This easy Kodachrome Basin hike is a great introduction to the area and a primer for some of the longer hikes this unique State Park has to offer. Highlights include towering hoodoos colorful rock formations and exhibits to help you learn about the native plant and wildlife. The trail is mostly level with a packed surface making it suitable for children and adults of all ages and skill levels.


The Kodachrome Nature Trail is located in Kodachrome Basin State Park south of Cannonville, Utah. To reach the trailhead from Cannonville, Utah:

  1. From Highway 12 in Cannonville, turn south onto Main Street/Cottonwood Canyon Road.
  2. Continue south for approximately 7.2 miles to the signed junction for Kodachrome Basin on the left (east).
  3. Turn left and continue 2.0 miles to the Nature Trail parking area on the left (37.528541,-111.992550).

Note: There is an $8 per vehicle day use fee to enter Kodachrome Basin State Park.

The Hike

From the parking area, begin hiking west on the marked Nature Trail. The path quickly splits; turn right and continue hiking. Small signs along the trail help identify much of the hardy native flora and fauna found in Kodachrome Basin.

Keep following the trail as it draws closer to some large stone towers, also known as hoodoos. You’ll come upon some of these otherworldly formations right along the trail, offering an excellent sense of scale. The trail continues on, eventually returning to the fork at the beginning of the hike to form a loop. Total round trip distance is approximately 0.5 miles.

Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • Do not carve or draw on rocks.

Special Considerations

This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.