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Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

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In 1997, I had planned a road trip down this way, and in one day I would visit Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, all of Route-12 and part of Capital Reef. In a day. Dumb. At one time, Kodachrome Basin was on my 1997 trip list, but was scratched due to time constraints. No kidding.

I've become a much better planner since then. :-)

In my 2008 return to the area, I would take two days to do only Route-12 and the attractions on it. That included a stop in Kodachrome Basin, one of five Utah State Parks I would visit that year.

The park is near the city of Cannonville, where it is said the residents referred to the city as Gun Shot, since it was too small to qualify as a cannon. I cannot confirm nor deny this fact... Back to Top

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park Map
This map was downloaded from the NPS site.
In the September 1949 issue of National Geographic, they featured this area, giving it the name "Kodachrome Flat", named after the new slide film they used. When the area became a state park in 1962, Utah renamed the place "Chimney Rock State Park", fearing Kodak would object to the use of the name, however, Kodak gave their permission, and the park was renamed, "Kodachrome Basin State Park", the only park to be named after the slide film.

It's interesting to note that the park has now outlived the slide film, and will possibly outlive Kodak itself. I'll bet the next generation will grow up without even knowing the origin of the park's name, even though there's a Paul Simon tune with the same name.

Oh, and if I ever put together that "Dirty Mother Nature" page, a couple of formations here will definitely make the list... Back to Top

Kodachrome Basin State Park
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Cottonwood Road is the access road from Utah-12 to the Park. On the maps, this road cuts all the way across Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, emerging onto US-89 on the South side of the monument, but I would definitely check road conditions before doing the drive.

Cottonwood Road
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Kodachrome Basin was a nice surprise of a park, very picturesque, which some amazing rock formations. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and there isn't even any cell phone service. But I do think it's a must stop if you're touring Utah-12...

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Utah State Route 12
Utah-12 Link Utah State Route 12 (also named as the "Journey Through Time Byway") is my favorite road in America.

The 124 mile road starts at a unnamed junction with US-89 and ends in Torrey, Utah, pretty much connecting Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park. In-between are a couple of those spectacular Utah State Parks, a National Monument and some jaw-dropping landscapes just off the side of the road.
Utah / 67 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.
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Trip Report: Sep 2008.

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