We in Utah are lucky. We live in a state that has five national parks. Plus several more parks in the neighboring states (and most are less than a day away.) In fact, we are so famous for our national parks that people come from all across the globe to visit our state. But, and this is the point, our national parks are so venerated that people forget all about our state parks.
There are 45 state parks in Utah. Some are big, and some are very small. An some are just as spectacular as the national parks. One such park is Kodachrome Basin State Park. The park is named after the Kodachrome camera film, popular because of its rich color properties. (Kodak, the makers of Kodachrome film actually had to give permission for the park to use it’s trademarked name.) Which gives you an idea of what to expect from Kodachrome Basin.
The most defining feature of the park is its array of stone spires – called sedimentary pipes. There are 67 in total, strewn across the park. There is also the spectacular high desert landscape, which can be seen best from the overlook on the famous Road 400. Plus, just 10 miles outside of the park is the fantastic Grosvenor Arch – probably the coolest arch in all of Utah.
There is an fee of six dollars per vehicle to enter the park. Kodachrome has 27 campsites, most with modern facilities. When visiting, be sure to check out the Kodachrome Basin Visitor Center for detailed information about the parks history and geology.
So, to sum up, if you are visiting Utah for the national parks, maybe throw in a state park or two as well. And you can’t go wrong with Kodachrome Basin State Park.