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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

710 N. Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
801-538-7220
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Ranked #9 of 17 attractions in Escalante
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking
Description: This area was the home of the ancient Anazazi and Fremont Indians, and has a very dramatic and beautiful landscape.
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Olympia, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this camp. The grounds are well maintained and the sites were nice - not a parking lot like some of the RV parks. We brought our kayaks so were able to enjoy the lake - lots of birds. We also took a hike in the petrified forest - the extended loop was well worth the time. Nice to... More

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Riverton, Utah
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is rated easy hike but it is more on the moderate side. Not level by any means, the first 1/4 mile is the toughest then it levels off a bit. It is about a mile hike so take water with you. There is not tons of petrified tree pieces but enough to make it worth while. Go in the... More

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Austin, Texas
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213 reviews 213 reviews
51 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place was interesting but as I was doing the Hwy 12 corridor, this was probably the least interesting site. Also it was hotter here than elsewhere and not much shade on the trail. We were melting and disappointed that the petrified wood on the main trail is minimal, we were too hot and worn out to do the extra... More

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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is a fun little hike, was cool to explain to my kids how old the wood could have been. Now that I've seen it, I doubt I'll need to go back.

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Snellville, Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I agree with taj24. You will be disappointed if you do not have the time or ability to do the complete hike, including the rainbow loop. It takes around 1-1/2 hrs and that trail gets pretty steep in spots so it is not for everyone. The huge logs (3' diameter x 6' long) are incredible. Not everyone is into petrified... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Nice hike to see a beautiful petrified forest. The ascent is manageable. Heard there was more wood on the side trail but we didn't have time to see it. We enjoyed what we did see. There are several really large and colorful samples. The lake looks great from the high viewpoint.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We decided to see what was in the park and the girls wanted to see the petrified forest. We spent about an hour there and took the 1 1/2 mile hike. Would not recommend unless you have time to kill.

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Los Angeles
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

nice hike in the rocks. I recommend taking the rainbow loop hike that branches off the main hike. It has way more petrified wood in there. Beautiful landscapes and peaceful. You can swim in the reservoir at the bottom of the mountain once you are done. Hot in summer . Take water and a hat. Worth the trip

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Orlando
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We arrived without reservations, needing a campsite quick! We were pleasantly surprised to have 3 to choose from in this small campground. The setting was very nice with a large lake, some hiking trails and a bathroom, shower, and dishwashing area!

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SLC, UT
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stopped here just for the hike. It's a state park so the fee is $8 a car. The hike is a bit steep at first then flat at the top. You can see a small amount of petrified wood on the main 1 mile loop. If you really want to see a lot of petrified wood, you must do... More

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