Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

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.

1 month 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.

2 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!

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.

8 months ago

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

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

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.

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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

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.

11 months ago

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.

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Super easy path, paved, some cool rock structures & interesting dead trees to take pictures of

A fun loop, nice views. We did go the wrong way at one point which became an adventure, but fun making memories. We went on a beautiful spring day and it was perfect.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

we hiked this in mid March and it was dry on the way in muddy on the way out but worth the views from the rock formations.. great side hike..

Saturday, October 03, 2015

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A few trails in this area. Easy hike. Not enough to spend a full day seeing. A cool place to walk around and enjoy the scenery. There is a trail that goes on top of the rocks that your walking around and it is really cool.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's at the end of a well maintained dirt road. The hike itself is also really well maintained and very well signed. It's a beautiful arch - we were told it's the only one in Kodachrome. We hiked on an unusually warm (60 + degrees) February day. Just a few muddy spots on the trail.

Monday, December 23, 2013

I hiked this trail in winter, and it was a muddy mess. It appears that the trail goes through a wash, but during winter, it's frozen solid and very slippery. I wish I'd been wearing my boot chains.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In 1994, this trail was not well developed. I don't remember it being a loop trail; you just went to the arch, and backtracked. As I recall, it was called "Utah's newest arch."

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