Utah Field Guide: Kodachrome Basin State Park

Known for it’s towering monolithic spires that jut up from the valley floor, Kodachrome Basin State Park is a hidden gem, just nine miles south of the town of Cannonville off of scenic Highway 12. The park was named by the National Geographic Society back in 1948.

(Aaron Farmer, Manager; Kodachrome Basin State Park) It was pretty much kind of a blank spot on the map and the National Geographic Society sent an expedition through this area and when they got here they were out on the East side of the park and they called the area Kodachrome flats and hence the name Kodachrome basin.

(Aaron Farmer) it was named after the kodachrome film that came out in 1946 I believe and the expedition came through in 1948 and they shot the article with color film.

The park is a favorite of many photographers who are inspired by the red rocks and 67 chimneys. The park also boasts some great camping with 31 improved sites, six cabins, a small camp store, they even have guided horseback rides.

(Aaron Farmer) we kind of serve as a base camp for a lot of people that come and stay and camp and they visit Bryce Canyon and Zion and Capital Reef and the other national parks that are in the area.

For more information Kodachrome Basin state park or any of our 43 Utah state parks log onto utah.stateparks.gov.

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