Surrounded by some of Utah’s most popular national parks, Kodachrome Basin State Park is a land of redrock cliffs and spires, under wide-open skies, where you can enjoy spectacular canyon country scenery—without the national park crowds. The park derives its peculiar name from the landscape’s striking contrasts in color, which—at the time of its naming in 1949—was synonymous with Kodak’s high-contrast photography film (before digital took over). The park is approximately 160 miles east of St. George, and is sandwiched between Bryce Canyon to the west, and Grand Staircase–Escalante to the east. As with most of Utah’s canyon country destinations, sun and heat are ample, water and shade are scarce, and summer thunderstorms are common.
With 54 drive-in campsites in three small campgrounds, Kodachrome Basin is ideal for RV, trailer and tent campers. Basin Campground is the largest of the three, with 37 standard and full-hookup sites—as well as great views. This location offers water faucets, flush toilets and showers. Bryce View Campground has 11 standard sites with tables, fire rings, and also has impressive views. This campground offers water and vault toilets. The Arch Campground is located on a gravel road and has 6 sites with tables and fire rings. This smaller site has water and vault toilets. RVs and trailers must be under 25 feet to access this location. There is one tent-only group campsite. Seasonal campsite rates range from $20–$30/night; reservations accepted for some sites; generator hours are limited to 12noon – 4pm.
To tour Kodachrome Basin is to travel back in time, as the roots of the park’s sculpted cliffs, pipes and spires are more than 180 million years old. Observing the rock formations’ colorful layers tells a dramatic story of how the land changed over time—including when the area was covered by a vast, inland sea. The best way to see the basin is by taking a hike on one of the park’s five trails. These range from a barrier-free, 0.5-mile interpretive trail to the more moderate—and spectacularly scenic—6-mile Panorama Trail. If you don’t feel like hoofing it yourself, you can let a horse hoof it for you. Red Canyon Trail Rides offers family-friendly guided horseback rides on the Panorama Trail, where you can enjoy the canyon scenery from the comfort of a saddle. Mountain biking and horseback riding is permitted on some trails.
The only hesistation in giving this review is that it will become too crowded. Let's start with the mundane. The bathrooms are gorgeous! What? I know, the showers, the toilet stalls, its just a fancy five star hotel experience.
The sites are spacious and not on top of one another.
There is honor system wood shed to buy your own fire wood.
There are plenty of hikes to take from within the campground.
I want to go there monthly!
We stayed in the Bryce View campground which has no hookups. We prefer boondocking spots because they typically have more space between campsites, and this is true in Kodachrome. Bryce View Campground is down a short dirt road and most sites are pull-throughs. If you need to use a generator, they are only allowed between the hours of 12pm to 4pm. Bryce View had vaulted toilets, water faucets, and a large trash bin. All sites had beautiful views but 52 and 56 appear to have the best. Our site was level and from what we could see most the other sites were equally level. Table and fire pits are available at all the sites. The max trailer length allowed is 20ft. Our trailer is 20ft and we had no issues maneuvering. The campground is quite and well maintained. If you prefer hookups the Basin Campground has what you are looking for. However, the sites are much closer together. Be aware when we used the Dump site it was awfully close to some of the Basin Campsites. The RV dump site has two stations and has potable and non-potable water. Showers and laundry facility are also available.
Stayed in the Basin campground. Nice mix of basic and hookup. Nice and flat sites with sand for tents. Best is the free, upgraded showers. Like a spa!
Like all other State Parks, 10$ day use seems high. There are some cool spots to hike, but just as cool farther down the road and you don't have to pay. + Shakespeare arch collapsed last year and it was one of the highlights of the park.
We used this park as our base camp for exploring Utah’s National Parks. Bryce, Zion and Capital Reef are all very doable day trips. Plus, the hikes and bike trails are pretty rad in Kodachrome itself. Grovesnor’s Arch is nearby and you can get up close. We were at site 29 with full hookup. It had shade and beautiful views. The full moon lights up the park and star gazing is fabulous. There really isn’t a bad site in the park, it just depends if you need utilities or not. The bathrooms and showers are clean and the best we have seen for a State Park. Red Dirt Laundry is very convenient too. We are a family of four. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the park too. There is no cell or wifi service.
This campsite was a good one! Has three different camping areas that are really spacious. Some amazing hikes with amazing rick formations and horse rides as well. They have upgraded showers that are better then my own at home. But it’s only at one of the sites. Love seeing the cows roam free in the town right before the campground. Family friendly and even offers bunkhouses!
What an awesome weekend at this Campground. Although the campground was full, it was so quiet and peaceful. The hiking around the park are wonderful and we barely saw anyone (which was good because we went there to Social Distance!). Clean restrooms, clean campground. Camp hosts were wonderful and quite nice. If you are looking for a place to getaway, and enjoy seeing awesome stars at night/incredible scenery during the day, then this is your place.
Just as a heads up, no cell service here at all. I didn't mind, but coming home to 168 emails was a bit of a shocker. There are some sites with full hookups, some with just water and power, and some standard sites. There are multiple campgrounds here as well.
We visited March 20-22, 2020. It did get a little cold at night, but in our Motorhome, it was quite comfy for me and my family.
We had a tentsite at Bryce View Campground in Kodachrome Basin State Park and it was wonderful! The sites are set spaciously apart. We had a tent but all of those sites had a drive through option. Picnic tables and toilet facilities close by. Many sites had lovely views and there were trees at every site to provide shade and privacy. Outside of Bryce National Park but within 20 minutes of the park. Great campground!
Kodachrome Basin was a very nice surprise for our grand camping tour of Utah this Fall. This place is truly a Kodak moment. The rock structures throughout the park are incredible. The campground is about 10 minutes drive to Cannonville the nearest town and about 30 minutes from Tropic Utah. Tropic has a nice coffee shop with free WiFi, a grocery store, cafe, and a new large gas station. The State Park has just about everything you need they have a 24 hour laundry, dump station, water, and wash stations. The bathrooms and showers are the best we have ever seen at a campsite and look like something out of a modern show home. The staff are very friendly and helpful and each site is meticulously cleaned. Each campsite had a fire ring and a picnic table. We stayed in site 12 which had privacy and plenty of space. They have some great hiking paths as well as horse trails. This park sets the standard for State Parks and was the hidden gem from our trip.
My boyfriend and I ended up camping at Kodachrome after failing to find a campsite at Bryce. A kind ranger suggested we try Kodachrome, describing it as "gorgeous" and feeling confident that the place would be isolated enough that we'd find an available site there.
He was right! The views were as breathtaking as Bryce itself, minus the crowds! Each campground seemed spacious and private, having some sort of "barrier" between the next, whether brush, or trees.
Each site had clean aluminum-type tables and firepits that looked barely used…but my absolute favorite part were the bathrooms/showers. OMG, are those the cleanest and most beautiful bathrooms I've ever seen at a campground. I felt like I was in a spa, and because the campground was so isolated, I felt no rush from other campers (of course i remained mindful of water waste).
I also like the designated dishwashing area, which many campgrounds lack. Best part was waking up to so many hummingbirds chirping around our tent.