After our stay at Bryce Canyon in 1994 we decided to visit nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park before driving to Zion National Park. Kodachrome Basin is about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon and about seven miles south of Highway 12 at Cannonville.
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In 1948 a bunch of National Geographic employees led by writer / photographer Jack Breed descended on a generally unexplored area just south of Bryce Canyon National Park to create a story and photos that would appear in the September 1949 issue of the magazine. They called the area Kodachrome Flat because that was the film they were using. The area became a state park in 1962 and was initially called Chimney Rock State Park but the name was changed to Kodachrome Basin State Park a few years later after the Kodak corporation gave permission to use their brand name.
The colors of the rocks are rather dull in the middle of the day but turn brilliant reds and yellows at sunrise and sunset.
There are 67 chimneys / spires / pinnacles / pipes — I even heard someone call them “stone-cicles! — in the park.
There are 27 camping sites and a host of trails that you can explore either on foot or on horseback. We walked up a short trail to Shakespeare Arch and drove down a dirt road to inspect the original Chimney Rock, for which the park was once named.
Most of the trees in the park are juniper or pinion pine but I preferred to photograph the occasional ancient bristlecone pine.
There are two other ways of getting to Kodachrome Basin State Park: one is a dirt road north from Page, Arizona and the other is also a dirt road west from the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.
After our visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park we drove back to Highway 12 at Cannonville and continued on our trip north and west on Highway 12 and then south on US 89 to Zion National Park which will be the subject of my next posting.