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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is a state park of Utah, USA, located a half-mile north of the town of Escalante. A visitor center was built in 1991, and features displays of plant and marine fossils, petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones over 150 million years old . The Petrified Forest Trail is a one-mile loop, winding up the side of a mesa to the top where most of the fossil wood occurs. Logs two feet or more in diameter are seen at several places along the trail where it is eroding from the conglomerate capping the mesa. This conglomerate lies near the top of the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation. The wood is multicolored and was prized by hobbyists before the Park was established. The logs are believed to be of conifers that were transported by a river before being buried and later fossilized as agate. A 50 foot log is displayed near the trail head and is one of the most complete fossil logs known from the Morrison Formation.The Sleeping Rainbows trail is an optional.75mi loop off the Petrified Forest Trail. This section is much steeper and requires scrambling and climbing over rocks.In 1954 Wide Hollow Reservoir was constructed to provide irrigation for the town of Escalante. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and bluegill, and is popular for water sports including swimming, boating and fishing.
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  • Very interesting to see the petrified wood. A fairly short hike, but a steep trail. This park has a nice garden and a campground, too. 
  • When we read about this park, not much was said so we weren't sure what to expect. I just loved the trail and seeing the petrified wood. One reason I enjoyed it so much was that we had just left the h...  read more »
  • Everyone who comes here for a few hours should beware. The nice lady at the ticket booth informed me of the great LOOP, you can run the. Warning for those who are not so fit with hiking. The large loop goes steeply up runter...und as steep violently again. It goes down to a valley where many ...deutlich are finding more petrified trees. It is worth - but you should be able to withstand that. Therefore may not be so perfect with children. The Park does not offer without so much more - nice pastime and the $8 admission most definitely worth it.
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  • Nice place to go for a walk in the evening. Very cool to see the petrified wood.
  • A nice state park to visit and camp. Great hiking. Very clean and well run campground.
  • Really nice place! For an overfull place 19.- (if it's full, just ask if you have a van or rv.. they have overfull places). clean restrooms and showers. Very friendly peoples / camp hosts and rangers. Problems with wifi? The hosts can restart the router and then it works ;)
  • Cool spot to stop when heading to Bryce or Capital Reef.
  • Nice hiking trails, even in the winter. A nice campground nearby close to the lake.
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