Hanging out at Kodachrome State Park

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Where I stayed
Kodachrome Basin State Park Cannonville
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Bike Kodachrome and Grosvenor Arch

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

As Pooh was still sleeping, I took off on my bike to hit a couple of trails. First I hot the Grand Parade Trail which was just 1.5 miles. It was a wide hard trail with a few places that I did walk. If it was back home I might have hit these down hills a little harder but I'm taking it very safe on this trip. I had to get off the bike a few times and hike a short way to check out some box canyons – these are small canyons caused by runoff from the top of the mountains right above us. See, Kodachrome sits in a basis surrounded by mountains so all the water run-off filters through this place causing a lot of erosion. The erosion has washed away all the soft rock and has left the hard rock behind – some in monolith shapes that makes the park famous. After an hour on this trail it was time to hit the longest trail in the park – The Panorama at 6 miles.

This too I took on my bike. But it was not the best trail at all for a bike. Yes, the trail was wide enough. But this was the trail that the horse tours also took – and they had torn up the trail so bad it was difficult to ride on. Most of the trail was now sand. Sand and biking do not mix. The first 2 miles I walked 80% of the time which was a pain in the butt. There were some cool formations but nothing to make up for this horrible ride. I was not happy with the horses now. Can’t they find another trail to tear-up? However, after the cut-off between the 3 miles trail and the 6 miles trail, it seemed that most horse tours only took in the 3 mile. So the back half of the trail was not too bad. Two cool places to see were the Secret Passage which took a short walk through a slot canyon, and the Cool Cave which was also a slot canyon but had a small roof at the end. Cool Cave was the halfway point so I chilled out in the shade and drank some water. It was now almost 11 and it was getting a little hot. My legs were not too happy now trying to pedal at times through sand. But, I had three miles to get back. The namesake of the trail took you to the top of a hill that overlooked the entire basin and the park. No riding up this hill as I had a hard time walking the 45 degree angle up. After this it was 1.5 miles back to the trailhead which felt like it took no time at all as much of it was downhill.

Back at the RV it was around noon and time to start the gen to get some power to the RV. We had leftovers from the pizza last night and it was still very good. Besides chowing down on that, I whipped up some homemade Guacamole for our dinner. After that tiring morning of biking on the sand, I decided to take a one hour nap – something I never do back home. Since the gen was on I had the fan right on me. When I got up we just bummed around the RV reading and enjoying the day. I did have to jump start a car that broke down at the shower building – doing my good deed of the day. At 4 we had to turn the gen off. So after everything was charged we took off for our evening jaunt of which we took Quique.

First we drove to Tropic so Pooh could make her calls. No eating out tonight since I had some Guacamole waiting back home. Then we drove back past our state park and onto a gravel road. This was part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. We averaged about 25 to 30 mph on the road which was not too bad. There were a few washboard places that bounced us and the truck all over the place. And it was nerve racking heading straight up a hill with rough gravel hoping the truck did not careen off the edge. After 10 miles we reached our destination – Grosvenor Arch. This is one of the tallest arches in the US and it was a double arch – the second arch was kind of small. We spend about 30 min. just bumming around the place – we were the only ones out here – and taking several pics. Then it was 10 miles back on the same gravel road back to the state park.

Back at Kodachrome we still had one trail left – the Shakespeare Arch trail which was 1.7 miles around a mesa on the other side of the park. Again, we had to go via a gravel road but this one was only a few miles. The trail was a little more difficult than I expected – not the hardest of the trip but I wish I had my hiking stick with me. The arch was very small compared to the Grosvenor Arch so it did not impress that much. However, the hike had a ton of ups and downs and on the sides of a gravely hill which one small misstep could send you downhill several hundred feet. Quique did have a ton of fun as she checked out every little rock top, sniffed every hole, and stared down every cliffside.

Back at the RV we had our Guacamole for dinner. Then I read and worked on the computer for a few before a little nightcap.
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