A Hike In Escalante Petrified Forest

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located on the outskirts of Escalante, Utah just off Scenic Byway 12.  We stopped in for a few hours while visiting Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. The main attraction is a moderately steep loop trail which takes you by many specimens of petrified wood.

The Visitor Center has a short trail with a few specimens of petrified wood.

esctr-2

The early ascent up the main trail provides panoramic views of the area.

esc-park

Most of the landscape along the trail is stark, but I did notice this colorful flowering.

esc-flower

The trail is very steep before leveling off to a plateau where the petrified wood is.

IMG_20170424_122018510_HDR[2]

Each piece of petrified wood is unique.

 

IMG_20170424_124818043[1]

esc9

If you’re in the area, it’s worth taking the hike. Note that this is a Utah state park, and so a federal park pass is not valid. Entrance fee in April 2017 was $6 for the vehicle.

Advertisements