Hiking the Grand Parade Trail in Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah

The Beta

The Grand Parade Trail is a 2.1 mile loop in Kodachrome Basin State Park with 245 feet of elevation change and is rated as easy. It offers some spectacular views of tall canyon walls, wildlife including lizards and rabbits, and small box canyons. It includes typical Utah red clay, one of the trademarks of Southern Utah! Dogs must be kept on-leash, and all waste, including trash, must be packed out to preserve the fragile high desert climate.

Stopping to talk along the way. This was a gorgeous trail!

Need to Know

Take your time with this trail and bring a camera! There are gorgeous canyon cliffs and beautiful rock formations. It is quite beautiful! Kodachrome Basin State Park is seldom visited, perhaps since it neighbors the massive expanse of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Despite this, a visit is well worth your time! Make sure you bring water, even on this short hike, and apply sunscreen. The desert sun is oppressive, even in late May when I went!

These rocks are just so darn cool. The little boy in me loves all of it!

Justin’s Suggestion

Do this hike early in the morning if you can. You’ll avoid people better (we saw 4-5 people on the whole trail), and the trail is shaded by the canyon walls as you march east. Keep your camera out, if you have one. The trail is easy, and is very scenic. I stopped to take so many pictures, and every single one of them was well worth it!

The tall walls of a small box canyon!

Take A Hike!

Grab your water and get on the trail! This is an easy, family-friendly hike, and can be done in a little over an hour, including stopping for some awesome photos. If you could only do one hike in Kodachrome Basin, this is the hike I would do! It’s simply gorgeous!

Have fun, stay hydrated, and I’ll see you on the next one!

Parting shot:

Box canyon beauty!

Next blog: Staying in Kodachrome Basin State Park. This is one of the most beautiful areas I have ever visited!

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