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About Kodachrome Basin State Park
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Kodachrome Basin State Park is located in Utah
37.519 N
-111.989 W
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14 Reviews of Kodachrome Basin State Park
Spacious campsites, clean bathrooms, friendly staff

The campsites are very spacious and have trees between sites to feel more secluded from your neighbors.

The bathrooms are extremely clean and updated. Prolly the nicest shower I have ever been in! They keep it clean daily too.

Firewood for purchase 24/7.

The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and came and checked on campers and helped with anything they could.

The campground is close to several trails in the park and is also close to horseback riding trails if you’re interested in that!

They also have a washroom with washers and dryers that are only used by paying campers.

Being at a high elevation, it was great at night to have a cool breeze after a long hot day in the desert.

The campground is away from public and really gives you a great camping feeling.

Loved this place!!

Beautifully Quiet Camping Spot

This is one of our favorite spots to camp in Utah. It's fabulously close to Bryce Canyon NP and a reasonable distance from Zion NP and Grand Staircase Escalante. Kodachrome is also a good destination in itself. Campsites are surrounded on three sides by beautiful cliffs and mountains and there are plenty of trails to hike and explore. We'll be back here again!

Very clean and Remote

This is s very clean and updated campground. If you like a remote campground this is it.


It is the number one camp site ever!!! I love seeing the amazing orange landscapes and the sandy nation around me! It gives you a chance to horseback ride and hike, a chance to learn of the anciet life before us and to discover what nature does!

one of best campgrounds I’ve been to!

Very clean, quiet campground hidden outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. 5 stars all around

Spacious sites, extremely nice bathrooms, nice staff.

This campground has nice spacious sites with some trees and a little distance between sites so you don’t feel like you are camping on top of the next campsite. The bathrooms are nicer than motel rooms! The staff are great and friendly. The only negative is if they charge for a second vehicle. Most state parks charge half of the campsite fee, yet this place charges $16 for one extra vehicle per day, and campsites are $20 a site for tent campers. That’s a little extreme but the campground is worth it.

Sand, wind, and tent camping

Kodachrome Basin site #12 was supposed to be one of the highlights of our camping road trip. Site #12 is tucked way in the back with your own private little circle and a gorgeous rock formation behind it. You could not get a more private and beautiful campsite. The picnic table and fire pit are tucked behind the trees in the middle of the circle and the tent site is HUGE! We could’ve easily fit another smaller tent next to our 11 foot dome tent. Everything about it looked awesome!

Looks can be deceiving though. The first morning we woke up to the sound of sand “raining” on the rainfly of the tent. Thankfully I had decided to use the rainfly! Not that it mattered much. By the time we left, it had rained enough sand into the tent that I could’ve filled at least a sandwhich baggie.

We camped two nights and upon returning to our tent on the second day, we found our tarp pulled out from under the tent, a broken tent pole section, and a rainfly clip on the ground. Several of the tent stakes had been pulled out. We asked the ranger about it the next day and he told us that every night between about 8-9pm the wind comes up and forms a 35mph cyclone around the curve of the basin wall. Site 12 is at the outside of the cyclone where the wind is highest. Not exactly ideal for a tent camper!

This campsite might be better for someone with a low tent. Our tent is 7ft tall in the middle and tends to catch the wind at lower speeds, much less 35 mph winds. It migh also work for an rv as long as you don’t open any awnings. The rest of the campground appeared to be unscathed so other sites might be a better option also. It really was a great location if it hadn’t been for the wind and sand.

One more item to note: this campground is close enough to Bryce Canyon for a commute there, but at the end of a day in Bryce, it feels like a long drive back. It is a fantastic campground if you are planning a drive on Scenic Highway 12, which is right down the road a bit.

Kodachrome, the Perfect Picture of Camping in Sourher Utah

Kodachrome? They should have called it, “Don’t even bother traveling to Zion, cause you’re already there- park.” Bryce was nice, but Kodachrome is twice-as-nice. Seriously though, tough and rapidly changing bike trails, amazing scenery, fresh new, clean, well designed, beautiful campsites, laundry and bath facilities; this place is a miniature version of all of the Mighty Five in one. After two weeks of exploring Southern Utah this and Capitol Reef are the gems. The staff was amazing and had great interpersonal skills with our kids. Stay home, don’t come here, cause we want it all to ourselves.

Kodachrome's Bryce View Campground is quiet, isolated, beautiful

Kodachrome Basin SP has two separate campgrounds: Bryce View and Basin, a couple miles apart. This review only addresses Bryce View (sites 46-56). The park also has Oasis and Arch Group Sites and bunkhouses.

Why should you camp here? Panorama Point alone is worth the trip with its 360 degrees view, and Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Spire are something different. You may see a black-tailed jackrabbit in the campground or on the hike to Shakespeare Arch.

Be aware of the following if you book a site at Bryce View:

  • There are vault toilets which I did not expect at this state campground. I guess you get flush toilets at Basin, and Oasis definitely has them.

  • Showers are a couple miles away at Oasis.

  • Bryce View looks a like a free BLM camping area tucked away in the red dirt until you see the numbered sites with picnic tables and fire rings, vault toilets, potable water and a trash dumpster.

  • Your cell phone will not work in this area. If you're desperate for service, Verizon's network is available at Panorama Point, a stop on the Panorama Trail.

It's still a good place to camp:

  • VERY quiet! Generators may only be run between noon and 4 pm. That's a great rule because most people are exploring the park at that time.

  • Sites are large and the views are beautiful.

  • All sites except 53 have long pull through parking areas which easily accommodate a vehicle and RV. When we were there, 9 sites were occupied the first night and all were occupied by tents except ours.

  • Behind sites 51, 52, 55 and 56 are views of Chimney Rock and the Shakespeare Arch/Sentinel Spire area.

  • Showers are in good shape; each one has a door and a dressing area with a bench.

  • A laundromat appropriately named Red Dirt is near the bunkhouses on the way to the Oasis Group Site and Basin Campground.

All I know about the other campground is that 14 sites have power and there are two non-reservation sites called A and B.

Camp right next to the orange towers

This campsite was pretty unique! You had to drive in the middle of nowhere to get to the campsite, but totally worth it. The drive in took about 20 minutes, watch out for jackrabbits crossing the road. Bring bug spray, but this was a very cool place to camp! The rocks provided shade from the sun since there's no trees.