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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Very specific geologic circumstances are required for wood to be petrified. One of the most famous of these forests is the national park in Arizona over 200 miles away. The Escalante River, a tributary of the Colorado River, was explored and named in 1872 by Almon Harris Thompson, a member of John Wesley Powell’s Colorado River Expedition. Just south of the town of Escalante is Hole in the Rock road, along which numerous small slot canyons can be explored. The Petrified Forest State Park has a number of hiking trails to explore the stone trees and the adjacent Wide Hollow Reservoir sports swimming, boating and fishing.
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710 North Reservoir, Escalante, UT 84726, USA
+1 435-826-4466