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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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  • Hike was fun, took our 9 year old and three year old was on a piggyback device, it was fun and short enough to keep kids attention  more »
  • Driving from Capitol Reef Park towards Bryce Canyon on beautiful Rt.12 we decided to stop at the Escalante Forest State Park. We payed the $8 entrance fee, were told it was a hilly trail, and received...  more »
  • Very well kept park near a small reservoir. Unlike most of s,outhern Utah thisi s an area of streams and lakes. Wonderful petrified wood with the best specimens on the more strenuous trail. Definitely...  more »