Experience southern Utah’s diverse geologic and cultural history by visiting Bryce Canyon Country’s three state parks. Enjoy the views as you travel along beautiful Scenic Byway 12 from park to park.KODACHROME BASIN STATE PARKStart your state park journey near at Kodachrome Basin State Park, the closest park to Bryce Canyon National Park. The scenic state park is best known for 67 towering sand pipes that grace the southern Utah landscape as high as 170 feet above ground. The colorful monoliths,
Best known for the 67 unique sand pipes that accent the breathtaking desert landscape, Kodachrome Basin Park has a well-deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise. In fact, the multicolored sandstone monoliths, nestled beneath southern Utah’s brilliant blue skies, inspired National Geographic Society photographers to nickname the area Kodachrome Flat (after Kodak’s then-newest film) during a 1948 photography expedition. Kodachrome Basin, located about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park, awes thousands of visitors each year with its other-worldly landscape,
This post is a continuation of Part 1 with additional information on why Bryce Canyon Country is a multi-day vacation destination. Read Part 1.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.7 million acres of desert wilderness, extending from the Kaibab Plateau (the north rim of the Grand Canyon) to the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Grand Staircase is known for a
Tropic is the largest of three small ranching communities that make up the Bryce Valley area located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. This little gem of a town is set amidst some of the most scenic southern Utah landscape imaginable: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon, and of course Bryce Canyon, just to name a few.
It may be no coincidence that Utah’s most popular newspaper started with the Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef area when it recently compiled a list of Utah’s Top Getaway Destinations. The article listed these and other locations as additional reasons to visit this region.
> Waterpocket Fold: This is the formation that comprises Capitol Reef National Park. More…
> Peak-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons: These are two slot canyons found along the north side of the Hole In The Rock
Kodachrome Basin TrailsTravelers wishing to wander through the staggering maze of Kodachrome State Park’s many sedimentary spires can enjoy a series of rugged desert hiking trails. Ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty, these ancient trails date back to early Anasazi Native Americans, and evidence suggests they were the first to transverse their way around these otherworldly rock formations. Several trails span throughout Kodachrome Basin State Park, providing both short and half-day hikes.
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
Grosvenor Arch is a remarkable sight, a massive sandstone formation standing more than 150 feet high and spanning 92 feet across. The natural double arch is located within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, about ten miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park.
The arch was named by photographers of the National Geographic Society during a 1949 expedition, in honor of the group’s president Gilbert Hovey
Hitting the trails on horseback in Bryce Canyon Country is a fun and memorable adventure. A variety of equestrian trails for horseback riding lead through diverse landscape and scenery, from groomed paths to remote backcountry. Outfitters throughout Bryce Canyon Country can assist with guided half-, full-, or multi-day excursions for a true Wild West experience on horseback.
Kodachrome Basin’s 2.9-mile Panorama Trail leads through the state park’s spectacular rock formations. There
I’ve heard that the U.S. Park Service sometimes calls Bryce Canyon a cave without a ceiling, or a forest of stone. What I would call it, however, is the Grand Canyon without the crowds – every bit as beautiful, but much more remote, and the best vacation you’ll ever have in your RV. Bryce Canyon is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all.