Kodachrome Basin State Park RV & Campground Guide

Utah

Kodachrome Basin State Park

is home to 67 stone spires, known as sedimentary pipes. The pipes, along with the sandstone layers that gave the park its name, reveal 180 million years of geologic time. In addition to hiking, visitors can go on a horseback ride through the park, or mountain bike various trails. The park is at 5,800 feet. Whether you visit the park during the day, or see the striking silhouettes at twilight, you’re sure to be amazed!

Weather in the park is mild, with the average high in summer that only hits 91 F. Lows in winter drop to about 20 F at their coldest. The area is quite arid and gets less than a week of rain per month - some months only get 2 days or so.

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Weather
Spring 25-75 F
Summer 44-91 F
Fall 23-81 F
Winter 16-50 F
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Nearby Cities
Cannonville, UT
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park has three campgrounds, ranging in amenities from full hookups to primitive sites. There are showers at the park as well, and restrooms with flush toilets.

However, there are also other campgrounds nearby you can try:

Panguitch KOA Holiday

The Panguitch KOA makes a great base camp for exploring southern Utah. You’ll be close to ATV, hiking, and bike trails, as well as to Bryce National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and a number of other southern Utah sights.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, pool, dog park

Hitch N Post Campground

Hitch N Post Campground is along historic Highway 89, just a few blocks from restaurants and shopping. The campground is ATV and motorcycle friendly.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry, fire pit, showers, camp store

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What to Do at
Kodachrome Basin State Park

Inside Kodachrome Basin State Park

There are many things to try while you’re taking in the beauty of the natural features of Kodachrome State Park:

Hiking: There are two trails just for hiking, and two more multi-use trails. There’s also an ADA-accessible trail.  

Biking: There are several biking trails of various levels of difficulty. The Grand Parade Trail is an easy 1 ½ miles, while the Panorama Trail can be up to a 6 mile bike ride. 

Horseback riding: There are horseback riding trails as well - in fact, many hikers and cyclists share the trail with equestrians. The Grand Parade and Panorama Trails are good trails for horses as well!

Outside Kodachrome Basin State Park

There’s plenty to do outside the park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Cowboy’s Smokehouse Cafe

The Cowboy’s Smokehouse began more than 25 years ago as a Texas-style BBQ joint, selling mesquite-smoked meats. Steaks were added eventually, and the restaurant became the full-service establishment it is today. Try the pulled pork, or a tasty tri-tip. There are other options, like the green chili burrito, if you’re not in the mood for a barbeque plate.

Type: BBQ

Location: Panguitch, UT

Big Fish Family Restaurant

This family-owned establishment serves up burgers, buffalo wings, fish & chips, and even vegetarian burgers. There are salads available for order as well.

Type: Burgers

Location: Panguitch, UT

Stone Hearth Grille

This restaurant, attached to the Stone Canyon Inn, offers seasonal dishes along with some year-round staples. Choose from steak, fish, chicken, and more dining options while you take in beautiful views of the mountains at sunrise or sunset.

Type: American

Location: Tropic, UT

Shopping

Ruby’s Inn General Store

Shop for books on the area, as well as Native American Arts & Crafts, rocks, souvenir t-shirts, jewelry, pottery, Western wear, and more. Find a unique item to remind yourself of your trip, or nab some presents for friends & family.

Location: Bryce Canyon City, UT

Sightseeing

Bryce Canyon National Park

See the largest concentration of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock that look like they might belong on an alien planet) anywhere on earth. Walk between the hoodoos, or visit at night when the certified dark skies make stargazing a fascinating experience.

Location: Bryce, UT

Grosvenor Arch

Grosvenor Arch is actually two arches - sandstone creations that tower 150ft above the ground. It’s part of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. You can walk right up to the arches to admire them up close.

Location: Cannonville, UT

Utah Scenic Byway 12

Travel one of the most beautiful roads in the country! Utah’s Scenic Byway leads drivers to vistas in places including Red Canyon, The Blues/Powel Point Overlook, the Upper Valley Graineries, the Escalante River Trailhead, the Head of the Rocks Overlook, and the Boynton Overlook. Pack a lunch and picnic at one of the many pullover places along the drive.

Location: Cannonville, UT

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How to Get to
Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin is approximately 300 miles south of Salt Lake City, and nine miles south of Cannonville, UT. Take Highway 12 S from Cannonville, and look for signs to the park from there.

Entering Kodachrome Basin State Park

Like most state parks there is a fee to enter Kodachrome Basin State Park:

Per Vehicle : $8

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