Leaving Singletree and Capital Reef we continued our trek south and west further into Utah.
This part of southern Utah is protected as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is among the last places in the US that were mapped. It provides evidence of ancient geological features, pre-historic dinosaurs and the earliest human inhabitation.
Kodachrome Basin State Park is a beautiful campground and a great jumping off point for this part of Utah while avoiding the crowds campgrounds within the National Parks. The color and beauty found here prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948.
There’s a lot to see and do within the park and nearby.
Grosvenor Arch is located just outside the park entry.
And just a short distance outside was an “other-worldly” 4.8 mile hike through Willis Creek Slot Canyon. More of a “local” destination, Willis Creek turned out to be one of the most exciting environments we’d yet experienced.
A special treat of this hike was the discovery of a young family who were unloading their children at the trailhead to explore the canyon too. Our Jeep’s Florida tags led to the discovery that Jim and Melissa’s family were from Englewood, just down the road from our home in Sarasota. They were on a summer vacation trip with the kids seeing the west and some of America’s National Parks. We enjoyed the hike with them and got a number of family photos we’ll share with them by email.
Kodachrome’s beauty was just the beginning of what we were to see in the coming days but for now some more of Kodachrome.