Hike among Groovy Rocks: Utah’s Kodachrome Basin & Goblin Valley

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Let’s say you’ve already been to Utah and done the big 5 National Parks. You’d like to go back to Southern Utah, but you want to do something different this time. Well, the time has come then to hike among groovy rocks at Utah’s Kodachrome Basin & Goblin Valley state parks.


Kodachrome Basin State Park is a neighbor of Bryce Canyon National Park. It has a modest beauty, and you won’t find big crowds there. The park is named for the color film. I think an afternoon in this park is sufficient. I recommend seeing Kodachrome via the Panorama Trail.

Panorama Trail

This is a 6-mile convoluted loop with a spur out to Panorama Point. It’s an easy, flat hike, featuring some humble hoodoos. Be sure to stop off at Cool Cave. This is certainly the highlight of this trail. Panorama Point is worth checking out as well. It has a view of the distant Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park is unique and secluded. Like Kodachrome, I think an afternoon in this park is sufficient. The coolest way to explore is to just walk in the Valley of the Goblins. Park at the observation point and hike down. There are no designated trails in this area, but that’s what’s neat about it. You can crawl, stoop, and crouch in the natural formations. It offers limitless opportunities for perspective. Make the hike as long or short as you like.

It would be worth it to stay for the night. This is one of the darkest places on earth! Unspoiled by light pollution, viewing the Milky Way here would be a treat.

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Kodachrome Basin & Goblin Valley State Parks

This area in southern Utah is all about the big 5 national parks, but these two parks are a nice option for people looking to get away from the crowds. There are some beautiful sights to see in these understated beauties.

Hiker Tips:

  • Take water.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat.

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