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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 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Southern Finland, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitors Center was interesting with the dinosaur skeletons and other exhibits, and the idea of trees which are hundreds of millions years old is overwhelming, but in actuality it was not so spectacular than some other National Parks we have visited. The distances between view points were long and there wasn't that much to see, and even the ancient giant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Camp Humphreys, Korea
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I can't thank those at wildland trekking enough for their ability to put together a trip for the ages. Their escalante basecamp package rocks. Guides Greg O'Toole and Jeremy Bernfeld are awesome. I would follow them through a raging inferno. Their expertise, at both guiding, hosting, cooking, educating and taking care of their clients was top notch. Each day I... More 

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