggering array of chromatism displayed on the sandstone surface. The colors are remarkable: red, white, brown and yellow layers of sediment shift and transform with the movement the sun, the shadows of valley, the brilliance of the night stars.
Stargazers spend the night hours feasting their eyes upon the vast and timeless stars dancing above the ancient rock chimneys as they too seem to point their direction to the sky, moving ever upward toward the symphony of starlit paradise. Lack of light and pollution makes the area one of the most popular stargazing locations in the west.
Photographers can enjoy a natural art show of stunning vistas, majestic wildlife, and a silhouette of rocks landscapes that disappear into the endless scope of cloudless skies. The wide array of textures and contrasting colors makes for a compelling geometry of nature’s unique harmonies.
Lovers can lose themselves in the desert wonders along trails trodden by only the few adventurists who dare to be one with the lonely majesty of the canyonlands.
Kodachrome Basin State Park is open year-round and has a $6 entrance fee. Learn more.
Biology Are you a natural life enthusiast? Don’t worry. Despite the magical silence of these abandoned landscapes, Kodachrome Basin boasts a unique array of hardy trees, flowering plants, grasses and shurbbary that thrive in the hash semi-arid climate of this Southern Utah wilderness. Visitors surveying the landscape will glimpse the fauna and flora of the Wild West, including Utah juniper, big sage, Mormon tea (ephedra), Indian Paintbrush, evening primrose, yellow flax, locoweed, thread grass, locoweed, and pinion pines.
What about wildlife? Yup. Kodachrome is brimming with a diverse array of native desert animals: Mule deer, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and gray fox hunt jack rabbits and rock squirrel in the shadows of valley’s hovering sandstone towers, while rattlesnakes, mice, and lizards lurk beneath rocks and make their homes under the dessert’s arid surface. Ravens and golden eagles are native to the primitive lands, while rock wren, pinion and scrub jays, chukar partridge, and chipping sparrow patrol the endless silence of the canyon’s skies.
Beauty, solitude, and plenty of room for memories, Kodachrome Basin State Park is desert’s dimension of heaven. Don’t miss it.