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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest is home to the most stunning red rocks in the state.

Elevation: 
5,900 Feet
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah and features some of the most stunning views of petrified wood found anywhere. This state park is an absolute must-visit for anyone who appreciates natural beauty, as it offers some truly remarkable sights. Visitors can enjoy the numerous trails that crisscross the park or take advantage of the short interpretive trails that provide a better understanding of what petrified wood is.

geology

The park features a large area of petrified wood, which is mostly created by fallen trees that have been fossilized due to the process of silicification. This creates a spectacular landscape comprised of ancient logs and tree trunks in various colors ranging from gray to red. As you walk through the park, you will be surrounded by colorful tree stumps that remain preserved in the dry desert climate. The diverse geology of the area makes it perfect for exploring and discovering new finds.

history

The Escalante Petrified Forest State Park was established in 1963 when Congress passed the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Protection Act. The boundaries of the park were set at the time, so it has remained relatively untouched since its formation. It was created to protect and preserve some of the most beautiful petrified wood in the world. The petrified logs, which are estimated to be over 200 million years old, were formed when a series of floods flooded the region and left behind these incredible specimens. The park is home to an array of fossils from various time periods as well as archaeological sites.
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Wildlife

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. The unique climate of the area provides excellent habitats for many species, including mule deer, elk, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and coyotes. Visitors can also expect to see a variety of birds such as raptors and songbirds, as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

Planning your trip Escalante Petrified Forest

When planning a trip to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, the best time to visit is during the spring or fall. The weather is more temperate and comfortable than in the summer months, making it easier to explore and hike around the park. Visitors should also consider bringing along plenty of water and snacks as well as sun protection in order to enjoy their visit comfortably. The trails are rugged terrain, so sturdy shoes and proper clothing are also recommended.

Additionally, visitors should be sure to check in with the park's visitor center before beginning their journey in order to obtain up-to-date information on any closures or restrictions that might be in place.

lodging/camping

There are a variety of lodging and camping options available at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Visitors can choose from campsites, cabins, yurts, and RV sites depending on their preferences. All of these accommodations offer stunning views of the park as well as easy access to all its attractions. You can stay in towns like Escalante and Boulder if you want a hotel or motel.

dining

In addition to its incredible sights, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park also offers several unique dining options. From rustic cafes and restaurants in the nearby town of Escalante and Boulder to modern food trucks, visitors can find something to suit their tastes. Additionally, there are some great picnic spots throughout the park for those who prefer a quick snack or lunch on the go.

Fees/permits

Visitors to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park must obtain a day-use permit in order to access the park. Visitors may need additional permits for certain activities such as camping, backpacking, or horseback riding. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all amounts for Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

Pets

Pets are allowed at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park but must be kept on a leash that is a maximum of six feet and attended to by their owners at all times. While there are pet-friendly trails and campgrounds, it is important to note that pets may not be left unattended in the park or taken into any buildings. Visitors should remember to pick up after their pets and dispose of waste in appropriate receptacles.

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