Posted by: sunnyharvy | June 17, 2014

Kodachrome Basin and More Along Scenic Route 12

Kodachrome Basin boasts the world’s only collection of “sand pipes,” some 67 in all. Sand pipes (a.k.a. “chimney rocks”) are oddly shaped rock pillars that rise 6 feet to 170 feet above the ground. Their origin is not understood, though they seem to have been extruded up through the ground. The park got its name from the leaders of a National Geographic expedition in 1948 who used the then relatively new brand of Kodak film.

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We walked the lovely nature hike near the campground as the sun set and the 90+ degree temps began to cool.

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The next morning we hiked the Grand Parade and Box Canyon trails.

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Really…?!?

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Free camping spot on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land off Hole in the Rock Road near Escalante, UT.

A detour off Route 12 took us onto the Burr Trail, which led us into some of Utah’s most beautiful and extraordinary scenery (and that’s saying a lot!).

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Enjoying our site along Deer Creek. The entire campground has only 6 sites and only half were occupied.

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The means of transportation employed are varied, to say the least.

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This 60-something couple has been traveling on their tandem bicycle for two months. They began in northern British Columbia!

Returning to Route 12, we ascended Boulder Mountain to the summit altitude of 9600′. Turnouts from the beautiful forested mountain meadows strewn with wildflowers presented views of distant canyons and more mountains.

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Historic ranger station built by the CCC in the 1930’s.

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We’ve encountered thousands of hummingbirds throughout the Southwest.

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Responses

  1. Incredible scenery & photos, just keep getting better and better—those are some HEALTHY 60-something people. And love the hummingbird, too.

  2. We love Kodachrome Basin and try to visit anytime we drive through there.


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