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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Address: 710 N. Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
Phone Number: 801-538-7220
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This area was the home of the ancient Anazazi and Fremont Indians, and has...
This area was the home of the ancient Anazazi and Fremont Indians, and has a very dramatic and beautiful landscape.
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Interesting short hike - Make sure you complete the loop

This is an interesting hike that makes a great evening excursion from Escalante after a day out in the slot canyons. It is quite strenuous to start with and seems quite a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Hurricane, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The petrified forest is a great hike for the family. Just one of the many things that Escalante has to offer! The forest sits just above the campground. A nice way to stretch your legs and enjoy some stellar views. Your pup is welcome as well...that's big for me.

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We stayed at the campground and it was great. The bathrooms and showers were clean, as was the dish washing station. It was a quiet campground with a wonderful view. The campers were not on top of one another like they are at some campgrounds and each site had a covered picnic table...and they take reservations! Unfortunately, we ran out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I was advised by the ranger that the hike was 1 1/2 miles and I was going to be able to see the Petrified Forest after completing the hike. I decided not to do it, (due to having a family member injured) so I did not have to pay the fee. We spent some time at the lake taking pics... More 

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We paid the Fee,wich wasnt much and did the little walking tour in the park,admired the 40 foot petrified tree on display and the hunks of petrified trees,the park was clean and nice,but we didnt go on the hike,it was a little hot and one of our group had asthma so we didnt want to chance it,as we are flatlanders... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is an interesting hike that makes a great evening excursion from Escalante after a day out in the slot canyons. It is quite strenuous to start with and seems quite a bit longer than the claimed 1 mile so allow at least an hour (preferably and hour and a half) to read the trail notes and see it properly.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I guess on it's own, this would be a really cool place, but given the vicinity of all the awesome slot canyons, it is a bit of a letdown. Chance to swim though, which is a big plus in a the summer.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We came all the way from Bryce Canyon to see the petrified forest and were somewhat disappointed because our expectations were much higher. After seeing a few large pieces of beautifully petrified trees at the Rock Shop in the Bryce City Market, I guess we expected to face a full forest of them once getting to the top of the... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We hiked the trail before sunset and were the ONLY ones there. Utah has some fantastic state parks and Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is among them. We had a great time. The trail was very relaxing and took about an hour or so. We are from the east coast and don't have these state or national treasures. The large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We only had time to hike the first loop before dark, but we saw a lot of wonderful pieces. Most had a marker, but one grouping did not, so keep your eyes open. There are igneous rocks up there as well...basalt, perhaps? There are also several pieces of a petrified tree that total up to 40 feet that are adjacent... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stopped here in April. My son and I saw the sign for the State Park and decided to pull off and check it out. Right off the main highway and was only $10 to enter. Not many facilities here but looked like they had a nice picnic area with shelters. The hike was uphill and very scenic. After a while... More 

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