Grand Parade

Round Trip Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5769 - 5819 feet
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Time: 1 hr. 15 mins.
Trailhead: Grand Parade/Panorama
Fee: $10/vehicle
Attractions: Scenic geology

The Grand Parade trail is located in the Kodachrome Basin State Park near Cannonville, Utah. The trail loops through a scenic area with many interesting geological features including a number of sandpipe spires. Two optional box canyons that offer even more features can also be explored.

To get there from Cannonville drive south on the Kodachrome Road for about 9 miles. The road is paved the entire distance. 

Continue past the Visitor Center where the Grand Parade/Panorama Loop trailhead will be on the right. The large parking area can accommodate vehicles pulling trailers. 

From the trailhead the route is laid out with brown carsonite markers that direct hikers around the scenic loop. 

The trail takes an interesting route that leads past many of the areas most scenic features. 

A short distance into the hike an optional out and back trail into the first of the box canyons comes up. As only foot traffic is allowed in the box canyons, horseback and mountain bikers will need to dismount if they are interested in entering. 

Mostly the box canyons provide access to even more of the scenic geology. 

Back on the main trail the route continues traveling around the loop. 

The second box canyon offers a little more hiking than the first. 

The majestic scenery in this box canyon is well worth checking out. 

The color of many of the sandpipe spires has a striking contrast to the surrounding red sandstone cliffs, the green foliage and the azure sky. 

And it all comes to an end back at the trailhead. The Grand Parade is a special short hike that is sure to leave you feeling better about life in general. It provides a refreshing excursion through a very pleasing desert ecosystem. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.