In our blogs, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, are always raving about Utah’s five great national parks. Just as spectacular, but less visited, are our state parks. There are a couple of advantages to including state parks into your vacation plans. Since Utah’s state parks are smaller in size, it means that you can often see everything the park has to offer – which is nearly impossible in the national parks. And the fact that state parks are less popular means you don’t have to fight the crowds. One of Southern Utah’s most impressive state parks is Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Kodachrome Basin gets its name from the brilliant color film used by photographers. The implication is, of course, that the scenery of the area is so vivid that it is like a print of kodachrome. The park is defined by over sixty towering sandstone spires rising from the stark desert floor. The varying shades of red sandstone stand out against the deep blue skyline, producing the kodachrome affect.
The main attractions of Kodachrome Basin State Park are hiking, camping, horseback riding, and rock climbing. This park is a great place to enjoy a taste of the beauty of Southern Utah.
Kodachrome Basin charges a nominal fee of six dollars for each vehicle entering the park. Modern camping facilities are available, including showering facilites. Many of the sites accommodate large RVs. Kodachrome is one of the few state parks to also offer in-park camping cabins. You can reserve a cabin here.
Kodachrome Basin is a really, really, amazing park to explore. Be sure to stop by the visitor center for trail maps and a cultural and historical perspective of the area. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, recommend this park for a weekend of family fun.