Kodachrome Basin State Park
Zion National Park
Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic Backway
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Originally called "Thorleys Pasture", Kodachrome
Basin State Park was named after a new type of film in the late
1940s that reinvented photography. The Kodak Kodachrome
made it possible for your average Joe to take full color pictures.
What better place to test your new camera than Kodachrome Basin
State Park. Kodak objected at first but then realized that they
were getting tons of free advertising, so they "kindly"
let the park be named Kodachrome.
Kodachrome Basin is well outfitted with a supply and cabin area
called "Trail Head Station". There, you may access
horses, food, supplies, film and even room and board. There
are 27 fully outfitted units to camp in, right in the middle
of Kodachrome Basin. Fresh water and Firewood are always available
as well. I would think this would be an excellent place to take
a small family to camp.
There are at least 67 sedimentary pipes, chimneys, spires and
hoodoos ranging in height from 6 to 170 feet. There are two
theories on how the tubes formed; One, they are sedimented pipes
from geysers and springs, much like Yellowstone, and Two, they
were holes filled with sand that became harder somehow. I'm
not 100% sure myself, but I don't think the second theory is
even worth suggesting, how can you compress a column without
equally compressing the surrounding rock?
I didn't have time to visit Shakespear Arch or Grosvenor Arch.
Grosvenor Arch is one of the most unique arches in America,
and some consider it the most impressive arch in Utah. I'll
have to see it first before it takes the title away from Landscape,
and Delicate Arch as the coolest arches in Utah. Grosvenor
is located just 10 miles south of Kodachrome, down
a dirt road.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Sandstone hoodoos and spires abound in Kodachrome Basin.
Looking east toward Chimney Rock
Looking south at Chimney Rock
From near Chimney Rock looking east toward an amazing sandstone spire.
Petrified column of smoke.
Nail-headed sandstone hoodoos.
Near the northern end of Kodachrome Basin you'll find these peculiar
On the other side is the campground.
Like a plaster cast of a hot spring, or a futuristic lazer gun.
Nail-head spires standing outside in the bitter winter cold.
Sandstone columns reaching into the sky like a frozen giraffes.
Pointing the way to "Up"
A Picasso inspired angle of the giant nail-head looking up into the
Do you know what this looks like? An armless man sitting Indian style.
A sand factory frozen in time.
Kodachrome resident hoodoo community watching the sunset.
Looks like a person dressed in a burlap bag with his burlap son.
The tallest nail-head sitting reverently as the sun fades out.
A giant nail-Head holding his sack of popcorn to watch the sunset.
Apon entering and leaving the park, you will see this column
letting you know that you're number one.
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