Thursday – October 30, 2014
Kodachrome Basin State Park
We departed the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Campground at 10:05 a.m. We arrived at the Kodachrome Basin State Park Campground at 11:15 a.m. This campground is located 25 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park and will be our home base for the next two days.
During our auto tour of Bryce Canyon National Park yesterday, we had discovered an interesting hiking trail we thought we would enjoy. We decided we would do that hike today. We started our descent into the canyon at Sunset Point at 2:00 p.m. The beginning of the trail is a series of steep switchbacks, descending 1177 feet deep into the canyon floor.
Our hike took us through spruce-fir forests to cliffs with bristlecone pines and expansive vistas. It was an amazing experience to see the rock formations (known as "hoodoos") up close. Bryce Canyon is world famous for its concentrations of hoodoos, odd-shaped pinnacles and spires formed primarily due to freezing and thawing cycles within fractures in the rock.
We completed our 4.5-mile hike, exiting at Sunrise Point, at 4:15 p.m. We knew the ascent hike out of the canyon would be a strenuous one… and it was! Steep switchbacks, ascending the 1177 feet from the canyon floor, made for slow-going, with frequent "scenic" (like, catch your breath) breaks.
After completing "high-fives" with one another for completing another successful hike, we departed Bryce Canyon for our return to Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Camping Fee: $28.00 for water, electric and sewer hookup service.
Camping Site: 24
Total miles traveled today: 42
Tomorrow another adventure begins.