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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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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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Nice place for a cool swim

We were staying 5 miles away and some of our group went up to the reservoir for a swim. They also enjoyed the loop hike- nice samples of petrified wood and great views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2016
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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second trip here, and it never disappoints. Just out of the little town of Escalante, the Petrified Forest fee is less than $10 and for this you are treated to a mile or two hike through amazing millions of years old, petrified wood. I would recommend not missing the small loop which begins off the large loop,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highway 12 in Utah as it goes through this park and beyond is one of the most scenic drives I have ever been on. There are many stops along the way that are intriguing and fascinating. The ancient people known as the Fremont (apparently they didn't like this name assigned to them) left sign of their habitation including mysterious petroglyphs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't camp here but we sure wish we did! Showers and flushing toilets. Has a reservoir that you can fish in, swim in or rent paddle boards, or kayaks.

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Providence Ri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We were staying 5 miles away and some of our group went up to the reservoir for a swim. They also enjoyed the loop hike- nice samples of petrified wood and great views.

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Thank kteich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This was a nice little hike where we got to see some petrified logs and enjoy the state park. I recommend it as an easy hike with some beautiful scenery.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This really is a campground with access to a reservoir/lake that happens to have a few petrified trees that have been carted off the mountain down to a small viewing area (100 meter loop). For a 15 minute visit it would be fine if your kids have never seen petrified trees but ... if they have, you can easily skip... More 

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Although you don't need as long here as at some other parks, it is a neat place to go. I recommend the longer, more strenuous hike so you can see the large amount of petrified wood. Follow the hike with time in the reservoir, even just soaking your feet, and you have a winner of a day...with time to do... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This is a small state park on a reservoir The campground has a few electrical sites but most sites are very slanted for an RV There is a short steep walk up the hill to see the petrified forest but you can also see examples of petrified logs in a display garden with beautiful flowering cacti From our site we... More 

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Glen Daniel, West Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were lured in by the petrified trees. We opted for the $4 pp loop tour and it was as about as big of a loop as an average swimming pool. Some guy passed us and said sarcastically, "Don't get lost!" The trees on displayed were indeed petrified. There is a longer walk but if was hot... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

If you've been to other parks featuring petrified wood this park wont turn you on too much. However, it is on highway 12 which is a spectacular scenic drive. There's also a nice lake and campground at the park. Friendly staff here.

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