Sixty-seven monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.
Enjoyed the trail with our German Shepherd Dog. Nothing to technical for us beginners. Not much shade once the sun rises higher but our early start gave us some as needed to rest our dog. Much of the trail has a center rut from bikes and horses but it is quite manageable. Really enjoyed the lack of people to work around. We saw just a few and that was pleasant.
Reid G. on Willis Creek Narrows Trail
Nice easy walk. Probably get your feet wet. Would be great with kids, not too long.
The road to this hike was interesting. All dirt road off Main St. South of Cannonville, Utah. I used the following website to get directions to the hike: http://www.yourhikeguide.com/willis-creek-narrows/. This website was very accurate for guiding us to the trailhead. Although they recommend high clearance vehicles to access this hike, we saw plenty of cars at the parking lot. Even though it's a dirt road, there are really only 2 bad spots on here. At the very beginning and somewhere around 4.5-5.5 miles in.
The hike itself was easy and you get into the slots only after a 5 minute walk from the parking lot. Horse poop on the trail, so I wouldn't let the kiddos play in the water. Lots of creek crossings but I didn't get my feet wet. Only 1.5 -2 feet wide, so very easy to cross back and forth. The creek itself is maybe only 12 inches deep? At least during a dry day like on 07/09/15. I can imagine this place can be dangerous during a flash flood.
Loved this hike. Will go further next time. Only hiked about 1.5 miles in before we decided to turn around due to time.
Located in a corner of Kodachrome Basin State Park, the Shakespeare Arch trail is reached via an unpaved road (be sure to get a map from the Park Visitor Center). Once there, you’ll encounter a short (1/2 mile up and back) trail to the only natural arch in the Park.
NOTE: Even though the trail is short, it is almost completely exposed, so you should wear a hat and sunscreen. The trail itself is rocky in several areas, so proper shoes are strongly recommended.
The hike to the viewing area for the arch is not terribly tough and you’ll get an interesting view. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can scramble up the side of the hill next to the arch and continue along behind the arch on the Sentinel Trail, which by contrast is rated strenuous.