Escalante Petrified Forest State Park sits in the heart of beautiful Bryce Canyon Country, just two miles from the town of Escalante and 44 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park. The park is located at scenic Wide Hollow Reservoir, but the unique draw to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is the ‘petrified forest’ and an exhibit of 100 million-year-old dinosaur fossils, ammonite, and petrified wood in the visitor center. The park was established in 1976, and sits at an elevation of 5,900 feet.
Two nature trails wind through the park. The Petrified Forest Trail is a one-mile loop which leads through large petrified wood logs and lava flows. The moderately strenuous trail gains 200 feet in elevation to the top of a mesa. The Sleeping Rainbow Trail is a short, steep loop that spurs off the Petrified Forest Trail. This trail is short but strenuous, and requires a bit of skill to scramble around the concentrated petrified wood pieces. Park rangers can provide information about nearby Bailey’s Wash. Please remember that it is illegal to remove pieces of petrified wood from the park.
Wide Hollow Reservoir is well-stocked with rainbow trout and bluegill, and its clear blue waters are a favorite local destination for boating, canoeing, and water sports. The reservoir was created in 1954 to provide irrigation for nearby Escalante. Facilities include the Wide Hollow campground, Lave View RV campground with hookups, a group camping area, restrooms, picnic area, and a boat ramp. Escalate Petrified Forest State Park can be easily reached via Scenic Byway 12 to Escalante, then following signs to the park. The park is open year-round. (Learn more here...)
Contact information: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park 710 North Reservoir Road Escalante, UT 84726 (435) 826-4466 https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/escalante