Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante

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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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  • Best views of the biggest and brightest amounts of petrified trees require the use of the main hiking trail, AND the Rainbow loop. The Rainbow loop is a steep difficult hike, but is well worth it both...  more »
  • This is a great place to do a nice loop hike. We did it in the late afternoon. As it was getting dark, deer were approaching the campground area. This was really cool to see them so close. We also saw...  more »
  • To get to this park to come you must first $4 p/p pay. The best part of this park is the Petrified Forrest trail and then you should be sure the trail of sleeping Rainbows walking (this is the gem of the park!!!) Here you see everywhere petrified Forrest (Really everywhere!!) After the walk you can down on different places just have a picnic.
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