Dec 13, 2013

Utah State Parks- Escalante Petrified Forest



Petrified Trees- sounds strange huh? It is really hard to think how could a tree get petrified until you see one! I spent a night at Escalante, UT during my recent road-trip. It was extremely cold and after driving in snow for sometime I wanted a break though it wasn't very late in the evening. These petrified trees were was just 5-mins away from the RV park and it was an hour before sunset. So I decided to visit the Escalante Petrified  Forest state park.

Petrified Tree Forest State Park Utah

The park has a mile long loop trail which climbs up the hill where one can see thousands of petrified tree logs lying around. There is an additional 3/4-mile longer and steeper loop for more adventure. Throughout the trail one can notice ancient lava flow. 

Petrified Tree Forest State Park Utah
At first the trail climbs up through rocks. Once on the top of cliff the trail levels out and meanders through a forest of dwarf trees most of them are dry and have weird shapes.

Then one can see the petrified tree logs scattered around. Isn't it amazing to see the dead trees turned into gems? Next an optional 3/4th of a mile trail is very steep which needs scrambling down-up the rocks. There is a big log of petrified wood called Sleeping Rainbow.

From the top of the cliff the view of the reservoir looks great. With clear blue october sky, cotton-y clouds scattered around is a delight to watch. People who cannot climb up to the cliff can enjoy the tree logs near the visitor center. 

Petrified Tree Forest State Park Utah

The state park has $6 entrance fees and it was worth visiting the park for I had never seen a petrified wood before.

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18 comments:

  1. Wonderful series from your trip, the petrified trees are neat. It is a cool park to visit. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

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  2. The petrified trees are amazing aren't they. There is one petrified tree park here in the Napa Valley too, I think it's in St. Helena.

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    1. I have hiked up Mt. Saint Helena, didn't know about the petrified tree.

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  3. How odd, I have just been visiting a blog in England that showed the petrified forest on the Devon coast. Here in Australia we have a few but the major one is in Western Australia.
    Looks like you got yourself an an education.

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    1. Oh yes! I didn't know that dead trees would turn into gems!

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  4. Very well documented! I've been to the petrified forest in Arizona, but not this one. Looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks, The Petrified Tree National Park in AZ? That is amazing. I had been there too!

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  5. Lovely pictures from the petrified park :)

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  6. Wonderful shots, must be quite impressive to walk between those petrified trees and the remains of them.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Yes! It was an interesting short hike!

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  7. Interesting formations! Thanks for sharing this, Kusum.

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  8. Good work... Thank you for the valuable information..

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