Friday, May 17, 2013

Kodachrome Basin State Park and Grosvenor Arch

Cannonville, Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park is located just south of Cannonville off Scenic Byway 12, an All American Road.

The first of our two hikes for the day was Shakespeare Arch-Sentinel Trail.

This trail is a 1.7 mile loop that gives access to the only large natural arch within the park.

This first part of the trail, about a half mile, to reach the arch was relatively easy.

But, after the arch, the trail's a little more difficult.

The trail narrows and climbs offering magnificent views of the Grand Staircase-Escalnate National Monument which surrounds the park.


At an elevation of 5,800 feet, the lands of Kodachrome Basin are classified semi-dessert. Plants must adapt to drought and extreme temperatures. 

Medium sized trees include pinion pine and Utah junipers.

We found the dead trunks and roots of many trees. The wood is very twisted and gnarled. We could even hear it crackling as the wind blew...

 Flowering plants and grasses thrive. The yucca plants were full of buds.

The common raven is just one of several species of birds found here.


Once we rounded the tip of the plateau, the hike down was a lot easier.

We saw beautiful banks filled with grasses and plants on our left and the basin on our right.




Our second hike, Panorama Trail, was a three mile loop.


This trail offers views to several sedimentary pipes.

There are over 70 spires in the park ranging from 6 to 170 feet in height.



This trail also offers some interesting geological features such as caves.

The color and contrast here prompted the National Geographic Society, with consent from Kodak Film Corp., to name the park Kodachrome in 1949.

I had mentioned in an earlier post that we took a Jeep ride and explored in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
About 15 miles down the Scenic Backway 400 is the Grosvenor Arch. As you can see, we were not the only travelers taking advantage of the beautiful day. 

 Grosvenor Arch is a unique sandstone double arch. It is named to honor Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (1875-1966) who was a president of the National Geographic Society. The area is handicapped friendly, has a restroom and a picnic area.

Today is packing up day...tomorrow we will head for new adventures!

We have certainly had a great time here and hope to return.

 Thanks for joining in on our journey.
Hope you have a nice week-end!
Y'all come back!


  1. Great photos! You had quite an interesting time on your hikes with all the beautiful plants, animals, rock formations, and a bullet ridden car along the way! I can see why you'd like to revisit that area. :)

  2. That abandoned old truck does not look as if it had a good time rollin!

  3. Look looks like a perfect time of year to explore this area. Great photos as I felt like I was right there with you. This is another place we would like to visit.