Kodachrome State Park

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Utah is a beautiful place; the amount of National Parks should speak to the diverse and captivating landscapes. There are also even more wonderful State Parks, like Antelope Island. When we were passing between Zion NP and Bryce Canyon NP we spotted a sign for Kodachrome State Park. That name alone got me interested.

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The park does in fact draw its name from the revolutionary film. It is well deserved too, this place is fantastic. It is actually a bit unreal. Kodachrome feels more like a movie set, a bit of all the other parks but smaller. The “sets” are much closer and somehow more intimate than the big National Parks. The colors were brilliant and there was one heck of an interpretive trail.

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The best part was that this park is dog friendly, so Pippi got to stretch her legs. I would highly recommend visiting Kodachrome after you stop in Bryce Canyon, the two are close together.

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Into the Heavens

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Last year we had the opportunity to visit three wonderful National Parks; Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia.  This year we found some time off while in Utah and couldn’t pass up the chance of visiting two more National Treasures.  A few years ago we took an Easter trip to Canyonlands and Arches, both must see!!!  Our route this spring took us through a small town called Kanab, which is located right between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  With a four-day gap in the schedule we made haste and enjoyed the views.

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First stop was Zion and a crazy hike to Angel’s Landing.  Now I should preface this with neither Josh or I are afraid of heights and we are both exceptionally sure-footed.  This nearly 2.5-mile trail leads you up trails, switchback and some sheer drops to a crest of 5,790 feet.  What makes this scary is that for most is that for the last half mile you are scaling rocks with only an interspersed chain to help you up and down.  It is epic, a very fun hike and on the clear day we had nothing something to fear.  Although we did see more than a few folks have troubles with the height.   I think it was the perfect place for lunch.


Just Hanging Out

Just Hanging Out

View from the top

View from the top


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Even if you don’t have the desire to scale a cliff, the rest of the trails and views are just amazing.  We every trail, picnic table and stop sign is welcome to views that give you pause.  In total we hiked five trails and had a few delightful encounters with the local wildlife.

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I know I’ve said this about nearly every National Park but there really is nothing like it.

Angel's Laning from the trail

Angel’s Laning from the trail

Look Closer, see the tiny people

Look Closer, see the tiny people