Utah Lt. Gov. Val Oveson will keynote the dedication ceremony of a new hard-surfaced road leading to colorful Kodachrome Basin State Park and a new bridge that spans the Paria River on Friday, Sept. 21.
The event is being correlated with Take Pride in Utah Week. As part of that effort, road cleanup is planned between the new bridge and the park's north entrance by employees of state, federal and local governments following the 9 a.m. dedicatory services, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening of the road.Completion of the road to Kodachrome is expected to draw a lot of people, particularly people who make the trek to Bryce Canyon National Park. The state park headquarters is only about 20 miles from Bryce Canyon and nine miles south of Cannonville, Garfield County. The town is located on U-12 between Panguitch and Escalante.
Flash floods and a dirt access road to Kodachrome Park have had detrimental effects on visitations to the park, according to Kay Mar Willis, park ranger. The area where the 100-foot bridge was built near the head of the Paria River often would become flooded, shutting off access to the park from the south.
Willis said the road paving and new bridge will also provide better access to some popular sites south of the park. These are on federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, and include Grosvenor Arch and scenic Cottonwood Canyon. The sites are located close to the road leading north to Kodachrome Basin and Bryce Canyon from U.S. 89 about 35 miles east of Kanab.
Additional information about the park may be obtained by calling park headquarters at 679-8562 or the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation at 538-7221.