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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.

Nice short hike. The views we're good and formations were interesting.

27 days ago

Easy and fun trail. It is kind of a mix between Arches and Goblin Valley. Great views of all different rock formations and very few people in the park.

1 month ago

Fun little trail that gives you the option of exploring a few box canyons.

This trail offers decent vista views but the arch is nothing to get excited about. For a challenge at the end, one can take the slickrock cut-off (it's marked). Almost stepped on a rattlesnake, so be wary that they like this trail.

Probably the best trail in Kodachrome. Expansive views, interesting rock features. If you only do one trail in Kodachrome, it should be this one.

Easy trail but I'd imagine it would be rather hot during the summer. There's not much shade but the views are spectacular.

We hike this on April 26 and saw maybe 6 other people the whole way. Very peaceful trail with nice views. We visited as a side trip from Bryce Canyon. The "Cool Cave" was interesting to see and the view from Panorama Point is quite nice. Nothing quite as spectacular as Bryce Canyon, but a very nice way to spend the day. We also visited the Willis Creek Trail on the way back, and this was an interesting hike along the river into slot canyons. Doing both of these hikes was a good way to spend a day.

horseback riding
3 months ago

We experienced this trail via horseback. The trail was nice. The views were phenomenal. We would definitely do it again but by foot next time. The horseback riding company people were super friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. We were able to see all the highlights of the trail from a different view since were up a bit higher while ridding the horses at a nice slow pace. We didn’t see anyone on the trail while we rode the horse.

This hike had beautiful views of the Kodachrome basin. Loved the red stone colors against the lush trees in the basin, spectacular contrast. The arch was pretty cool. The hike itself was easy and the path was well marked. It has a few side paths/trails that you can explore if you have the time and are eager for more views. It’s one of the hikes that’s a bit away from the other trails and so it’s kind of secluded, not much traffic. The road to the trail head is a dirt road, it was a bit rough (wash board type) in some sections but could totally be passable by a sedan, no 4x4 needed.

3 months ago

Short hike, that takes you on top of this cliff/mountain top, which is called angels palace. From the top you can see the parts of the Kodachrome basin. If you’re afraid of heights, it’s not too bad, just stay back from the part of the trail that is kind of narrow and you can still see the beautiful views. We only hiked part of the trail since we were short on time but we still got to see the views, if you have the time you can go around the entire loop which is only 1.5 miles. Plus, I started to record the hike about a quarter of a mile in (oops I forgot). Easy hike and path was marked very well. It’s safe for all ages, we saw kids as young as 4 there.

5 months ago

Awesome hike. Easy. Great views everywhere you look. My kids loved it too! Saw tons of fresh mule deer tracks...wish we would have seen the deer too!

To see the arch, and not take the trail, take a right at the trailhead, and walk in about .3 miles. Turn back to car. To hike the entire trail (like we did), keep following the trail around the back side of the arch to see other alcoves, rock formations and the wide, expansive desert. We felt this hike was not strenuous nor technical, though there were ups and downs. It can feel long ... but take water with you and a few snacks and it will be awesome! We did this hike between 9am-11am in the morning, and it being January the sunrise was from behind the arch about 10am. If you want solitude you can find it here on a day the park isn't busy. When we came, we were the only ones on the trail!

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Beautiful scenery, but trail a little tight in a couple of places. Enjoyed it a lot!

6 months ago

Beautiful, diverse, uncrowded, and dog-friendly. What else can one ask for?!

dog friendly gorgeous easy hike!

I loved this hike! there's not a lot of shade, so plan accordingly. We took the "slick rock" trail to finish the loop and it was beautiful. If you're physically able, you'll definitely want to consider going that way.
beautiful views all around.

10 months ago

Great for evening or morning photos, but midday summer time is too hot to enjoy. Very little shade.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cool views. Similar to Garden of the Gods in CO.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Short hike, easy to the arch and then it gets slightly more difficult. There's not a lot of shade on the trail. Views were awesome! This is a neat state park.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Started to feel like more of the same view after a while. But it was a quick easy hike with kids.

Hiking to Shakespeare Arch is fun but the hiking afterward was my favorite part. All kids (ages 5-14) loved it. Beautiful views on the hike. Did it in the evening and enjoyed the shadows.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Interesting trail that goes into two different box canyons. If you want a medium length trail this is the one.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trail climbs to a bench that have great views. The ranger told me this trail was her favorite. After hiking all of the trails in the park I agree.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy .3 mile to the arch. Hiked the loop. There is cutoff trail that climbs to the top of the rock. We stayed on the main trail.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Revisit from February. No mud or snow to slog through this time. Great trail but missed the water fall in cool Cave. Hikes at the break of dawn while it was still cool. No one on the trail.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great easy hike!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Decent hike with many interpretive signs throughout that detail plant life and the geology of the area. The highlight was walking directly below one of the monoliths that mimic the area. Good, but not great.

Monday, February 06, 2017

This is a great loop is you have the time. Stopped at all of the high points. We took our time and spent 3 hours and 20 minutes to hike the entire loop. We stopped and enjoyed many features on the trail. Cool Cave was the best. This time of year with all of the snow not only is there a small waterfall in the cave but the snow melt had hundreds of drops of water coming down from above. Because of the banner year of snow we hiked through a lot of snow in the shady areas and a lot of mud where the sun had melted the snow. My boots were the muddiest that I've ever had. Don't let the mud or snow stop you we saw only 1 person with a dog the entire hike and sure beats hiking in the hot summer sun. Lots or other great looking hikes in the area and could spend 2-3 days to hike them all.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Go counter clockwise it you want to see the arch first. But finish the whole trial there is lots more to see. There was a little snow on the ground this time of year.

Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

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