I remembered driving past signs for it last year, but really had no idea what to expect. I Googled it before we decided to go, but still wasn’t sure. We were going to be in the area at Bryce Canyon already though and figured, why not? I mean, it’s basically on the way from Escalante to Bryce. That was it. We were going.
After spending all morning hiking Navajo Loop and to the Mossy Cave, we were a little tired out and didn’t want to hike eight more miles. Plus, Kodachrome felt way hotter than Bryce Canyon. There wasn’t much shade, but even then, it still felt a lot warmer which made us want to hike even less, but we pushed on and did a couple short trails around the park.
The first was the nature trail. It’s a short trail at the end of the park road, or almost at the end of it, and it was nice and flat, which was perfect for how hot it was. It weaved around rocks and had little signs along the whole thing telling you about the different types of plants in the Utah desert. I actually enjoyed reading those since I see these plants all the time but didn’t know what most of them were. And now I finally know what Mormon Tea looks like. I had heard of it last year, but didn’t actually know what it looked like, or that I had seen it on a regular basis. It’s the plant in the very first picture of this post.
After the nature walk, we headed out to see Shakespeare Arch and the rest of that area. We drove to the end of the unpaved road and turned around to go back to the Arch trailhead. The hike to the arch is pretty easy and right around a mile round-trip, but the trail keeps going past the arch. After it gets more strenuous and is closer to three miles for the whole loop. We stopped at the arch because we were starving and if I haven’t already mentioned, it was hot. It was kind of hard to spot at first because the arch is in front of more rock so it blended in.
After that hike we decided to head back to Escalante to get some food. We ended our awesome day of hiking with a delicious pizza and a broken tent. Overall I liked Kodachrome, but it was so hot that we just didn’t want to do anything. I would definitely recommend going in the spring, fall, or winter when weather is cooler. It’s the perfect stop if you’re doing a road trip or in the area of Bryce Canyon and Escalante.
Tips for visiting Kodachrome Basin:
- Definitely bring lots of water if you plan on doing lots of hiking.
- It could be really windy here in the spring, so take that into account and check the weather before you go.
- This is a good stop on your way to or from Bryce Canyon. I wouldn’t spend tons of time here, but it is cool to see if you’re in the area.
- It’s a lot hotter here than in Bryce, so dress accordingly.
Have you been to Kodachrome Basin? What did you think of it? What is your favorite thing to do there?