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The United States of America is home to hundreds of state parks but most, if not all, pale in comparison to the Kodachrome Basin State Park. Surrounded by some of Utah’s most popular state parks including Bryce Canyon National Park in Tropic, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Kodachrome Basin State Park is a sight to behold. Judging from its name, it is no doubt a picture-perfect area. The park actually owes its name to the National Geographic who named the area Kodachrome Flat after a new Kodak film back in 1948. To really appreciate the beauty of this park, locate a Cannonville camper rental and enjoy some RV camping at Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Sitting about 5800 feet above sea level, Kodachrome Basin State Park is a perfect spot to set up camp in an RV near Cannonville when driving down to the Grand Canyon. After all, who wouldn’t melt at the sight of 67 glamorous sandstone spires first thing in the morning? Incredibly, the sandstone spires popularly known as ‘sand pipes’ are the only ones of their kind on earth. Apart from the immensely beautiful geological formations, doing some state park RV camping here provides you with endless fun opportunities, including hiking, biking, and photography. Waste no time, search for an RV in Cannonville and see what makes this park a true paradise.
When camping in a rental motorhome in Kodachrome or anywhere in Utah, hiking boots should always be within arm’s reach, as the state is basically a giant hiking paradise. Surprisingly, the hiking trails in Kodachrome are fairly short. With the longest one standing at about six miles long with minimal elevation gain, the trails are perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities. Once you arrive in your campervan, stretch your legs by attempting the 1.5 mile long Angel’s Palace Trail. Despite being the shortest trail, it is the best one for photographers keen on snapping award-winning photos.
While the park was made for hiking, bikers can look out for the Panorama trail, an easy three-mile trail that starts just outside the Kodachrome Campground. If mountain biking is your forte, a more difficult two-mile long trail branches off about a mile into the trail.
Should the weather get too hot to either ride or bike, just let a horse do all the work for you. Red Canyon Trail Rides organizes guided horseback tours along the Panorama Trail which winds through spectacular sandstone canyons passing by the gigantic sand pipes. The ride will be tailored to suit your experience level.
Despite being off the beaten path, you’ll find camping at Kodachrome Basin State Park to be more comfortable than expected. The campground has more to offer than just being dog-friendly. Asphalt, pull-thru sites are connected to electric, water, and sewer hookups along with modern showers and restrooms. The sites are big rig friendly and stargazing along with night photography is superb.
Additional amenities include picnic tables, firewood, and access to clean drinking water. Be sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times due to the presence of coyotes in the area. Keep in mind that the nearest gas stations and stores are about 20 minutes away in Tropic. The nearest towns with all facilities are Panguitch and Escalante so pack up your RV rental wisely.
When it comes to venturing beyond the park, two things are of utmost importance. Good hiking boots and a four-wheel drive vehicle. The park is located close to some of the most scenic roads in the area. Start out along Cottonwood Canyon Road, which is an unpaved road connecting Canyonville to Big Water. Later on, try out the Hole-in-the-rock road, a picturesque dirt road that snakes through the Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Don’t make the mistake of leaving without visiting the mighty Grosvenor Arch, which lies about ten miles away from the park. Remember to bring along a camera as this is one of the most photographed natural feature and you don’t want to be missing out.
Willis Creek Slot Canyon is a must-do whenever you camp in an RV in Cannonville. You’ll enjoy watching the canyon walls grow higher and higher as you make your way downstream hopping and jumping across boulders and the Willis Creek. The best thing about this particular trail is that you can tackle it even during the hot summer as the high canyon walls are great at keeping you cool.