"Picture Perfect" Kodachrome Basin State Park
spending a few hours at Bryce, I dropped down to nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park and
camped there that night. This park with the funny name is one of my
favorite places to camp in southwestern Utah. It's a few miles off Highway
12 so it's not usually crowded, but it is incredibly beautiful. Best of all,
there are hot showers here to wash off all that red Utah dust that cakes up on
your skin, giving you a temporary tan.
Basin is a quirky park with lots of surprises, like
chukar partridges that strut through the campground looking for a handout, and a
tall rock that bears a striking resemblance to Fred Flintstone (which, not
surprisingly, is officially called "Fred Flintstone Rock"). The only bad
thing about Kodachrome Basin are
the no-see-ems and cedar gnats that congregate here during certain times of
the year, which I swatted in vain while trying to chow down some Doritos and
salsa at my campsite.
case you're wondering about the name, a group of visitors came through here in
the 1940s and, stunned by the colors, decided to name it Kodachrome
Basin. Soon the name started appearing on local maps. The Kodak
company, though, got huffy about the trademark infringement and demanded that the name be
changed, which it was. Then Kodak changed its mind and decided the name would be good publicity, so
the name was changed back to
Believe me, you can shoot a lot of Kodachrome -- or in
my case, Fujichrome -- in this park.
left: The entrance to Kodachrome Basin State Park, near Bryce
Canyon. This place is really interesting and it's one of my
10 Favorite State Parks in the
center: Here's the campground at Kodachrome Basin. I've
camped at this particular campsite in the fall, winter, spring, and
summer, and it's always beautiful.
right: This rather perverted-looking rock formation is a "sand
pipe." Kodachrome Basin is the only place in the world where these
rock formations are found. Geologists think they were ancient natural
wells that gradually filled with silt.
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