Monday, 15 August 2011

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park is 9 miles from Cannonville on highway 12 along a paved road following the Paria river.

Because of the colourful rocks in the area it was named Kodachrome Flats (with permission from Kodak)  by a 1949 National Geographic expedition.   It is simply gorgeous.

Our first stop was Chimney Rock.

After that we headed off to Shakespeare Arch, I’m not at all sure why it’s called Shakespeare Arch after all it’s an awful long way from Stratford-upon-Avon.   The trail to the arch is easy after that it’s marked as strenuous.

One of the gorgeous views from along the trail.

Our next stop was the Angels Palace Trail, it’s about 1½ miles long and climbs about 150ft above the basin floor.   The trail starts from the parking area near the campground, crossing the road and heading up a narrow red rock canyon, in places the following a dry wash.

Before climbing round the side of the canyon to the top, yes that really is the trail in the photograph below. 

From there we followed the cairns and markers across the slickrock in a loop and were treated to some amazing views.

Now this section was a little close to the edge for me!

After all that hard work we stopped by the store and thoroughly enjoyed an ice-cream on the porch.  

Have fun, we are!

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