One of the things I love about state parks is that they’re not usually as busy as the national parks nor as high an entrance fee. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not just as beautiful. I always find some hidden treasure inside the state parks that I didn’t know about. Such is the case with Kodachrome Basin State Park near the town of Cannondale, Utah. This state park is actually within the boundaries of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument but was designated a state park before the designation of the Grand Staircase.
The park boasts a total of 67 monolithic stone spires known called sedimentary pipes. Several short hikes within the park give fabulous views of these spires.
One of most popular and easiest hiking trails is the 1.5 mile Angel’s palace loop. The trail is rated easy to moderately strenuous. I hiked it with my husband and teenage son and found it to be easy enough even younger children could handle it. The trail starts across the street from the parking lot and is marked with a sign at the trailhead. After passing over a footbridge, the trail is well worn and hard to miss.
The trail goes through a small canyon type landscape with a 150 elevation change. Very little shade exists on the trail and gets hot during the summer months making it better to visit in spring or fall. As the elevation changes, so do the views which get more scenic with the mountains and badlands.The path may have some loose rocks along the way but for the most part, the footing is good and can easily be hiked in regular athletic shoes or even hiking sandals. Once at the top of the climb, hoodoo formations can be seen in the background as well as two toned mountain formations. There is even a ledge to walk out on with a drop off to walk out on.