Our family loves long, challenging hikes into remote areas… and we love reward hikes that end with amazing views like the Shakespeare Arch Trail… but we also love the short, simple nature trails at many of the parks we visit.
Accessible and educational, the nature trails typically have interpretive displays with information about the surrounding landscape, animals, flora, and fauna. At Kodachrome Basin State Park, this trail is the Kodachrome Nature Trail.
The Kodachrome Nature Trail is a hard-packed, 0.5 mile loop trail with informational panels about the plants, animals, and geology of Kodachrome Basin and signs with inspirational quotes from famous icons.
Starting/ending at a parking area about 1.0 mile north of the Kodachrome Basin Visitor Center, the Nature Trail travels through a desert landscape of pinyon pines and junipers, past stone hoodoos and colorful rock formations, and around the base of a giant sedimentary stone spire.
It’s an easy walk anyone can do — and it gives you a great introduction to the Kodachrome Basin.
Know Before You Go
- Kodachrome Basin State Park is located about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park in Cannonville, Utah 84718 in Kane County. To reach the park, travel west on Scenic Byway 12 to Cannonville, then head south for 9.0 miles on Cottonwood Canyon Road.
- The park is open year-round from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily with no holiday closures. Check for road conditions prior to heading out.
- Admission fees are $8.00 per vehicle and $4.00 per vehicle for Utah seniors, as well as $75.00 per annual pass and $35.00 per senior annual pass.
- The park has warm, sunny summers and mild winters that make visiting a fantastic experience during any season.
- Pets are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
- If you drive to Kodachrome Basin, plan to also visit nearby Grosvenor Arch, a giant, natural stone, double arch.