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Kodachrome Basin State Park

The rocks in this Utah state park are so vivid that they named it after the best color transparency film ever made. They took Kodachrome away, but this place will stay on the map for a long time.

Photo by emperornorton

While you are on your road trip through the American West, head about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park to visit this pearl. Here you can camp, stay in a cabin, ride horses, hike, and best of all, take splendid photographs.

The best seasons to visit are spring and fall.

The colors here so astounded a 1949 National Geographic Society expedition that they named it after the magazine’s favorite film. Here in the middle of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, they discovered a high desert landscape of sand pipes, variegated cliffs, shallow caves, slot canyons, and twisted hoodoos.

Sixtyseven sand pipes are all that remains of an ancient geyser basin. The geysers filled up with sediment, the sandstone around them eroded, and visitors were left with colorful chimneys and spires such as the Ballerina.

Kodak gave its permission for the state of Utah to use their Kodachrome brand name. I know of no other film so honored. And don’t doubt this: you will wish that they still made it to capture the powerful yellows, oranges, and reds of this unique geological landscape.

Photo by emperornorton

written by emperornorton


  1. beatpoetj


    Great article about a great place...I hope that many people find this article and this place....Im on my way back there....

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  2. emperornorton


    @beatpoetj This came close to being part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is a good thing that the state of Utah saw its value and saved it.

    about 3 years ago · report as spam

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