We did a day trip from Bryce over to Kodachrome Basin for a hike. This park, while close to Bryce, contains totally different types of geological formations. Sixty-seven sand pipes anywhere from 2 to 52 meters tall are found throughout the park.
The source of the sand pipes is thought to be similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Through time, the Entrada sandstone surrounding the solidified geysers eroded, leaving large sand pipes.
The name of the park is from Kodak film used in 1948 to take pictures of the area for a story which eventually appeared in the September 1949 issue of National Geographic.
We hiked the Panorama Trail (5 miles) to enjoy the interesting landscape. This hike included many of the sand pipes as well as a hidden canyon. It was a very hot afternoon and we were happy to reach the end of the trail of get some time in an air conditioned car!
- 39As schools let out and the families start to travel it is rare to get a hike all alone in any state park, let alone one as beautiful as Red Canyon. But at Red Canyon we enjoyed almost ever single hike by ourselves. This little stopover on the way to…
- 35Once called Mushroom Valley, this area 190 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon was discovered in the 1920’s by a couple of cowboys searching for cattle. The weathered entrada sandstone from the Jurassic era creates some crazy short hoodoo’s referred to as mushrooms. We headed over to Goblin Valley State Park…