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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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Wonderful park

Very well kept park near a small reservoir. Unlike most of s,outhern Utah thisi s an area of streams and lakes. Wonderful petrified wood with the best specimens on the more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2016
Tom W
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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Somerset, New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Driving from Capitol Reef Park towards Bryce Canyon on beautiful Rt.12 we decided to stop at the Escalante Forest State Park. We payed the $8 entrance fee, were told it was a hilly trail, and received a glossy foldout brochure. We preceded to the not very well maintained trail and realized that there were numbered signs. We had picked up... More 

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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Very well kept park near a small reservoir. Unlike most of s,outhern Utah thisi s an area of streams and lakes. Wonderful petrified wood with the best specimens on the more strenuous trail. Definitely need advance reservation for a campsite. Very, veryfriendly and helpful staff.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We just took the small garden-walk hike to see a limited display of rock samples arranged in a garden setting. In the visitor center there was even less to see. The display case had letters from people who returned stolen artifacts after having bad luck.

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São Paulo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Trough the amazing Scenic Byway 12... witch is already an attraction, you will reach this state park. the trail is easy and well set. the trees become crystals! because of a lot of different stimulus and ages they create an incredible colorful pieces of stoned trees, in different colors and sizes. there is a trail, rainbow trail, a little though... More 

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Stayton, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Entrance fee required and worth it if you take to the trails...not if you are just visiting the little 100 m viewing area. We paid before realizing the trails were a bit too strenuous (hot day) for us. Well, parks always need funding, so we considered it a donation.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a lovely little state park with a small entrance fee. As others have said, the trail's beginning is steep, but simply take your time. Once on top, the trail levels out, and you begin to see some pieces of petrified wood. Don't miss the entire trail (both loops) -- in fact, if you can't do the whole trail,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

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