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

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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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Had lunch at a picnic table next to the lake - very few visitors that day, so it was peaceful and quiet. Then set off up the hill on the trail to see the petrified forest. Decided to take the extension walk - well worth it as there is much more to see than on the main trail (and the... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We stayed in this campground for four nights while we hiked the lower calf creek and visited and hiked in Bryce Canyon. The campground is well cared for and secluded away from the highway. The showers were great and the staff very helpful. I would have given five stars except they did not recycle the trash. Lots of plastic, cardboard... More 

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La Grande, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Quick overnight on a tour through Southern Utah. Nice loop hike to view Petrified Trees. Developed campground, SHOWERS! Nice reservoir with quackers and honkers. Did I mention SHOWERS. They were a plus for us.

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