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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 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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Gardiner, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you're expecting to walk through a forest of petrified tree stumps then don't bother coming. If you have a couple of hours, like to do moderately strenuous hiking with some nice vistas as well as an abundance of interesting and beautiful petrified wood underfoot then this might be for you. My wife and I stopped here on our way... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Trail up the hills has interpretive guide so you can read about the forest and geology of the area. Beautiful brilliantly colored Petrified logs are exposed along the trail. Do not remove any of the wood as it is protected by the national park. Leave it "as is" for all to enjoy. Campground is really nice with many camp spots... More

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Syracuse, NY
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There is a pleasant walk uphill. Once there, there are limited samples of petrified wood. The trail is well marked from the parking lot.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fairly tough walk to look at the petrified wood. Make sure you do the rainbow loop to get the best views. Don't be put off by some of the negative comments on this page, some things are worth a bit of effort!

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Mt Prospect, IL
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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