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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

710 N. Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
801-538-7220
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Ranked #10 of 18 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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Mt Prospect, IL
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are going through Escalante, this is an easy way to see petrified trees. It is 50 yards from the parking lot in an easy loop that can be handled by small kids. And the specimens of petrified trees are quite stunning! Well worth the park entrance fee!

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Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We drove Scenic Byway 12 to this park. We thought it was an actual petrified forest. Turns out it's a small lake...a long walk...and you have to pay. The guy in the office stopped us as we went in to tell us there was a fee. It was raining so we werent sure we wanted to walk. He said it... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a long hot walk to see some rocks that used to be wood. Our kids were extremely hot and I ended up carrying our little girl by the end of the trail. And you have to pay to get in, because it is a State park and they do not honor the national Park pass.

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Eugene, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Small State Park but interesting to walk around, you can take your time because it's usually not crowded. It wasn't 'WOW' but it was interesting.

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Olympia, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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51 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
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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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84 helpful votes 84 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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