This beautiful small popular park was one of my first stops on the way to Bryce Canyon. Sixty-seven monolithic eroded stone spires called sedimentary pipes accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers. The rock formations are various shades of red, yellow, pink, white and brown. In 1948, the National Geographic Society explored and photographed the area for a story that appeared in the September 1949 issue of National Geographic. They named the area Kodachrome Flat, after the then relatively new brand of Kodak film.
The most unique feature of the park I noticed was the presence of various ‘chimneys’ of rock, known as sand pipes, which are thought to be solidified sediment that filled ancient springs, left standing after the softer surrounding Entrada sandstone rock weathered away.
Geologists believe Kodachrome Basin State Park was like Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, but they eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. Through time, the Entrada sandstone surrounding the solidified geysers eroded, leaving large sand pipes. If you are visiting Bryce Canyon, I would highly recommend this small but beautiful and fascinating park.
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