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Panorama Trail, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3.86 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,787 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 432 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.02
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15  2018-10-15
Kodachrome Basin State Park
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Sun  7:06am - 5:18pm
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Petrified Geysers
by iheartmonster

Panorama Trail is located in Kodachrome Basin State Park in Southern Utah near both Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The park encompasses much of what a 1949 National Geographic Expedition called Kodachrome Flats after the type of newfangled color film they were using called Kodak. The area is known most for it's sandpipes. Many geologists have different theories on how these sandpipes came about: petrified geysers, liquified sand injected into sandstone, just plain erosion, to name a few.

This trail does have several spur trails with side adventures that you can take. The mileage for this trail includes the spur trails to Old Indian Cave, Hat Shop, Secret Passageway, and Panorama Point. These are definitely worth the trip and add to the uniqueness of this beautiful scenery. Old Indian Cave appears to be a real cave that was used by real Indians. There are markings on the outside similar to many of the others I have seen at petroglyph sites. Hat shop sports some very unique geography. Secret Passageway takes you on a side loop to see some very interesting rock features, including the White Buffalo and of course through its namesake passageway. Panorama Point is a steep climb, but only about one tenth of a mile up, but affords the some of the best views in the park.


About 1 mile along the trail, you will see a junction for Big Bear Geyser Trail. This listing does not include mileage for this trail, however, you can only access Big Bear from Panorama. If you were to choose to add on this trail, you will be adding only 2 miles to your trek.

Among the features you will see along the trail are Fred Flintstone Spire, Ballerina Spire, Petrified Lightning, and Hogan Temple.

The hike itself is fairly easy, and the trail is relatively easy to find. There are some spots where you need to look for the footprints to find your way, but the trail is pretty obvious for the vast majority of the hike. In the summer, it can get very hot here, and in the winter, snow and mud may be present, making some of the trail more difficult.

iheartmonster
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.


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    To hike
    From US-89, take UT-12 to Cannonville. In Cannonville, turn on Main Street and follow the signs for Kodachrome Basin State Park. It is ten miles along this paved road, right before the road turns into dirt.
    page created by iheartmonster on Mar 10 2009 10:00 pm
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