Explore the most popular birding trails in Kodachrome Basin State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. The cool
Cave was my favorite part. I did the whole
Six miles and found it to be more easy than moderate. Enjoy!!

Would have given this a 3 if we didn’t take the sliprock trail back. A very easy hike with nice vistas of the entire basin and distant views of Bryce. The sliprock trail allows you to get on top of the formations and see everything from a second angle. If you’re looking for a short interesting trail this is it. Nothing spectacular but accessible and interesting.

Nice little hike around the basin. The colors are amazing as are the formations. Kodachrome is a great escape from the crowds of Zion and Bryce. For us it was a rest day between long hikes in Escalante, Bryce and Zion. Interesting rock formations though I didn’t get the “hat shop” I loved the giant Gnome formation and strolling on the desert floor. We didn’t see a single person on the trail!

Fun trail which provides the great, classic panorama views in Koda. It's not overly strenuous.

Great trail, but very hot during the Summer. Be at the end of the trail at sunset for great pictures

For the $8 entry fee into Kodachrome, this park might be one of the best value stops in the area! We started the long loop around noon on a very warm and sunny day; as we started out, my group had some regrets about not starting earlier because it is very exposed and very warm, but as indicated by the materials provided at the visitors' center...if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes! We experienced full sun, cloud cover, wind, rain, thunder/lightning during our 2.5 hour hike. Highly recommend sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water! The Cool Cave at the halfway point is a serene, crisp and cool reward for sweating out the first three miles. It's no Bryce Canyon, but this less-traveled trail would be great for all levels of physical fitness and families; plan on picking up a lot of red dust! Also, up the road there is an awesome and extremely well-tended laundromat and restrooms to clean up and regroup after your hike!

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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
7 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.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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!

See video: https://youtu.be/eDq24-9VJ5w

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

dog friendly gorgeous easy hike!

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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