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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Address: 710 N. Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
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+1 801-538-7220

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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This park has an entrance fee and the petrified forest is by the caravan park and the lake near the entrance gate If you are not prepared to hike the trail you will get nothing... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent morning hike, need to take the full loop trail, called the sleeping rainbows, to see the majority of the petrified wood. Large logs that have cracked into several sections are numerous on the loop. Easy to moderate hike with some up& down elevation changes on the trail. Approx 2 miles, if one is into geology a very interesting hike,... More 

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newark, delaware
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

On our way back to our B&B decided to stop in to see the Petrified Forest. Be forewarned, to get to the start of the trail it's about a half mile ascent, then the regular loop is about a mile and then there's an extra loop to get to the really attractive pieces....so be prepared. We'd thought we'd be there... More 

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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This park has an entrance fee and the petrified forest is by the caravan park and the lake near the entrance gate If you are not prepared to hike the trail you will get nothing from this visit! But if you do it is most impressive. Would definitely recommend doing both parts of the walk - the second loop is... More 

Thank JANDDBritinParis
Montrose, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Camp spot were very adequate. Beautiful views of the lake. Shaded and some hook-ups. Would stay here again for sure.

Thank Mike9922
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Very interesting to see the petrified wood. A fairly short hike, but a steep trail. This park has a nice garden and a campground, too.

Thank sgeffert
Warren, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

When we read about this park, not much was said so we weren't sure what to expect. I just loved the trail and seeing the petrified wood. One reason I enjoyed it so much was that we had just left the huge crowds in Bryce and Zion, and this trail was so much quieter when we were here. The trail... More 

1 Thank Sylvia G
Menlo Park, California
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Easy to get to and easy trails and really beautiful pieces of petrified wood. Lots of colors. I've seen petrified wood before without thinking much of it but these were so beautiful that i gained a real appreciation of it.

Thank Laura H
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

On your way to Grans Staircase National Park, don't miss a few hour side trip to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. There is a very nice hiking trail to the petrified forest with some great views. The trail is moderate. Do the extra loop to see more petrified trees and likely a golden eagle.

Thank RyanLChicago
Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

From Hwy 12 you might not expect much, but this is a really nice campground for tent camping and smaller RVs. The staff and host are great, and the facilities are in good shape. It's quiet and peaceful. I'd return in an instant.

Thank ukulelemama
Grants Pass, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 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 

1 Thank Mark M

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