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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Address: 710 N. Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
Phone Number: 801-538-7220
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Escalante
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This area was the home of the ancient Anazazi and Fremont Indians, and has a very dramatic and...
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner 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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Abington, Pennsylvania
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143 reviews 143 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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61 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

You need to be able to hike to get into the petrified forest. Not too strenuous. We really enjoyed the hike and the beautiful petrified wood along the way. There is also a good view of the city of Escalante. Be sure and read the information about how the petrified wood is formed, with minerals that fill up the xylem... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were in an RV with our grandkids and our site was quite close to another camper but everyone was very friendly. The lake is just a few steps away and we went fishing. Did not catch anything but in asking the locals it sounds like it can be good at times. There are some petrified logs close to the... More 

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A short hike with a great view overlooking the lake. If the climb is too much for some, there are petrified wood stumps/pieces on the valley floor for easy access.

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Loveland, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We camped here when we visited GSENM. It is a very nice campground. We had a nice flat pad for our tent and a covered picnic table. The bathrooms had very nice showers - a huge bonus! There were about 8 showers and I never had to wait.

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